TODAY: Believe it or not: Swery65 has been making games for nearly 25 years — New artbook sparks rumours about remastered Mass Effect trilogy — Fans are eager to hop aboard the loot train in Warzone Season 5
Highlights from Summer Games Fest: July Developer Showcase
Geoff Keighley’s Summer Games Fest presented its July developer showcase yesterday, featuring loads of upcoming indie games. Here are the highlights:
- Rogue Company by First Watch Games/Hi-Rez Studios – closed beta trailer — July 20th for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch
- Untitled Goose Game by House House – physical edition trailer — September 29th for PlayStation 4 and Switch
- Blasphemous: The Stir of Dawn by The Game Kitchen – free DLC trailer — August 4th for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch
- Bugsnax by Young Horses – ’It’s Bugsnax’ full song reveal — Holiday 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
- Smite by Hi-Rez Studios – Tsukuyomi Teaser — August 20th for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch
Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?
Which animated movie inspired Mass Effect’s production design?
- Chicken Little
- DragonBlade: The Legend of Lang
- Thru the Moebius Strip
- Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter (https://twitter.com/DailyBitsGaming/status/1285565714955472904) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/dailybits.news/) to discuss what the answer could be.
Swery's history in Games
Deadly Premonition has become a cult classic, and the enthusiastic weirdness of the game makes it easy to assume it is director Hidetaka Suehiro aka Swery65's first game.
Far from it: He started out at SNK before founding Access Games and working as a writer on games like Extermination for PlayStation 2 before making his directorial debut.
His first stint as director was Spy Fiction, a third-person stealth action game for PlayStation 2 that earned some attention for its concept and writing. Deadly Premonition made him notorious enough for Microsoft to sign an episodic game called D4 – Dark Dreams Don't Die – but it was cancelled after only one episode.
Swery65 may not be the most prolific director in the business, but there's simply no-one else quite like him. While Hidetaka Suehiro might never become a household name like Hideo Kojima or Yoko Taro, he has a loyal fanbase who's always excited to see what he comes up with next.
Mass Effect Remastered
Could this book listing hint at the Mass Effect Remastered trilogy?
A new book called The Art of the Mass Effect Trilogy: Expanded Edition has showed up on a variety of websites, leading to speculation that the book could accompany a remastered Mass Effect collection.
Scheduled for release on February 23rd next year, the book gives a closer look at the art behind the original Mass Effect trilogy: “Experience the evolution of the aliens, planets, ships, and technology that define this iconic science fiction universe, as the developers who brought BioWare's masterpiece to life take you from the earliest design sketches through to the meticulous final renders,” says the Amazon listing.
- The complete Mass Effect comic book series has also appeared on various websites
- The new Mass Effect artbook features 88 pages more than The Art of the Mass Effect Universe
Just say when: If a remastered Mass Effect trilogy is really on the way, it would make sense to announce it on November 7th – N7 Day. The announcement would line up nicely with the next-generation consoles, too.
Call of Duty: Warzone Seasons Update
Warzone Season 5 release date teaser
NICKMERCS is one of the biggest Call of Duty streamers on Twitch and Infinity Ward sent him a teaser trailer yesterday which hints at the Season 5 release date. The video features the date August 5th, which seems like a reasonable launch date for the next season.
This is the first Warzone Season 5 teaser, and there are rumours that more will appear soon. The video shows grainy footage of a helicopter sweeping across train tracks, prompting fans to speculate that the rumoured loot trains will be introduced in the next season.
- There are rumours that Warzone will be used to tease the next game in the series
- The loot train would travel the tracks around the map carrying weapons and gear
- Expect to see big changes to the Verdansk map in Season 5
The stars align: The battle pass timer suggests that Season 4 is ending on August 4th, so it seems more than likely that the new season will be launched shortly after. So far only Season 4 has been delayed, and that was due to protests and unrest following the murder of George Floyd.
What Else Happened Today?
- Spider-Man: Miles Morales will run at 4K/60FPS on PlayStation 5 according to Insomniac Games. You will need to enable the game's Performance Mode in the game settings – it will not be the default setting
- Overcooked! All You Can Eat coming to next-gen consoles, featuring every stage from the two first games, 4K/60FPS support and cross-platform online play
- Hidden Fielders show off hand-drawn horror game Mundaun with a creepy trailer and expects it to launch in spring next year
- No dedicated next-gen version of NHL 21 this year as developers need time to rebuild the game to take advantage of next-gen hardware
- First Deadly Premonition 2 patch addresses bugs and glitches. The developers explained that they will improve the frame rate and fix bugs as they are reported
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Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?
Which animated movie inspired Mass Effect’s production design?
Answer: Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within!
Final Fantasy and Mass Effect don't have a lot in common, but the Bioware team were inspired by the infamous animated feature that nearly brought down Square.
Mass Effect 3 art director Derek Watts told Xbox World 360 magazine that Mass Effect was inspired by elements from The Spirits Within: “We actually reference a lot from Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. We used a lot of their GUIs and the way they did their ship - that was kind of like in some of the early designs for the Normandy."
If you’re a Mass Effect fan, it might be worth watching The Spirits Within and see for yourself. The movie hasn't aged very well, but it's still interesting to see how great artists copy and steal from other works.
Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Christian Vaz, Ken McKown, and Jamie Davey.