Pokemon Home success, next-gen at TGS 2020

TODAY: Pokémon Home could usher in a new era for companion apps — Mark Hamill could turn up in the second season of Netflix’s The Witcher — Is that a hospital in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

TGS 2020

Tokyo Game Show 2020 will be all about evolving platforms and 5G

The theme for this year’s Tokyo Game Show will be ‘The Future Touches Gaming First’ according to the Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association, and we can expect to see PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X at the event.

Expect to see other “emerging technologies that will unlock new possibilities for the future.” in addition to Sony and Microsofts new consoles. There will also be a number of esports events, featuring Japanese as well as global influencers and streamers.

Tokyo Game Show 2020:

  • Held at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba outside Tokyo
  • Lasts from Thursday, September 24th to Sunday September 27th
  • Over 655 exhibitors, including Capcom, Kojima Productions and CD Projekt RED
  • Big focus on start of “full-fledged launch of cloud gaming” as 5G grows more widespread
  • No reason to expect the COVID19 panic to interfere

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Who is Keanu Reeves portraying in Cyberpunk 2077?

  • Adam Smasher
  • Jackie Welles
  • Johnny Silverhand
  • Himself

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

Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project and the big boss clash with Duke Nukem Forever

3D Realms and Sunstorm Interactive’s Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project was launched for PC in 2002 and eventually made it to Xbox 360 and iOS.

You were originally going to square off against Dr. Proton from the original Duke Nukem games, but circumstances conspired against both the good doctor and the development team.

Dr. Proton was already busy being villainous in Duke Nukem Forever – which incidentally wouldn’t be released until 2011 – and 3D Realms were concerned about a continuity clash.

Thus, Mech Morphix was created and installed as the new villain of Manhattan Project instead. After all, nothing is more important to the Duke Nukem franchise than a consistent continuity!

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Pokemon Home Success

Pokémon HOME’s mobile app ‘downloaded 1.3m times’ in first week

Pokémon Home was downloaded about 1.3 million times in its first week, and around $1.8 million was spent, according to research firm SensorTower.

SensorTower belives Home could be a “potentially strong source” of income for The Pokémon Company, as features from Pokémon Bank are consolidated into Pokémon Home. Subscription plans range between $2.99, $4.99, and $15.99.

First week downloads by country:

1. United States – 444,000
2. Japan – 299,000
3. United Kingdom – 74,000
4. Germany – 63,000
5. France – 53,000

Serious companion: Pokémon Home is more than a companion app – it’s a game changer, argues SensorTower: It’s a central component of the series’ future. It stores Pokémon for future transfers, and allows the developers more control over how users interact.

It could be a harbinger of a whole new product category – the “paid inventory services” – and could spread to other MMOs.

Witcher Season 2 Casting

Second season of Netflix’s The Witcher is cast, but Vesemir remains unknown

Fans have been speculating about who might show up in the second season of Netflix’s The Witcher, and now they get some confirmations. Mark Hamill is rumoured to have been offered to play Geralt’s mentor Vesemir, but there’s no word on whether he’s accepted.

What’s new in The Witcher Season 2? The cast so far:

  • Coën (witcher) – Yasen Atour
  • Lambert (witcher) – Paul Bullion
  • Vereena (bruxa) – Agnes Bjorn
  • Nivellen – Kristofer Hivju
  • Eskel (witcher) – Thue Ersted Rasmussen
  • Lydia (sorceress) – Aisha Fabienne Ross
  • Francesca (elf) – Mecia Simson

Returning cast: “The reaction to Season 1 of The Witcher set a high bar for adding new talent for the second season,” said showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich. The returning cast includes Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra, Anna Shaffer, Joey Batey and of course Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia himself.

The Witcher Season 2 has just entered production, and the episodes are expected to air sometime in 2021.

Two Point Hospital Switch Review

Now you can take your hospital with you wherever you go!

Two Point Hospital has finally made its way to consoles, so now you can experience the ups, downs and occasionaly sideways of managing a hospital while you’re on the move, or on a big screen from the comfort of your couch.

If you played Bullfrog’s Theme Hospital back in the late 90s, you already know what you’re getting into: It’s up to you to cure a swarm of sickly patients while balancing the books and making sure your facilities stay in reasonable shape. The console version includes the Bigfoot & Pebberley Island DLC, so you’re getting the full physical here.

Verdict: We played the Switch version, and the game ran at a steady 30FPS in both docked and handheld mode. The controls and user interface have translated surprisingly well to console, and while you won’t be able to work as quickly as on PC, the game allows you to slow down time to compensate. Two Point Hospital was excellent on PC, and fortunately the console port keeps up with it and can be recommended just as wholeheartedly.

Where to Buy: If you subscribe to the Xbox Game Pass, it will become available on the service for both PC and Xbox One on February 25th. If you’d rather own a copy, Base.com has the best price for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One: £26.85. The Switch version will set you back a little bit more at £30.85.

Score: 8/10

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Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Who is Keanu Reeves portraying in Cyberpunk 2077?

Answer: Johnny Silverhand!

Everyone was rather surprised to find out that Keanu Reeves would play a major role in the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077, and no-one could have expected he would portray a classic character from the Cyberpunk rulebook.

Johnny Silverhand is a Rockerboy from the band Samurai who got himself killed, but reappears as a digital ghost to serve as your personal guide around Night City. It does sound a bit surreal to have the digital ghost of Keanu Reeves act as your chaperone, but he apparently plays a huge role in the game’s story.

Cyberpunk 2077 has generated massive hype, both because it’s the next game from the creators of The Witcher games and because it features musical collaborations with artists like Run the Jewels, Grimes and ASAP Rocky – as well as the designer of the original pen and paper game, Mike Pondsmith.

Cyberpunk 2077 is scheduled to release on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 17th when all of Johnny Silverhand’s secrets will be revealed …

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