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TODAY: Demon’s Souls turned out the way it did because Miyazaki was not afraid to fail — Sony will reveal the PlayStation 5 in a streamed event today — Modern Warfare Season 4 adds 50 v 50 Warzone deathmatch

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Summer of Gaming Day 1 round-up

IGN has just hosted the first day of IGN Expo where a variety of studios and publishers announce, reveal and showcase their games. Day 2 begins today, June 11th, at 11:30am PT.

Two new games were announced, trailers for Stronghold: Warlords and XIII debuted alongside new gameplay footage from Blankos Block Party, Iron Oath, Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time and Spellbreak, as well as two lengthy sections from Star Renegades and Bravery Network Online.

IGN Expo Day 1 – June 10

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Where does James learn the truth about Mary in Silent Hill 2?

  • Rosewater Park
  • Toluca Prison
  • The Lakeview Hotel
  • The Silent Hill Historical Society

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

Demon’s Souls was a total mess

Demon’s Souls from 2009 has become legendary for its unforgiving difficulty and inspired countless imitators, but according to director Hidetaka Miyazaki the game barely made it through development.

The team was struggling to make a good prototype with a coherent vision, which attracted Miyazaki’s attention. He was working on Armored Core at the time, but was very excited to get in on an action RPG that he could turn into anything he wanted.

He didn’t even worry about his reputation if his intervention had failed, since the game was on the brink of cancellation anyway. Demon’s Souls made it through development, and eventually sold over 1,7 million copies and let Miyazaki make Dark Souls. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Game Spotlight

Review: 1971 Project Helios

Developer: RecoTechnology S.L.

Version tested: Switch

1971 Project Helios is a turn-based strategy game where you scavenge for weapons and battle three villainous factions as you hunt for Dr. Margaret Blythe. Unfortunately, dastardly enemies and limited equipment are the least of your worries.

Enemy encounters are highly scripted, and every battle always starts with the same character positions with full health. If you lose, you just start right next to the encounter trigger, like nothing happened. That means it never feels like your decisions matter, and while the game design can’t carry permadeath mechanics there must have been something the developers could do to spice things up.

The art is sub-par and the animations are clunky, the camera features four locked angles to pick between and the music is simply put annoying. It’s not just irritating: It actively destroys any tension and atmosphere the game might have managed to conjure up with its environments.

1971 Project Helios is the very definition of mediocrity, and there’s no way it is worth the £35.99 asking price. If you want a turn-based strategy game for Switch, you should check out XCOM 2 Collection or Fire Emblem: Three Houses instead. The PC and PlayStation 4 versions are no better. Just avoid it and play something good.

Score: 2/10

PlayStation 5 Expectations

Sony reveals PlayStation 5 today

The big day is finally here: Sony is revealing the PlayStation 5 today on June 11th, at 1pm PT / 4pm ET / 9pm BST / 10pm CEST.

Watch the stream here: PlayStation 5 — The Future of Gaming

Amazon UK may also have leaked the PlayStation 5 launch price, having listed a PlayStation 5 with 2TB of storage at £599, which is $765. There is still no firm release date, but PlayStation 5 will launch sometime in the holiday season this year.

Uncertainty: Some doubt that’s the real price, since Sony will have to remain competitive against the Xbox Series X and whoever can offer the most reasonable deal will have a big advantage. Others think the listing is flat-out wrong, since Sony has said that the PlayStation 5 launch model will have 825GB of storage.

Leaks: Listings for merchandise suggests that there could be a new Crash Bandicoot revealed this evening, and that it could be a PlayStation 5 launch title.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 4

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 4 adds new guns and mid-game events

The next Call of Duty: Modern Warfare update weighs in at a hefty 84GB, bulking up a game that already occupied 190GB of storage with yet more content.

The studio is working to bring update sizes down by compressing assets, but that just means the 84GB update will grow to 88GB once decompressed. Console players can opt to uninstall content they’re not using if they run out of storage.

Intermission: Call of Duty Warzone Season 4 introduces mid-game events, which can occur after the first loadout drop and before the Gulag closes. They are designed to keep everyone on their toes, and will only one mid-game event will happen in each match.

  • Jailbreak – All eliminated players are brought back into the game with 1 minute to prepare
  • Fire Sale – Buy Stations receive 80-100% discounts and let you buy back teammates
  • Supply Chopper – Unarmed but heavily armoured supply helicopter that carry loot

50v50 mode: There’s also a new Contraband contract system, which rewards a new permanent blueprint. Warzone Rumble has been added to the Warzone playlist, a 50v50 team deathmatch mode. Additionally, new guns like the Fennec, the CR-56 Amax and the Renetti has been added.

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Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Where does James learn the truth about Mary in Silent Hill 2?

Answer: The Lakeview Hotel!

James’ search for his wife is one of gaming’s most notable stories.

Taking place in an unnerving world chock-full of more or less subtle symbolism, the story concludes in room 312 at the Lakeview Hotel.

Although the game is nearly 20 years old, it would feel wrong to spoil the ending because it’s always a good time to play Silent Hill 2 for the first time. It’s one of the most influential games of all time, and in some respects it has never been equalled, let alone surpassed.

Consider using a walkthrough, though: The puzzles are pretty old-school and sometimes obtuse.

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