Thursday, 27 April 2017

Brawlhalla PS4 Closed Beta, New Content for PC

ATLANTA - April 26, 2017 - Brawlhalla, the epic free-to-play platform fighter for up to eight players online or locally from Blue Mammoth Games, will begin a closed beta for PlayStation 4 in May 2017. Gamers interested in participating can sign up now at beta.brawlhalla.com.


More than 5.3 million PC gamers have battled in the Grand Tournament of Valhalla on Steam Early Access, making Brawlhalla by far the most played fighting game on Steam in 2016 and 2017.

The closed beta will bring an update to the existing Brawlball game mode. Warriors will also have new ground to stomp foes into with the release of a new map, The Colosseum. All of this content will release simultaneously on PC.

In addition, Brawlhalla's next legendary warrior, the Kitsune, arrives next week on PC. A wise and powerful fox spirit who wields a hammer and bow, the Kitsune's signature attacks lay out magical snares, introducing a new trap mechanic for area control.


Brawlhalla's straightforward controls make the game easy for new players to pick up, while still having the depth to support a thriving competitive community. With more than 30 distinct warriors to choose from, each with two playstyle-altering weapon types, every victory is a spectacle worthy of the gods.

Built from the ground up for competitive play, Brawlhalla supports a large number of online and offline game modes including ranked queues, local 1v1 and 2v2, a four-player online free-for-all queue, local or online free-for-all for up to eight players, and several alternate game modes such as Brawlball, Snowbrawl and Bombsketball.

"With its variety of game modes, thrilling action, weekly updates and hand-drawn animation, Brawlhalla is like a Saturday morning cartoon come to life," says Matt Woomer, co-founder, Blue Mammoth Games. "We couldn't be happier that PlayStation fans will soon be able to join the ever expanding world of Brawlhalla."

For more information, please visit the official website.

About Blue Mammoth Games
Founded by Cryptic Studios veterans and based in Atlanta, Blue Mammoth Games is composed of 18 developers focused on being active with and responsive to their player community.



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VR Puzzler Symphony of the Machine Launches on PSVR, Vive

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - April 25, 2017 - Symphony of the Machine, a VR puzzle game where players revitalize a post-apocalyptic world by influencing the weather with a mysterious tower, is now available for PlayStation VR and HTC Vive in North America. It will launch across Europe and Oceania on April 26 and in Asia on April 27.

Set in a desolate landscape ravaged by an unknown catastrophe, Symphony of the Machine is centered around the scattered remnants of a lost civilization and an enigmatic tower. There, at the spire's summit, awaits a series of tranquil puzzles that players can solve utilizing intuitive motion controls by bending, splitting or filtering light emanating from the arcane device.

This light can be redirected to symbols in the surrounding area which allow the player to summon the elements. Only with the correct mixture of precipitation, sunlight, wind and other effects can fauna atop the tower and the planet as a whole be restored and spring to life once more.



Symphony of the Machine provides an environment of discovery where players are unburdened by exposition and traditional cinematic storytelling. Without heavy-handed narrative dictating the experience, players can freely explore Story Mode, learning what happened to this world and how to fix it, or enter Sandbox Mode, where players are free to construct and expand upon their will, shaping and discovering new features and content long after the initial story has concluded.

"Symphony of the Machine provides a soothing atmosphere to encourage discovery, creativity and experimentation," said Vee Pendergrast, managing director, Stirfire Studios. "Players are free to set their own pace when uncovering the mystery behind the apocalyptic catastrophe and how to reverse the disastrous effects it's had on the environment."

Symphony of the Machine supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Korean, Russian and Brazilian Portuguese. The game is priced at $19.99 USD and €19.99.

For more information, please visit the game's official website.


About Stirfire Studios

Named after an encouragement for all team members to contribute ideas to its mixing pot work culture, Stirfire Studios believes the best creative visions are built by listening to a diverse lineup of voices. With an emphasis on gameplay, visual design and story in mind, Stirfire is currently working on Symphony of the Machine, its first project to be released since its well-received 2014 release, Freedom Fall.



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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Julia's Canadian Mystery EGA text parser mystery game

Julia's Canadian Mystery is inspired by Sierra On-line's "The Colonel's Bequest", an EGA text parser adventure game of mystery and intrigue set in Northern Ontario, Canada - being made as a real labour of love by the looks of it, using AGS (Adventure Game Studio).

The year is 1913. You are a clerk working at the Royal Ontario Museum and your boss wants the mineralogy exhibit to be the talk of the town when the museum opens the following year. So when a fisherman finds a huge diamond in the belly of a fish, the Professor sends you up north to investigate! This could be your big chance to prove to everyone you have what it takes...

This is pretty hardcore retro, if you're a fan of the old Sierra games it should be right up your street. Here are a few screenshots and a (rather long) intro:








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Formula XD now on Steam Greenlight

Formula XD is a racing team strategy game that puts you in the role of manager - hiring drivers, negotiating contracts with sponsors and engine suppliers, and making the big decisions necessary to keep your team above water. You'll issue orders to your drivers when they go out onto the track, and be responsible for guiding them to victory or defeat.


This isn't designed to be an easy game - you've got to start at the bottom and work your way up, with the game played over a career of 10 seasons.  This game is for PC and Mac and is currently seeking support on Steam Greenlight.



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Banner Saga 3 Pledge Manager now available for exclusive backer pre-order swag and more

Stoic, in partnership with Versus Evil, have opened up the Banner Saga 3 PledgeManager site where fans can continue to back development of the game and also pick up pre-order only game branded items, chat with the community and the developers as well as learn more about Banner Saga 3. Kickstarter backers can also fill out their Pledge Manager order and Add-On or Upgrade their pledges to add newly announced Banner Saga swag, including items such as t-shirts, mugs, posters, pins and more.

About Banner Saga 3
In Banner Saga 3, players embark on the final journey beyond the wall of Darkness to traverse a world unlike anything encountered in previous sagas. The beautifully hand drawn Viking role-playing adventure will once again test resolve through epic tactical battles against deadly adversaries where each choice directly affects the player’s personal journey.

The Banner Saga launched to critical acclaim in 2014 and has received several awards and nominations, including winner of the 2014 Geekie Awards for “Best Video Game”, winner of 2014 Game Developers Choice: “Best Debut” award, finalist placement for “Excellence in Visual Arts” category at the Independent Game Festival, three BAFTA Award Nominations, and was the winner of Pocket Gamer’s 2015 Best Adventure/RPG Game and Best Android Game of the Year. The sequel, Banner Saga 2 has also received several nominations and award wins, including a Pocketgamer Gold Award, a nomination for Best Strategy Game at the 2016 Video Game Awards, and has been selected as a finalist for the 20th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards in the Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year category. Banner Saga 2 was also a runner up for Best Strategy Game in RPG Fans best Strategy Game and Hardcore Gamers Best of 2016 Awards and is available now for PC, Xbox One, PS4, Android and iOS.

To learn more about The Banner Saga Trilogy visit: http://bannersaga.com  

About Stoic
Stoic is an independent game developer based out of Austin, Texas, formed in early 2012 by three veteran game developers. Each is dedicated to making great games that are artful, independent and unique.  Today, the studio is headed by Arnie Jorgensen and John Watson – both industry vets who are now dedicated to continuing as independent game developers. The Banner Saga® and The Banner Saga: Factions™ content is used by permission. © Stoic LLC. 2012-2016 All rights reserved.

About Versus Evil
Versus Evil, LLC is a US based independent video game publisher behind critically acclaimed indie titles such as The Banner Saga, Guild of Dungeoneering and Armikrog.  Publishing games on all major mobile, PC and console platforms, Versus Evil works with indie studios in North America, South America, and Europe. The company was founded on the principles of helping independent game developers be financially and creatively successful in the highly competitive video games market.  Their suite of games span many different genres, platforms and business models.  As a global publisher, the Versus Evil team is strategically placed around the world with presences in California, Texas, Maryland and New York.
For more information visit http://vsevil.net/

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Dawn of Andromeda Heads For Full Release On Steam This May 4, releases launch trailer

Developer GreyWolf Entertainment and publisher Iceberg Interactive are excited to announce that their pausable, real-time space 4x title, Dawn of Andromeda, will be fully launching on May 4, 2017 for the Steam platform. Currently available on Steam’s Early Access program, the GreyWolf and Iceberg teams have been continuously working on implementing vast improvements to the game based on community feedback.

Mike Domingues, lead developer at GreyWolf Entertainment says, “After much time spent gathering player feedback and suggestions from the Early Access phase, we are extremely excited to put the final touches on Dawn of Andromeda. We are truly confident that fans from all over the world will be able to fully immerse themselves into this galactic world we’ve worked so hard to create.”

Dawn of Andromeda is a real-time 4x space game, allowing players to take the reins of one of many civilizations and guide it through the myriad of dangers hiding in the galaxy. They will be able to build out their empire, colonize new planets, interact with other factions and characters, research new technologies and build fleets so powerful their enemies will tremble at its mere sight.



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Chuusotsu - 1st Graduation Now on Kickstarter


April 25, 2017 Fruitbat Factory is excited to announce the launch of the Kickstarter campaign for Chuusotsu - 1st Graduation: Time After Time

Chuusotsu - 1st Graduation: Time After Time is a new all-ages visual novel by Studio Beast, famous for the cult classic "J.Q.V Jinrui Kyuusai-bu ~With Love from Isotope~." It was released in Japan in August 2016 as a HD wide-screen release.

Chuusotsu is a fun, colorful story of three girls brought by their individual circumstances to live under the same roof and being forced to tackle existential questions to win their place in society. 

Fruitbat Factory is bringing Chuusotsu to fans all over the world in dual language (English and Japanese text, characters fully voiced in Japanese). 


Kickstarter campaign is now underway, giving backers the ability to get the game significantly under the retail price, grab exclusive rewards, and support the localization effort and Studio Beast in making all-new improvements to the game. 

The Kickstarter campaign’s goal is set at $20.000, with two stretch goals revealed, both adding an all-new event CG to the game. 

MSRP for Chuusotsu - 1st Graduation will be $19.99, and $9.99 for the soundtrack, Sound Disc. 

Synopsis 
Under the P3 law enacted under the Global People's Federation, citizens are ranked according to the Authorization Seals issued by the world government.

As spring arrives, the manga lover Marisugawa Arue, set back by a long-lasting illness, finds herself having to live her life as a "chuusotsu" - a person with no education beyond middle school.

The chuusotsu are not in possession of any Seals, and are considered to be failures at life. As such, their Authorized Power level is only 5 - young Arue's future is already looking mighty bleak.

"How will I be able to accomplish my goals now..."

In order to break free of her grim situation, and reach her true goal in life, Arue applies for a government relief program where she will...

Share a room with other chuusotsu!?

The Steam version of Chuusotsu will include Steam achievements, Cloud support and Steam Trading Cards. 

First images are available on the game’s homepage. The game’s opening video, “Philosophic Escape” can be seen on the Fruitbat Factory YouTube channel and the Kickstarter page

Chuusotsu is projected to release in late 2017. 

Fruitbat Factory, Ltd 
English version developer (Homepage, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ & YouTube) 
Fruitbat Factory is an independent localisation house focusing on bringing interesting Japanese games to English-speaking audiences. 

Studio Beast 
Developer of original Japanese version (TwitterHomepage) 
Studio Beast is a Japan-based doujin game circle best known for J.Q.V Jinrui Kyuusai-bu ~With Love from Isotope~. Chuusotsu! 1st Graduation - time after time is Studio Beast's 4th game release. 
They are currently working on their 10th year anniversary project, a new game by the name of Suicide Fence. 



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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

ZHEROS' ‘The Forgotten Land’ DLC Available for Xbox One, PC and PlayStation 4

Catania, Italy -- April 25, 2017 -- Italian developer Rimlight Studios today announced that ZHEROS, its whimsical 3D beat ‘em up is now available on PlayStation 4. Coinciding with the launch, Rimlight Studios has simultaneously released The Forgotten Land DLC on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam for PC. In ZHEROS, 3D cartoon graphics, ass-kicking battles and quirky characters mix together to create a fun, action-packed sci-fi action experience, where players join the ZHEROS squad and fight their way through twisted forces that threaten the universe.


“We are delighted to bring ZHEROS to PlayStation 4, it's quirky humour and gameplay will resonate well with players”, said Fabio Ilacqua, Art Director and Co-Founder of Rimlight Studios. “The new Forgotten Land DLC also adds more gameplay as Dr. Vendetta returns to pursue world domination with a new set of evil minions”.

Players are invited to join Mike and Captain Dorian in singleplayer or co-op mode to beat the hell out of Dr. Vendetta and prevent his attempt to take over the galaxy, turning every living creature into mindless, wicked minions. When fist fighting fails to do the trick, a selection of hi-tech weapons and powerful mech armor comes in handy, boosting the ZHEROS squad’s chances of wiping the floor with Dr. Vendetta’s evil robot army.

In ZHEROS: The Forgotten Land DLC, the evil doctor once again returns with a revenge plan against the ZHEROS squad, determined to destroy them and rule the galaxy. Exploring the ancient world inspired by the mysteries of the far east, players chase Dr. Vendetta across wild lands and cities, fighting powerful and mystical creatures throughout 8 new levels. With a brand new playable character, vehicle and an expanded arsenal of moves, the ZHEROS squad is ready to defeat evil once and for all.

ZHEROS is now available on Xbox One, Steam and on Playstation 4 for 9.99€, $9.99, 7.99£; ZHEROS: The Forgotten Land DLC is available on Xbox One, Steam and on Playstation 4 for 4.99€, $4.99, 3.99£


About Rimlight Studios

Established in 2014 by industry experts and passionate gamers, Rimlight Studios specializes in designing and developing video games with high-end visuals and entertaining gameplay. Rimlight Studios combines both the technical and creative capabilities to create engaging games that appeal to a wide range of audiences, on all platforms. Based in Catania, in hot Sicily, the team consists of a multicultural talented group of developers, joined together by their shared passion for videogames and their desire to create fun and enjoyable experiences for players and videogames enthusiast around the world.




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