Pokemon Incense Day Event, GTA 6 “in early stages”

TODAY: InXile Entertainment made you gaze upon the face of terror — Rockstar is trying to make Grand Theft Auto 6 less crunchy than before — Get ready for the shortest Pokémon Go event ever this Sunday

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PS5 Production Demands

Sony wary of overestimating the demand for PlayStation 5 at launch

PlayStation 5 is still expected to launch late this year, and according to anonymous sources close to Sony they are not manufacturing as many consoles for launch as they have in earlier generations.

Sony apparently wants to avoid producing too much hardware considering the unit costs. Assembly partners have been told that Sony plans to manufacture 5-6 million units by the end of the fiscale year in March 2021.

  • Expected price range: $499 to $549
  • The COVID-19 pandemic could still impact Sony’s plans
  • DualSense reveal was hurried to avoid leaks
  • PlayStation 4 sold 7.5 million units in six months

Bridge building: The anonymous source say Sony will still depend on the PlayStation 4 to bring users to their service platform and it is very likely that Sony will cut the price of both PlayStation 4 models after the PlayStation 5 launches.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

How was Hot Coffee content in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas unlocked?

  • By finishing the last mission
  • With a cheat code
  • They used modding tools
  • It was a poorly thought out preorder bonus.

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

InXile made you face your worst fear

InXile Entertainment’s 2004 action adventure The Bard’s Tale featured plenty of cheeky humour and an avalanche of snark as well as being the first third-person 3D game in the long-running series.

The jokes started even before you had a chance to fire up the game. The game disc said “For A Really Disturbing Image… Flip Disc Over”. What terrifying vision you can never unsee awaited you on the flip side of the disc? Why, your own horrifying mug reflected back at you, of course – what did you expect?

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

GTA 6 Rumours

Grand Theft Auto 6 in early stages of development, possibly smaller scope

It’s not exactly surprising that Rockstar is working on a new entry in the most successful videogame franchise ever, but Grand Theft Auto 6 may not necessarily continue the series’ trajectory towards ever-grander game worlds – at least not at launch.

Rockstar is apparently trying to do something about the crunch culture in their studios, and one of the solutions they are considering is making sure Grand Theft Auto 6 has a manageable scope.

Smaller crime-spree: A more manageable project means less crunch, and then the team can work to add content over time after launch. Rockstar planned DLC for Grand Theft Auto V, but decided to focus on Grand Theft Auto Online instead

New management: “…in the last year Rockstar has made several quality-of-life improvements and replaced managers that staff described as toxic,” according to Kotaku. Co-founder Dan Houser left Rockstar earlier this year, while his brother Sam Houser remains President of the studio.

Message from Today's Sponsor

Partake in Nut-Based Thievery in Save Your Nuts

“Some days you just gotta chuck a walnut over a train.”

Save Your Nuts is easy to giggle at. Not just because of the game’s innuendo-laden title, but also thanks to its wacky gameplay. If you remember the party game genre when it was in its prime, Save Your Nuts keeps in tune to that spirit with a classic party game full of furry friends, jetpacks, and a race against the clock.

The game lets you have up to 8 players, bot or human, and a variety of animals to play as. From dogs that dig faster to speedy squirrels, there’s a lot of different team combinations if you want to strategize (or you can just have everyone play a beaver to cause even more snickering).

The game has three main modes: Capture the Nuts, Battle, and Thieves. Capture the Nuts is what you’d expect from a CTF mode, and Battle is a classic mode where your goal is to pop the enemy team’s balloons. But where the real madness lies is in Thieves mode. While it seems at first to just be Capture the Nut again, the mode starts with all five nuts in the map at once. This might not seem like it would be a big deal, but it causes absolute chaos in the best sense of the word.

What It’s Got:

  • ”Pick Up and Play” Fun
  • Plenty of Maps
  • Wacky Gamemodes
  • Frantic as all hell
  • Local and Online Multiplayer

It’s a mad dash to hold onto your nuts, and it makes it perfect for the type of couch play where you scream at your mates. If you’re craving some party game madness that the recent generation has been lacking, Save Your Nuts has that on April 16th for PC, Xbox One, and (most importantly) the Nintendo Switch for $14.99.

After all, it’s hard to think of a console Save Your Nuts is more perfect for than the local multiplayer-oriented Switch. A demo is available for every platform too if you want to try it before you buy it, so you’ve got nothing to lose.

Pokemon News and Events

6 hour Incense Day event on Sunday

Blink and you might miss the next Pokémon Go event! This weekend’s Incense Day event on Sunday April 19th takes place over six hours between 11:00am and 5:00pm local time.

“For the first time ever, Incense will attract certain Pokémon of certain types during specific time periods,” according to the announcement. Using incense will also attract more Sentret, and each Pokémon type will have its own dedicated hour.

Incense Day hourly schedule (local time):

  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Water-type (e.g. Poliwag, Tentacool, and Spheal)
  • 12:00 p.m. to 01:00 p.m.: Fire-type (e.g. Growlithe, Ponyta, and Houndour)
  • 01:00 p.m. to 02:00 p.m.: Grass-type (e.g. Oddish, Roselia, and Lileep)
  • 02:00 p.m. to 03:00 p.m.: Psychic-type (e.g. Slowpoke, Baltoy, and Bronzor)
  • 03:00 p.m. to 04:00 p.m.: Bug-type (e.g. Caterpie, Ledyba, and Skorupi)
  • 04:00 p.m. to 05:00 p.m.: Ground-type (e.g. Wooper, Barboach, and Hippopotas)

Pokémon GO additional updates:

  • Remote Raid Passes coming soon
    • Select a Raid you can see or from the Nearby Raid menu
    • Costs 100 Poké Coins, and future 1 Coin Bundles will include them
    • Remote Raid Passes will feature normal damage at launch
    • Reduced damage in future when not present at Raid location
  • Bonus Field Research each day without spinning Poké Stop
  • Buddy Pokémon can bring gifts without spinning Poké Stop
  • Power up Pokémon quicker by selecting Stardust and Candy amounts
  • Battle scene improvements with consistent HP and Pokemon’s types
  • Shops will show if new items are in stock

What Else Happened Today?

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

How was Hot Coffee content in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas unlocked?

Answer: Modding tools!

If you played Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, you probably remember its very straightforward dating game and you probably remember the Hot Coffee mod, which spiced things up considerably.

But do you remember why it caused such a huge stir in the first place? It’s just a silly mod, right? Well, no, the mod didn’t actually add any content. The Hot Coffee content was on the disc and present in the launching game code.

The feature was just disabled rather than entirely removed, making it very easy for modders to bring it back to life. The Grand Theft Auto series was already controversial, and everyone from crusading lawyer Jack Thompson to parent groups demanded that the game be banned or otherwise kept out of poor impressionable kids’ hands.

The rating was changed from M to AO, the game was removed from sale in Australia and loads of lawsuits including a class-action were filed. A new version was quickly issued without the offending content, and the M rating was reinstated. Only goes to show you do not want to mess with the prudes.

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