Sony’s Interest in Epic Games, Nintendo Treehouse Tonight

TODAY: Memory-resident anti-cheat software has been around since the NES — New WayForward game to be announced at Nintendo’s next Treehouse stream — Remothered: Tormented Fathers actually started out as an RPG Maker game

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Sony buys minority stake in Epic Games

Sony has made a $250 million investment in Epic Games and seeks closer collaboration since both companies “share a vision”.

Sony used Epic’s Unreal Engine 5 tech demo to demonstrate the power of PlayStation 5, so they have already been working closely with Epic for a while. The deal gives Sony a 1.4% stake in Epic Games at a valuation of $17.86 billion, pending regulatory approval.

Sony statement: “Through our investment, we will explore opportunities for further collaboration with Epic to delight and bring value to consumers and the industry at large, not only in games, but also across the rapidly evolving digital entertainment landscape,” said Sony Chairman, President and CEO, Kenichiro Yoshida.

Epic statement: “Sony and Epic have both built businesses at the intersection of creativity and technology, and we share a vision of real-time 3D social experiences leading to a convergence of gaming, film, and music,” added Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney. “Together we strive to build an even more open and accessible digital ecosystem for all consumers and content creators alike.”

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Remothered started out as a tribute to what classic horror game series?

  • Sweet Home
  • Resident Evil
  • Clock Tower
  • Alone in the Dark

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

Treasure Master didn’t abide cheaters

Software Creations’ NES game Treasure Master took anti-cheat protection seriously, which might seem a little excessive for a single-player 2D mascot platformer.

The game was the subject of an MTV contest that provided a special password that unlocked a hidden Prize World level players would compete to beat. To make sure no-one could cheat their way to the level using Action Replay or Game Genie, the game code would verify the memory contents and lock up if it found anything unexpected.

Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today’s fact.

Microsoft Acquisitions

Mojang taught Microsoft how to integrate new developers into Xbox Game Studios

Microsoft has gobbled up a lot of studios in the past few years, mostly thanks to the lessons learned integrating Minecraft developer Mojang into Xbox Game Studios.

Microsoft has recently bolstered their first-party development chops by purchasing Double Fine Productions, inXile Entertainment, Ninja Theory, Playground Games, Undead Labs and Obsidian Entertainment. “If you look at the list, you can find our lineage with many of those studios,” said Microsoft’s Phil Spencer.

Confidence: “The other thing that gave us confidence is the track record we had with studios. Mojang was a big point for us, where it was obviously a large acquisition, with an incredible franchise in Minecraft,” he added. Microsoft’s grand vision for Game Pass helped sell the idea to other stakeholders.

Individuality: Double Fine founder Tim Schafer said he agreed to sell because “we could keep our culture,” and he’s excited for Game Pass as it allows “a plethora of unusual content”. Spencer stated the key was to treat “incoming studios as full parts of the organisation” and make sure “that they felt supported.” It can’t have hurt to offer bigger budgets either.

Nintendo Reveal Today

Check out Nintendo’s latest Treehouse stream at 10.00am PT / 6.00pm BST

Nintendo will be streaming Paper Mario: The Origami King gameplay today, and reveal a new game from WayForward on Nintendo’s YouTube channel.

WayForward’s new game is not based on a Nintendo property, and it has never been shown before today. The studio is also working on Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch, which is scheduled to release on September 20th.

Paper RPG: Paper Mario: The Origami King is the first Paper Mario game since Paper Mario: Color Splash for Wii U, and Mario will be teaming up with his new partner Olivia. The game launches next week, on July 17th.

Live stream: “Even Bowser falls victim to Olly’s plot when his minions are turned into origami Folded Soldiers and betray their Koopa king, forcing him to ally with Mario and Olivia!” according to the Nintendo eShop listing.

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The Great Perhaps for Switch

This week we ran a giveaway for The Great Perhaps on Nintendo Switch, if you refered DailyBits to a friend. Use our widget to start earning referrals, which you can build up throughout the year to increase your chance of being selected in all our giveaways.

The Great Perhaps will be available on the eShop for $9.99 or £8.99, and we had some codes to hand out this week, just in time for today’s release. The giveaway has now ended, and the winners have been announced below.

The Great Perhaps tells the story of an astronaut returning to Earth and finding it destroyed by natural disasters. You discover an unusual artifact in the ruins, allowing you to see glimpses of the past and travel back in time.

Flit between between post-apocalyptic Earth and the vibrant days before disaster struck, and face the dangers presented by both to discover why the world ended – and how to bring it back.

Today’s Winners:

  • Matthew Johnson – USA
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Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Remothered started out as a tribute to what classic horror game series?

Answer: Clock Tower!

Remothered: Tormented Fathers was launched in 2018 after 7 years in development, and had quite a journey.

Developer Chris Darril started out making a fan game inspired by Clock Tower: The First Fear, where a group of orphans adopted by a wealthy family are picked off one by one.

The game started out in RPG Maker, and as development progressed it slowly shifted away from the obvious Clock Tower influence to become something more original. In 2016, the game had turned into the 3D horror game Remothered: Tormented Fathers, and most signs of its humble 2D origins were gone. You can still find footage of the RPG Maker version if you go looking – and can stomach the gore.

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