Ubisoft would “consider” an acquisition offer

Today: Do you know what week it is? It’s Elden Ring week, that’s what — Sign up to playtest Warner Bros Smash Bros knockoff MultiVersus — Nintendo has an answer to Elden Ring: Majora’s Mask on Switch

Ubisoft wants an acquisition offer too

Ubisoft logo at convention

While Ubisoft isn't actively looking for someone to buy them out, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot told investors he would definitely consider any offer “in the interest of all stakeholders.”

“We will not speculate on why people haven’t made any offer”, CFO Frédérick Duguet said while Guillemot added: “Or if any offer was made.” Ubisoft has been subject to quite a few scandals in the recent past.

  • Ubisoft has already ‘fought off’ a hostile takeover from Vivendi
  • Ubisoft is doubling down on NFTs despite fan backlash
  • Sony recently acquired Halo and Destiny creators Bungie
  • Other ‘major deals’ are expected this year

Ship Ahoy: The troubled “multiplayer first” pirate game Skull & Bones is finally back on course and will apparently launch in the next financial year, which begins in April.

Live service: Duguet called it a “very promising new IP” that’s “so very consistent with our strategy to bring multiplayer competition and co-op first in a big open world, with a great, attractive fantasy.”

Which classic novel is the fighting game Arm Joe based on?

a) The Red Badge of Courage
b) Heart of Darkness
c) Les Misérables
d) Three Musketeers

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.

Elden Ring sets off for adventure on Friday

Elden Ring gameplay montage

FromSoftware's eagerly anticpated Elden Ring is finally out on Friday, and there are a few tidbits to enjoy while waiting: Destiny 2: The Witch Queen, Sol Cresta and Final Fantasy VI Pixel Remaster.

Tuesday – February 22nd

Wednesday – February 23rd

Thursday – February 24th

Friday – February 25th

Playtest MultiVersus on February 25th

MultiVersus fighter roster

You can now register to playtest Warner Bros' IP-spanning brawler MultiVersus, with the testing sessions scheduled between February 25th and March 7th.

Merely registering does not guarantee you a spot in the playtesting, though. This is not a full-on mass beta test, but most likely a way for the studio to gather data about how a broader range of users interacts with particular features.

IP brawl-fest: MultiVersus is a free-to-play cross-play fighting game for PC, PlayStation, and Xbox featuring characters ranging from Batman to Tom & Jerry.

Blind playtest: No word on whether the playtest will feature the full roster of characters or not, what game modes will be tested, and whether cross-play will be available. The details will most likely be revealed closer to the testing sessions.

Brave Browser rewards you for surfing

Brave Browser

Maybe your internet connection is fast, but what about your browser? The Brave Browser is built from the ground up for speed, privacy and providing an ad-free Internet.

You can opt-in for ads that respect your privacy, and even earn rewards. It’s quick and easy to use, featuring the same comforts and conveniences you expect from a modern browser.

  • Matt from Mii Sports might be making a comeback, at least his perfectly ordinary name is present in Nintendo Switch Sports
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask is now available on Switch Online for Expansion Pack subscribers on February 25th
  • Crunchyroll app now available on Switch so you can stream your favorite anime straight to your console
  • Hundreds of factory sealed retro consoles were discovered in the storage room of a closed video game store from 1994
  • Nintendo actively “lobbies against” game preservation through its ESA membership according to Video Game History Foundation

Which classic novel is the fighting game Arm Joe based on?

Arm Joe's final boss, Judgement, faces Enjolras

ANSWER: Les Misérables!

If you're gonna make a fighting game out of a classic French novel, then Les Miserables is not the most obvious choice but that didn't stop T-Lab. Duke it out as Valjean, Javert, and even Eponine or Cosette. Truly the perfect homage to Victor Hugo's timeless classic.

The name requires a bit of explanation, though. Who is this Arm Joe? Well, Les Miserables is called Aa Mujou in Japanese, which translates to How Heartless. The phrase sounds a little bit like Arm Joe if you pronounce it in English, so … there you have it! We shudder to think what a similar Le Père Goriot adaptation might end up being called.

February has been a packed month, Dying Light 2, Horizon Forbidden West, Total War Warhammer 3, and now Elden Ring. The backlog is growing strong…

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!