Pokémon Legends: Arceus leaks before release

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Pokemon Legends: Arceus animation

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is just around the corner, and that means Nintendo will be working overtime to keep a lid on leaked footage from the game as the occasional retail copy goes on sale ahead of the official launch date on January 28th.

It also means the internet will become a minefield of spoilers threatening to undermine the surprise and joy of a new, open-world Pokémon adventure. People are already posting ominous photos of boxed copies of Pokémon Legends: Arceus – the question is when, not if, they will pull the trigger.

  • Latest trailer offers a generous portion of gameplay footage
  • Pokémon strategy guide leakers were sued for $150,000 last year
  • Nintendo cut ties with a Portuguese site over leaks in 2020

Big spoilers: Images and gameplay footage detailing the story, setting, missions, and – of course – the Pokédex are already circulating. Retail copies of the game also appeared on eBay at surprisingly sensible prices.

PokéLeaks: One of the drawbacks of physical releases is that they necessitate a chain of trust and tolerance of a certain loss of control. Nintendo is not particularly trusting and really rather controlling, and thus the hunt for the wicked leakers begins.

Which EA studio created Dante’s Inferno?

a) Visceral Games
b) EA Montreal
c) Criterion Games

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.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel on PC and consoles

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel logo and artwork

Free-to-play card battler Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel promises to be the “definitive edition” of the competitive trading card game and is now available for PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch.

Complete the tutorial to earn your first deck, and unlock more cards by progressing through the game … or simply open your wallet and watch your collection fill with cards.

Not-so-free: Peruse The Master Duel Gem Pack price lists, and lo! they are pretty expensive. 2400 gems will set you back £32.99, while 4920 can be had for £65.99.

Fake bonus: Of course, it's all a matter of perspective. A bigger trove of gems may be more exorbitantly priced, but each gem will be cheaper: The 4920 gem pack is actually a 4200 gem pack with a 720 gem bonus. A true bargain! Except you're still paying for 4920 gems.

Battlefield 2042’s “next set of updates”

Battlefield 2042's work-in-progress scoreboard

The official Battlefield Twitter account has posted a thread on how DICE and EA are planning to fix Battlefield 2042's many issues.

Update 3.2 is out today, and it “delivers a handful of small fixes” that improves stability, while update 3.3 is expected sometime in February and will reintroduce the scoreboard following player backlash.

Keep score: The scoreboard isn’t a “one and done deal” and will be refined over time. Matchmaking preferences for All-Out Warfare and built-in VOIP support are under consideration, or development, or both.

XP tweaks: The progress system is also getting tuned, with more servers and game types that help Mastery and Weekly Missions progress alongside changes to Battlefield Portal XP. The team is also working to fix the game's many big and small performance issues.

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Which EA studio created Dante’s Inferno?

Dante in Dante's Infero killing Death... I don't remember this from the poem...

ANSWER: Visceral Games!

“God of War, but Catholic” sounds like a weird pitch, but that's exactly what Dante's Inferno is. Developed by Visceral Games between the first and second Dead Space games, Dante's Inferno reimagines Dante as a muscle-bound crusader fighting the hordes of hell to save his wife Beatrice. Not exactly a faithful adaptation, in other words.

The game only covers the first part of the Divine Comedy and ends on a cliffhanger, but there was never a sequel – and never will be, since Visceral Games closed in 2017. It might also be hard to make purgatory fun.

We've downloaded Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel on Switch ready for a play session tonight, so we'll aim to bring you some impressions of it next week. Are you going to give it a try? It seems to have peaked at 198,234 concurrent players on Steam.

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!