Indie Genre RSS Feed | Indie on GameSkinny en Launch Media Network Resident Evil 4 VR Lurks Onto Oculus Quest 2 Thu, 15 Apr 2021 20:10:19 -0400 Josh Broadwell

As if new Village trailers and demos weren't enough, the Resident Evil Showcase had one more surprise in store in the form of Resident Evil 4 VR is coming to Oculus Quest 2.

There's no set Resident Evil 4 VR release date just yet. However, more information is planned for the Oculus Gaming Showcase on April 21 via the Capcom Twitch, Facebook, and YouTube channels. 

Resident Evil 4 VR takes the original Resident Evil 4 and turns it into an immersive, first-person game. Like with Ethan's viewpoint in Resident Evil 7, you'll only see Leon's hands and weapons in RE 4 VR.

The game has been tweaked in some ways to match the new perspective, e.g. the attaché case inventory system unfolds dynamically in front of you instead of just being another menu.

Mike Verdu, VP of Content at Facebook Reality, said, "We're thrilled about this game. It's immersive... and will bring new depth and richness to the Resident Evil 4 experience you know and love."

Capcom said they've been wanting to bring Resident Evil 4 to modern audiences in a new way for a while now, though we'd also like to think it has something to do with the rumored Resident Evil 4 remake too.

Resident Evil Village Timed Demo Explained Thu, 15 Apr 2021 20:12:19 -0400 Josh Broadwell

There's a brand-new Resident Evil Village demo coming, and PlayStation owners get to experience it first. The announcement came as part of the Resident Evil Showcase where we got a first look at the calamities awaiting Ethan Winters in the village.

However, the new Resident Evil Village demo isn't quite as straightforward as you might think.

It's a limited-time demo available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. You'll get an hour to use as you wish, either exploring the castle or the village, and like the One-Shot demo before it, there's no way to transfer data.

Here's when you can play the new, 60-minute Resident Evil Village demo:

  • North America — April 17, 5 p.m. to April 18, 1 a.m. PDT
  • Europe — April 18, 7 p.m. to April 19, 3 a.m. CEST
  • Asia — April 18, 5 p.m. to April 19, 1 a.m. HKT

PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 owners can get early access to two 30-minute demos, one for the village and one for the castle.

Village Demo

  • North America — April, 17, 5 p.m. to April 18, 1 a.m. PDT
  • Europe — April 18, 7 p.m. to April 19, 3 a.m. CEST 
  • Asia — April 18, 5 p.m. – April 19, 1 a.m. HKT

Castle Demo

  • North America — April, 24, 5 p.m. to April 25, 1 a.m. PDT
  • Europe — April 25, 7 p.m. to April 26, 3 a.m. CEST 
  • Asia — April 25, 5 p.m. – April 26, 1 a.m. HKT

Again, these two are only available for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 owners. The demo can be pre-downloaded ahead of time and should be available at the time of writing.

Resident Evil Village Showcase Unveils New Trailer, Mercenaries Mode Thu, 15 Apr 2021 20:17:26 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Capcom's Resident Evil Showcase debuted a new Resident Evil Village story trailer, and while we learned plenty about the village and Mother Miranda, we also learned something much more important.

No, it's not that Resident Evil Village has Mercenaries mode, although it does (more on that in a minute).

We've been pronouncing Lady Dimitrescu's name wrong all along. It's Lady "Di-mi-treesk."

As for the new RE Village story trailer, there's still no hint of why Chris Redfield seemingly does what he does, but we do know that Ethan travels to the village on a rescue mission. But apparently, his arrival doesn't go so smoothly. We see the man in sunglasses — Heisenberg, presumably — dragging Ethan through an industrial area.

He escapes, and it's a proverbial "out of the frying pan, into the giant bloodsucking lady's castle" situation.

Even outside Castle Dimitrescu, all is not well. The village is overrun with werewolves and vicious monsters, and it's somehow connected with Mother Miranda, the village's patron-turned-scourge. The ritual Lady Dimitrescu mentions in her phone call is likely connected to restoring the village's balance, but at what cost to human life and the life of Ethan's daughter, in particular, remains to be seen.

That's just part of the experience, though. There's a Resident Evil Village Mercenaries mode bringing the classic arcade action back with some big new twists.

In RE Village Mercenaries mode, players can choose between several abilities to give them an extra advantage during combat. The Duke's shop and caravan also rolls up into Village's Mercenaries mode, offering players a chance to buy crucial items to help them stay alive. 

Resident Evil Village Mercenaries is a free mode included in the base Village game.

Can't wait to experience village life for yourself? You don't have to. There's a new, timed Resident Evil Village demo coming soon, and Resident Evil 4 is getting the VR treatment.

Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights Slices Its Way Out of Early Access Thu, 15 Apr 2021 17:55:58 -0400 David Carcasole

Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights has been given a release date: the 2D action game will officially exit Early Access on June 22, releasing first on PC and Nintendo Switch. It will also see releases on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 (through backwards compatibility) on July 6. Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S release dates are yet to be announced. 

Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights comes from developers Live Wire and Adglobe and publisher Binary Haze Interactive. It's a dark fantasy Metroidvania in which players guide Priestess Lily through the Kingdom of Land's End, and bring brutally challenging bosses to their knees. 

Along the way, players will face a number of unique enemies, some of them, according to Live Wire and Adglobe, can be conscripted "as equippable companion spirits." 

The game's Japanese dark fantasy aesthetic, along with its haunting soundtrack, gives Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights an eerie but beautiful atmosphere, something players have especially been enjoying as noted by Binary Haze Interactive CEO Hiroyuki Kobayashi:

Early Access users are in love with the soundtrack and have clamored to see the ending of Ender Lilies. Between the feedback from players, our action-packed gameplay, and the beautiful atmosphere created by Mili's music and our artists, Ender Lilies will satisfy existing metroidvania fans while bringing new ones into the fold.

For more on Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights, check it out in Steam Early Access here for $19.99. The developers said that the price will increase to $24.99 when the game exits Early Acces, so snag it up now if it looks interesting! 

Kitaria Fables Goes Adventuring on PS4, Xbox One This Year Thu, 15 Apr 2021 17:33:11 -0400 David Carcasole

Developer Twin Hearts have announced that their adorably-cute action-adventure RPG with farming sim elements, Kitaria Fables, will be releasing on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, alongside the previously announced releases for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC. 

Kitaria Fables has yet to be given a solid release date, though it is currently dated to come out this year.

Players take on the role of a citizen of Kitaria and embark on an adventure to stop The Darkness encroaching on the bucolic setting of Thunderbunn Farm and Paw Village, saving their friends and neighbors along the way.

On top of epic-looking real-time battles that feature everything from swords to spells, players develop deep relationships with the other residents of Kitaria.

There's also much more to do in Kitaria than just adventuring off to fight monsters. Farming and crafting mechanics also play important roles in the core gameplay of Kitaria Fables, and the relationships players make with other cute characters like Ms. Apple and Shamrock are just icing on the (carrot) cake.

While we don't know a whole lot about Kitaria Fables yet, it looks to be something fans of Stardew Valley, Story of Seasons, and Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin would love to settle down with. 

Stay tuned for more on Kitaria Fables as we learn more later this year. Hopefully, the wait won't be too long. 

Elite Dangerous: Odyssey Alpha Phase 3 Commences Thu, 15 Apr 2021 12:52:15 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Elite Dangerous: Odyssey is making the long trek to release later this year. Along the way, the development team at Frontier Developments is ever-increasing the game's alpha experience. Phase 3 of the Elite Dangerous: Odyssey alpha is live as of 9 a.m. EST on April 15. 

The newest part of the alpha period that began with Phase 1 on March 29, Phase 3 is called Exo-Biology, and it focuses on "exploration covering first footfall and exobiology mechanics," according to Frontier. 

A larger rundown provided by a phase breakdown sheet and video shows that Exo-Biology will: 

  • Increase playable bubble 50LY
  • Include unexplored planets, allowing for First Footfall experience
  • Include the Supratech Artemis explorer suit for purchase
  • Allow players to analyze organics with the Genetic Sampler tool

Players will be able to scan planets on approach to locate biological hotspots across different regions. After pinpointing specific regions, players will be able to scan plant life and sell the data at port once they've harvested enough, though Frontier points out in the video below that bio-diversity will be important. 

The first phase of the Elite Dangerous: Odyssey alpha was announced alongside footage of one of the game's raids back in March, just ahead of the alpha's launch on PC. It focused on player "first steps" and kept the universe confined to a single solar system. 

However, the second phase expanded that region by 20LY, allowing players to buy ships and experience Odyssey's combat system via Conflict Zones

Phase 4 of the Elite Dangerous: Odyssey alpha test is called Compatibility, and it will add new commanders, and allow the use of carriers, ships, fighters, and SRVs. There isn't a firm launch date for Phase 4 just yet, but it's likely to be very soon considering Phase 2 launched only a week before Phase 3. 

Elite Dangerous: Odyssey is set to launch sometime this spring for PC and later this fall for PlayStation and Xbox platforms. Fans can pre-purchase the expansive DLC on Steam for $39.99.

Wasteland 3 DLC The Battle of Steeltown Gets Release Date Thu, 15 Apr 2021 12:42:48 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The Battle of Steeltown, the first Wasteland 3 DLC, will release June 3 for PC and consoles. Steeltown sees the squad travel to southwest Colorado to investigate a violent strike at a steel factory, but deciding who's in the wrong won't be as straightforward as it seems.

There are a variety of quests to take on in Steeltown, along with new enemy types and a pile of new combat mechanics for players to play with. Stacking status effects, elemental shields, telegraphed attacks, and non-lethal weapons will be packed into the DLC to add further complexity to Wasteland 3's combat.

Steeltown's quests will scale depending on main game progress. inXile also said these new mechanics and items are being retroactively added to the base game.

The game's director, David Rogers, said:

Full of choice, consequence, and Wasteland 3’s unique brand of humor, it’s... a culmination of all the hard work we’ve put into the game since launch.

For those playing Wasteland 3 for the first time, they’ll be playing the best version of the game. For players coming back to visit Steeltown, they're in for a treat with new story, characters, and combat mechanics that really change up tactics in challenging new ways.

There's no word yet on how much The Battle of Steeltown will cost.

We called Wasteland 3 an "instant classic" in our review, a top-notch RPG evoking the best of retro tactical games such as Fallout wrapped in a modern package.

CryoFall Set to Leave Early Access Soon Thu, 15 Apr 2021 17:13:07 -0400 David Carcasole

CryoFall, a multiplayer colony sim that has been in Early Access since April 2019 will finally have its full release later this month, launching on Steam for PC on April 29, 2021.

Developed by AtomicTorch Studio, CryoFall has spent the last two years in Early Access as the team behind it has taken that time to add multiple quality of life and content updates. AtomicTorch has also included new systems and features, such as "diplomacy/politics and faction systems," that have constantly been finely tuned ahead of the game's full release. 

The 1.0 launch promises more content for players to enjoy, as well, though according to the developer, "the core concept of CyroFall is already realized."

Those interested can check out the game's Steam demo, which allows for eight hours of playtime.

According to the studio, CryoFall is AtomicTorch Studio's third and most ambitious project yet, with development starting all the way back in 2015. 

CryoFall's unique blend of survival and RPG mechanics, all wrapped within a sci-fi simulation sandbox, has already struck a chord with many players, particularly because of how well CryoFall elicits an atmosphere that actively invites players to interact with each other. 

Look for CryoFall's full release at the end of this month. 

Bend Studios Announces Days Gone PC Release Date Thu, 15 Apr 2021 12:23:39 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Bend Studios announced the Days Gone PC release date and some of the PC-exclusive features to look forward to when it releases May 18 on Steam and the Epic Games Store. It will also be available digitally at other retailers.

Days Gone on PC has 21:9 ultra-wide monitor support and unlocked framerates. There's also a suite of customization options for everything ranging from the level of environmental detail to draw distances and more. Days Gone PC supports first- and third-party controllers, as well as the usual keyboard-and-mouse controls.

One other feature Bend Studios highlighted is an enhanced version of the game's photo mode. Days Gone's PC photo mode supports "super resolution" in addition to the many filters packaged in with the original.

The Days Gone PC release comes shortly after a Bloomberg report saying Bend Studios was forced to cancel Days Gone 2. If true, it's a bit of a shame. We found the first Days Gone a fun, if derivative, take on the zombie-survival genre, and a sequel could be just what it needs to break the mold.

Either way, it's not the only PlayStation exclusive headed to PC in the coming months.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

Chef Ethan Gets Crafty in Resident Evil Village Upgrade Systems Thu, 15 Apr 2021 12:26:07 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Capcom is honing in on survival mechanics with Resident Evil Village's cooking and upgrade system. A new exclusive preview from Game Informer shows how Ethan can permanently upgrade his stats and improve his weapons — for the right price.

Ethan has to kill to survive, but it's not just zombies and other village monsters. He'll have to hunt pigs, goats, chickens, and fish, then cook them at the Duke's caravan. The Duke offers dishes of multiple varieties, and each gives Ethan a permanent stat boost of some kind. For example, the video below shows Bird and Beast Pilaf increasing Ethan's defense when guarding.

Animals fight back, so it's a matter of balancing ammo conservation and how much benefit the meal offers. However, it seems as if Ethan can only eat one of each meal, as there's a "completed" message and a checkmark after the Duke finishes cooking the chosen dish.

That's not all the Duke is good for, though. Ethan will come across a good deal of money, or Lei, in his quest, along with treasures the Duke happily pays high prices for. Ethan can exchange Lei for crucial weapon upgrades, such as increased rifle stability or more ammo capacity.

Resident Evil Village releases May 7 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox Series X|S. If you haven't grabbed your copy yet, check out our RE Village pre-order guide to see what horrifying goodness awaits.

Clash of Clans: How to Beat Epic Jungle Challenge Thu, 15 Apr 2021 10:56:32 -0400 Sergey_3847

Epic Jungle Challenge is the newest event in Clash of Clans that provides players with a pre-assigned army of heroes and pets, as well as puts a time limit on the battle to only five minutes. This shouldn't discourage you from taking on this challenge, as our guide will provide you with all the tips on how to beat Epic Jungle Challenge in Clash of Clans.

There are also limitations on the number of spells, which you can't change just like your army. The only two pre-assigned spells are the new Clone and Poison spells. That isn't much, but you can still win the battle if you adhere to a specific strategy we provide down below.

How to Beat Epic Jungle Challenge in Clash of Clans

Step 1: Destroy Builder's Hut

Once you start the challenge you need to focus on the east side of the scenery, specifically the southeast and northeast areas.

Start in the southeastern village to get rid of Balloon traps. These can be easily triggered by a couple of minions. You absolutely need to get those traps away at the very start of the battle.

Then, move to the northeast village with the Builder's Hut and follow these steps:

  1. Deploy Baby Dragon right above the Builder's Hut
  2. Wait for him to destroy the building
  3. Switch Baby Dragon to the southern cannon
  4. Let him destroy the northern cannon

When the Builder's Hut and both cannons are down, you can move to the center of the scenery.

Step 2: Destroy Town Hall

The Town Hall building in the center of the scenery is protected by three types of towers:

  • Hidden Tesla
  • Scattershot
  • Inferno Tower

The best way to quickly get rid of all those buildings is to deploy the Archer Queen. Her damage would be enough to obliterate all three. But you also need to make sure she stays alive while moving closer to the Town Hall.

Follow these steps to quickly reach Town Hall:

  1. Deploy Archer Queen in the eastern part of the map
  2. Deploy two Healers beside her
  3. Destroy the Hidden Tesla tower
  4. Use the Clone Spell on the Healers to double up their quantity
  5. Apply Royal Cloak ability on Archer Queen
  6. Destroy Scattershot
  7. Destroy Inferno Tower

If your Archer Queen survived the defense systems of all three towers, then she can easily take out the Town Hall by herself. At this point its defenses will be low and the increased damage from Royal Cloak should finish the job.

Once the Town Hall is destroyed, you can move to the southern part of the map.

Step 3: Destroy Eagle Artillery

The southern edge is controlled and protected by the Eagle Artillery building that requires a more direct approach.

Here's what you need to do to get rid of it

  1. Deploy Ice Golem
  2. Deploy Barbarian King
  3. Deploy several Wall Breakers
  4. Let them break the defenses and reach Eagle Artillery
  5. Deploy Grand Warden behind Ice Golem
  6. Deploy Royal Champion behind Barbarian King
  7. Let them distract and consume some of the damage

The most valuable ability in this instance would be Grand Warden's Eternal Tome, which makes him immune to damage. There's going to be a lot of it, so it's helpful to have him take it on the part of your other troops.

When the Eagle Artillery is finally destroyed in the south, you can move to the final building - the Clan Castle.

Step 4: Destroy Clan Castle

After the fall of the Town Hall and the Eagle Artillery, the Clan Castle will be defenseless. You can now combine the powers of all your troops to get rid of this last building.

Follow these steps to destroy Clan Castle:

  1. Move your Archer Queen and Healers closer to the Clan Castle
  2. Use Poison Spell on the Clan Castle skeletons
  3. Move the rest of your troops to the Clan Castle
  4. Let the pets destroy the rest of the cannons

At this point, the Clan Castle should fall and your battle will be over.

Epic Jungle Challenge Rewards

If you managed to win the battle within the five minutes time limit, you will be rewarded with the following items:

  • 400 XP
  • 14x Gems
  • 2x Builder's Potion

This strategy should help you quickly win the Epic Jungle Challenge in Clash of Clans. For more Clash of Clans tips and tricks articles, visit our dedicated hub page.

Neko Ghost, Jump! Set to Release in Summer, Demo Out Now Wed, 14 Apr 2021 16:49:29 -0400 Ashley Shankle

It's not often a game comes along that allows you to shift from the 2D to 3D plane, which is what the upcoming indie platformer Neko Ghost, Jump! is all about. And now you can try it out yourself with its new demo.

Platformer fans may be best familiar with shifts from 2D to 3D from Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations, but in Neko Ghost, Jump! players will have to actively switch between 2D and 3D views to solve puzzles and progress through the game's eight biomes.

Why? To save Nekoman's bride-to-be from Space Dog Pirates using your plane-swapping prowess and the ability to shift from physical to ghost form, of course. And look snazzy doing it with an assortment of character customization options to unlock through gameplay.

Neko Ghost, Jump! is the product of two years of dedication, the original bones for its development team cobbled together for Epic Games' 2019 Spring #ue4jam and the game funded by a successful Kickstarter in 2020.

Try out this passion project's demo on Steam, which includes the game's first level as well as first boss to see if you like it, and look for its full release sometime this summer.

Skul: The Hero Slayer Generating Console Ports This Summer Wed, 14 Apr 2021 16:42:44 -0400 David Carcasole

Announced during Nintendo's Indie World Showcase on April 14, Skul: The Hero Slayer from developer SouthPAWGames will release on Nintendo Switch in summer 2021, officially making it available on all major platforms. A press release following the reveal included the PS4 and Xbox One ports in the same launch window as well. 

Skul: The Hero Slayer has already gained quite the following on Steam, and the development team is excited to bring the game to other platforms, letting more players experience the action-packed 2-D platformer.

You can watch the announcement trailer for the Switch version below: 

Skul: The Hero Slayer originally released on PC early this year. We reviewed it on release and praised it for the challenge it presents both newcomers and seasoned rogeulike players alike — all while remaining "endearing." We said that "Skul takes the rogue-lite mechanics you know and adds some flair of its own, and a unique take on the fantasy narrative." You can check out the full review here.

We already knew that PS4, Xbox One, and Switch ports were in the works, but this is the first confirmation of a smaller release window outside of the larger 2021 provided around the game's PC launch. 

For more on Skul: The Hero Slayer, bookmark our tips and tricks guides ahead of the Switch release or check out our recommendations for the best traits in the game. If you can't wait for the console ports and have a Steam account, you can pick up Skul: The Hero Slayer on Valve's launcher for $19.99. 

Cris Tales Once Again Has a Launch Date Wed, 14 Apr 2021 16:25:01 -0400 David Carcasole

Cris Tales, the upcoming JRPG from developer Dreams Uncorporated, has officially been given a release date: it will launch on July 20, 2021. The game has been a relatively long-time coming, having seen two delays, the most recent of which came in February, pushing it out of its "early 2021" launch window. 

The announcement was made during the April 14 Nintendo Indie World Showcase. Dreams Uncorporated also shared a new trailer that showed off the game's hand-drawn environments in which players fight to save the Kingdom of Crystallis, whether it be in the past, present, or future. 

Cris Tales is a turn-based JRPG that sets players on an adventure through time as Crisbell, who is voiced by Kira Buckland of NieR: Automata fame

Fans can pre-order the game now for $39.99, but for those especially keen on the game, there is also a Collector's Edition available, which will include an art book, a plush of Matias, pins, character stickers, and more. Cris Tales will launch for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more over the coming months. 

Konami's GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon Hits Early Access This May Wed, 14 Apr 2021 17:04:45 -0400 David Carcasole

Announced during the April 14 Nintendo Indie World Showcase from, GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon is a new rouguevania, 2-D style platformer set in a dark fantasy world and styled after classical Japanese art.

GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon will first launch on Steam through Early Access on May 13, 2021, for $24.99, with a release on Nintendo Switch to follow in 2022. The trailer released during the showcase revealed some of the beautiful Ukiyo-e style artwork, as well as the harrowing combat and eclectic arsenals available in the game.

For those who want to watch the full trailer, you can try watching it below (or click the video to watch it on YouTube because age-restrictions ...).  

GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon is being developed by GuruGuru alongside Konami Digital Entertainment. Intriguingly, the combat takes its inspiration from Japanese martial arts, with a heavy focus on spacing and timing in the heat of battle. 

What's perhaps most interesting about GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon is that players who buy the game in Early Access will also be given access to the original GetsuFumaDen, which was released exclusively in Japan on the Famicom in 1987. 

The game's Producer, Shin Murato said: 

Having an Early Access period gives us a great opportunity to build a community for GetsuFumaDen and ensure the game is as strong as possible. Throughout this period, we want to utilise user feedback and foster an active discussion to increase the quality of the game.

We will work very closely with our community to help bring this game to life through content review, bug fixes, and balancing. Our focus is on Early Access at the moment; we will share more details about Nintendo Switch in the future.

For more on GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon, stay tuned to GameSkinny.  

TMNT: Shredder's Revenge Gets New Trailer, Announced for Switch Wed, 14 Apr 2021 15:36:31 -0400 Jonathan Moore

TMNT: Shredder's Revenge is coming to the Nintendo Switch. It's a move that makes more than a lot of sense considering some of the best games in the TMNT franchise are those found on Nintendo systems. It also makes sense because Shredder's Revenge seems like the perfect game to play on the go. 

The news was revealed during the latest Nintendo Indie World Showcase on April 14, and it came alongside a new gameplay trailer. While the reveal trailer that dropped back in March showed our heroes in a half shell taking on the footclan and Bebop, the trailer below highlights each turtle and shows them taking on more of Shredder's minions and Rocksteady. 

TMNT: Shredder's Revenge is being developed by Dotemu, the same team behind the stellar Streets of Rage 4, and Tribute Games, who have previously worked on games like Mercenary Kings. Members of Tribute have also worked on Scott Pilgrim v. The World and the 2007, Ubisoft-published TMNT game for the Game Boy Advance. 

There's still no word on when TMNT: Shredder's Revenge will release, though it will also launch on PC when it does. It would be a shame if this beat-em-up didn't make its way to PlayStation and Xbox platforms, so here's to hoping there are more announcements to come. 

Oxenfree II: Lost Signals Will Run Free in the Fall Wed, 14 Apr 2021 16:59:15 -0400 David Carcasole

Oxenfree II: Lost Signals is the highly-anticipated sequel to the indie sensation Oxenfree, which released to acclaim in 2016.

Announced today as part of Nintendo's Indie World Showcase, Oxenfree II: Lost Signals will feature an entirely new cast of characters and a supernatural mystery like none other, at least according to developer Night School Studio. It is set to release in fall 2021. 

The game's first teaser trailer showed off a bit of the eerie locales players will find themselves in and provided a glimpse of the characters that they'll meet along the way. 

"Oxenfree is such a special game to us, and it has been an incredible experience to revisit this world," said Night School's Co-Founder and Studio Director Sean Krankel. "We’re eager to welcome our players back while inviting newcomers to embark on an adventure with an entirely new cast of characters that retains the weird, heartfelt, and personalized experience of the original.”

Oxenfree II: Lost Signals will let players experience an ever-changing narrative shaped by their choices, with dialogue similar in nature to the first game. For more on Oxenfree, you can check out our review for the first game here.

The House of the Dead Remake is Coming to Nintendo Switch Wed, 14 Apr 2021 15:10:23 -0400 Jonathan Moore

The House of the Dead is finally getting the remake treatment, but it won't be handled by Sega. Instead, it's coming from publisher Forever Entertainment, which has published the likes of Green Hell and Phantom Doctrine, and Megapixel Studios, which developed the 2019 Panzer Dragoon: Remake.

The House of the Dead Remake is currently a Switch exclusive and was announced at the Big N's most recent Indie Showcase on April 14. Right now, there's no word if it will make its way to PC, PlayStation, or Xbox platforms. 

The gameplay trailer below shows the remake in action, and while the graphics have been noticeably updated, they still harken back to the original game's iconic style. 

Right now, there's no firm release date for The House of the Dead Remake; Forever Entertainment and Megapixel have only provided a 2021 window so far. The game's official website is equally barebones (sans a few screenshots), but it does say that the game will stay "true to the original gameplay," despite updated graphics and controls. 

Fans of the classic rail shooter have been anxiously awaiting more news of a remake for some time. Rumors of a set of remakes reenvisioning The House of the Dead and The House of the Dead 2 appeared way back in 2019. Neither Forever Entertainment nor Megapixel mentioned The House of the Dead 2 in this latest announcement. 

Stay tuned for more on The House of the Dead Remake as we learn it. We'll be watching this one closely. 

Team 17 Announces King of Seas Release Date Wed, 14 Apr 2021 14:19:31 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The pirate action-RPG King of Seas releases May 25 on console and PC for $24.99, Team 17 announced. There's also a free King of Seas demo live on Steam now.

King of Seas unfolds across a massive procedurally generated map that changes depending on your choices. How you interact with travel routes and settlements affects what options become available as the adventure progresses. 

Speaking of progress, King of Seas adapts its difficulty based on accomplishments, so there's never any fear of being over leveled. King of Seas also features a robust series of customization options to craft the best ship possible to withstand both the perils of the sea and the perils of those you find on the sea.

When you're not navigating the oceans, you'll barter for unique goods at some of the numerous settlements dotted around the map or follow clues to locate fabulous treasure, because this is a pirate game after all.

All this comes with a cost, though. The more famous you get, the bigger the bounty on you grows.

While our time with King of Seas in 2020 was brief, we came away impressed by the care put into these many systems and called it "a well-crafted game with significant potential."

Returnal Hostiles Trailer Introduces Atropos' Many Threats Wed, 14 Apr 2021 14:23:41 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Housemarque amps up the horror in the latest Returnal trailer, this time focusing on the enemies hell bent on sending Selene back to the start of her rebirth cycle. While Atropos is home to a range of creatures, one thing unites them: malice.

First up is what seems like a standard foe, the Mycomorph. It's a fragile-looking being composed of interwoven plant matter that attacks with overgrown tentacles. The Titanops is deadlier, an enemy faster than its bulk would suggest and one that ends its prey with a giant, bladed arm and yet more tentacles.

Selene will also encounter the Automaton, which is what the name suggests. The Automaton appears lifeless but possesses a maleficent sentience that drives it to attack with both guns and claws.

The Gorgolith appears as a combination of stonework and scorpion, using its tail to fire high-powered lasers. Another enemy Housemarque showcased is the Ixion. It's a boss-type monster, though little else was mentioned about it.

Perhaps the most frightening enemy Selene will encounter, however, is herself. The Scout enemy is a distorted, vicious version of Selene she'll encounter on more than one occasion. 

All these creatures are vicious and determined to destroy Selene, so expect to restart her journey plenty of times. Of course, that, making good use of Selene's upgrades, and experiencing Atropos' shifting nature are all part of the experience.