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TODAY: More leaked GodFall footage shows off power of PlayStation 5 — Rockstar doesn’t pay a lot of UK tax, and doesn’t really want to either — Could Sony be planning to launch a new PSVR alongside PlayStation 5?

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Techland confirms Dying Light 2 delay

Dying Light 2 developer Techland has confirmed that the game will be delayed indefinitely. Originally scheduled to launch in early 2020, Techland decided to delay rather than release a disappointing game.

CEO Pawel Marchewka stated: “We apologise for this unwelcome news. Our priority is to deliver an experience that lives up to our own high standards and to the expectations of you, our fans.”

The Dying Light community was already doubting whether the game would make its announced release date since the developer had been quiet for a few months. In the statement, Techland reassures fans that they will start talking about the development again in the coming months.

In any case, fans have been kept busy by content updates for the first game, which launched in early 2015. If you haven’t played Dying Light in a while, you might be surprised to find a bunch of new content to enjoy.

What game will inevitably be delayed next?

2020 looked like a great year for AAA games, but over the past two weeks several of them have been delayed: Marvel’s The Avengers, Final Fantasy VII Remake and Cyberpunk 2077 are all missing their release dates – although they are still scheduled to release this year.

Looks like developers have taken Shigeru Miyamoto’s classic adage to heart: “A delayed game is eventually good. A bad game is bad forever.”

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Dying Light is a sequel to which game?

  •  Left 4 Dead
  • Dead Island
  • Dead Rising
  • Stubbs the Zombie

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.

News Bits

Minute-long GodFall video leaked

Reddit user YeaQuarterDongIng, has leaked an internal presentation video of PlayStation 5 launch title GodFall. The minute-long video clearly demonstrates the power of the next-generation console, showcasing advanced lighting and particle effects.

The video is from 2019 and it is not clear whether the footage is representative of the PlayStation 5 version of the game, or even the game’s current state. GodFall is scheduled to launch in late 2020 for PC and PlayStation 5.

Wiimote patent claim overturned

A federal court in Dallas has overturned a 2017 decision awarding iLife Technologies $10.1 million from Nintendo over patent claims to technology used in the Wii remote. The court found that iLife Technologies was “impermissibly trying to cover the broad concept of using motion sensors to detect motion.”

Nintendo of America’s deputy general counsel Ajay Singh said: “Nintendo has a long history of developing new and unique products, and we are pleased that, after many years of litigation, the court agreed with Nintendo. We will continue to vigorously defend our products against companies seeking to profit off of technology they did not invent.”

Daily Fact

A Brief History of Rockstar

Nowadays Rockstar is one of the biggest game developers in the world, and it has a surprisingly long history. The company as it exists today was founded in 1998 by a group of Take-Two executives, including the Houser brothers, who used to run BMG Interactive.

However, Rockstar had existed for a long time before that: It started out as DMA design, who developed Lemmings and the first Grand Theft Auto. At one point, DMA Design was tight with Nintendo after developing Unirally for the Super Nintendo, but the relationship soured after the disappointing Body Harvest for Nintendo 64.

Through a series of mergers and acquisitions – DMA Design was first purchased by Gremlin Interactive, which was then acquired by Infogrames (who would later become Atari) – DMA Design ended up as the property of Take-Two through the acquisition of BMG Interactive, the game publishing arm of media conglomerate Bertelsmann AG.

Rockstar was formed to build on DMA Design’s tradition for making risky, innovative games – and the rest, as they say, is history: Grand Theft Auto turned into a massive success, spawning a whole school of game design that has resulted in classics like Canis Canem Edit and Red Dead Redemption.

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Daily News

Rockstar addresses tax relief criticism

Rockstar has claimed £37.6 million in tax relief for the fiscal year 2018/19 according to a report by TaxWatch, accounting for 37% of all UK games industry tax relief claims. Rockstar has paid practically no corporation tax for the last decade despite claiming millions in tax relief.

Now Rockstar is attempting to justify the claims: “The UK’s program to support the growth of a broad range of creative industries through tax relief is a proven success. The program has directly resulted in Rockstar Games significantly increasing its investment in the UK, creating well over 1,000 highly skilled and long term jobs across London, Lincoln, Yorkshire and Scotland.”

Grand Theft Auto 5 has earned an $6 billion

To qualify for the tax relief, developers must pass a points-based test of cultural relevance. Both Grand Theft Auto 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2 are apparently “culturally British”, despite being American as apple pie. Rockstar seems able to squeak by through references to British culture, so legally they have done nothing wrong – proving once more that the letter of the law is not necessarily the spirit of the law.

Will Sony release new PSVR this year?

VR Education, a company in the virtual reality enterprise training and education business, has published a trading update claiming that Sony will release an updated PlayStation VR headset this year alongside the PlayStation 5.

While the source may seem credible, Sony told CNET that they will not be launching a new VR headset for the PlayStation 5: “There’s no reason for us to coincide it with a new console. From the point of view of the consumer, to be bombarded with many many things — oh, you have to buy this, you have to buy that — is a message that we don’t want to send. In some ways, it’s good to have a little breathing space between those things,” said Dominic Mallinson, Sony’s Global Head of R&D for PlayStation.

Could Sony release a revised PSVR headset in 2020?

Sony is much more likely to revise the present PSVR headset and launch a PlayStation 5 compatible version. The next-generation PSVR headset will most likely be wireless, like many of the latest headsets for PC, or at the very least dispense with the breakout box.

News Bits

Captain Tsubasa returns to the West

Bandai Namco has announced Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions, a brand-new game in the long-running sports/RPG series following Tsubasa Ozora and his football team, is coming to consoles. The last Captain Tsubasa game for consoles was released for PlayStation 2 in 2006. Rise of New Champions will feature a Story mode, Versus Mode and Online Versus Mode and is expected to launch later this year for PC, PlayStation 4 and Switch.

Six new visual novels for Switch

Aksys Games has revealed their upcoming visual novels for Switch, ranging from historical mafia dramas set in 1920s Italy to supernatural mysteries. The first two games, Guardian of Rebirth and Future Blessings, will launch in February and April while Collar X Malice will launch sometime in summer and Piofiore: Fated Memories as well as Cafe Enchante should arrive before the end of the year. Follow Aksys Games on Twitter to stay updated.

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Dying Light is a sequel to which game?

Answer: Dead Island!

Techland originally intended Dead Island to be a series but licensing agreements got in the way. They tried again with Dying Light, which successfully mixed parkour and zombie survival. The sequel has just been delayed, but will probably be well worth the wait.

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