WOW Lead Designer Leaves Blizzard, PlayStation Video Pass
Today: Looks like Sony is bringing video streaming to PlayStation — Mother 3 fan translation one step closer to completion — See Doom running on a bona-fide three dimensional holographic display
Jeff Kaplan leaves Blizzard Entertainment
Veteran game designer Jeff Kaplan has left Blizzard Entertainment, where he served as game director for Overwatch. Kaplan’s first project for Blizzard was World of WarCraft.
Kaplan's departure follows a string of high-profile departures from the studio that created WarCraft, StarCraft and Diablo. His work on World of WarCraft arguably established the standard for MMOs and continues to be hugely influential.
Two decades: Kaplan announced his departure in a short statement where he praises his colleagues on Overwatch. He has not announced any new plans, but he is probably not short on opportunities. Perhaps he will join his former boss Mike Morhaime at his new studio Dreamhaven, which has offered many other Blizzard veterans a new home?
Which Tony-winning musical was produced by Cliff Bleszinski?
a) The Band’s Visit
b) Dear Evan Hansen
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.
FACT OF THE DAY
No happiness without a bit of horror
The Pumpkin Zone in Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins features a special enemy called J Son wearing a hockey mask with a dagger in it. It’s a not-so-subtle reference to Jason Voorhees, the masked serial killer from the Friday the 13th horror series.
The stars in the background of the opening Space Zone level spell out Happy, although the letters are too far up to be clearly read. You can read the letter Y if you find the highest spot in the level and jump there.
The Nintendo Labo website suddenly disappeared from the web, leaving fans to wonder if it was the end of the line for the DIY VR add-on for Switch.
Nintendo has now clarified that Labo will remain available and that the Labo website is simply being scaled back and will redirect to product pages for the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con product line instead: ”We routinely conduct product website maintenance and reorganization,” added Nintendo. Having a dedicated Labo site has been judged redundant in this reorganisation.
Make your own play: The Labo kits sit midway between videogames and craft projects, and lets you build cardboard peripherals that house the console, Joy-Cons, and VR goggles that enable new and often strange experiences. Labo also features software where you can create 3D spaces in VR and share them.
Video Pass leaks ahead of announcement
Sony has accidentally leaked the PlayStation Plus Video Pass, which appears to be a new movie streaming service.
A banner with the name of the new service briefly appeared before Sony removed it, which suggests the official announcement is just around the corner and that someone just made a scheduling error. Judging by the available information, PlayStation Plus subscribers will get access to the Video Pass on April 22nd.
Sony pictures: The banner featured three movies produced by Sony: Venom, Zombieland and Bloodshot. It's unclear if the service will be limited to Sony's own movies, or if it will also include movies from other studios and distributors.
New channels: Movies and TV shows will be removed from the PlayStation Store on August 31st, so the Video Pass is most likely going to be the new channel for delivering video content on PlayStation platforms – and provide another good reason to subscribe to PlayStation Plus.
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Save time in Wanderer for PlayStation VR
The future of humanity rests in your hands in time-travelling adventure Wanderer for PlayStation VR. It mixes room-style puzzles with action sequences and tasks you with stopping history from developing into the apocalyptic timeline you came from.
A mask for every occasion
Maskmaker puts you in charge of a maskmaker's workshop where you make masks that bring you to different worlds. Find new mask designs, discover materials for building them and uncover the secrets of the worlds they open up for you. Out now for PlayStation VR.
Pop bubbles like never before
Puzzle Bobble VR: Vacation Odyssey is coming to Oculus Quest and brings the long-running series' brand of bubble-popping puzzle action to VR. Get ready to immerse yourself in cheerful characters, beautiful worlds and online play on May 20th.
Atelier Mysterious Trilogy DX up for grabs
The Atelier Mysterious Trilogy Deluxe Pack is almost here and we’ve got some codes to giveaway for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. The JRPG pack includes three games which can all be bought separately, but this week you could maybe get all three by being subscribed to DailyBits
Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book DX, Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey DX and Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings DX can all be yours – all you need to do is sign up for our Atelier Mysterious Trilogy DX Giveaway.
Which Tony-winning musical was produced by Cliff Bleszinski?
Cliff Bleszinski is most famous for his brand of machismo so extreme it veers into self-parody, best exemplified by games like Gears of War and Bulletstorm – but he has a sensitive side too! He served as producer for the Broadway show Hadestown, a folk opera retelling the Greek tragedy of Orpheus and Eurydice.
The production was a success and won no less than eight Tony awards including for best musical. While Broadway is in a bit of a rut thanks to COVID-19, CliffyB is hoping to produce more theatre in the future, and wants to make a revival of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Maybe there will be a Gears of War operette one day so we can see the Cole Train belt one out in New York?
Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Nick Akerman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!