Xbox wants its own Monster Hunter clone

Today: Finally time for more zombie parkour in Dying Light 2 — Fans have reverse engineered the Dark Forces and Outlaws engine — Ubisoft is not giving up on NFTs just because no-one likes them

Xbox ‘Monster Hunter’-like game in works

Monster Hunter battle with a Royal Ludroth

Halo and Call of Duty support studio Certain Affinity is working on an Xbox exclusive Monster Hunter-like according to Jeff Grubb from VentureBeat.

Microsoft is trying to fill all the gaps in its subscription service, and are working with many third-party studios to make sure Xbox has an answer to other platform exclusives.

  • Monster Hunter is one of Capcom's biggest games
  • Microsoft is unlikely to secure a license for Game Pass
  • Microsoft would like to offer a similar gameplay experience
  • Certain Affinity is led by a veteran Halo developer

Monstrous: The so-called Project Suerte has been in development since summer 2020, and it seems safe to assume it will feature multiplayer battles with big monsters.

Long wait: Certain Affinity previously worked on Halo Master Chief Collection as well as Halo Infinite, which they are apparently working on a new game mode for. Project Suerte is unlikely to be revealed or even announced any time soon.

What house stars in the Telltale Game of Thrones game?

a) House Forrester
b) House Umber
c) House Gardener
d) House Karstark

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.

Techland’s Dying Light 2 finally arrives

Dying Light 2 gameplay

Techland's long-awaited Dying Light 2 is finally coming out this week, but not before Square Enix’s Life Is Strange: Remastered Collection for PC and consoles.

Tuesday – February 1st

  • Life Is Strange: Remastered Collection for PC, NS, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX, Stadia

Friday – February 4th

  • Dying Light 2 Stay Human for PC, NS, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX
  • Maglam Lord for NS, PS4

Force Engine port of original 1995 Star Wars: Dark Forces nears 1.0 release

Dark Forces powered by Force Engine

Fans have worked to reverse engineer Star Wars: Dark Forces from 1995, and the Force Engine is now almost ready for a 1.0 release.

Dark Forces was developed by LucasArts and launched in early 1995, and was essentially a Star Wars-themed Doom clone that swapped out the hordes of hell with the forces of the empire. It was built using the Jedi engine, which also powered cowboy first-person shooter Outlaws.

Playable: Force Engine is a successor to an earlier attempt to reverse engineer the Jedi engine, the long-abandoned DarkXL project. The new effort is well on its way, and Dark Forces is playable from start to finish with a slew of new features as of version 0.8.

Force tech: Since Outlaws used the same engine it should also run on the reverse engineered engine. You'll still need to own copies of the original games to enjoy these versions, since the new engine uses the original game files.

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  • Rare has offered a first look at the sixth season of Sea of Thieves during its 2022 Preview Event
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle is now available to pre-order ahead of the June 6th PC launch and the June 21st console launch
  • The official FAQ for Death Stranding Director’s Cut reveals what to expect from the PC version, including upgrades and system requirements
  • Ubisoft is shutting down Hyper Scape and the servers will go dark on April 28th
  • Ubisoft is “a bit frustrated” by the reaction to NFTs but vows to “keep integrating” them to ensure that gamers will “get it”

What house stars in the Telltale Game of Thrones game?

Ethan Forrester, one of the main protagonists of Telltale's Game of Thrones. Besides him is Castellan Duncan Tuttle

ANSWER: House Forrester!

Sure, the Telltale formula got a bit predictable after a while, but it wasn't the worst way to make licensed storytelling games and its Game of Thrones adaptation was pretty good. The game starred members of House Forrester, and put you right in the middle of the brutal intrigue, unfair deals, and wanton murder the show is famous for.

It ends on a cliffhanger that never gets resolved since Telltale went bust before launching the second season. It doesn't seem likely we'll ever see a conclusion to the Forresters' exploits, especially following that final season.

Just as we were about to send out today's issue, Team 17 got in touch about MetaWorms NFTs, where you can buy and trade officially licensed NFT collectibles based on the Worms franchise.

2022 is going to be a year where we see more and more publishers getting into the blockchain bandwagon, so we'd love to hear your thoughts on it and if you want us covering this subject on DailyBits? 

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!