Wolf Among Us 2, Yakuza Producer comments on Switch

Today: Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this week features Cyberpunk Thursday — New owners promise updated DC Universe and Lord of the Rings Online — You can get your Sims a PlayStation 5

Switch is “hardware for kids and teens”

Sega’s Chief Creative Officer Toshihiro Nagoshi was interviewed for Sega’s 60th anniversary celebrations, and he took the opportunity to give his opinion on the console wars.

Toshihiro Nagoshi’s first made game was GLOC Air Battle

Nagoshi acts as producer on the Yakuza series, and has worked as a designer, director and producer for Sega since 1989.

The famously outspoken executive said that he regards Switch as more for “kids and teens” and that while Switch is “still a game console that is played by a wide range of age groups,” it’s still basically “hardware for kids and teens.”

Family friendly: That might explain why there are no Yakuza games appearing on Switch, although it's not impossible that there's an element of sour grapes involved too: In 2018, Nagoshi revealed that Nintendo had turned down publishing the original Yakuza.

Monkey business: The Wii U port of Yakuza was a flop, although that's probably more down to the general failure of the Wii U than Yakuza being a poor product-market fit. Let's hope Nagoshi will still bring the new Super Monkey Ball to Nintendo's platform even if his opinion of the platform could be higher.

What franchise is The Wolf Among Us based on?

a) Grimm Fairy Tales
b) Fables
c) The 10th Kingdom
d) Neverwhere

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.

Might be non-canon but it’s still legendary

You might want to sit down (and shuffle your deck) for this one: Mobile card game Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes isn’t part of the official Star Wars canon, according to Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo.

Legends refers to what was called the Expanded Universe

That means the whole Legends timeline is essentially its own little Star Wars universe, although that could change in the future according to Hidalgo. Maybe the upcoming Star Wars reboot will feature characters playing Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes?

Cyberpunk 2077 arrives this week

There’s something interesting every day of this week, but all of them pale in comparison to the mighty Cyberpunk 2077, which finally launches on Thursday.

Cyberpunk 2077 finally smashes through to launch

Monday – December 7th

  • Drawn to Life: Two Realms for PC, Switch, iOS and Android

Tuesday – December 8th

  • Call of the Sea for PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S
  • Destiny 2 for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S
  • Doom Eternal for Switch
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Switch

Wednesday – December 9th

  • Ghostrunner for Switch
  • Woodsalt for PC and Switch

Thursday – December 10th

  • Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia for PlayStation 4
  • Cyberpunk 2077 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Stadia
  • Orwell's Animal Farm for PC and Android

Friday – December 11th

  • Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond for PC
  • Panzer Dragoon: Remake for Xbox One

Enad Global 7 have acquired Daybreak Game Company and its MMO IPs

Enad Global 7 recently acquired Daybreak Game Company – which used to be Sony Online Entertainment – and all of its intellectual property.

Daybreak enjoyed substantial user growth throughout 2020

Daybreak owns the rights to Everquest, PlanetSide, DC Universe Online, H1Z1, Dungeons & Dragons Online as well as The Lord of the Rings Online and according to Enad Global 7, the company offers “industry leading monetization”.

MMO upgrades: Daybreak has three new games in the works, including an upgraded version of DC Universe Online, scheduled for late 2021. The new version will feature improved graphics and gameplay, as well as enhancements for next-generation consoles.

Project in works: The Lord of the Rings Online will be similarly overhauled, and is scheduled to launch in 2022. The final project is still unannounced, and has no release date yet. Enad Global 7 reports that Daybreak saw “very resilient growth” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

BBC Three documentary on Excel Esports

BBC Three has announced a five-part documentary about the Excel Esports League of Legends team, called Fight for First: Excel Esports.

The documentary is narrated by actor Cillian Murphy, and follows the team and its members through the 2020 League of Legends Championship, and will air early next year on BBC iPlayer.

Valorant reaches over 300,000 viewers

Competitive Valorant is proving popular, with The Valorant First Strike series tournament reached 300,000 viewers in North America, 106,000 from Europe and another 72,000 from Turkey.

Valorant is Riot Games' latest game, and the team-based tactical first-person shooter is in direct competition with Counter-Strike and Overwatch, mixing elements of both.

Esports communities angry with Nintendo

The Splatoon and Smash Bros communities are not impressed with Nintendo after Nintendo cancelled Splatoon tournament streams and stopped the sale of custom Joy-Con designs commemorating the streamer Etika.

Nintendo sent cease and desist letters to custom controller designer CptnAlex after he designed Joy-Con shells to benefit the JED Foundation, a suicide prevention charity. Nintendo also hit a Smash Bros tournament with a cease and desist since it depended on using pirated versions of Super Smash Bros. Melee with a mod called Slippi.

The Splatoon 2 North America Open was cancelled because of player names featuring protest hashtags, in violation of Nintendo's recently updated rules of conduct for its online games.

As we head into the end of the year, we're going to be giving away a PlayStation 5 to one lucky reader. The winner will be revealed in the Christmas eve issue of DailyBits.

You can find out more about this giveaway on our dedicated page.

Here’s the Giveaway Code for Week 50, which will allow you to gain more points: 5444

What franchise is The Wolf Among Us based on?

ANSWER: Fables!

You're not as bad as everyone says you are

If you’re not into comic books, The Wolf Among Us might well have been your first introduction to the Fables universe. The Eisner-winning series started in 2002, introducing the dark fantasy world Fabletown where fairy tales come to life. It ran for 150 issues and spawned several spin-offs, and there have been numerous attempts to adapt the comic for film and television – without much luck.

The Wolf Among Us was more successful, and even constitutes the official prequel to the comic. The second season was announced in 2017, but appeared to get lost in the debris after Telltale Games collapsed. The new owners has promised to finish the second season, but it remains to be seen if it can recapture the magic.

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