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TODAY: Blizzard still in hot water after getting too political — Song of Horror wants you to feel like something is really watching you — Game Freak reveals first batch of Gigantamax Pokémon

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Zombie Army 4: Dead War shambles onto PC and consoles in February 2020

Pre-orders have begun for Rebellion’s zombie shooter Zombie Army 4: Dead War, and if you nab your early copy you will get the Undead Airman Character Pack for free.

Featuring Hector, “the British zombie with a very stiff upper lip”, the game brings you into battle against the undead across a variety of mediterranean locales including Venice and a Croatian zoo.

The following special editions will be available:

Collector’s Edition

  • 10” Zombie Shark Figurine
  • Collector’s Edition Box
  • 60-page Art Book
  • Steelbook Case
  • Digital Soundtrack Sampler
  • Undead Airman Character Pack

Super Deluxe Edition

  • 3 new campaign levels
  • 4 new character packs
  • 9 new weapon bundles
  • 5 new weapon skin packs
  • 4 new character outfit packs

Deluxe Edition

  • Undead Airman Character Pack
  • Solid Gold Weapon Pack
  • FG-24 Semi-Auto Rifle Bundle
  • Undercover Karl Character Outfit Pack

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

What series is Zombie Army based on?

  • Sniper Elite
  • Call of Duty
  • Strange Brigade
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

The answer will be revealed at the end of this issue!

News Bits

Stadia Founder’s Edition “on gamers’ doorsteps” from November 19th

Google’s bold entrance into the cloud gaming market starts on November 19th, when the first Stadia Founder’s Edition boxes will be delivered and the service is officially available from 9AM PST/5PM BST/6PM CET on the same day.

Founders receive three months of Stadio Pro subscription, which includes features like 4k HDR streaming. Pre-orders are still open, and a Premiere Edition will be available soon.

Blizzard cancels launch event for Switch version of Overwatch

Blizzard’s big trouble in little China continues: Nintendo just announced that a planned launch event for the Switch version of Overwatch has been cancelled, and “apologize for any inconvenience”.

Overwatch character Mei has been adopted by pro-Hong Kong protesters as a ‘symbol of resistance’ against the Chinese government following Blizzard banning Hearthstone pro Blitzchung for expressing pro-Hong Kong sentiment in a live-streamed post-match interview.

Daily Fact

Mobius Final Fantasy was once ‘too sexy’ before a redesign

Japanese games tend to have a bit of a reputation for their scantily clad or rather suggestively dressed female characters, but Square Enix bucked that trend with 2016’s Mobius Final Fantasy for PC, iOS and Android. This time it was a guy that happened to be a little ‘too sexy’ in design.

Main character Wol originally had an outfit that was completely open on its sides revealing his upper body. It looked like he was wearing an apron and little else. It was a little too suggestive for both the team and fans’ liking so it got some added material. Ironically it would have been better if he was bare-chested, Conan-style. It was the Onion Swordsman outfit that maybe suggested a different kind of swordplay.

Daily News

Song of Horror in time for Halloween

Protocol Games has a Halloween treat for you: the first two episodes of their paranormal investigation game Song of Horror. The story revolves around the ‘famed and now elusive’ writer Sebastian P. Husher, who has disappeared completely – along with his entire family.

13 chances to outsmart an unpredictable apparition

The developers also has some tricks for you: Song of Horror’s big idea is that it watches the player stumble through its eerie environs. Play as one of thirteen different characters, who each present their own perspective on the mystery, and each is invariably stalked by a paranormal entity known as The Presence.

“As the player enters The Presence’s territory, it responds to the intrusion and continues to respond in answer to the player’s actions,” said Carlos Grupeli of Protocol Games.

“You have no control over it because it plays by its own rules,” he continued. “The fun part of testing this game – even though we’ve played it about 400 times – is that sometimes even now the damn thing still manages to scare us.” The game also features permadeath, so better watch your step.

The two first episodes of Song of Horror launches on PC on October 31st.

Pokémon Sword & Shield Gigantamax forms revealed

Games Freak has revealed some of the new Gigantamax forms we will encounter during our Pokémon hunts. For the uninitiated, Gigantamax is a new Pokémon form that grows a regular Pokémon to gargantuan proportions, increasing their strength and unlocking an especially devastating G-Max move.

Professor Oak never told us about this

Charizard, Butterfree, Pikachu, Meowth, Eevee, Corviknight, Drednaw and Alcremie can all go Gigantamax, building on their Dynamax ability introduced in Generation VIII. A fresh trailer shows off some Gigantamax forms and new attacks like Pikachu’s paralyzing Volt Crash, Eevee’s Cuddle attack that causes opponents to grow infatuated and Charizard’s nuclear-grade Wildfire.

Pokémon Sword & Shield launches for Switch on November 15th.

News Bits

Divinity: Fallen Heroes “put on hold”

Bad news for Divinity fans: Larian Studios won’t be releasing Divinity: Fallen Heroes next month – or any time soon, it appears. The studio issued an apology explaining that they will put the project “on hold” for now, as they feel they would be doing the game and its fans a disservice by releasing it in its present state – probably because Larian is busy developing the long-awaited Baldur’s Gate 3!

New teaser trailer for time-manipulating Iron Danger

There’s a new trailer out for tactical combat game Iron Danger from Action Squad Studios and publisher Daedalic Entertainment. The quirky tactical RPG is all about time manipulation, and blends turn-based and real-time combat, allowing you to rewind the action by 5 seconds to revisit your decisions during battles.

Iron Danger is launching on PC in early 2020.

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

What series is Zombie Army based on?

Answer: Sniper Elite!

The Zombie Army series of co-operative online shooters from developer Rebellion has been around since 2013, and they’ve gotten pretty popular. While it looks like a Call of Duty: Nazi Zombies knock-off, the series is actually a Sniper Elite spin-off! Ever since Sniper Elite V2 and onwards, a Nazi Zombie Army game has accompanied each instalment in the series.

Zombie Army 4: Dead War is a little unusual since it follows hot on the heels of another Rebellion co-op shooter with similar gameplay, namely 2018’s Strange Brigade. That game was a bit wackier and more Indiana Jones-esque, so maybe Rebellion felt it appealed to a different audience from the regular Zombie Army games.

Weekly Giveaway

AeternoBlade II on PS4

For this week’s DailyBits giveaway we’ve got a Japanese action-puzzle-platformer for you! We are giving away 5 PS4 codes for AeternoBlade II, the fun 2.5D title from PQube with more than a hint of Castlevania. Harness the AeternoBlade and time itself to outwit your enemies and solve devious puzzles.

All you have to do to enter the sweepstakes is to email us (Once this week!) at team@dailybits.news with the subject line ‘AeternoBlade II giveaway’. We will choose five random entries over the course of the week, and each will receive a PS4 code for AeternoBlade II! It couldn’t be any easier.

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