Studio condemns Tripwire President’s comment on abortion ban

Today: Sonic Colors: Ultimate features some suitably colorful bugs — Turns out New World didn’t fry anyone’s high-end GPU after all — Pokémon Go Safari Zone event open for everyone around the world

Tripwire Interactive president criticised for endorsing Texas ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill

Large Tripwire logo on office wall

Tripwire’s John Gibson gave his endorsement of the US Supreme Court’s decision to not challenge the recent so-called ‘heartbeat bill’ in Texas introducing strict limits on abortion in the US state.

“As an entertainer I don’t get political often. Yet with so many vocal peers on the other side of this issue, I felt it was important to go on the record as a pro-life game developer,” he tweeted.

  • Texas Heartbeat Act commenced September 1, 2021
  • Any who provide abortions past 6 weeks can be sued
  • The US Supreme Court voted 5-4 to not intervene
  • Company political statements are rarely well-received

’Not in our name’: Studios have issued statements of their own criticising such a public statement with Shipwright Studios lamenting that it entangles “all of those working for and with you.”

Ending contracts: Shipwright added that it's cancelling existing Tripwire contracts “effective immediately.” Another statement came from Torn Banner Studios who said they “do not share the opinion” of Gibson, which is the studio behind the recent Chivalry 2. 

What was the name of the archvillain in Midway’s NARC?

a) Mr. Sleaze
b) Joe Rockhed
c) Spike Rush
d) Mr. Big

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.

Sonic Colors: Ultimate for PC and console

Animation of Sonic Colors: Ultimate gameplay

Sonic Team's Sonic Colors: Ultimate, a remastered version of the Wii classic, is out for PC and console this week alongside NBA 2K22 and WarioWare: Get It Together!

Tuesday – September 7th

  • F.I.S.T.: Forged in Shadow Torch for PC, PS4, PS5
  • Sonic Colors: Ultimate for PC, NS, PS4, XBO

Thursday – September 9th

  • The Artful Escape for PC, XBO, XSX
  • Toy Soldiers HD for PC, NS, PS4, XBO

Friday – September 10th

  • Life Is Strange: True Colors for PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX, Stadia
  • Lost in Random for PC, NS, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX
  • NBA 2K22 for PC, NS, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX
  • Tales of Arise for PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX
  • WarioWare: Get It Together! for NS

Take-Two shuts down Grand Theft Auto reverse-engineering project

Vice City’s Tommy Vercetti throwing a phone in anger

Take-Two has decided to sic its lawyers on the Grand Theft Auto modding community, specifically the creators of the re3 project which contains reverse-engineered code.

US law permits the use of reverse-engineered code, which is not copyrighted like original code whose functionality it replicates. The re3 devs claim they have been careful to stay on the right side of the law in their work.

  • The ambitious project starting around spring 2018
  • re3 requires the original PC game assets to work
  • reVC was considered finished in December
  • Work on reLCS is still in progress

Grand theft: Take-Two takes a different view, and states that the developers of the re3 project “sought unlawfully to copy, adapt, and distribute” Grand Theft Auto 3 and Vice City.

Anticompetitive: Take-Two's legal aggression has prompted speculation that a remastered collection including Grand Theft Auto 3, Vice City and San Andreas is on the way, and that Take-Two doesn't want any competition for it.

Sonic Colors: Ultimate full of glitches on launch

Severe graphical glitch in Sonic Colours: Ultimate

Sonic fans hoping for the ultimate Sonic Colors experience in the new and aptly titled Sonic Colors: Ultimate have been disappointed to discover a slew of serious graphical glitches plaguing all versions of the game, but especially the Switch release.

Videos of the glitches reveal serious texture flickering, models loading incorrectly, and even the total collapse of the game world.

Anniversary: Sonic Colours: Ultimate is a remaster of the Wii original from 2010 and is out now for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch as part of Sonic’s 30th-anniversary celebration.

Tech credit: The port was developed by Blind Squirrel Games, who worked on the Mass Effect trilogy remasters, and is built using the free and open-source Godot Engine – which they apparently forgot to credit. Maybe they'll add a notice alongside the bug fixes in the inevitable day-one patch.

Nintendo Switch OLED US / UK pre-orders

Photo of white Nintendo Joy-Cons

We’re almost at the October 8 launch of the Nintendo Switch OLED and plenty of retailers now have pre-orders open.

US at $349.99: Best Buy (White / Neon), Gamestop (White / Neon), (White / Neon) and Walmart (White / Neon).

UK at £309.99: GAME (White / Neon), (White / Neon), Smyths Toys (White / Neon), Argos (White), Very (White / Neon).

  • New World is not to blame for failed EVGA RTX 3090 after all but rather poor workmanship, specifically dodgy soldering
  • Updated Battlefield Mobile FAQ reveals more game features and that the first playtest will take place in autumn
  • Pokémon Go Safari Zone update available now for Liverpool (October 15th-17th), Philadelphia (October 29th-31st) and St. Louis (November 12th-14th) with events open no matter where in the world you are
  • Top Gun: Maverick for Microsoft Flight Simulator will coincide with Memorial Day on May 27th 2022 – and the new movie
  • Grand Theft Auto: Underground developers wind down the project following pressure from Take-Two

What was the name of the archvillain in Midway’s NARC?

Facing Mr. Big in NARC's final level, morphed into a giant head

ANSWER: Final Fight: Streetwise!

NARC was supposed to sell the ineffective war on drugs to impressionable 80s kids, and featured a suitably 80s mix of bad synth music and ultraviolence. NARC put you in charge of cleaning up the mean streets through community outreach with a strong emphasis on firearms discharge. Of course, simply murdering street-level dealers won't stop anyone from buying nose candy, so your real targets are drug barons Sergeant Skyhigh, Spike Rush, and the head honcho himself: Mr. Big.

No, not Carrie Bradshaw's Wall Street banker beau – we're talking about the guy in the heavily armed wheelchair laughing maniacally before appearing as a giant head that explodes into a floating skull tethered to a remarkably flexible spine. A truly authentic representation of the vice beat at the height of the crack epidemic.

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!