DailyBits News July 2nd Issue

CD Projekt Red Are Working On Three Cyberpunk 2077-Related Projects

CD Projekt Red (CDPR) has told Polish publication, Bankier.pl, that their greatly anticipated open-world RPG, Cyberpunk 2077, is not the only project that they’ve been working on as of late. In fact, the developer has mentioned that three projects set in the Cyberpunk universe are currently underway. One is said to be CDPR’s next AAA title, whereas the other will take the form of some kind of multiplayer project.

The multiplayer project supposedly has a team of forty working on it, although it’s unclear whether this is simply the multiplayer element included in Cyberpunk 2077, or whether this is an entirely separate entity. As for CDPR’s next ambitious AAA title, Vice President Piotr Nielubowicz had this to say: “our next big project will also be in the Cyberpunk universe, and we’re already working on it and treating it as a really big and innovative project for us.”.

Cyberpunk 2077 may just be the beginning

Many will likely remember CDPR taking a similar approach with The Witcher series, where they created a spin-off digital card game called Gwent. Gwent originally featured in The Witcher novels and was playable in The Witcher 3. In October 2018 the free-to-play card game launched on PC, closely followed by the PlayStation 4 and Xbox versions in December 2018. A mobile version is also scheduled to release later on this year. Some have speculated that CDPR’s next ‘big project’ may be an upcoming expansion for Cyberpunk 2077 whereas others are interpreting this as a full AAA title. All we know for sure about this third project is that it’s in the early stages of development and is subject to change – potentially a lot.

Cyberpunk 2077 is due to release on April 16 2020.

New Hearthstone Expansion Revealed: Saviors of Uldum

Blizzard has announced the latest expansion to Hearthstone, Saviors of Uldumr, scheduled to release on August 6th. Saviors of Uldum is the second Hearthstone expansion to release this year, following on from Rise of Shadows back in April. This latest expansion reintroduces the League of Explorers who are hoping to take down the League of E.V.I.L, the group of villains that managed to steal the flying city of Dalaran.

Alongside one hundred and thirty-five brand new cards, we have some new mechanics to play with. One of the new keywords being introduced with this expansion is Reborn, restless mummified minions that come back to life with one health remaining after they die. Also arriving to Hearthstone are Plague cards for the League of E.V.I.L classes, which create powerful board-altering effects. The first Plague card revealed is for the Priest class: Plague of Death, a nine mana epic spell that silences and destroys every minion on the board. Quest cards – legendary one mana spells that reward the player with powerful effects – are returning to Hearthstone. These new Quest cards aim to be easier to achieve and will grant the player a powerful alternate hero power.

Reno, Elise, Brann and Sir Finley are back!

As always, upon announcing the details on the new expansion, Blizzard has added two Pre-Purchase Bundles to their online shop. The regular pre-purchase bundle will consist of fifty packs, an Elise Starseeker card back and a random golden legendary, priced at £44.99/€49.99. The Mega Bundle will include eighty packs, along with the random golden legendary and card back, plus the Elise Starseeker Druid Hero for £69.99/€79.99. These bundles can each be purchased once, per account. Players that log into the game for a limited time after release will also receive a random new Legendary Quest card.

Full details regarding all the changes implemented in the patch released on July 1st, as well as what has been revealed so far of the Saviors of Uldum expansion can be found here.

Remothered: Tormented Fathers Gets A Switch Release Date

2018 Horror Survival game, Remothered: Tormented Fathers will finally make its debut on the Nintendo Switch on July 26th. Featuring stealthy segments as you creep around an eerie house, and puzzle solving elements as you examine potential clues, Remothered gives players the option to play the game as they’d like. Whether you prefer action, strategy or simply running away and hiding from danger, you’ll find your playstyle is probably supported in this psychological thriller.

Remothered puts us in the shoes of Rosemary Reed, a thirty-five year old woman who is investigating the disappearance of a girl called Celeste. Upon meeting homeowner, Dr. Richard Felton, her investigation takes a chilling turn. With movie-like cutscenes and no health bars, this game strives to achieve a realistic survival horror experience for players, creating plausible characters and terrifying close-encounters with enemies.

Long train journeys just got a whole lot scarier!

“Psychology plays a huge role within the game: heroes and enemies are atypical and the line between good and evil is blurred. The plot is rich of unpredictable twists, but it is touching at the same time. The development of the game is similar to that of a film narration, where the player perfectly identifies himself with the character. The soundtrack, composed by Nobuko Toda (Final Fantasy, Halo, Metal Gear Solid) and Luca Balboni, enhances the terrifying atmosphere of the game.”

We haven’t seen any gameplay from the Nintendo Switch port of Remothered: Tormented Fathers, though judging by the visuals on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, we expect the graphics on the Switch version to be downgraded. Here’s hoping the Switch port retains Remothered: Tormented Fathers most immersive feature: real-time loading (RTL). RTL cuts out any empty moments that other horror games suffer from, allowing you to explore the mansion without any loading times whatsoever.

Remothered: Tormented Fathers will be available digitally on the Nintendo eShop thanks to a collaboration with Japanese publisher, DICO Co. Ltd. Unfortunately, a price has not yet been disclosed by Stormind Games Team, but we imagine it’ll be similar to its RRP on other platforms. If you don’t own a Nintendo Switch, Remothered is already available on SteamPlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game currently has a rating of 72/100 on OpenCritic.Mini News

SOEDESCO Opens A Second Game Dev Studio

Following its first studio, which opened in Rotterdam in The Netherlands back in 2015, SOEDESCO has just opened its second game development studio in Pilsen, Czech Republic. You may recognise SOEDESCO’s name as a publisher on games such as N.E.R.O: Nothing Ever Remains Obscure  and Owlboy however, after successfully porting games Among The Sleep  and Defunct to the Nintendo Switch, the studio is continuing to focus on creating more of its own games. Now armed with two functional development offices, SOEDESCO has its eyes set on the next generation of gaming, hoping to create content for Google Stadia, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Project Scarlett.

You can take a look at SOEDESCO’s full catalogue of games right here.

Evil Dead Will Not Be Getting A VR Port

Bruce Campbell, known by most as Ash Williams from the Evil Dead series, has confirmed on Twitter that the upcoming Evil Dead game will not be heading to VR platforms. The most surprising thing about this announcement is that there is, in fact, an Evil Dead game in development. Campbell confirmed in an interview with Bloody Disgusting back in May 2018 that he was contractually obligated to voice Ash in an Evil Dead video game. Fast forward to May 2019, Campbell confirms yet again that an Evil Dead game is coming and that it’ll be “a full immersive video game probably [released] within a year.”.

Most people suspected Campbell may do the voice acting as Ash for a guest appearance in Mortal Kombat 11, though this suspicion has not been confirmed thus far. As for the Evil Dead game, there has been no confirmation of a developer or publisher.

Netflix Shows Off Geralt, Ciri And Yennefer From The Upcoming Witcher TV Series

Netflix has given Witcher fans something to look forward to later this year with a quick tease of the upcoming TV series scheduled to release in 2019. In the photos released by Netflix, we are given our first look at Geralt (Henry Cavill), Ciri (Freya Allan) and Yennefer (Anya Cholatra). It would appear that fans are already up in arms about the direction the streaming giant has taken with the appearance of the characters, specifically whether Henry Cavill may be too handsome to play Geralt. The Netflix series is based on The Witcher books, not the games, though it would seem the producers have blended aspects from both in order to appease everyone.

Jet Kave Adventure Blasting Onto The Nintendo Switch

Cracow-based studio, 7Levels just dropped a teaser trailer for their upcoming 2.5D platformer, Jet Kave Adventure. You’ll play as Kave, the former chief of a tribe who has been banished by his own people. After stumbling upon a jetpack you’re tasked with protecting your island against an ‘alien invader’, who is poised to trigger a volcanic eruption so that he can repair his spaceship. Promising thirty-six levels and crazy boss battles, this title will have you running, smashing and flying around the island in order to save it.

Jet Kave Adventure has been developed with the Nintendo Switch in mind, and we’ll be able to catch its full reveal on July 11th.

Written for the July 2nd issue of DailyBits.