More than a year after its official debut, Sony’s PlayStation Now game streaming service is being prepped for launch on PC and Mac in the U.S. and Europe. …
Fantasy Flight is no stranger to adapting popular video game franchises to the tabletop. Starcraft, Gears of War, and XCOM have all made the transition with success. Id Software’s Doom is the latest to get the board game treatment.
Doom pits a group of up to four players in control of marines against another player taking on the role of Hell’s forces. The Invader player will get to summon forces through portals around the modular, tile-based map.
Each of the six included missions has different objectives and special rules. Items and weapons are handled with cards, and each round of play is based on initiative draws that dictate when marines can move and attack and when the forces of Hell press in. Death is a certainty, but the marines can only respawn a set number of times before losing the mission.
Doom appears to build on Fantasy Flight’s experience with asymmetric games like Descent and Star Wars: Imperial Assault. It also seems to build on themes similar to the Gears of War tabletop game but instead of enemies that function on an “AI” system, a player takes control here.
Doom will be in stores during holiday 2016. For more, check out the full rundown on Fantasy Flight's website.
343 and Creative Assembly think they’ve figured out how to attract new players to the strategy genre with their latest entry in the Halo Wars series. …
Activision launched a studio last year to start creating original content for its assorted franchises and Skylanders Academy is the first production out of the gate.
The show will air on Netflix this fall and boasts an impressive cast. The show is being run Eric Rogers, who is credited as an assistant to writers for Futurama. The cast includes Justin Long as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks, of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, as Eruptor, and Norm MacDonald as Glumshanks. Other talent announced for the show includes Susan Sarandon, Daniel Wu, Parker Posey, James Hetfield, Catherine O’Hara, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Harland Williams among others.
The show folows Skylanders characters going on a series of adventures as they show, "the next wave of Academy cadets how to do things the 'Skylander way.'"
For more on Skylanders and what's next for the franchise, head here.
“I’ve worked as a programmer for a couple of high profile companies … So when I shifted career and started teaching at Staffordshire University I set to getting the games industry itself involved.” …
Nintendo announced early this morning that its next console, the NX, won’t be coming until March 2017. The company seems to have its eyes firmly set on that launch leaving 3DS and Wii U games coming before then in the background.
To that end, it will only be bringing one game to E3. The Legend of Zelda, which has been delayed to launch simultaneously on the NX and Wii U, will be playable on the show floor.
Nintendo says that it is the only title that the Wii U version will be playable for the first time, and it is the sole focus of the company’s presence at the show. The NX will not be making an appearance, with a formal reveal planned for later in the year.
Nintendo still has a few big games coming out between now and the NX launch. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE will be out in late June. Paper Mario Color Splash is coming to Wii U later in the year. On 3DS, Nintendo has Pokémon Sun and Moon and two Dragon Quest remakes (VII and VIII), which it lists as first-party published games.
I understand the focused approach Nintendo is taking. A lot is riding on both the new Zelda and the NX launch. But with nearly a full year before that console hits, the company is gambling with nearly an entire fiscal year.
“Both of these are pure game applications. Compared to Miitomo, they have more prominent game elements, and the game content will tie closely into Nintendo’s dedicated games business.” …
“We had to address challenges such as how to bring a AAA mobile game to lower-end Android devices and how to build best mobile performance tools and infrastructure.” …
Publisher Nicalis, best known for its gruelingly difficult 2D platformers 1001 Spikes and Cave Story, is bringing another retro-inspired sidescroller to the table. Creepy Castle is a cutesy sidescrolling RPG that hides a deep conspiracy under its surface.
Developer Dopterra funded Creepy Castle with a successful Kickstarter in 2014, and has announced that the pixelated title will be making its way to PC, Mac, and Linux this summer. Creepy Castle follows Moth (who, unsurprisingly, is a moth) as he uncovers mysteries traversing a spooky, stonewalled castle. You'll find tomes that give insight to the world's lore in between duels with a variety of enemies and bosses.
The pixel-art is colored with a limited palette that meets somewhere in between the visual styles of the NES and MSX computer system. Battles unfold through numerous turn-based mini-games in a similar way to 2015's hit indie-RPG Undertale. According to a video posted on the developer's YouTube account, characters from Five Nights at Freddy's, Shovel Knight, and Super Meat Boy will make cameo appearances in Creepy Castle.
Keep an eye out for Creepy Castle this summer, and make sure to check out our Kickstarter Compendium to track notable games that have gone through the crowdfunding service. You can also follow Creepy Castle's updates on development at Dopterra's blog here. To see what other plans Nicalis has in store for the near future, click here.
Koei Tecmo announced that it's bringing Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book to North America this June. In addition to the regular version of the game, super fans can splurge on a limited edition that includes, appropriately enough, a hardcover art book.
This entry is the first in the series to appear on PlayStation 4. It takes place in a European town, and stars a young alchemist named Sophie. She gains possession of the titular book, which kicks off an epic adventure. Kim spent some time with the game during September's Tokyo Game Show, and it left enough of an impression to make her wish list of games that she wanted localized. Dreams do come true, apparently.
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The game is coming to PlayStation 4 and as a downloadable game on Vita on June 7. The PlayStation 4 version of the game is also available in a limited edition from the NISA store for $ 99.99. It includes the game, two-disc soundtrack featuring 38 songs from the game, a hardcover 48-page art book, five 5-by-7" art prints, and a 40-by-26.8" cloth poster.