TODAY: Another reason to hate videogame patents: Long loading times — Niantic wants you to stay at home but still keep playing Pokémon Go — Animal Crosssing: New Horizons sets sales records for Nintendo
Rogue Company Alpha Test
Rogue Company alpha sign-up opens
Rogue Company follows an elite group of mercenaries packing serious firepower, and supports cross-platform play and has PvP modes. It also features ‘cross-progression’ so you can use the same account across PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Switch.
Sales pitch: “As a Rogue Company mercenary, players will grab their weapon of choice and dive into iconic locations to compete online in various PVP game modes,” according to the the official blurb. “With an arsenal of mercenaries, guns, abilities, and game modes, there is always something to master.” Rogue Company is expected to release later this year.
Sneak peek: The gameplay trailer is about two-and-a-half minutes long and features a mix of gameplay and cinematics. The footage is from an alpha build, and shows off a variety of player abilities and parts of the maps.
Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?
Who was the first Western company to make a Silent Hill game?
- Wayforward Technologies
- Vatra Games
- Climax Studios
- Double Helix Games
Crash Bandicoot and Curse of the Namco Mini-Game Patent
If you played Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex for PlayStation 2 then you might remember chunky loading times averaging 47 seconds. Was the game really that demanding? Yes, but the loading times were particularly long because of a feature that was disabled but not removed.
What, exactly? Mini-games! One of the founders of Traveller's Tales’ revealed that there were mini-games where you could collect Wumpa Fruit, but that a ‘fraudulent patent’ by Namco forced them to get rid of the mini-games at the last minute, when they couldn't actually get rid of them, just hide them. The later Xbox re-release decreased load times to around 17 seconds on average.
Pokemon News and Events
Pokémon Go wants you to stay home
Niantic has temporarily disabled the coin and walking requirements for the Go Battle League until April 13th as part of the game's ‘stay at home’ measures.
Anyone with a Safari Zone ticket for this weekend's event in St. Louis will instead receive boosted spawns for all Pokémon that were part of the event. Incense is also stronger now and lasts for 8 hours. Special Research will complete where every you play, and give Pokéball rewards.
- Lugia Raid Weekend event has been cancelled
- Cobalion will remain in Raids and Go Battle League until March 31st
- Good Friends or higher battles until May 1st
- New ‘Today View’ quality of life improvement on the way
- List of current event effects
- Overview of Pokémon in gyms
- Pokémon Catch and PokéStop Spin Streaks
Pokémon Sword & Shield
- Extreme Speed! Single Battles! rankings available
- Team Skull Crash Course story event coming soon
- Guzma & Plumeria Spotlight Scout adds new Sync Pairs
- Guzma & Golisopod
- Plumeria & Salazzle
Pokémon Rumble Rush
- Sky-High Rayquaza, Descend! event begins
- Lasts for three weeks until April 15th
- Based on island around Rayquaza
- Various Pokémon and all Hoenn Pokémon
Animal Crossing Success
Animal Crossing: New Horizons sets new sales records in Japan and UK
The reign of Pokémon Sword & Shield is over, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons is now the fastest-selling Switch game in Japan.
According to Famitsu, Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold 1.88 million units in just three days, while Pokémon Sword & Shield sold 1.36 million units combined. The previous record holder was Super Smash Bros Ultimate with 1.24 million units sold.
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf for Nintendo 3DS sold 722k it first three days
- Sales data doesn’t include sales through Nintendo eShop
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons increased console sales in Japan
- Over 392,500 Switch and Switch Lite units sold last week
- A 585 percent increase over the previous week
- Over 13 million Switch sales in Japan so far
Big in UK: Animal Crossing: New Horizons also broke UK sales records, becoming the second largest Switch launch after Pokémon Sword & Shield. It outsold all previous Animal Crossing games combined in its first week on sale in the UK, even when not counting digital sales.
What Else Happened Today?
- PlayStation Network downloads may be slower as Sony works with Internet service providers to “help preserve access” during quarantine, you may experience “slower or delayed” game downloads
- Humble Bundle announces Humble Brag Spring 2020, a “major platform for announcements and updates” now featuring seven games
- Tokyo Dark sequel “indefinitely on hold for now” says developer Cherrymochi who will move on to other projects unless a publisher suddenly swoops in
- Konami denies Silent Hill reboot rumours, says they “know it’s not the answer fans may want to hear”
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and DiRT Rally 2.0 on PlayStation Plus for April , replacing Shadow of the Colossus and Sonic Forces
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Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?
Who was the first Western company to make a Silent Hill game?
Answer: Climax Studios!
“Yeah, this feels appropriate to how this week’s going.”
Even though Team Silent was disbanded in the mid-2000s after completing Silent Hill 4: The Room, the franchise was milked for another few years. Konami hired various external studios to make Silent Hill games, among them Climax Studios, who made Silent Hill: Origins.
The game stars Travis Grady, a trucker who gets tangled up in The Order’s activities after taking a shortcut through Silent Hill. Depending on who you ask, it’s either a game that stays true to the series’s roots or a formulaic game with unnecessary mechanics like breakable weapons.
Konami kept farming out the series until the the last mainline game Silent Hill: Downpour was released in 2012. It was the last official Silent Hill game before the P.T. demo appeared in 2014. Even if a Silent Hill reboot seems unlikely, we can still enjoy the classics.
Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Simon Priest, Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, and Jamie Davey.