Pokémon Day 2020, PS Plus Games for March

TODAY: Suda Goichi is too cool to keep track of his games — Phil Spencer says Xbox is not tied to any single business model — Dante is finally rocking out on Switch in Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition

Pokémon Events and News

Upcoming events in mobile Pokémon

There’s a lot going on in the world of Pokémon these days, especially in Pokémon Go and Pokémon Masters – oh, and some movie news too!

Pokémon GO

  • Pokémon Day 2020 event is live until March 2nd @ 21:00 UTC
    • Pikachu and Eevee wearing party hats spawn in the wild
    • Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle with party hats can be found in 7km eggs and One-Star Raids
  • More Pokémon from the Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution movie
    • Includes pre-evolutions spawning in the wild
    • Clone Pikachu found in GO Snapshots
    • Clone Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise found in Four-Star Raids
    • Armored Mewtwo returns as Five-Star Raid Boss, can use Psystrike

Pokémon Masters

  • Battle Villa facility goes live this Friday, February 28th @ 06:00 UTC
  • New Chapters added including new Sync Pair: Valerie & Sylveon
  • New story event featuring Sygna Suit Elsa & Rotom is coming
  • Full evolutions for many existing Sync Pairs
  • Five-Star Select Special Scout running until March 16th

Pokémon movie news

  • Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution appears on Netflix today
  • New trailer for next movie in the franchise – Pokémon the Movie Coco – will be airing on the Japanese Variety Show Oha Suta this Friday

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Which alien race in Half Life became Gordon Freeman’s ally in Half Life 2?

  • The Houndeyes
  • The Vortigaunts
  • The Headcrabs
  • The Barnacles

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.

Daily Fact

Suda 51 didn’t know Michigan: Report from Hell was released outside Japan

Grasshopper Manufacture boss Goichi Suda was surprised to find out that his PlayStation 2 survival horror game Michigan: Report from Hell had been released outside Japan. Despite the name and setting, it was never officially launched in the United States.

Suda found out that the game had also been launched in Europe by 505 Games during an interview in March 2008. The wacky horror game has three different endings that depend on how immoral you are, including an erotic ending if you’ve been a particularly lewd cameraman.

Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today’s fact.

Video Game Business Models

Xbox’s Phil Spencer says there’s “not one business model to rule them all”

Microsoft are pretty open-minded when it comes to trying out business models for Xbox, according to Phil Spencer. Under his leadership, the division is aiming to try to reach as many gamers as possible, in any way possible.

“Our point of view at Xbox is that there’s not one business model to rule them all,” Spencer said in the Game Maker’s Notebook podcast where he appeared alongside Insomniac Games’ Ted Price. “We actually think it’s healthy – not just from an industry standpoint, but from a creative standpoint – if multiple business models will work.”

Netflix for games: The Xbox Game Pass service is their most prominent new business model, giving subscribers access to an entire library of games for a fixed monthly fee. The service is also available on PC, and is currently in beta. “Game Pass works today,” said Spencer. “And I think it will keep working as it continues to grow.”

New Model Army: Different types of games benefit from different business models, according to Spencer. “I think for us as an industry we should embrace monetization dexterity because it leads us to the most creativity,” he added, pointing to Alan Wake from Remedy Entertainment as an example of a company trying different ways to monetize a traditional game.

Updates for a Rebel Scum

The Age of Rebellion update jumps in for Star Wars Battlefront II today

The free Age of Rebellion update for Star Wars Battlefront II launches today. What can the rebel scum offer loyal subjects of the Empire, except plenty of target practice? Well, there’s also a load of new features and content including new maps, characters, weapons, improvements and more!

  • 7 new Age of Rebellion Co-Op locations
    • Yavin
    • Death Star II
    • Endor
    • Hoth
    • Tatooine
    • Kessel
    • Jabba’s Palace
  • New and improved classes and heroes
    • Ewok Hunter for the Rebels
    • ISB Agent for the Empire
    • Hero improvements for Leia and Chewbacca
    • Age of Rebellion Reinforcements updates to troopers
  • New and updated modes
    • Auto Players now includes Heroes in Instant Action and vehicles
    • New Capital Ship Co-Op mode starting with the Republic Venator and Separatist Dreadnaught
    • MC85 Star Cruiser and Resurgent-Class Star Destroyer maps added to Heroes Vs. Villains, Geonosis and Yavin 4 maps reworked
  • New weapons
    • E-11D, a medium-range blaster rifle
    • DL-18, a short-range blaster pistol
    • T-21, a short-range heavy blaster pistol
    • Cycler Rifle, a long-range blaster rifle

DailyBits Review

Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition Review

Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition is finally available on Switch, featuring a host of new exclusive features that will please newcomers and veterans alike.

Devil May Cry 3 is all about hacking and slashing your way through a demonic invasion in the most ludicrously stylish way possible. How ludicrous? Well, one of the weapons is a demonic electric guitar that fires bolts of lightning at enemies. It’s pretty damn cool.

Verdict:

As you might expect from a fifteen-year-old PlayStation 2 game, Devil May Cry 3 runs perfectly on the Switch. The game now features style switching and a weapon wheel, retrofitting the style and weapon change systems from the fourth and fifth games.

The Bloody Palace local co-op mode is also new, and is pretty much the icing on the cake. Devil May Cry 3 was where the series really found its feet and turned into a big, wacky blockbuster – and it’s just as enjoyable today as it was in 2005.

Where to buy: Devil May Cry 3 is only available from the Nintendo eShop for £16.99 or $19.99. If you own any of the first two games, you will receive a 25% discount for each, meaning you can save up to 50% if you’re a loyal fan.

What Else Happened Today?

  • Fan-made Half-Life remake Black Mesa escapes Early Access next week, and the Source engine adaptation will be released on March 5th
  • Capcom has announced a Resident Evil 3 demo is on the way, but there’s no word on whether it will be time-limited like the Resident Evil 2 demo
  • Temtem creators release “short-term roadmap” for spring, summer and fall – chat bubbles, spectator mode, player housing and new isles are coming up
  • Xbox Games with Gold for March:
    • Batman: The Enemy Within
    • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
    • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
    • Sonic Generations
  • BioWare celebrates Anthem’s first anniversary with Forge gifts! Log in and claim them before March 24th @ 12:00 pm UTC
  • PS Plus Games for March 2020 have leaked early, according to an image from a polish gaming site – Shadow of the Colossus and Sonic Forces will be joining us this month

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Which alien race in Half Life became Gordon Freeman’s ally in Half Life 2?

Answer: The Vortigaunts!

If you played the original Half-Life, then you might remember the Vortigaunts being rather unfriendly, assaulting you with green energy beams – and you might have been a bit confused when they were all chummy in the sequel.

That’s because the Vortigaunts were enslaved by Nihilanth and forced into combat. After Gordon Freeman defeated Nihilanth and ended the invasion from Xen, they were freed from their chains and are actually quite grateful for his assistance – grateful enough to help their saviour in the battle against the Combine.

There are some clues to the Vortigaunt’s plight in the first game: They wear big, green collars and their asset id is alien_slave. Something to keep in mind next time you replay Half-Life or give Black Mesa a spin and find yourself wantonly butchering the poor things. No hard feelings, right?

Today’s issue of DailyBits was written by Simon Priest, Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Christian Vaz and Jamie Davey.