Part two of the news:
Former BioWare GM says RPGs are 'due a renaissance'
Aaryn Flynn, former General Manager of BioWare, has spoken about his hopes for the new RPG that his team—including former Capcom and Ubisoft devs—are working on as part of Improbable's Edmonton studio.
Stylish samurai action sidescroller Katana Zero is out now
We said in January that Katana Zero is a bit like a sidescrolling Hotline Miami: It's fast, violent, requires precise timing and execution, and one hit will take you out. We also said that it would be out in March. The former statement, as you can see in today's launch trailer, is accurate, but the latter was not. Instead, it came out today.
Burnout Paradise's servers are going dark after over a decade
Sad news, everyone: Burnout Paradise's servers, which have been online for over a decade, are finally going dark. On August 1, 2019, the brilliant, often-imitated yet rarely bested racing game from 2008 (technically 2009 on PC) will shut down its online servers for good. Another one bites the dust.
>> It's the original one, not the remake.
Explore a richly detailed ruin in Gothic-inspired freebie Esothe
Created by one person in just a month, Esothe is a beautiful fantasy adventure set in a painstakingly detailed three-dimensional environment. It's a 3D platformer, essentially, and a decidedly minimalist one at that, inviting you to roam around its wide overworld, and to stick your head into its dimly lit caverns and abandoned houses in search of glowing orbs.
Castlevania Anniversary Collection's game lineup has been confirmed
Konami has revealed the final four games that are lined up for the Castlevania Anniversary Collection ahead of its Steam launch on May 16th.
We already knew that Castlevania, Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge, Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, and Super Castlevania IV would be part of the Collection and we can now know that they will be joined by Castlevania: Bloodlines (Sega Megadrive), Castlevania: The Adventure (Gameboy), Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (NES), and Kid Dracula (Famicom).
South Korea's FTC will review 'unfair' in-game purchase policies
South Korea's Fair Trade Commission is conducting a review of consumer regulations governing videogames, including those relating to in-game purchases made by underage users. A report by the Korea Herald says the commission has involved ten game companies in the review, including Blizzard, Riot, and NCSoft.
Ritual of the Moon is a meditative game that takes 28 days to complete, out now
The meditative Ritual of the Moon, which came out yesterday, will take you 28 days to complete. You play it for five minutes a day, with each section involving a memory game, symbol drawing, and a decision to be made about the future of the Earth.
Firmament, from creators of Myst, enters final week of crowdfunding $350k short of goal
Firmament, the next game from the creators of Myst, has entered the final week of its Kickstarter campaign, and is currently $350,000 short of its funding goal.
The steampunk adventure game, which is planned for both PC and VR headsets, has a goal just shy of $1.3 million, and at the time of writing has raised around $920,000. The campaign finishes on Friday, April 26.
A Kickstarter for a game that's basically hentai Mass Effect has raised over a million dollars
Studio FOW, who have attracted controversy for producing CG porn starring videogame characters, have turned to Kickstarter to fund a game of their own. Called Subverse, they describe it as "a tactical RPG/SHMUP hybrid" where you're the captain of a spaceship called the Mary Celeste and have to assemble a crew. It sounds kind of like Mass Effect 2, only with more explicit sex.
Phoenix Point's Epic Store exclusivity deal is worth $2.25 million, says Fig investor
Epic Games paid more than $2 million to Phoenix Point developer Snapshot Games to secure a timed exclusive on its Epic Games Store.
In a thread on Resetera, a financier who supported the game on Fig - a platform that not only enables backers to financially kickstart a game, but also take a share in its profits - confirmed the game had already seen a 191 per cent return on investment (ROI) thanks to a "cash advance" raised by "Snapshot's distribution agreement" with Epic Games.
>> What do you think, do you find the sum high or low?
VR puzzler Gadgeteer moves into Early Access
VR puzzler Gadgeteer has moved into Early Access.
The physics-based VR puzzle game—which we have listed in our most anticipated VR games of 2019 round-up—is a puzzle game about building contraptions out of bits of wood and metal to guide silver balls from one point to the other. You must build chain reaction machines to solve intricate puzzles and your machines will use gadgets to launch, bump, twist, and turn—"creating chain reactions that may even end up tearing apart the fabric of space-time".
Fortnite teases Avengers crossover event
An Avengers crossover event is coming to Fortnite.
As is typical with these teasers, Epic hasn't given us much to go on—just a cheeky image with a Captain America shield and "Fortnite X Avengers" at the bottom—and the words "Whatever it takes" with a date: April 25, 2019.
China imposes new regulations on blood, dead bodies, and history in games
China recently resumed approving videogames for release in the country, but it has also made a number of changes to that process and implemented stricter regulations on content. According to a report by analyst firm Niko Partners, that means games must not depict dead bodies or pools of blood, and must contain "correct information regarding history, politics and law."
Little Misfortune is a disturbing adventure about an 8-year-old girl on a walk in the woods
Little Misfortune is an adventure game about an eight-year-old girl, Misfortune Ramirez Hernandez, who follows her new friend Mr. Voice into the deep, dark forest to seek Eternal Happiness as a gift for her mother. Sounds fine, right?
The creator of Stardew Valley is hiring, if you can do five jobs at once
Stardew Valley creator Eric Barone is expanding his Seattle studio with a new team, and more Stardew Valley, in whatever form that takes, is exciting. There's nothing unusual about the growth—the game has sold more than 3.5M copies across all platforms—but I bring it up because the first job posting is so comically overstuffed with responsibilities that it's hard to believe anyone would be able to do it for more than a week.
Update: Barone has responded in a series of tweets, saying that the job posting isn't accurately conveying the level of work he is expecting out of the position.
Heaven's Vault fast travel option leaves more time for archaeology
Heaven's Vault, the moon-hopping archaeological adventure, finally has a decent fast travel option thanks to an update. It went live yesterday, and as well as letting you skip the game's few dull bits, it also makes searching for ruins a little easier and improves your robo-butler's navigation skills.
Update: The bug that occasionally left archaeologists floating or getting stuck in walls has now been fixed. It's safe to explore again.
Anthem update introduces The Sunken Cell stronghold today
Anthem's next update, 1.1.0, is set to go live later today, introducing the new Sunken Cell stronghold, as well as other fixes and improvements that will be detailed in patch notes due to appear soon.
Rebel Galaxy Outlaw stream shows off 3 hours of space shenanigans
If last year's hour-long walkthrough of Rebel Galaxy Outlaw is too distant a memory for you, Double Damage's Travis Baldree hopped back into the cockpit for a three-hour livestream recently, showing off a meaty chunk of the dogfighting space sim. Get your fill of seedy space bars and ship combat above.
Tiny Tales is an epic, free adventure set in a teeny world
Is it technically an adventure if you don't really travel all that far, say the distance from your doorstep to your local, a few streets away? Tiny Tales is a full-fat...well, maybe a semi-skimmed adventure that just so happens to take place on a single screen. You can see its ominous mountain from the opening village, and in fact it's only about a minute away, once you've fought and puzzled through every obstacle standing in your way.