Archive for August, 2020

Wonder Boy : Asha in Monster World Coming to Nintendo Switch in 2021!

Stuttgart, Germany – August 31st 2020 – ININ Games and STUDIOARTDINK are happy to share the trailer of Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World . The first official trailer was exclusively revealed by IGN on the Awesome Indies show at Gamescom last Saturday.

The game is a fully remastered version of Wonder Boy IV from 1994. The original team is working on the new Wonder Boy – Asha in Monster World, which will release at the beginning of next year for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

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Monster Harvest, a Brand-New Monster Collecting & Farming RPG, Coming Soon to Nintendo Switch!

Manchester, UK – August 28th, 2020 — Publisher Merge Games, in collaboration with indie developer Maple Powered Games, announce their farming action RPG with a twist, Monster Harvest! The newest game in the world of monster collecting will be making its way to Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch soon!

First premiered on the Future Games Show, get ready to grow, collect and mutate your crops and take them into battle! Brimming with multiple avenues to explore, players can craft and build their own farm or dream home as Monster Harvest blends RPG mechanics, exploration and action across the vibrant world of Planimal Point.

Providing a fusion of addictive farming gameplay, with RPG elements and battle mechanics included, Monster Harvest brings a fresh dimension to RPG action. From mutating your crops into several different variants and taking them into battle, to collecting a wealth of Planimal companions to help you fight enemies and explore the world with, Monster Harvest brings an array of different elements across its bright and colourful world.

Explore across three unique seasons which can affect the way you play, with bizarre weather and seasons shifting what crops you can grow – watch out for the strange mutations during the dark season which can dominate the land!

Features Overview

  • Farm with mutants! Use magical slimes to mutate the crops you grow on your farm.
  • Collectible Planimal companions! Some slimes mutate your crops into Planimals!
  • Three unique seasons: Dry, Wet, and Dark – Strange weather and seasons shift what the player can grow.
  • Explore the world of Planimal Point – Venture into the town of Planimal Point and discover the people and creatures that live there.
  • Craft and place dozens of items on your farm!

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Turrican – The Return of a Legend!

Stuttgart, Germany – August 28th 2020 – During yesterday’s gamescom Opening Night Live Show, the return of a video game icon was celebrated with an exclusive trailer. On this Turrican’s 30th Anniversary, the classic video game franchise will rise in full force!

Factor 5 and Strictly Limited Games are above and beyond pleased to present you with a new chapter in the history of Turrican, a complete compilation of the classic action series – now on modern platforms.

The sensational Turrican series has been heralded as one of the finest video games of all time, mixing exploration with non-stop action, and one of video game’s finest soundtracks by legendary German composer Chris Huelsbeck. The optional in-game soundtrack has been fully remastered and re-arranged.

Along with the original team at Factor 5, Strictly Limited Games curated and developed an anthology that not only lets you play through the history of Turrican’s finest moments, but also discover new information and secrets from the many extras packed in.

The classic series comes with a selection of filters and borders to customize the experience. Additionally included is the fabled and long-lost Super Turrican Director’s Cut, which features all the cut content reinstated, as well as the brand new Score Attack version. The legendary music can now be enjoyed in two ways: In-game, the player can choose between the original chiptune soundtracks or the new arranged versions by composer Chris Huelsbeck.

Turrican Anthology Vol. 1

  • Turrican (Amiga)
  • Turrican 2 (Amiga)
  • Super Turrican (SNES)
  • Super Turrican Director’s Cut (SNES)
  • Mega Turrican Score Attack (MD/GEN)

Turrican Anthology Vol. 2

  • Turrican 3 (Amiga)
  • Mega Turrican (MD/GEN)
  • Mega Turrican Director’s Cut (MD/GEN)
  • Super Turrican 2 (SNES)
  • Super Turrican 1 Score Attack (SNES)

Both editions are priced at 34,99€. Nintendo Switch Editions are each limited to 3500 copies worldwide, while the PlayStation 4 Editions are limited to 2000 copies each worldwide.

The Turrican Collector’s Edition (99,99€) and the Turrican Ultra Collector’s Edition (199,99€) encompass the two Turrican Anthologies and include lots of great extras.

One highlight in particular is the full-length documentary Blu-Ray created by industry veterans Audi Sorlie and John Linneman. With its developer interviews and in-depth look into the world of Turrican, this documentary is sure to please both old and new fans of the Turrican universe.

For all retro enthusiasts Strictly Limited Games brings out original retro cartridges for SNES and Mega Drive/Genesis with brand new cover arts from the two legendary box illustration artists Tom DuBois and Mike Winterbauer. Their work will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Also, Chris Huelsbeck’s most acclaimed sound work curated and mixed by himself for a brand new exclusive vinyl set! Hailed as one of the greatest retro game soundtracks of all time, now for the very first time on vinyl.

Furthermore, selected contents from ININ Games for digital and retail are also in the works, but with less content than the exclusive, limited editions from Strictly Limited Games.

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Ys IX: Monstrum Nox Prepares for a Summer 2021 Release on Nintendo Switch!

The time is nigh.Ys IX: Monstrum Nox will release for PS4 on February 2 in North America, February 5 in Europe, and February 12 in Oceania. The Nintendo Switch and PC versions will launch in Summer 2021. There’s no end to the action in the recent Combat Trailer, where the Monstrums must call upon their Gifts and collaborate to drive back the shadows from whence they came.

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Sexy Dungeon Crawling Comedy RPG Moero Crystal H Launches September 17th!

Hong Kong – August 27th, 2020 – In a joint collaboration, independent developer and publisher eastasiasoft and online retailer Playasia, are pleased to announce that Compile Heart and Idea Factory’s sexy dungeon crawling comedy Moero Crystal H will launch on the eShop for Nintendo Switch on September 17th, priced at $39.99/€39.99/£34.99, with a launch discount of 15% and with pre-loading beginning on September 10th. The Playasia exclusive physical edition will ship at the same time.

Moero Crystal H is a dungeon-crawling RPG telling the tale of Zenox the “Lucky Pervert”, who must partner with a troupe of monster girls to reclaim the stolen Bra of Darkness, an object of great power needed to save the world. Equipped with the “Panties of Light” to guide them, our heroes embark on their mythical quest.

Moero Crystal H features deep turn-based combat as players explore a series of grid-based dungeons. Fight and recruit more than 80 monster girls, then mix and match their outfit combinations to change their appearance and skills. Climb aboard the “Funyaton-Go” for shoot’em up sections and discover secret stages hidden within the monster girls. Upgrade your gang’s living quarters and pair up monster girls as roommates. With its delightfully quirky fantasies and offbeat humor, Moero Crystal H is the ultimate hedonistic romp!

“We at eastasiasoft are proud to be able to bring more of the Genkai Tokki series to western audiences, and collaborating with Playasia makes it even more special,” said Joshua M French, Community Manager at eastasiasoft. “Moero Crystal H is one of the most unique RPGs bringing engaging gameplay and a distinctive visual flair which is rarely seen outside of Japan. Bringing it to Nintendo Switch players worldwide will help to bring it the recognition it deserves!”

This upcoming release will be the first time western audiences will have a chance to play the third entry in the Genkai Tokki series. The original Moero Crystal was a 2015 PlayStation Vita game, but it never saw a release outside of Asia. While a follow-up to Monster Monpiece and Moero ChronicleMoero Crystal H is a standalone story featuring all new characters. This remastered edition features an upgraded HD presentation, all previous DLC characters, English language subtitles, and the new “Double Scratch” feature, which updates the “Loving Scratch” mode so players can interact with and raise the affection of two monster girls at once! (now featuring HD rumble support).

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Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron is Back & Space Invaders Forever – Taito Double Whammy!

Stuttgart, Germany – August 27th 2020 – TAITO, together with ININ Games, is pleased to announce more news on two iconic titles; Space Invaders Forever and Bubble Bubble 4 Friends: The Baron is Back!, which will both be released later in the year.

Space Invaders Forever will be released as boxed editions as well as digitally on the Nintendo eShop and PlayStation Store in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand by ININ Games.

Lighting the fuse for a gaming revolution.

Space Invaders is surely one of the most famous video games of all time and was the launching pad for the video gaming revolution. The game mechanics and its design make it a game that encompasses all the very best.

The following games are part of the Space Invader Forever Collection:

  • Space Invaders Extreme
  • Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE
  • Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders

Space Invaders Extreme has arrived to invade consoles with greatly improved graphics and interactive sound to deliver a new immersive experience! Packed with vibrant visuals and a pulsing soundtrack. Space Invaders Extreme comes with 16 stages, packed with devious invaders and fiendish boss fights. Practice individual stages in Free Play, then boost your high score to new heights in Arcade Mode!

Can you find all the countless, hidden bonuses?

Welcome to the new invasion!

Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE will finally be available on consoles as part of the Forever Collection.

Team up with up to 3 friends to shoot down the invaders to clear the stages as fast as possible. This brand new 4-player-coop-experience offers new stages, gimmicks and new music written by TAITO’s in-house sound team ‘ZUNTATA’.

Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders is the perfect union of two Arcade Kings. Two of TAITO’s most iconic and beloved video game series clash on console and combine elements from both arcade classics. Players are controlling the Arkanoid Vaus paddle ship to defeat waves of Space Invaders.

Beat all 150 stages with your skills and unlock 40 different characters from the TAITO legacy. Each character has unique abilities – use more than 20 different skills, including power-ups and protective fire. Are you ready to defeat the huge 3D Invader bosses and save the galaxy?

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron is Back!

TAITO together with ININ games, have exciting news for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch release of Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron is Back! later in the year. The game will be available digitally and in physical editions in America, Europe and Australia and New Zealand.

Online Ranking Feature!

A newly included feature for Switch will be the much requested online ranking. This will allow players worldwide to compare their high scores and compete against each other, giving the game an additional boost on replayability and fun.

More Stages – more content!

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends received a lot of praise from the critics and fans, with many requesting more content. TAITO and ININ Games listened. The Baron is Back comes with 100 unique, new stages: twice as many stages as before!

The brand new trailer shows the tons of fun that will be added.

The return of the fan-favourite villain, Baron von Blubba, brings additional thrills and makes the new stages quite challenging, given that he is invincible. The player has to dodge him while defeating the other enemies one by one to clear the stage.

About the game

After the successful release of Bubble Bobble 4 Friends on Nintendo Switch, the cutesy adorable Bub and Bob mark their return with a bigger and more comprehensive offering that PlayStation 4 fans will be excited to play for the first time – Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron is Back!

Switch fans haven’t been forgotten and are in for a special treat. Nintendo Switch fans who purchased the current Bubble Bobble 4 Friends will be able to download the new content with all new stages and features for free.

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is a single-screen platform action game released as a complete new addition to the legendary Bubble Bobble series, in which you control the bubble dragons Bub and Bob, clearing stages by blowing bubbles to trap enemies, then bursting them to defeat them. Players can acquire special skills by completing an area, and level them up by collecting letter bubbles that form the word “EXTEND”. You can play together in multiplayer with up to four players. Also included is the original arcade version of Bubble Bobble.

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Hotshot Racing Set to Launch September 10th on Nintendo Switch!

London, UK – 27th August 2020: Lucky Mountain Games, Sumo Nottingham and Curve Digital are delighted to announce the release date for their multi-format poly-powered retro racer, Hotshot Racing.

Hotshot Racing will launch on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC and PlayStation 4 on 10th September worldwide and will be priced at £15.99 / €19.99 / $19.99 USD.

Developed by racing game veterans Lucky Mountain Games and Sumo Nottingham (Outrun 2Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing Transformed), Hotshot Racing is an all-new driving experience which revives the classic arcade gameplay of the 90s and thrusts it into the modern era. Featuring sharp retro visuals, sleek 60 frames per second gameplay on all platforms, multiple single-player championships, 8-player online game modes and 4-player local split-screen play, Hotshot Racing is sure to appeal to both veteran racers and those looking for a more casual pick-up and play experience.

This game has been on a massive journey for the past decade from the initial concepts to Kickstarter pitch and now on the final stretch to launch,” said creative director Trevor Ley of Lucky Mountain Games. “We can’t wait to see all the in-game leader-boards light up with the fastest times from players and see multiplayer servers full to the rafters! We have plans for this game past launch as well, so it’ll be great to see what the world thinks of the game post-September 10th,” he added.

As soon as we saw Hotshot Racing we absolutely fell in love with the concept, and working with Trevor on the game’s development has been a fruitful and joyous experience,” said Tom Turner studio production director at Sumo Nottingham. “Sumo Nottingham is known for producing some of the most beloved arcade racing experiences on the planet and we believe Hotshot Racing stands proudly side-by-side the best racing games we’ve developed.

Lucky Mountain Games, Sumo Nottingham and Curve Digital are also proud to confirm that Hotshot Racing will be available via Xbox Game Pass. All active subscribers from launch day onward will be able to access the game on Xbox One as part of their ongoing subscription.

All those looking for a fresh injection of colorful, speed-fueled nostalgia into their lives will be able to pre-order Hotshot Racing starting today on PC via Steam with pre-orders hitting other platforms prior to launch.

For the game’s full feature breakdown, please see below:

GAME MODES

Time Trial and Grand Prix modes cater to those who like to compete in classic racing formats, while ‘Cops and Robbers’ and ‘Drive or Explode’ modes offer exhilarating new ways to play. Each mode is available in single-player, four-player split-screen and eight-player online, while Time Trial is single-player only. Single-player modes run at a blistering 60FPS to deliver one of the fastest depictions of racing possible. Smash lap records to rise-up the global online leaderboards or download ghost laps to match your racing lines against the very best.

THE CIRCUITS

16 racing circuits provide the twists, turns and straights conducive to searingly quick racing. Take in coastal, jungle, alpine and Las Vegas desert environments, with each course modelled with the most vivid colours and blue skies for miles.

MEET THE HOTSHOTS

Keiko, Xing, Mike, Alexa, Aston, Toshiro, Marcus and Viktor – eight speed addicts that have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of being the greatest racing driver in the world.

CATCH THE DRIFT

Drifting is crucial in Hotshot Racing. Boost charges as the player drifts, so maintaining it for as long as possible is vital to preserving maximum speed throughout a race.

DRIVE OR EXPLODE

In this mode each car has a bomb attached to it. Drop below a certain speed and BOOM! The trigger speed gets faster and faster, forcing players to maintain impossibly high speeds.

COPS AND ROBBERS

Robbers evade the cops. Cops catch the robbers, and in doing so convert them to the police side, leading to an exciting test of skill for the surviving criminals.

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Two Puzzle Legends Reunite in Puyo Puyo Tetris 2!

RVINE, Calif. – August 26, 2020 – Come December 8, get ready to pop and drop once again in Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 on Nintendo Switch and the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox Series X, and PlayStation 4, with the PlayStation 5 version coming Holiday 2020!

Stack, chain, and combo your way to victory in the ultimate matching of two puzzle game legends! Pre-order now and get ready to traverse dimensions and experience brand new worlds in time for the holidays, with the PC release fast-dropping onto Steam in early 2021.

In Puyo Puyo Tetris 2, players will experience a brand-new hilarious story filled with an eclectic cast of characters in Adventure mode and develop new strategies for play utilizing special item cards in Skill Battle. Read on for more!

Boost your strategy and power your team in Puyo Puyo Tetris 2‘s brand-new Skill Battle mode with this pack of eight in-game rare Item Cards–including three special cards featuring items from the Sonic the Hedgehog series! This pack is exclusive to the Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 Launch Edition.

More Legendary Battles? YIP-YIP-YIP!

Perfectly blending the complementary gameplay of Puyo Puyo, one of Japan’s most enduring and popular game brands, and Tetris, one of the most well-known video game franchises in the world, Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 provides a unique crossover experience with addictive puzzle challenges, loads of content, and overflowing charm for players of all ages. Expanding on the addictive gameplay of its predecessor, Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is packed with fun, new modes where players can precisely pop Puyos and tactically rotate and clear Tetriminos solo or with friends, offline and online!

News Ways to Play and Memorable Modes Return:

  • Turn the Tide of Battle in an Instant: Brand-new Skill Battle mode introduces dynamic character-based skills and equippable Item Cards to fit your playstyle, power up your team, and quickly turn the tables in a match!
  • Save a World or Two in a Wild New Adventure: Travel through dimensions with the lovable and quirky cast of both returning and new characters in an all-new story adventure across the worlds of Puyo Puyo and Tetris!
  • Online and Better Than Ever: Improved Online modes offer competition in game-specific leagues and Free Play for up to four players, online rankings, and more to be announced!
  • Many Ways to Play: Tons of modes provide plenty of variety for up to four players including Versus, Fusion, Swap, Party, Big Bang. For competitors and newcomers, get ready for Tournament and Lessons! Details about these exciting modes will be revealed in future announcements, so prepare yourself!
  • And More to Come: DLC will be announced at a later date, but get ready for plenty of content beyond launch!

The Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 physical Launch Edition is available for pre-order now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox Series X, for $39.99. More information on digital pre-order and the game’s Steam release will be announced at a later date.

Xbox Series X Smart Delivery & PS4 Upgrade Support

Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 will support Xbox Series X Smart Delivery immediately on release, ensuring players only have to buy the game once and will be able to play it on their favorite Xbox console. Additionally, buy the digital PS4 version from PlayStation Store or the physical version from a retailer and play the PS5 version at no extra cost when it launches.

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After Thirty Years Turrican is Back!

Stuttgart, Germany – August 26th 2020 – After three decades in dormancy, we welcome the return of a true legend. Developed by one of Europe’s greatest independent studios of all time, Factor 5’s Turrican series became one of the most acclaimed and well regarded video games of all time shortly after its release in 1990.

Now, teaming up with the original development team, Strictly Limited Games is excited to bring back this legendary IP.

On Thursday, August 27th an exclusive trailer and more about the special 30th birthday edition will be revealed at the gamescom Opening Night Live (20:00 – 21:30 CEST / 11:00 – 12:30 PST). After the reveal, we will celebrate the 30th birthday of Turrican by opening the preorders of the exclusive and limited editions – only available at strictlylimitedgames.com.

Join us, as we celebrate the return of a legend and the beginning of a new era.

Welcome to the next chapter in Factor 5’s history.
Welcome to the ultimate celebration of the legendary classic.
Welcome BACK… to Turrican!

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Squad-Based RPG Battle Hunters Coming to Switch in October!

Melbourne, Australia – August 25th, 2020 – Independent developer Phase Two today announced that their squad-based RPG Battle Hunters will be bringing some classic fantasy adventure plus innovative tactical combat to PC and Nintendo Switch in October.

The Kingdom is in Danger and the oldest and wisest wizard stands alone, the last bastion of hope, struggling to keep a nameless villain at bay. Players will command a team of 3 plucky adventurers, plunging headlong into dungeons, caves, forests and swamps as they heed the call for help from the old one.

A huge variety of beastly adversaries and monstrous villains will impede your quest, hellbent on your party’s destruction as you make your way across different regions of the kingdom. Yet mighty heroes also stand ready to join the fight as your valiant band takes on the forces of darkness. From the Great Forest, inhabited by devious goblins and lumbering trolls, to the high Cliffs of Desolation, where vicious gargoyles and unstoppable stone golems await you.

Battle Hunters offers a unique and intuitive combat system that combines strategic command of your heroes with a combination of turn-based and real-time action. Combat takes place with melee and ranged characters, armed with all manner of swords, spells, blades and blasters. Heroes can be upgraded, swapped around, and mixed and matched to tailor make a party, giving you a better fighting chance. Locked chests and barrels of food provide plenty of loot to keep your pockets full of gold and your heroes well-fed. Mini quests provide short-term objectives while also driving the overall narrative forward.

With a more strategic approach to combat, Battle Hunters lets players form an adventurer party of 3, chosen from a lineup of 28 unique hero characters who are met and recruited along the journey. Be it the Wizard, the Barbarian, the Rogue or any other hero, each has their own specialized fighting skills and unique abilities that players can level up and enhance along the way. Different heroes bring a range of strengths and weaknesses to the battle, and with such a wide array of enemies to confront, the player must use the right combination of heroes to suit their own battle style, and to ensure victory.

Battle Hunters arrives on Steam and Nintendo Switch in October!

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