Spencer On Halo Infinite delay, Capcom talks next-gen prices

TODAY: Phil Spencer calls Halo Infinite delay “a bummer” — 4A Games is working on multiplayer Metro game with Saber Interactive — Is Nintendo teasing a new Super Mario Sunshine, or just wishing us a happy holiday?

Capcom considering next-gen pricing

Will Capcom also increase the price of their next-gen games? Maybe, maybe not – they are watching what everyone else is doing before making a decision.

Several other publishers have already said that they will increase game prices for the next generation consoles, and it’s looking likely that $70 will be the new recommended retail price for next-generation games. However, not everyone is convinced this is a good idea and that includes Capcom.

Keeping watch: “We do not have a set policy at this time. We will consider our approach having analyzed both our strengths and weaknesses while closely monitoring industry trends,” Capcom told their investors. Ubisoft is also keeping their games at $60 for the time being.

Trend or blip? 2K Games has already decided their games are worth a little extra, prompting other publishers to follow suit and announce price hikes.

Which Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney case was added to the DS version?

  • Turnabout Goodbyes
  • Turnabout Sisters
  • Rise From the Ashes
  • Turnabout Samurai

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.

Dying Light from red to green and back

The Japanese version of Techland’s zombie survival adventure Dying Light originally featured green blood.

No, it’s not because the shambling masses of undead had reached an advanced stage of decomposition, but because the Japanese certification board was unhappy with the gore. However, fans were less than impressed with the green goo.

After loads of negative reviews, Techland released an update that turned everyone’s favorite bodily fluid back to its proper rich, red color. Dying Light also features a Super Mario Bros. Easter egg: You can find a green warp pipe inside a chimney, and go to the first level from Super Mario Bros.

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Halo Infinite delay is “a bummer”

Halo Infinite won’t be out in time for the Xbox Series X launch in November, and will instead appear sometime next year.

“Let me start just by recognising the fans and the fact that it is a bummer,” said Phil Spencer. “It is disappointing to people, it’s disappointing to us. We were looking forward to the alignment of Halo Infinite and the Xbox Series X.”

The announcement comes after Halo Infinite was roundly mocked for its weak presentation when it was officially revealed at the Xbox Games Showcase earlier this summer.

All or nothing: “In the end, I have to make the right decision,” he continued. Microsoft considered splitting the game into several parts, but opted to delay the full release instead. “It just didn’t feel, to all of us, like the Halo release that we would want,” said Spencer.

Right decision: “I’ll apologise to the fans, because I never like to set up expectations and then not hit them,” Spencer said, “but I also believe we’re making the right decision, in the long run, for both Xbox and Halo and our customers.” Halo Infinite will make landfall on PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X next year.

4A Games bought by Embracer Group

The Embracer Group has acquired Ukrainian developer 4A Games via the Saber Interactive label for $36 million dollars. The studio will continue to operate independently.

4A and Saber are working on a new Metro multiplayer project that will benefit from “the AAA production values of 4A Games, combined engine and technology know-how and Saber’s experience on multiplayer and live operations.” There is also a new AAA IP in development that “leverages its decade of experience on developing the Metro series.”

Embracing 4A: “Embracer Group and Saber Interactive are the perfect partners for 4A Games and for our next phase of growth. Together we will continue to build on the Metro franchise and will focus on bringing a multiplayer experience to our fanbase,” said 4A CEO Dean Sharpe.

Acquisition spree: 4A Games joins seven other studios recently acquired by Embracer Group: New World Interactive, Palindrome Interactive, Rare Earth Games, Vermila Studios, Pow Wow and DECA Games. Metro author Dmitry Glukhovsky is currently working on the story for the next Metro game with 4A Games.

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Fans bring GoldEneye 64’s Dam to VR

If you’re still sad about the GoldenEye 64 fan remake that got shut down, then maybe this Half-Life: Alyx mod can cheer you up. The modders that recreated the Facility map has turned their talents to the classic Dam level.

Unlike Facility, which is a fairly small level, Dam is pretty huge and needed to be broken into three parts. You can find the level on Steam, and no need to worry: The level is built almost entirely from Half-Life: Alyx assets, so there’s nothing for MGM’s lawyers to complain about.

Firefox Reality preview available for PC

Mozilla’s VR web browser Firefox Reality is finally available on PC, supporting Valve Index, Oculus Rift S and HTC Vive. The browser has been available for portable VR systems like Oculus Quest for a while, but now Mozilla has finally brought it to PC headsets.

Firefox Reality is a great way to enjoy 360 degree videos on YouTube, or simply a convenient way to browse the web while you’re playing without removing the headset. The preview version is only available through Viveport at the moment, but will probably appear on other VR platforms once the release version is launched.

Burning Man goes virtual this year

The Burning Man festival has been held in the Nevada desert for over 20 years, but COVID-19 has forced the event online instead.

The organisers are promising “eight recognised universes of the Burning Man Multiverse”, which isn’t exactly self-explanatory but apparently includes a virtual temple you can visit from the comfort of your home.

There will also be DJ sets and art installations, and best of all: It’s open to anyone! If you’ve ever wondered what Burning Man is all about, you can enjoy a little taster between August 30th and September 6th.

Which Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney case was added to the DS version?

Answer: Rise From the Ashes!

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is considered one of the big Nintendo DS classics, but it was actually a port!

The original game was released for Game Boy Advance in Japan four years before the DS version appeared in the west in 2005. The re-release featured a new episode called Rise from the Ashes.

The new episode uses the DS’s microphone and touchscreen during the case, and was added in an effort to appeal to American audiences. Turns out the game didn’t really need gimmicks to become a huge success, and that’s why these features have been removed in the recent remasters.

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