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Friday, Jun 03, 2022

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake Delayed

IGN reports that the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake is delayed, and is no longer expected in Ubisoft's Fiscal 2023. Earlier today retailers such as GameStop delisted preorders for the action/adventure remake, prompting concerns that the project had been cancelled. Ubisoft tells IGN that The Sands of Time Remake is still on the way, but like it's titular hero, not necessarily when expected. The statement puts on a brave face, but switching developers and delaying a game's release is rarely good news:
In a statement to IGN Ubisoft says, "The development of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake will now be led by Ubisoft Montreal. We’re proud of the work achieved by Ubisoft Pune and Ubisoft Mumbai, and Ubisoft Montreal will benefit from their learnings as the new team will continue the work to deliver a great remake."

Ubisoft added, "As a consequence, we are no longer targeting a FY23 release anymore and the game has been delisted. If players wish to cancel their preorder they are invited to contact their retailer. They will be updated on the project as the development is moving along."

Rollerdrome Announced

Private Division and Roll7 announce Rollerdrome, a third-person shooter that will come to Steam and PlayStation on August 16th. The Official Reveal Trailer introduces the concept with what appears to be rotoscoped animation. Here's the Steam Listing along with word:
Rollerdrome introduces a distinct retro-futuristic universe with a unique identity. The comic-book inspired art style comes to life with an all-new and fully original soundtrack. The Darksynth musical artist Electric Dragon merges iconic 1970's textures and sounds with modern day driving beats and cutting-edge production to provide a heart-thumping backdrop to the carnage.

The game is set in 2030, in a world where the public are kept distracted from an increasingly sinister political situation by the violence and excess of a brutal new arena sport: Rollerdrome. The lines between reality and performance in this blood sport are blurred, with participants chosen to compete in a series of gauntlets against the deadly House Players. Competitors in this vicious spectacle attempt to achieve the highest score possible by combining eliminations with flashy tricks while also successfully completing numerous challenges.
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Session: Skate Sim in September

Publisher NACON and developer Crea-ture Studios announce that Session: Skate Sim is ramping up for release out of Early Access on September 22nd. The Windows edition is currently on Steam, but the full launch will also come to the Epic Games Store as well as Xbox and PlayStation. Here's word on the game, which highlights how it requires a controller, even on PCs:
Session invites players to dive into the genuine 1990s skateboarding way of life, when each stretch of pavement and each stairway was a great location for your favorite stunt. The game's ultra-realistic physics bring the sensations of skateboarding to life, and the studio has even integrated ground-breaking gameplay, a first in a skateboarding game: the "True Stance Stick", where each foot is independently managed using the two sticks. With a learning curve that is just as demanding as in real life, players have to practice how to control their board and pull off all the different stunts available in the game, from the simplest to the most complicated. The integrated editing tool lets each player immortalise their greatest achievements on video.

Spider-Man Remastered and Miles Morales Coming to PC

The PlayStation.Blog announces Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, an updated version of the previously PlayStation exclusive action game which will arrive on PC on August 12th. We say "previously," because the announcement includes word that the game will swing onto PC for the first time as well. There's also news that the sequel, Marvel's Miles Morales, will also come to PC this (northern) autumn. Here's the Announce Trailer. Here are some details:
Look at that gorgeous footage! That’s just a tiny sample of what to expect in Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered on PC. Wait until you get your hands on the sticks…or mouse and keyboard (feature confirmed)! Of course, you can count on additional standard PC-specific features such as adjustable render settings and ray-traced reflections, with more features and details to be announced later.

We’re grateful to our PlayStation Studios partner studio Nixxes Software for fully optimizing Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales for PC. Our production team has been thrilled with Nixxes’ collaborative spirit and commitment to quality. We see a lot of ourselves when working with Nixxes.
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The Callisto Protocol in December

Publisher KRAFTON and developer Striking Distance Studios announce December 2nd is when to expect the release of The Callisto Protocol for PC and consoles. Just a couple of weeks ago we learned the sc-fi survival/horror game was still on track to arrive this year, so this makes good on that. If you fear digital copies of this will be in short supply, you can preorder now on The Callisto Protocol Website. Here's a new Official Gameplay Reveal Trailer and here's more:
Set on Jupiter’s dead moon Callisto in the year 2320, The Callisto Protocol challenges players to escape the maximum security Black Iron Prison and uncover the terrifying secrets of the United Jupiter Company. Players will need to search their surroundings and adapt their tactics, using a unique blend of shooting and close-quarters combat to survive a mysterious outbreak that has thrown Callisto into chaos.

The game stars Josh Duhamel as Jacob Lee, a cargo ship pilot trapped deep within Black Iron Prison, and Karen Fukuhara, star of The Boys, who plays a mysterious fellow inmate. More details about the game’s cast and story will be revealed later this year.
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Resident Evil 4 Remake Next Year

Capcom announces a remake of Resident Evil 4, saying the updated version of the horror game will arrive on PC and consoles on March 24, 2023. This doesn't go into detail about what will be changed, but there are a bunch of screenshots hinting at what to expect. Here's word:
Set six years after the events of Resident Evil 2, an older and significantly toughened Leon S. Kennedy has been shaped by his experiences of enduring the disaster that wiped Raccoon City off the map and events beyond. Now reporting directly to the President of the United States of America, Leon is given a new assignment: To locate and rescue the President’s kidnapped daughter.

Tracking her location to a secluded village in the European countryside, Leon prepares to take his first steps into another nightmare that reaches far past reason. Both long-time fans of the original Resident Evil 4 and newcomers who are experiencing the events of RE4 for the first time will explore a horror beyond belief.

FINAL FANTASY XVI Next Summer

The FINAL FANTASY Website now lists Summer 2023 as the release window for FINAL FANTASY XVI, the next installment in SQUARE ENIX's venerable RPG series. The news is accompanied by a new trailer called DOMINANCE with a cinematic look at a little domination and glimpses of gameplay. There are also messages from producer Naoki Yoshida and director Hiroshi Takai. Here's word on the new trailer:
In our latest trailer, we've introduced several new Eikons, as well as provided a more detailed peek at our action-packed battle system and the freedom it gives players. As for development progress, I'm happy to announce that the game is fully playable from start to finish; though, from optimization to brush-up, there is still a mountain of challenges to tackle as we head into our final push.

Until then, please stay tuned. We’ll do our best to not keep you waiting too long before our next update!
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Street Fighter 6 Next Year

Also from Capcom is news that Street Fighter 6 will come to PC and consoles next year, continuing the long-running arcade fighting series. This includes a new Announce Trailer with a first look at what to expect. Here's a bit discussing the game's engine and cast of characters:
We’re happy to announce that Street Fighter 6 is being developed on Capcom’s own RE Engine – previously used to create Resident Evil Village, Devil May Cry 5, and Monster Hunter: Rise. The RE Engine enables the development team to bring-to-life fine details like individual muscles tensing up, cinematic Super Arts, and special stage effects like cherry blossom petals twirling along with each character’s movement, all in an effort to enhance the gameplay experience like never before. Pair these enhancements with the splashes of paint and street aesthetic, and you get the distinct art style of Street Fighter 6.

Street Fighter 6 wouldn’t be Street Fighter without its iconic roster of characters. Returning to the fight are the legendary Ryu, Chun-Li, and Luke who have undergone slick new character designs dripping in style. The first new face to join the Street Fighter 6 roster of World Warriors is Jamie, a breakdancer with a unique move set featuring his ki-unleashing drink.
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DEADCRAFT: It Came From the Junkyard Released

It Came From the Junkyard is now available for Windows on Steam ("I'm coming Elizabeth!"). This is new DLC for DEADCRAFT, the action/survival game where you play as a half-zombie (which seems much akin to being half pregnant). If you want to check out the base game, there's a playable demo on Steam. And if new content for the game is of interest, you'll be pleased to see the news also mentions a second DLC called Jessie’s Wasteland Wares will arrive in under two weeks. Take a look at the Launch Trailer to see the add-on in action, and read on for more:
Inspired by the additional stories often included at the end of manga, “It Came From the Junkyard” introduces a new post-game storyline as the King of the Dead, Revenant, and his zombie army plan to invade the Ark. To defend humanity from this new existential threat, Reid will need to team up with his friends and venture deep into the Junkyard using his zombie powers, wits, and arsenal of crafted weapons. Help Reid save humanity from Revenant, and stop the undead from claiming the last remnants of humanity!

DEADCRAFT’s second DLC pack, “Jessie’s Wasteland Wares,” will release digitally on all platforms on June 16, 2022. This new game mode gives players a different perspective on the post-apocalyptic wasteland as they slip on the shoes of the eccentric nurse, Jessie. Together with her teddy-bear companion, Jessie is tasked with raising funds for her beloved lady Duna, never questioning the requests from the object of her obsession. More information about DEADCRAFT and its DLC can be found in the ongoing Developer Blog series on the XSEED Games site.
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PC Stray Next Month

The PlayStation.Blog announces that Stray will turn up looking for food on July 19th, offering a game where you play as a stray cat. It turns out that's also the release date of the game's unexpected PC edition, as there's a listing for Stray on Steam. Here's a new gameplay trailer and here's word on this chance to do the stray cat strut:
Stray is a third-person cat adventure game set amidst the detailed, neon-lit alleys of a decaying cybercity and the murky environments of its seedy underbelly. Roam surroundings high and low, defend against unforeseen threats and solve the mysteries of this unwelcoming place inhabited by curious droids and dangerous creatures.

See the world through the eyes of a cat and interact with the environment in playful ways. Be stealthy, nimble, silly, and sometimes as annoying as possible with the strange inhabitants of this mysterious world.
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Trainz Railroad Simulator 2022 Rolls Out

Trainz Railroad Simulator 2022 is now available for Windows and macOS on the Trainz Store and Steam. This latest iteration of the transportation sim series is backwards-compatible, so it will work with any or all of the games 213 DLC packs. A side note on that is that there's so much DLC for this game, that the "see all" button cannot actually display all of it. Here's a trailer showing off the new version. Did you know this franchise has been in operation for more than 20 years? Well you do now, as that's a point of emphasis in the announcement:
If you've been part of the Trainz Community over the past 20 years, then we're glad to see you're still here and still enjoying building worlds, operating railroads and driving your favorite trains.

If you're new here, then it's time to jump on board and begin your new journey in Trainz. Discover the magic that has kept people coming back year after year since 2001.

In TRS22 you'll find five routes from around the world with incredible detailed scenery that stretches up to 15km into the distance. With over 400 different train cars included (locos, freight, passenger) there's something for everyone. And with our easy to use world building tools, you can build your own world from scratch or find a route you like and expand upon that.
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Out of the Blue

What's up doc? I've had a new wildlife spotting here at the BlueTower. We've seen a few rabbits in the area, but yesterday I looked out to find one right outside my patio door, nibbling on some greens. I'm not sure if it's a baby, but it was pretty small. I thought this was a one-off, but there's a bunny out there today too. I didn't check ID, so I don't know if it's the same one. But it seems there may be a rabbit hole nearby. There are not many things I can name that are cuter than bunnies, so this is a real treat. I'll just have to keep a careful eye out for Elmer J. Fudd.

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Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

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