Warner Bros. rumoured Smash Bros Esque Fighter

Today: Pokémon Unite’s Halloween event introduces new mechanics — You probably want to buy a screen protector for your Switch OLED — Microsoft has finally re-revealed the Halo Infinite campaign

Warner Bros makes its own Smash Bros

Mortal Kombat’s Scorpion

Jeff Grubb of VentureBeat says Warner Bros is making a Smash Bros-style fighter, and that NetherRealm is not involved.

Rumours originally claimed that NetherRealm is working on a game that unifies Warner Bros universes like Batman, Harry Potter, and Scooby-Doo.

  • Other universes include Tom & Jerry, Lord of the Rings, and Mad Max
  • Could be revealed during The Game Awards this year
  • Recent trademark filing suggests the project is real
  • Smash Bros Ultimate has inspired several imitators

Finish Him: “How do they not call it Super Smash Warner Bros.?” joked Grubb. He suggested that NetherRealm is plenty busy with Mortal Kombat 12 and that another studio is handling the project.

Paper trail: Warner Bros Entertainment Inc recently filed a trademark for Multiversus, which does indeed sound like a fitting name for a multiverse mash-up fighting game. Now the big question is whether NetherRealm is actually making it or not.

What Star Wars game was used to make a Franz Ferdinand music video on MTV’s Video Mods?

a) LEGO Star Wars
b) Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
c) Star Wars: Republic Commando
d) Jedi Academy

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.

It’s Halloween time in Pokémon Unite

Artwork for Pokemon Unite Halloween

Pokémon Unite is filled with pumpkins as Halloween celebrations begin, featuring daily login bonuses and a new pumpkin lobbing mechanic that prevents point-scoring. Pokémon Go is gearing up for a Community Day in November spotlighting Shinx, with four new events lined up.

Pokémon Go

  • Festival of Lights (November 5th – 14th)
    • All-new event celebrating ‘light overcoming darkness’
  • Día de Muertos (November 1st – 2nd)
    • Special event marking the Día de Muertos globally
  • Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Celebration (November 16th – 21st)
    • Tie in with the Diamond and Pearl remake launch for Switch
  • ??? (November 26th – 29th)
    • An epic event that closes the Season of Mischief
    • Special Research story to learn more about Hoopa
  • Spotlight Hours (6:00pm to 7:00pm local)
    • November 2nd: Cacnea / 2x Catch Candy
    • November 9th: Chinchou / 2x Transfer Candy
    • November 16th: Turtwig / 2x Catch Stardust
    • November 23rd: Chimchar / 2x Catch XP
    • November 30th: Piplup / 2x Catch Candy
  • Official battle tips for Darkrai Raid

Pokémon Sword & Shield

  • Mystery Gift promotion codes (October 22nd – November 18th)
    • Available from GAME (UK) and GameStop (Ireland) stores
    • Rewards Shiny Zacian (Shield) and Shiny Zamazenta (Sword)

Pokémon Unite

  • Halloween event (October 20th – November 10th)
    • Pumpkin Toss lobs pumpkins at Pokémon
    • Pokémon struck by pumpkins can’t score points
    • Normal moves replaced with Pumpkin Push
    • Pumpkin Exchange and Halloween shop now open
    • Collectible pumpkins can be exchanged
    • Daily log-in bonuses awards pumpkins
  • Greedent now available as Melee Defender

Switch OLED screen is pretty fragile

Switch OLED model with screen protector added

YouTube channel JerryRigEverything has tested exactly how resilient the Switch OLED screen is, and it turns out the screen is quite vulnerable to scratches.

“Unfortunately, what we’re seeing here are scratches at level three and deeper grooves at level four, which means this new OLED screen has a surface layer of plastic,” explained the channel.

Buy your own: They awarded the Switch OLED a 2/10 in their scratch test, and they recommend installing an additional screen protector to ensure the screen survives the inevitable wear and tear of daily use.

Easily scratched: The screen is made from glass and has a plastic film on top to protect the glass from shattering. Unfortunately, the plastic film does not prevent the screen from being scratched.

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.

Solve VR mysteries in 30s Madrid

A 45-minute long interactive mystery called Madrid Noir is coming to Steam on November 8th, following detective-in-training Lola Petit who investigates the death of her estranged uncle in 1930s Madrid.

Save Cybertron from Megatron again

Transformers: Beyond Reality was announced at Hasbro Pulse Con 2021, promising a VR experience set on Cybertron where the Autobots protect their home from Megatron and his minions. Fight alongside Optimus Prime and Bumblebee on SteamVR and PlayStation VR this holiday season.

Build Little Cities in virtual reality

Little Cities is a virtual reality city builder, where you plan a city by laying out zoning, infrastructure, utilities, and public services – much like a bite-sized version of Sim City. Launches for Oculus Quest in the spring of 2022.

  • PlayStation State of Play returns on October 27th, showcasing third-party games for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
  • Microsoft is making a Wu-Tang Clan action RPG called Project Shaolin for PC and Xbox
  • Overwatch hero McCree renamed to Cole Cassidy as Blizzard attempts to distance itself from the original namesake
  • Enjoy a deep dive into the Halo Infinite campaign in a 6 minute long Campaign Overview
  • Charles Martinet wants to keep voicing Mario and reminisces about the last minute audition that won him the role

What Star Wars game was used to make a Franz Ferdinand music video on MTV’s Video Mods?

Obi-Wan Kenobi shredding on a guitar. It's as silly as it sounds.

ANSWER: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith!

Video Mods is definitely one of MTV's weirdest shows, and that's not for lack of competition. Running in 2004 and 2005, it showcased music videos cut together from footage of the hot games of the time such as Bloodrayne, Destroy All Humans and The Sims 2. It was essentially an attempt to cash in on Machinima, widely considered the next big thing at the time.

One of the silliest videos coupled Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith with Franz Ferdinand's Take Me Out. Imagine Yoda playing the drums while Obi-Wan Kenobi and Mace Windu shreds guitars, all using low-poly in-game art. Well, you don't have to imagine: You can just suffer through the video instead.

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!