TLOU Part 2 Delayed Indefinitely, Yoshi’s Tour Event

TODAY: BioWare doesn’t like to leave their soundbooths empty for long — Disco Elysium and Outer Wilds sweeps British Games Awards — Will PlatinumGames make up for their April Fool with a new game?

COVID-19 Causes More Delays

Naughty Dog bummed by new delays

The Last Of Us 2 has been delayed again, and developer Naughty Dog said that “logistics beyond our control” are to blame.

The studio is “in the midst of fixing our final bugs” and development is “nearly done”, but there are uncontrollable confounding factors that prevent them from providing the “best experience for everyone.” Sony has also delayed Marvel’s Iron Man VR.

Official statement: “We were bummed about this decision but ultimately it’s what’s best and fair to all our players. We’re hoping that this won’t be a long delay and we’ll update you as soon as we have new information to share,” read Naughty Dog’s statement.

No new release date: The Last of Us Part II was originally scheduled to launch on February 21st, before being delayed to May 29th. Now there is no release date, most likely to avoid causing more disappointment if the on-going COVID-19 pandemic throws more spanners in the works.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

What item do you need to propose to someone in Stardew Valley?

  • Mermaid’s Pendant
  • Rabbit’s Foot
  • Tom Kha Soup
  • Starfruit

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

Star Wars: The Old Republic is the chattiest MMO ever created

Think you got something to say? Well, BioWare sure did since Star Wars: The Old Republic features over 200,000 lines of recorded dialogue, which earned the MMO a spot in the 2012 Gamer’s Edition of Guinness World Records.

You might think 200,000 lines was enough but no: Since then, six expansions and an untold number of new lines have been added. Rise of the Hutt Cartel and Shadow of Revan were both pretty story-heavy, and the single player-oriented expansions Knights of the Fallen Empire and Knights of the Eternal Throne added even more.

There is something ironic about an MMO, which should be all about creating your own adventures featuring such an insane amount of narration. Anyway, congratulations to BioWare for managing it all!

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British Academy Games Awards

2020 British Academy Games Awards

The 2020 British Academy Games Awards ceremony was streamed online on Thursday, hosted by comedian Dara O Briain from his own home.

He joked that Hideo Kojima got the last laugh after people scoffed at Death Stranding’s idea that delivery people would be all-important in a post-apocalyptic world. The full list of nominees and winners can be found on the BAFTA website.

  • Animation
    • Luigi’s Mansion – Next Level Games/Nintendo
  • Artistic Achievement
    • Sayonara Wild Hearts – Simogo/Annapurna Interactive
  • Audio Achievement
    • Ape Out – Matt Boch, Gabe Cuzzillo, Matt Boch, Bennett Foddy/ Devolver Digital
  • Best Game
    • Outer Wilds – Mobius Digital/Annapurna Interactive
  • British Game
    • Observation – No Code/Devolver Digital
  • Debut Game
    • Disco Elysium – ZA/UM
  • Evolving Game
    • Path of Exile – Grinding Gear Games
  • Family
    • Untitled Goose Game – House House/Panic
  • Game Beyond Entertainment
    • Kind Words (Lo Fi Chill Beats To Write To) – Ziba Scott, Luigi Guatieri, Clark Aboud – Popcannibal
  • Game Design
    • Outer Wilds – Mobius Digital/Annapurna Interactive
  • Multiplayer
    • Apex Legends – Chad Grenier, Brent McLeod, Carlos Pineda – Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts
  • Music
    • Disco Elysium – British Sea Power – ZA/UM
  • Narrative
    • Disco Elysium – ZA/UM
  • Original Property
    • Outer Wilds – Mobius Digital/Annapurna Interactive
  • Performer in a Leading Role
    • Gonzalo Martin as Sean Diaz in Life is Strange 2 (episodes 2-5)
  • Performer in a Supporting Role
    • Martti Suosalo as Ahti the Janitor in Control
  • Technical Achievement
    • Death Stranding – Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • EE Mobile Game of the Year
    • Call of Duty: Mobile – Timi Studios/Activision

Yoshi's on Tour in Mario Kart for Mobile

Yoshi Tour next for Mario Kart Tour

Get ready to tune your engines, because the Yoshi Tour event starts next week!

This will be the fifteenth tour event since launch. Tours put a spin on cups, requiring you to complete three courses plus a bonus challenge. The Hammer Bro Tour is still on-going, and will last until April 7th.

  • Starts: April 8, 2020
  • Finishes: April 21, 2020
  • Third tour named after a playable character

Each tour features weekly spotlights, but the ones for the Yoshi Tour have not been revealed yet. Mario Kart Tour is free to play on iOS and Android, featuring the typical microtransactions to circumvent grind and unlock exclusive content.

What Else Happened Today?

  • The Old Ways Apex Legends event from April 7th until 21st, during which Bloodhound’s Trials rewards high-tier loot with Duos and Trios permanent for maps
  • Chucklefish revamps Witchbrook art style to look considerably more detailed, but game release is still “quite a while off”
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons balloon bug fixed in the 1.1.3 update, so the balloon should fly properly in the Bunny Day event challenges
  • Elite Dangerous needs testers for the Fleet Carriers PC Beta starting on April 7th, while the console beta starts in May. The final version is expected in June
  • PlatinumGames has another game to announce this year after making a characteristically bombastic April Fools announcement

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Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

What item do you need to propose to someone in Stardew Valley?

Answer: Mermaid’s Pendant!

Every town has its traditions, and Stardew Valley is no exception, so if you want to marry one of the many eligible bachelors or bachelorettes you will have to work for it.

First, you’ll need to repair the bridge on the beach to meet the mysterious Mariner. Next, you’ll need to have a 10 heart relationship with a villager you can date and offer a bouquet of flowers, and finally you will need to have upgraded your farm house to allow someone to move in with you.

Once you fulfill these more or less onerous requirements, the Mariner will sell you a Mermaid’s Pendant – but only when it’s raining! Sounds like a lot of work to make a marriage proposal, but it certainly suits the spirit of the game.

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