PlayStation VR Revealed for PS5, BloodLines 2 Delayed

Today: Sony finally announces PlayStation VR for PlayStation 5 — Twisted Metal is making a comeback as a TV show — Play Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War for free next week

Paradox delays Bloodlines 2 again, signs up new developer to finish the game

2020 has been a good year for Paradox Interactive: Their financial report says revenue is up 39% while operating profit is up 33%. On the other hand, Vampire: the Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 developer Hardsuit Labs is not doing so great.

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 is a bloody mess

Bloodlines 2 was originally scheduled for release last year but was delayed – and has now been delayed again. The project's creative director and lead writer were both fired last summer, indicating that the project was in pretty dire straits, and now Paradox has kicked Hardsuit Labs off the project entirely.

Bad blood: “We have now chosen to postpone the release of the game further, and we will not be launching the game in 2021,” explained CEO Ebba Ljungerud. Paradox has “started a collaboration with a new studio partner to finish work on the game.” No new launch date has been announced, and pre-orders have been closed.

Crusaders: Fortunately, Paradox's other games are still going strong, particularly Crusader Kings III which set new sales and concurrent player records. The same can not be said for Empire of Sin, which Paradox admits being “not satisfied” with.

Which notable designer was creative director on Watch Dogs: Legion?

a) Clint Hocking
b) Bertrand Hélias
c) Susan O’Connor
d) Patrice Zink

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

A lost episode and one giant egg

The Futurama game actually constitutes an episode of the show if you edit all the game’s cutscenes together. It was included as an extra on the second direct-to-DVD film The Beast With The Billion Backs, where it was called Futurama: The Lost Adventure.

Futurama released for PlayStation 2 and Xbox in 2003

Easter eggs are pretty common in games, and Futurama keeps up the tradition by literally hiding a giant Easter egg. If you jiggle the camera just right, you can spot it behind a wall when you explore Professor Farnsworth's Planet Express building.

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Season of Legends is almost upon us

Pokémon Go's upcoming Season of Legends will last from March 1st until June 1st and introduce new hemisphere exclusive Pokémon to catch. BlackMilk has announced a Pokémon clothing line which will go on sale on March 2nd.

Season of Legends debuts Pokémon GO seasonal updates

Pokémon Go

  • You can now mass transfer Legendary and Mythical Pokémon
  • Farfetch'd, Tauros, Mr. Mime and Kangaskhan return to Raid Battles
  • Season of Legends
    • Lasts from March 1st until June 1st
    • Debuts Therian Formes of Tornadus, Thundurus and Landorus
    • Different Mega Evolved encounters during raids
    • Northern Hemisphere exclusives: Tangela, Combee, Croagunk, Ducklett, Turtwig, Chimchar, Pipup, Deerling Spring Form, Scyther, Dratini, and Cottonee
    • Southern Hemisphere exclusives: Mankey, Yanma, Buizel, Woobat, Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott, Autumn Form Deeling Pineco, Bagon, and Ferroseed
    • 2km Eggs: Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Budew and more
    • 5km Eggs: Drowzee, Azurill, and Munna
    • 10km Eggs: Nincada, Alomomola and more
    • Special Research involving Tornadus, Thundurus and Landorus
    • Boosted XP for 5 Star Raids and regular Free Remote Raid Passes
  • Battle League Season 7
    • Great League between March 1st and 15th
    • Ultra League and Premier Cup between March 15th and 29th
    • Master League, Master League Classic and Great League between March 29th and April 5th
    • All leagues open between April 5th and 12th
    • Great League and Great League Remix between April 12th and 26th
    • Ultra League between April 26th and May 10th
    • Master League, Master League Classic and Retro Cup between May 10th and 17th
    • All three cups open between May 17th and 24th, with Ranked Play ending on May 24th
    • Kanto Cup between May 24th and 31st

Sony announces next-gen PlayStation VR

Sony has announced the next generation of PlayStation VR as well as the return of the Play At Home initiative, featuring four months of free games.

PlayStation VR launched October 2016

Right now, playing PSVR games on PlayStation 5 requires a special cable to connect the headset to the new console. Sony were coy about future support of PlayStation VR, which made both players and developers worry about Sony's commitment to the platform.

Lessons learned: “We’re taking what we’ve learned since launching PS VR on PS4 to develop a next-gen VR system that enhances everything from resolution and field of view to tracking and input,” announced Sony’s Hideaki Nishino. The new PlayStation VR will connect via a single cord to “simplify setup and improve ease-of-use”.

Free PSN games: The new PlayStation VR headset will not hit the market this year, but at least you can claim a free copy of Ratchet & Clank for PlayStation 4 from March 1st and hopefully relieve a little bit of lockdown boredom.

Pumpkin Jack codes for PS4 or Switch

We’re giving away five copies of the spooky 3D platformer Pumpkin Jack from indie developer Nicolas Meyssonnier. Should you be one of the lucky few then we’ll give you the option of picking between a PlayStation 4 or a Nintendo Switch code for the game.

Pumpkin Jack released October 2020

To be within a chance to a win all you need to do is follow our Twitter account @DailyBitsGaming and visit our official website. Doing both gives you two entries for double the chance! Check out the Pumpkin Jack Giveaway to learn more.

Which notable designer was creative director on Watch Dogs: Legion?

ANSWER: Clint Hocking!

How many game devs have had a virtual interview with the BBC?

He’s not quite as beloved as Shigeru Miyamoto or as infamous as John Romero, but Clint Hocking has been a critical component of Ubisoft’s success for over a decade. He worked on both Splinter Cell and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory before breaking new ground with Far Cry 2, and his latest effort is Watch Dogs: Legion.

You have also probably heard a term that he coined: Ludonarrative dissonance, the feeling that a game’s tone and story does not fit the activity of playing it. Hocking invented the term when writing about Bioshock, so now you know who to curse the next time someone abuses the term to explain why they don’t like a game.

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