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Tuesday, Apr 23, 2024

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants Released

Cowabunga! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants is now available for PC and consoles as a new version of the 2017 arcade beat-em-up enhanced with additional content. The Windows edition is available on Steam with a 15% launch discount. There's also the warning that this does not support mouse and keyboard play, and a controller is required. The Official Launch Trailer is here with a look and here's word:

Re-experience the 2017 arcade classic with 3 additional stages and 6 additional boss battles! Take control of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello or Raphael in this classic beat-em-up inspired by the cult favorite Turtles in Time. Play with your friends through local co-op and dominate the Foot Clan to foil the Shredder’s maniacal plan.

  • Re-experience the Classic Arcade Game: with 3 additional stages and 6 additional bosses never-before-seen in the classic 2017 arcade
  • Play as the 4 Turtles: From the 2012 cartoon featuring Leo, Mikey, Donnie, and Raph. Dominate the hordes with your favorite Turtle
  • Defeat Waves of Enemies: battle through 6 stages including Dimension X and Coney Island, 13 boss battles on your way to defeat your arch-nemesis Shredder in his own lair
  • Unleash Turtle Power: a special super attack unique to each Turtle that devastates waves of enemies; Summon mutant support to clear enemies by picking up a special collectible
  • Local Co-Op: Play with a friend in 4-player local co-op

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Phantom Fury Released

Phantom Fury is now available on Steam, offering a new "road trip" first-person shooter from Slipgate Ironworks and 3D Realms starring Shelly "Bombshell" Harrison, originally planned as a Duke Nukem sidekick. Today's launch is just the Windows edition, and the console versions are expected on May 30th. The Launch Trailer revels in the game's boomer shooter roots. Here's word:
Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison is back in this highly interactive mix of first person action and road movie adventure. Embark on an adrenaline-fueled journey around the USA. Use an enormous arsenal of weapons and skills to battle treacherous soldiers and vile mutants, all while trying to save mankind.

Taking place many years after her fight against Jadus Heskel, Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison awakes in a new world, pulled out of a coma at the behest of an old colleague, with a new bionic arm. Tasked with securing a highly dangerous artifact, the legendary Demon Core, Shelly embarks on an intense journey around the US, as she tries to overcome her own past to save mankind’s future.
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Ironmarked Suspends Development; Releases Demo

Steam now offers a playable Windows demo for Ironmarked, a fantasy RPG with support for up to three players in co-op (thanks Eurogamer). As stated in this post, this is a good news/bad news scenario. While players can now sample this project, developer Flaming Fowl announces development of the game is suspended amid a round of layoffs at this studio founded by veterans of Lionhead Studios. All hope is not lost, however, as the post notes that if enough players wishlist the game, it may be possible to get funding to resume development. In the meantime, the studio will work on a smaller self-funded project:
Today we are releasing a demo of Ironmarked, a new game we have been working on recently. Unfortunately, due to the current lack of funding in the games industry, we are putting production on hold and have had to downsize the studio, letting go of some amazing people.

Although this is a difficult and sad time for everyone involved, we are very proud of what we were creating and want to share that with all of you. We also hope that by releasing this demo, we can help those people leaving us to secure new roles elsewhere, by demonstrating their outstanding work on the project.

Hopefully, with enough wishlists on Steam, we will be able to find funding in the future for Ironmarked, but until then we will be working on a smaller game that we can fully fund ourselves.

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes Released

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is now available on Steam, offering a JRPG for Windows from Rabbit & Bear Studios and 505 Games. This crowdfunded game is latest installment in Eiyuden Chronicle, the spiritual successor to the Suikoden series. It is also the final game from Suikoden creator Yoshitaka Murayama, who passed away in February. The Launch Trailer is here with a look at some storytelling and gameplay. Here's a description, including the first-ever use of the word "dint" (not counting this one) on this website:
Our story begins in one corner of Allraan, a tapestry of nations with diverse cultures and values.

By dint of sword, and by way of magical objects known as “rune-lenses,” the land’s history has been shaped by the alliances and aggressions of the humans, beastmen, elves, and desert people who live there.

The Galdean Empire has edged out other nations and discovered a technology that amplifies the rune-lenses’ magic.
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Tales of Kenzera: ZAU Released

Electronic Arts announces the release of Tales of Kenzera: ZAU, saying Surgent Studios' "heartfelt indie adventure" is available for Windows on the Epic Games Store and Steam as well as for consoles. This is a 2D metroidvania platformer with lush graphics shown off in the Official Launch Trailer which puts an odd emphasis on influencer opinions. Here's the story:
A grieving boy begins to read a Bantu tale written by his late father. Adventure into the beautiful and treacherous lands of Kenzera as Zau, a young shaman who bargains with the God of death to bring his Baba back from darkness.

With your cosmic powers and untried courage, you advance into unknown mythological lands. Once bursting with life, Kenzera is now rife with lost ancestral spirits. As Zau advances toward his goal, 3 mighty beings lie in wait, fearsome in their strength yet somehow strangely familiar. Will you embrace the dance of the shaman?
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First Dwarf Playtest

A multiplayer playtest is now underway for First Dwarf, a colony survival action/RPG. You can request access on Steam for testing that's expected to run until May 6th, and if you were part of the first beta you should already be set. In this you get to operate a powerful mech suit and traverse the map by flight, even though this is ostensibly a fantasy game, complete with a dragon. The Gameplay Overview explains this technomagical blend along with a look at gameplay. Here's more on the test and the game:
Take on the role of dwarven scouting engineer Tru and pilot your mana-powered mech! This time, you have a chance to get a first taste of online and local co-op mode and play together with your friend.

Unique combination of colony survival, action RPG, tower defense and base building.. That’s what First Dwarf offers! Explore the amazing world as a Dwarf, a Mech and a Dragon, switch through characters and see what they are capable of! Fly high with Ragna’s scaly wings and destroy enemies with powerful mech!
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Exophobia Demo

PM Studios announces a July 23rd release date for Exophobia, a very boomer shooter for Windows, PlayStation 4/5, Xbox Series X|S, and Switch. The throwback throws way back here, as a new trailer busts out 1990s gameplay with 1980s 8-bit pixel art. Everyone can experience this time warp right now, as there's a playable demo on GOG.com and Steam. Here's more:
Exophobia is a retro inspired sci-fi FPS with modern metroidvania progression, mixing crisp colorful pixel art with intense electronic music for a unique stylish aesthetic!

You find yourself alone in a human spaceship taken over by hostile alien soldiers. Explore and fight your way to find the last human survivors, while you uncover piece by piece the backstory of the spaceship crew, leading to this high-stakes moment at the red planet. Evolve your alien weapon and shoot, slide, stun your enemies and more, in your journey to escape out alive!
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Honest Trailers - Dune- Part Two.

Atari Revives Infogrames Brand

Atari announces it is reviving the Infogrames brand as a new publishing label. New is relative here, as Infogrames is the name of the French company that renamed itself Atari in 2003, before completely acquiring the brand in 2008. Legacy titles first published by Infogrames may eventually arrive, but for now the plan is to use the revived brand to publish games outside Atari's core titles. The first of these appears to be Totally Reliable Delivery service, as the announcement includes news of the acquisition of this IP from tinyBuild. This purchase is another bit of sort-of insider trading, since Atari also recently invested in tinyBuild. "With Totally Reliable Delivery Service, Infogrames is starting off with a strong IP that has a loyal and enthusiastic player base," says Geoffroy Châteauvieux, Manager of Infogrames LLC. "The Infogrames team will be able to expand upon the strong work of tinyBuild, and re-energize this high-potential franchise." Here's more:
Infogrames intends to actively manage its catalog of titles by expanding digital and physical distribution, and developing new collections and sequels. Consistent with Atari’s approach, Infogrames sees game preservations as a core component of its mission.

Infogrames also announced today its first IP acquisition with the purchase of the Totally Reliable Delivery Service games, trademarks and underlying property from tinyBuild LLC. First released in 2019, Totally Reliable Delivery Service is an all-ages multiplayer sendup of the package delivery world, set in an open sandbox full of absurd gadgets, unlikely delivery vehicles and a healthy dose of chaos.

Lunar Lander Beyond Lands

Speaking of the revived Atari and its revivals, Lunar Lander Beyond is now available for PC and consoles, offering a return to this low-gravity, high-stakes arcade game where you must safely land your touchy spacecraft on the moon. The Windows edition is available on the Epic Games Store and Steam. It's mostly cinematics, but there are a couple of glimpses of gameplay in the Official Launch Trailer showing this adds some detail to the original's vector graphics along with a survival/rescue story. Here's more:
An all-new adventure based on the classic Lunar Lander space flier, Lunar Lander Beyond is elevated from its simplistic arcade origins thanks to Dreams Uncorporated’s masterful infusion of its signature art style, a narrative-rich storyline, and a captivating universe where not everyone and everything is as it seems. A one-of-a-kind “adventure meets simulation” experience, Lunar Lander Beyond engrosses players with a vast story world and rewarding arcade-inspired gameplay and gravity flier mechanics.

In Lunar Lander Beyond, assume the role of a captain of the Pegasus Corporation flight crew. Guide a crew of intrepid explorers, advisors, and state-of-the-art landers through a series of demanding missions. Soar through the cosmos delivering crucial cargo, extracting valuable resources, and conducting daring rescues across a celestial tapestry of enigmatic moons and captivating planets.
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Men of War II Next Month

Fulqrum Publishing and Ukrainian developer Best Way announce May 15th is the release date for Men of War II, the World War II RTS sequel. Though it's the result of a delay, the new date is not random, as it marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of Men of War: Assault Squad 2, the most recent installment in the series. The announcement acknowledges that delay, saying it led to a better game: "Following a number of public playtests in 2023, the development team at Best Way spent extra development time incorporating community feedback. Fans will be able to enjoy the rewards of the extra labor at launch, as the game has received numerous technical improvements and bug fixes, as well as balancing and various upgrades to audio-visual quality since its last Open Beta." Here's the new Men of War II Release Date Reveal Trailer and more:
Men of War II will launch with three playable nations – Soviets, Americans, and the Third Reich – each with their own narrative campaign, as well as two further Historical campaigns, a dynamic Conquest campaign, and a skirmish-like Raid mode. All of the single-player content can also be played in co-op with up to five players, and the game offers extensive PvP and PvE multiplayer options, including ranked match-making for all three battle setups (Battalions, Combined Arms, and Classic Mode).

The new chapter in the evolution of the top-rated RTS franchise provides a World War II real-time strategy experience like never before, with an unprecedented number of units with different specializations to command, unyielding attention to historical fidelity, advanced enemy AI, and new levels of visual and audio excellence. With a plethora of customizable gameplay options and modes for single-player as well as PvP and co-op multiplayer, Men of War II will appeal to both the hardcore RTS aficionado and more casual fans alike.
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EVE Online: Equinox Announced

CCP Games announces EVE Online: Equinox, a new expansion for the hardcore MMORPG that will launch into outer space on June 11th. Word is this will also include an update for the EVE Vanguard FPS module: "Equinox promises to give capsuleers greater control over the lawless nullsec region of space, empower players to unleash their creativity, and deliver the next major feature update to sandbox FPS EVE Vanguard, fueling new commerce and conflict within the star cluster of New Eden." Here's a new Upwell - Seize the Dream Trailer and more:
Equinox will also deliver a wide range of improvements to corporation management and an expanded path for new capsuleers to acclimate to New Eden’s intricacies. A streamlined and intuitive UI overhaul makes navigating the corporation window easier than ever, while members can contribute to Corporation Projects through new avenues such as ship sacrifice, salvaging wrecks, and earning Loyalty Points. Improvements to the AIR career system will see rookie pilots taking on even more diverse daily challenges and contributing to longer-term goals.

Evolving in close collaboration with the EVE Online community, the next major feature update for EVE Vanguard will introduce an exotic new map, weapon modification, and new activities within the sandbox. Players will be given the ability to mold their playstyle with adaptive weaponry, take on new contracts, and scour the ruins of a facility on an archipelago among polluted waters. The limited-time event runs from June 20 – July 1 for Omega accounts.
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Shadow of the Depth Early Access

Early Access to Shadow of the Depth is now underway on Steam, providing Windows gamers a top-down roguelite where you must hack and slash your way through, well, the shadows of depth, which is a dungeon populated by a variety of monsters. The Launch trailer shows off some fast-paced gameplay in procedurally generated levels. Here are the essential details from the announcement:
Shadow of the Depth features randomly-generated levels, which means each new adventure is slightly different to the last. The addition of over 140 passive abilities empowers players to discover distinct builds for each one of the game’s playable characters. Each new venture into the depths will provide unique and exciting possibilities.

Each character in Shadow of the Depth features their own distinct array of primary and ultimate skills, underpinned by a myriad of combo options. Rhythmic combos, which task players with carefully timing their button hits, add depth to combat encounters, encouraging the mastering of all five of the game’s playable characters.
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The Hungry Lamb: Traveling in the Late Ming Dynasty Released

Steam now offers the release of The Hungry Lamb: Traveling in the Late Ming Dynasty, a visual novel from 2P Games and Zerocreation set in historical China and steeped in traditional Chinese art. This trailer introduces the story with English subtitles for those of us who need to brush up on our Chinese. So, is it a little offbeat? Decide for yourself:
After losing everything in the Great Tianqi Explosion, Liang is reduced to a husk of his former self and resorts to a life of crime. Killing for profit became a lucrative means of income as Liang wanders through the rebellion-stricken country. One day an unsavory merchant commissions him to escort four young girls to a wealthy lord. Liang slowly learns the lord is a swine demon that eats young girls, and must challenge his wavering morals on this epic journey of redemption.

Abducted from various walks of life, each girl has her own traits and personality requiring particular care and attention. Foster trust and bond with the young girls in an era of war and turmoil. Carefully make decisions, as each choice leads to distinct branches and consequences. Collect all of the different endings and discover the true finale of the story.
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