Pokémon GO’s Spring 2020 Event, Cyberpunk 2077 DLC Schedule

TODAY: LittleBigPlanet almost featured an Arabic memento mori — Watch the Half-Life: Alyx developers talk about VR locomotion modes — Controversial mass-shoot’em-up Hatred is coming to Switch

Cyberpunk 2077 DLC Planned Out

Cyberpunk 2077 is expected to feature at least as much DLC as The Witcher 3

CD Projekt RED may have delayed Cyberpunk 2077 until September, but their DLC plans seem to be unaffected.

Studio president Adam Kicinski revealed the DLC plans during a Q&A with the CD Projekt RED’s Polish investors. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt had two story expansions, the final one adding a whole new adventure in a new part of the world, taking place after the base game’s story.

If it ain’t broke: According to Kicinski, we can expect the DLC to be announced ahead of Cyberpunk 2077’s launch with further details materialising closer to each DLC’s launch date. The Witcher 3 also offered a near-constant drip of smaller content released every week after launch.

Release on track: Cyberpunk 2077 was originally scheduled to launch for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in late 2019 before being delayed until April 2020, and then again until September 17th.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

What was the first Steam game to be rated AO for its violent content?

  • Hatred
  • Ancestors: Legacy
  • IS Defense
  • Daymare 1998

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

All that is on LittleBigPlanet will perish

LittleBigPlanet is an adorable series for kids of all ages that fosters imagination, creativity – and religious eschatology.

One of the songs on the soundtrack featured a spoken-word passage in Arabic and Media Molecule didn’t have any Arabs on the team at the time. The track Tapha Niang featured a verse from the Quran which stated that “Every soul shall have the taste of death, all that is on Earth will perish.”

While that is strictly speaking true and not at all a unreasonable statement, the developers decided to keep the song but drop the bits about how death inevitably follows life. Kids these days are so coddled!

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

Striking Distance With Covid-19

Entrepreneurship in the time of corona

Glen Schofield, formerly of Visceral Games, Sledgehammer Games and Activision, has started a new company named Striking Distance Studios which started work on March 1st.

Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and the fresh studio suddenly hit the mother of all bumps in the road: They had to shut down the office and send everyone home. Despite this not-inconsiderable setback, Striking Distance is still operating and even growing.

Homebound: “We saw this coming and we had a couple of days where we told everybody to practice working from home,” Schofield told VentureBeat. “They came back and told us what they needed and what wasn’t working. We had our network guys fix things. We got cameras. Now we are getting underway, and starting to build.”

The work has begun: Schofield isn’t ready to reveal what the studio is up to, but one thing is certain: They are “making a triple-A experience, yeah. We’re making a narrative experience.” The fledgling studio has its own mocap studio, over 70 employees and Schofield says they “still have a lot of hiring to do”.

Pokemon News and Events

Spring has come to Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go has started its annual Spring Event, so at least you can enjoy the idea of spring despite being stuck indoors. The event starts today and lasts until April 16th.

Pokémon GO

  • Spring 2020
    • Starts: April 9th @ 08:00 local time
    • Ends: April 16th @ 22:00 local time
    • Spring-themed Pokémon increased
    • Flower Hat Pikachu, Flower Crown Buneary and Shiny Marill appear in the wild
    • Flower Crown Togepi and Flower Crown Pichu hatch from eggs
    • Shiny Exeggcute introduced
  • New Go Battle League feature
    • Keep battling after losing 5 matches in a set
    • Stay in the battle until you win at least one out of fifteen matches

Pokémon: Twilight Wings

The fourth episode of web mini series Pokémon: Twilight Wings – set in the Galar region from Pokémon Sword and Shield – will broadcast on April 17th @ 05:00 UTC. The series started on January 15th and so far seven episodes have been announced.

VR Weekly Roundup

Vivecraft updated to version 1.15.2

Popular Minecraft VR mod Vivecraft has been updated and now supports Minecraft 1.15.2, which adds a whole bunch of bee-related updates. The Vivecraft developers are also working on Forge support, which will be included in a later update.

Don’t have a Vive but still want to craft mines in VR? Well, Vivecraft – despite the name – actually supports most major VR headsets: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Valve Index. Get the latest update here.

Big Boneworks update landing today

The incoming Boneworks update adds the [redacted] Chamber, the Tuscany demo and a handgun course. Developer Brandon Laatsch has uploaded a new video showing off the [redacted] Chamber and also explaining why it hasn’t been released until now. The update also introduces a brand-new pistol, which you can test out in the handgun course.

The Half-Life: Alyx team breaks down the game’s various locomotion modes

Valve has just released a video breaking down Half-Life: Alyx’s locomotion modes. You might think simplified locomotion options like teleportion is, well, simple but this video reveals that it’s actually anything but. Even if you’re not terribly interested in VR or Half-Life: Alyx, the video still offers a unique look into Valve’s development practices.

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Convoy: A Tactical Roguelike PS4 Code

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Convoy is a tactical roguelike-like inspired by Mad Max and FTL in which you cross a wasteland in search of parts for your broken ship. Presented in pixel art and set in a future post-apocalyptic setting, Convoy is a squad based tactical roguelike-like in its core.

Message From The Team

Enjoy the Easter Sunday Weekend!

The DailyBits Team will be taking a short break this weekend to recharge and enjoy the Easter bank holiday weekend. While we all must stay in side at this difficult time, we can take the time to sit down with our families and enjoy video games together.

The Weekend Gaming Deals issue will go out as normal on Saturday, although we won’t be fully back until Tuesday, but we want to thank you all for the feedback that we’ve been receiving and for continuing to read our issues.

Stay safe, keep gaming, and we’ll be back with you again on Tuesday!

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

What was the first Steam game to be rated AO for its violent content?

Answer: Hatred!

No matter how you feel about this violent game, it has earned a somewhat dubious place in the annals of videogame history.

Hatred is notorious for its frankly tasteless premise: You are a mass-murderer butchering civilians for no reason, much like the kind of cowardly losers who open fire in a movie theatre or school.

Rather deservedly, the game was faced with instant blowback thanks to its vileness and general lack of redeeming features. Even if the game is definitely tongue-in-cheek, it is nowhere near as sophisticated as Grand Theft Auto or even Mortal Kombat.

Valve originally pulled Hatred from Steam Greenlight because it is, well, offensive – but community backlash brought the game back to Steam alongside an apology from Gabe Newell himself. While the game is definitely not for everyone, it is noteworthy for attaining some kind of success despite its prohibitive Adults Only rating.

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