Wednesday, 26 April 2017

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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Monday, 24 April 2017

Zangeki Warp - gameplay video

Will get a review done soon hopefully, but in the meantime I've recorded the first level.  Very good game and LOVE the music! :-D


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Bevontule, Tactical JRPG, On Greenlight

Multithreaded Games have recently started a Greenlight campaign for their tactical turn-based RPG, Bevontulet.  Bevontule is inspired by the JRPG and tactical games of the 90’s and early 2000’s.  They’ve incorporated and expanded on many of the mechanics of our favorite childhood games while writing a mature character-driven story spanning thousands of years

(Watch the trailer below - this game looks very impressive!)



Key Features:
  • Mature and highly-detailed plot spanning thousands of years, inspired by games like Xenogears and Shadow Hearts.
  • Unique and challenging tactical, turn-based combat system where proper positioning and timing are critical.
  • Beautiful 3D environments to discover, explore and conquer, including a massive, JRPG-style overworld.
  • Free-roaming enemies with a wide variety of movement patters, behaviors and habitats; avoid or engage at you own discretion!
  • Unrelenting and highly intelligent enemy AI that can be scaled to various difficulty levels.
  • A large cast of interesting characters with defined roles, yet deeply customizable skillsets, with multiple builds for each combatant.
  • Enemies learn and level up as you do, accessing new skills, tactics and other ‘enhancements’.
  • Unlock, learn and equip from hundreds of combat skills, attribute bonuses, and word-based buffs.
  • Scavenge, create and upgrade items with our original skill-based crafting system.
  • Integrated bestiary system that rewards discovery, experimentation and exploitation of enemies for rewards
  • Loads of side-quests, optional bosses/area, and minigames.
What are you waiting for?  Head over to the game's Greenlight page!




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Friday, 21 April 2017

Coming soon: AdventureJam and Super Fan Jam

2 game jams coming soon courtesy of GameJolt:

AdventureJam 2017

AdventureJam is making its third annual return! Develop a game within 14 days that encompasses what "adventure" means to you. From traditional point & click adventures to completely experimental creations, let's gear up and go on some unforgettable adventures together!

5th-19th May 2017 

Super Fan Jam

Super Fan Jam is here to satisfy all our wildest fandom dreams! Shower your favorite media with love and support by creating a fan game within a 10-day period. You're sure to meet others who share your passions along the way!

5th-15th May 2017 


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AppGameKit DLC released to capture GameGuru assets

The Game Creators today released GameGuru Loader for AppGameKit providing a great and efficient way to convert & load GameGuru levels into AppGameKit.

GameGuru Loader lets you link the easy building features of GameGuru with the smart coding commands of AppGameKit.

The easy to use editor in GameGuru allows you to create 3D scenes and assets such as terrains, skies, vegetation, buildings and everyday objects. Now all these assets can be converted and then loaded in and displayed in AppGameKit.

GameGuru Loader allows you to go mobile too! GameGuru Loader includes a converter that scans all your GameGuru media, and optimises it to a format ideal for mobile use.

Rick Vanner, Development Director at The Game Creators, said, "The DLC adds yet another dimension to AppGameKit. What you see in GameGuru you will see in AppGameKit! GameGuru Loader provides an easy way for game developers to bring their 3D ideas to life in AppGameKit."


The Game Creators used AppGameKit to develop Driving Test Success Theory, Hazard Perception and Highway Code apps for UK publisher Focus Multimedia, deploying them onto the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon - all from AppGameKit's executable code. These Driving Test Success apps are now one of the UK's #1 ‘Learning to Drive' apps.


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Ummagumma Games Unveils The Worldmap Prototype For Abadon: Guardians Rise

In their first update for the year, developers Ummagumma Games have unveiled a prototype of The Worldmap, a top-down, shoot ‘em up gameplay mode that will connect Abadon’s various 2D platformed levels together.

Essentially as players progress through the game – completing levels and their corresponding objectives – The Worldmap lets them scour the planet of Abadon in search of their next mission, collectables and other random happenings.

Check out the video below:



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Save the Ninja Clan - Xbox One


Summary
Save the Ninja Clan is a platformer for casual players as well as speed runners.  There are two ways to play this game: play through the normal story mode or find secrets/"bugs" in the game to annoy the Game Manager watching.

Story
An evil ninja kidnapped your friends. You must collect scrolls in order to find your friends and save them. You will play as different ninjas as the journey progresses. Each ninja has a different ability: Green ninja has a double jump, Purple Ninja has a sprint, and the Grey Ninja has a dash (with temporary invincibility).



Alternate Story
You can annoy the "Game Manager" by finding secrets/"bugs" in the game. Eventually he will get tired of you breaking the current level and send you off to the next one.


Features:
  • 30 Unique Levels.
  • Secrets/Bugs in all non boss levels.
  • 3 Ninja types with different abilities.
  • 3 Boss Fights.
  • Game too hard or too easy? Adjust the game speed.
  • You can unlock knife modifications.
  • Many stats are tracked.
  • Replays that show previous attempts.
  • Secret ending which unlocks something secret.

Xbox One store page (game will be released on May 5th for just 2.99$, pre-order already started).  Current release date is only for ESRB regions. PEGI regions release delayed to the end of 2017.




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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Nordic Game Awards 2017 – Nominees revealed

A highlight of the annual Nordic Game conference, this year's edition of the Nordic Game Awards takes place in the Unreal Theatre, the main auditorium of Slagthuset, on Thursday, 18 May at 18:00.

Here are the games nominated for the 2017 Nordic Game Awards

Nordic Game of the Year – Small Screen
Nordic studios make great games in all formats, and mobile platforms in particular have seen many stellar Nordic titles. Some of the latest standouts have been nominated for the “Nordic GotY – Small Screen” award, including Supercell’s smash hit “Clash Royale”.

Clapper”, Bridgeside Interactive (SE)
Clash Royale”, Supercell (FI)
Mekorama”, Martin Magni (SE)
Space Marshals 2”, Pixelbite Games (SE)
Twofold Inc.”, Grapefrukt Games (SE)

Nordic Game of the Year
Nordic GotY – the most prestigious award of the show and highpoint of the 2017 Nordic Game Awards. A fun fact is that all of the nominated studios have previously taken the stage at Nordic Game. This year, Playdead opens NG17 with an “insider” tech talk about their multiple award-winning title “INSIDE” (here), veteran hit-maker IO Interactive will delve into the AI of “Hitman” (here), Massive Entertainment CEO David Polfeldt joins legendary Japanese game designer Fumito Ueda in a much anticipated “fireside chat” (here), while both EA DICE and “Owlboy” creator Jo-Remi Madsen have spoken at past Nordic Game conferences.

Battlefield 1”, EA DICE (SE)
Clash Royale”, Supercell (FI)
Hitman”, IO Interactive (DK)
INSIDE”, Playdead (DK)
Owlboy”, D-Pad Studio (NO)
Tom Clancy’s The Division”, Massive Entertainment (SE)

Best Audio nominees
As with all the categories, the competition here is fierce. The “Battlefield” series is well-known for its striking audio, and the latest chapter is no exception, being nominated for several awards already. This is also the case for Playdead and their award-winning title “INSIDE” - and with three other very strong contenders, it's looking like a tough decision for the jury:

Battlefield 1”, EA DICE (SE)
GoNNER”, Art in Heart (SE)
Hitman”, IO Interactive (DK)
INSIDE”, Playdead (DK)
Owlboy”, D-Pad Studio (NO)

Best Fun for Everyone nominees
A special award for the best children’s, family, social or casual game that's suitable (and enjoyable) for a wide range of people and ages. The headliners in this category include “Clapper”, which took the "Indie Sensation Award” at NG16, as well as the latest “Salon” release from veterans at Toca Boca and the crazy sports game “Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure”:
Clapper”, Bridgeside Interactive (SE)
Fuzzy House”, Fuzzy House (DK)
Mussila: Musical Monster Adventure”, Rosamosi (IS)
Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure”, Game Swing (DK)
Toca Hair Salon 3”, Toca Boca (SE)

Best Debut nominees
The "Best Debut" award goes to a Nordic studio that has released its first game in 2016, not counting beta or early access. Five very talented and promising studios are competing in this category, among them Antagonist with “Through the Woods”, a chilling third-person psychological horror game set in a forest on Norway's western coast.

Clapper”, Bridgeside Interactive (SE)
GoNNER”, Art in Heart (SE)
Manual Samuel”, Perfectly Paranormal (NO)
Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure”, Game Swing (DK)
Through the Woods”, Antagonist (NO)

Best Technology nominees
Nordic games are famous for many reasons, not least for their high-tech polish. Just look at some of the titles in the running for this year's "Best Technology" award: breath-taking VR design in “EVE Valkyrie”, multiplayer innovation in “Tom Clancy’s The Division” and ground-breaking AI programming in “Hitman”. Every nominated game has a very good reason to be here.

Battlefield 1”, EA DICE (SE)
EVE Valkyrie”, CCP (IS)
Hitman”, IO Interactive (DK)
INSIDE”, Playdead (DK)
Tom Clancy’s The Division”, Massive Entertainment (SE)

Best Game Design nominees
The nominees for “Best Game Design” include five of the past year’s most successful and critically acclaimed Nordic games. Competing with the four AAA heavy hitters on the list is “Owlboy”, a slick homage to old-school 2D adventures that took Norwegian developer D-Pad Studio eight years to complete.

Battlefield 1”, EA DICE (SE)
Hitman”, IO Interactive (DK)
INSIDE”, Playdead (DK)
Owlboy”, D-Pad Studio (NO)
Tom Clancy’s The Division”, Massive Entertainment (SE)

Best Art nominees
Games in this category are nominated for their high level of artistic achievement. Headliners this year are “Battlefield 1” and “INSIDE”, but look out for the “dark horses” – not least of all the beautiful, “yarn-made” art of “Unravel”.

Battlefield 1”, EA DICE (SE)
GoNNER”, Art in Heart (SE)
INSIDE”, Playdead (DK)
Owlboy”, D-Pad Studio (NO)
Unravel”, Coldwood Interactive (SE)

Congratulations to all the nominees for the 2017 Nordic Game Awards. See you at the show!
About the Nordic Game Awards
The Nordic Game Awards is organised by the Nordic Game Institute in cooperation with Nordic Game Resources and the Nordic Game event team.

The Nordic Game Institute consists of the following game producer associations in the region: Dataspelsbranschen (SE), Icelandic Gaming Industry (IS), Neogames (FI), Spillprodusentforeningen (NO) and Producentforeningen (DK).

The organisers appoint the NGA jury, this year with the following members: Bjarki Thor Jónsson (Iceland), Juho Kuorikoski (Finland), Rune Fjell Olsen (Norway), Niklas Sintorn (Sweden) and Astrid Mie Refstrup (Denmark).
About the Nordic Game conference
Nordic Game is the leading games conference in Europe, and 2017 is its fourteenth year. Gathering over 2,000 games industry professionals in Malmö annually, Nordic Game is the one and only “home turf” meeting place for the highly successful game developers of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
Learn more about Nordic Game 2017, 17-19 May at Slagthuset in Malmö, Sweden at conf.nordicgame.com.

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Forts, Cartoon War Action RTS, Now Available on PC

BRISBANE, Queensland - April 19, 2017 - Forts, the physics-based RTS from EarthWork Games in which players construct custom bases, arm them to the teeth with a cutting-edge arsenal and blast their enemies' headquarters to rubble while repelling opponents' attacks, is available now on Windows via Steam and the Humble Store.

Forts adds base building and real-time combat to the classic cartoon artillery strategy game formula of the 90's. Managing resources to develop tech-trees and to unlock bigger and better weapons is essential for constructing a dominant base. Selecting one of nine commanders, each bringing special abilities that best fit particular strategies, can also turn the tide of battle.


Up to 8 players can enter battle together in LAN or online multiplayer, teaming up and sharing resources in Co-op Multiplayer or dominating their friends in Team Deathmatch. Latecomers can drop in and take over from the A.I., or observe the destruction raining down upon their friends.
A 28-mission single-player campaign follows Earth's three remaining factions in their final battle for the world's resources. Skirmish mode pits players against AI opponents in classic and pre-built battles, as well as custom maps and mods made by the community.
"We've packed Forts full of features to provide countless hours of entertainment that can be enjoyed alone or with friends," says Tim Auld, founder of EarthWork Games. "This is our love letter to the games we grew up playing, combining all of their different elements to deliver a truly one-of-a-kind experience."

About EarthWork Games


EarthWork Games is a three-person team in Brisbane, Queensland that united to bring Forts to the world. Drawing experience from working on previous games likeAlien Isolation, Hand of FateTotal War and Assault Android Cactus, EarthWork Games strives to create fun, high-spirited experiences that bring players together.



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New screenshots / animations from "Gibbous - A Cthulhu Adventure"

This is looking very impressive indeed.







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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

“Beholder” DLC Coming to Steam This Spring

Siberia, Russia - April 18, 2016 - Alawar and Warm Lamp Games today announced that their dystopia simulator Beholder, available on Steam for PC, MAC and Linux, will soon receive a major DLC pack called Blissful Sleep. Keeping the totalitarian atmosphere of the original Beholder, the DLC transports players back in time, telling the pre-story of the events that happened in the house before The Ministry of Introductions appointed Carl as the snitching landlord, who is torn by moral choices on a daily basis.
 
“After the successful launch of Beholder last year, we saw how involved people got into the narrative so we decided to start working on a DLC pack introducing the backstory of the original game”, said Evgeny Sister, Producer at Alawar. “As a cog in a totalitarian machine players face an unrelenting dystopian reality: the laws are oppressive, people are under complete surveillance and privacy is non-existent. They must decide whether to keep ‘the machine’ running smoothly or to follow their gut and choose a more ethical course of action.”
 
The Beholder: Blissful Sleep DLC introduces several deeper, more complicated character backgrounds and shocking story twists taking place in the same Krushvice 6 house before the original storyline begins. The State laws have become more oppressive than ever, disrupting the lives of the people and leaving them miserable and in search of salvation. Players continue to operate under strict totalitarian rules, everyday making moral choices that eventually lead to one of several story endings available.
 
Inspired heavily by George Orwell’s groundbreaking 1984 the philosophical narrative of Beholder, opens up questions around issues of social and moral values. If you are given power to destroy privacy, should you follow the orders of the giver? Or should you treat those that you spy on the way they deserve? Who decides what is deserved? And what if two different people deserve to be saved, but one has to go? Who will you choose?  
 
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