#90: Pokemon Go’s Ticketed Event Starts Soon

TODAY: You can finally play with your friends in Super Mario Maker 2 — Wanna line some eSport pro’s pockets? Spend your cash in League of Legends – Get ready to be Terminated in Mortal Kombat 11

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Pokemon Go’s first global ticketed event coming November 2nd

There have been Pokémon Go special events before, but now developer Niantic is preparing to host the world’s first ticketed global event on November 2nd – and the ultimate price is the golem-like Legendary Pokémon Regigigas, who first appeared in Pokémon Diamond & Pearl for DS.

The event will be held 11am to 7pm regardless of timezone, which means it’s the first-ever global event as well. The event was revealed when a new item – Ticket: A Colossal Discovery – appeared in Pokémon Go’s latest update.

Regigigas smash… high ticket prices

No price was shown when the ticket appeared in the store, prompting much speculation since the main attraction is a new, exclusive Legendary Pokémon. Well, the tickets are finally available, and the event will cost $7.99/£7.99/€8.99 – which is higher than many expected, and there’s no way to use in-game currency to buy a ticket: You need to spend money.

There are still no details about the event itself, or what the price of admission will buy you – but if the more local Go Fests are any indication, there will be a quest, premium items and rare spawns. Even though Regigigas is enticing, the price does seem rather steep. Niantic will hopefully explain why the event is worth our hard-earned cash closer to the event.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Which of these characters have NOT appeared in a Mortal Kombat game?

  • Freddy Krueger
  • Predator
  • Jason Voorhees
  • Michael Myers

The answer will be revealed at the end of this issue!

News Bits

Super Mario Maker 2 finally lets you play online with friends

When Super Mario Maker 2 launched, you could play online with random people and locally with your friends – but there was no way to play online with your friends! The latest patch finally allows you to play co-op or versus with friends. The Nintendo Switch Online mobile app is also supported now, if you still prefer to play with random people.

Daily Fact

The first big Mortal Kombat crossover was a disaster

Oh, Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe – how we longed to love thee! Released half a decade before Netherrealm finally nailed the DC Comics fighting game formula with 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among Us (solution: don’t mix in Mortal Kombat), Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe was the first-ever Mortal Kombat crossover, and paved the way for future guest appearances, like this month’s Terminator DLC.

Unfortunately, Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe wasn’t any good, despite being the eighth game in the series. Hallmark features like fatalities and the general gleeful ultraviolence had to be toned down (which kinda ruins the point of Mortal Kombat), the acting was horrible (which, granted, is not uncharacteristic of the series) and the 3D arenas was just a bad idea.

There were plans for DLC featuring Harley Quinn and Quan Chi, but all that had to be scrapped when Midway went bust and Netherrealm went back to basics with Mortal Kombat 9. These days, Mortal Kombat crossovers tend to be a bit more low-key and constrained to DLC – and that’s probably for the best.

Esports roundup

League of Legends World Championship kicks off this week

The 2019 League of Legends World Championship started this week and will last until November 10th. The prize pool is around $2.2 million, but it will increase since purchases made during the tournament contributes to the pool! The final figure is predicted to be around $6.5 million. The World Championship is hosted in three cities across Europe, starting in Berlin before moving on to Madrid for the quarter and semifinals, while the grand finals will be held in Paris.

So far, European teams are off to a strong start, with Splyce being the only team to secure a 2-0 victory on the first day, with ‘Norskeren’ (Tore Hoel Eilertsen) picking up the first daily Inven Global MVP. While Splyce appear to have found their feet already, many fans remain confident that Fnatic and G2 will rise to the occasion, given their impressive records. Overall, the World Championship has had an interesting opening, paving the way for a lot of excitement over the next month.

San Francisco Shock win this year’s Overwatch League

In one of the most dominant displays ever witnessed at an Overwatch event, San Francisco Shock destroyed the Vancouver Titans 4-0 at the Overwatch League Grand Finals. The match looked like it was shaping up to be even, with the Vancouver Titans delivering impressive results throughout the league – but on the big day, it became apparent that San Francisco Shock would make very quick work of their opponents from the very first round. Season 3 of the Overwatch League begins next year on February 8th.

CS:GO players breaks wrist then top frags in ECS Semifinals

MiBR player, fer (Fernando Alvarenga), broke his left collarbone and fractured his right wrist in a scooter accident on Saturday. Surprisingly, he decided to carry on the ECS Season 8 tournament, despite being in a lot of pain. MiBR then went on to win the Quarterfinals against ex-Luminosity 2-0 on Monday.

While MiBR lost the Semifinals to ATK, fer concluded two of the three maps as the top fragger on his team – an incredible achievement considering his injury. With the ESL Pro League starting on October 8th and MiBR’s first match scheduled for 9th, the team won’t let anything hold them back.

Game Spotlight - Mosaic

Break the cycle?

(Krillbite Studio – PC)
Release date: 2019

Mosaic begins in a cold and monotonous world where you’ll go to work, carry out boring tasks and look at your mobile phone from time to time. Developer, Krillbite Studio, known for their first-person survival horror game, Among The Sleep, drops you into a busy city filled with people, before making you feel isolated and alone.

We played a short preview build of Mosaic and a lot of the game so far consists of walking around – whether it be to work or around the office. Everything you do in this game feels as though it is supposed to be an exhaustingly drawn-out process. All of the hallways in your workplace stretch far further than you’d expect and you’re forced to walk down them slowly. You’ll have to wait for the elevator and once inside, looking at others causes them to turn away from you. Overall, it appears as though you’re supposed to feel anonymous in the workplace, underappreciated for the boring work you do, and easy to replace.

Working consists of playing a rudimentary puzzle game whereby players have to direct all resources to the Milestone. This is accomplished by constructing pylon-like structures which produce resources. Using a hex map, you are tasked with building towards the Milestone in order to ‘feed’ it resources. While performing this task, the Milestone constantly reminds you to feed it as fast as you can. Once you finally feed the Milestone, the work day ends. The developers have done a great job by making this feel like boring work. Fortunately, this task doesn’t last any longer than five minutes.

For the duration of the preview, our character did not interact with anyone, other than a small fish that appeared in their bathroom sink, one morning. This is one of the occasions that you’ll see a splash of colour in your otherwise grey life. After a brief conversation, you’ll then have the option to either flush the fish down the toilet, or take it to work in your pocket. We took it to work but didn’t find that it had much of an impact on our day. After work we also played as a yellow butterfly which slowly flaps alongside a road and through a construction site, until it gets shredded to pieces by a machine. In our playthrough, this butterfly segment served as a brief distraction from our character’s routine journey home.

Life is monotonous and repetitive

Throughout the game, you receive messages on your phone that serve to remind you that your life isn’t great. Waking up for the first time in the demo, we received a message from our work place saying if we arrive late five times then the company can terminate our contract immediately. The next day, we received two messages from work. The first text reminds us that if we are late four more times our contract will be terminated. As for the second message, we are told that compared to other employees, we are not performing as well as everyone else.

You can break some of the monotony in your life by playing the only game on your phone: Blip Blop. Blip Blop is all the rage in this world, with it being pushed by your ‘friends’ via texts and advertised throughout the city. In Blip Blop, you press a button on your phone to increase the number counter. Increasing this number allows you to purchase upgrades that will double, triple and even quadruple the number of times you can press the button in a single press. As you can tell, even the games in this world are depressing!

Our time with Mosaic was very short and cemented the themes that Krillbite Studio want to touch upon in this game. Thankfully, the next portion of the game looks to take quite a different turn. At the end of the preview build, in a ‘to be continued’ trailer, our character is a tiny model seen dodging giant shoes on a pavement and they’re also spotted climbing a huge glowing structure. We’re interested to see where the story will go next and hope to see our character breaking up more of their daily routine to pave way for some more varied gameplay.

Daily News

Mortal Kombat 11 trailer introduces the Terminator – and Harley Quinn?

The latest trailer for Mortal Kombat 11 dropped this week, and gave us a good look at the new fighter coming on October 8th – and it’s none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger himself as the Govern… uh, no Terminator. He was revealed in the last Fighter Pack video, but this is the first time we’ve seen him in action.

The character is based on the Arnie’s appearance in the upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate movie, where a (clearly ageing) Schwarzenegger joins up with Linda Hamilton (no spring chicken herself) as Sarah Connor. While the fighter model is clearly based on Arnold, he’s not lending his voice – so Mortal Kombat 11’s Terminator sounds more like Rainier Wolfcastle.

I now know why you cry

The Terminator is armed with a few basic weapons, such as a shotgun and an “Uzi nine-millimeter” – but also packs a range of future technology, which might be a nod to Dark Fate. This also includes the time bubble, which he uses to send his opponent to the future to be killed by other Terminators. Futurality!

The trailer also reveals a bunch of special skins for other fighters. Sonya Blade gets a Sarah Connor costume, Kano gets to be Cyborg, and Cassie Cage gets to be Harley Quinn – which certainly is interesting since Joker will appear next month.

A secret Metal Gear Solid boss was just found in The Division 2

July’s episode of The Division 2, named DC Outskirts: Expeditions, introduced Manning National Zoo, a fun new mission where you have to track down Outcast leader Emeline Shaw – and apparently there were more than just animals living there! The zoo hides a secret boss, so well-hidden that one of the developers had to point it out.

Developer Trick Dempsey revealed that there was a boss no-one had found yet on The Division 2’s State of the Game stream yesterday: “If you find yourself in one of our levels and you have about a football field’s length in which you are doing nothing, you should probably look around.” Within hours, players had discovered The Agony hanging around in Manning National Zoo.

Oh no, not the bees!

Reddit user ArcLight079 posted the discovery, and instructions to experience the boss battle for yourself. To get to it, you have to find five beehives around the zoo level, and then interact with a panel at the butterfly exhibit. A boss called The Agony enters, a heavily-armoured Outcast enemy with a stinger hive that can shoot drones at players.

Players immediately spotted that the bee theme and the name is clearly a reference to the Metal Gear Solid 3 boss ‘The Pain’. So not only did players manage to find an obscure hidden boss, it turns out it’s a Metal Gear Easter egg too! Really makes us wonder if there are more secret enemies lurking around The Division 2, waiting to be found.

News Bits

Team17 publishing rogue-like Zelda-like Rogue Heroes

Worms developer Team17 is publishing Heliocentric Studios’ Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos, a Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past-esque RPG featuring co-op for up to four players. Apart from looking very much like a Zelda game, Rogue Heroes features (surprise!) rogue-like elements, including procedurally-generated dungeons, skill trees and a village building system.

“We can’t wait to support Joshua and Brandon in realising their vision for the game,” said Max Everingham, Head of Publishing at Team17. The game will be out on Steam next year.

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Which of these characters have NOT appeared in a Mortal Kombat game?

Answer: Michael Myers!

This week has brought the first proper gameplay trailer for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s appearance in Mortal Kombat 11 as The Terminator. It’s a pretty obvious tie-in to the new movie Terminator: Dark Fate – which premieres this month – it’s a welcome addition, just like the other Mortal Kombat guest stars.

Several of these guests have been ‘80s horror icons like Freddy Krueger, Jason Vorhees, Leatherface, Alien and Predator – so The Terminator is in pretty good company. But there’s someone missing! It’s Halloween’s Michael Myers, who has instead appared in multiplayer horror title Dead By Daylight. Maybe he’ll finally show up in Mortal Kombat 12?

Weekly Giveaway

Egress on PC

This week’s DailyBits giveaway is an unusual combination of fun things: Cthulhu, Dark Souls and Battle Royale – at once! We are giving away 5 Steam keys for Egress, the multiplayer melee combat game from developer Fazan, where you struggle for survival on an island slowly being reclaimed by the sea… and the Ancient Ones!

All you have to do to enter the sweepstakes is to follow Dailybits on Twitter, and we’ll also include anyone that follows us on Facebook too, although we’ll be posting detailed instructions on how to enter via our Facebook page this Saturday. We will choose five random followers over the course of the week, and each will receive a Steam code for Egress on PC! It couldn’t be any easier.

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