Sony hinting at Game Pass Response

Today: Sony is eyeing Xbox Game Pass and pondering next move — No more political rallies or business presences in Animal Crossing — Bluepoint almost ended up settling the game difficulty debate

Fifth and final Night City Wire episode airs

CD Projekt RED's Cyberpunk 2077 dev log Night City Wire has finally run its course with the fifth episode, with three weeks to go until launch on December 10th.

Johnny Silverhand has his own agenda in Cyberpunk 2077

The last episode features a behind-the-scenes look at how the studio brought Johnny Silverhand to life, complete with appearances by Keanu Reeves.

Streamable music: There's also a segment about the game's score and soundtrack, as well as an announcement of a special streaming-friendly mode which replaces any music that could be subject to a DMCA request with a safe tune.

Goods & gameplay: The episode then shows off CD Projekt RED's JALI technology, which brings all the game's characters to life with facial expressions and procedural lip-sync for all supported languages before wrapping up with a new gameplay trailer.

Which company developed the first video game adaption of Space Hulk?

a) Electronic Arts
b) Gremlin Interactive 
c) Relic Software 
d) Holistic Design

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.

Game hack makes Koopa Troopas see red

The Nintendo DS port of Super Mario 64 features a red Koopa Troopa, but it’s never actually used in the game. It can only be encountered via hacks, and it actually exhibits a number of unique behaviours.

Koopa Troopas appeared in the original 1983 Mario Bros

The red Koopa Troopa tries to knock players around much like the Bullies, but if you knock them out of their shells they will just calmly return to it instead of panicking like their green cousins.

Mario can’t ride on their shells, but it can be slid along the ground killing enemies and eventually breaking on hitting a wall – and if Yoshi eats a red shell, he will spit fire!

Join our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today's fact.

Sony considering response to Game Pass

Sony already has the subscription services PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now, but it looks like they feel the need to respond to Microsoft’s highly successful Xbox Game Pass.

PlayStation Now might evolve closer to Xbox Game Pass

“There is actually news to come, but just not today,” Jim Ryan told a Russian outlet. The PlayStation boss also said it is very hard to offer cloud services to parts of Russia, since there is a severe shortage of necessary infrastructure.

COVID launch: Ryan also said that Sony would prefer not to launch a console during a global pandemic again, and that while the situation did not affect the console in itself, it definitely made the launch harder to manage. “We might have had a few more to sell, but not very many”, adding that Sony's manufacturing partners “have worked miracles.”

Console wars: Sony appreciates the competition from Microsoft, since it keeps them from getting complacent. He expects that most of the initial PlayStation 5 sales will be PlayStation 4 owners, while 25% will be new customers who do not currently own a game console.

No politics in Animal Crossing

Nintendo has updated their guidelines for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and they now prohibit using the game for political or divisive messaging.

Animal Crossing New Horizons is for escapism not politics

Businesses and organizations are asked to avoid using the game as a campaigning platform, and Nintendo will take decisive action against groups attempting to profit by doing so. The game is for personal use, and is not a marketplace or publishing platform. In short, Nintendo does not want its audience hijacked by opportunists.

Nintendo: “If we see your activity is not following these guidelines or is damaging or having bad influence on the community, we may ask you to stop such activity or usage of our contents, and take appropriate actions, including prohibiting your future business usage of the Game.”

Island retreat: Animal Crossing is getting ready for Thanksgiving with its Turkey Day event on November 26th, and the game is nominated in three categories at this year's Game Awards, which will be decided in December.

120Hz support likely for Oculus Quest 2

Oculus is rolling out 90Hz support for Oculus Quest 2. John Carmack notes that developers should not make their apps default to the highest available refresh rate, since they might add 120Hz support in the future – and if a game is optimized for a lower refresh rate, performance will probably be terrible.

That's sound advice, and also an indication that the Oculus Quest 2 could get even more impressive in the future!

Battle Sisters for Quest before Christmas

The unstoppable Sisters of Battle will smite the aliens and purge the heretics on December 8th, when Warhammer 40,000: Battle Sisters launches for Oculus Quest.

Co-op multiplayer as well as Oculus Rift support will arrive in an update sometime next year, and possibly support for other headsets as well. Warhammer 40,000: Battle Sisters is a fast and furious shooter with completely free movement, featuring over 15 different weapons.

  • No physical version of Doom Eternal for Switch, and Bethesda is assuring customers that they will receive full refunds
  • Amazon has messed up PlayStation 5 deliveries in the UK and customers have received unrelated items instead of their pre-ordered console
  • Bluepoint considered easy mode for Demon's Souls but decided against it in order to “preserve the spirit and intent” of the original
  • CrossfireX delayed until 2021, Smilegate blames COVID-19 and calls it a “difficult decision” – but the developers need more time

Which company developed the first video game adaption of Space Hulk?

ANSWER: Electronic Arts!

So we might have died the last ten times, but I’m feeling good about this run

Space Hulk has been adapted to the digital realm several times, and Electric Arts were the first ones to try. Their version of Space Hulk was published for Amiga and PC in 1993, and mixed top-town tactical gameplay with first-person action. The game was notoriously difficult and featured a rather oppressive atmosphere. It’s not easy to manage an entire team of Space Marines at once, and being hunted by a hive of Genestealers doesn’t help matters.

A sequel called Space Hulk: Vengeance of the Blood Angels appeared on 3DO, PlayStation, Saturn and PC three years later, and both games are well worth checking out even today. They’re fascinating attempts to bridge the gap between board games and videogames, and prove that good game design carries across media.

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

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