Weekend Headlines Jan 6-8th: What Happened While We Were Away

By Rebecca Smith, 7 months ago
Most people would expect Friday to Sunday to be quiet for gaming news. Well, it isn't. In a new feature, we're going to recap everything that happened while we were away over the previous weekend. Developers and publishers just don't seem to take a day off.

Announcements

There were a lot of these. First up is Circuit Breakers. Triverske's twin stick shooter offers seven playable characters who each have their own weapons, including flamethrowers, shotguns and lasers. The game can be played in single player mode but is made for local co-op with up to four friends. The game is due to be released next month.


Developed by Those Awesome Guys and published by Reverb Triple XP, Move Or Die may possibly be Playstation exclusive. Over a variety of mini-games that each last 20-30 seconds, players must win battles against their friends to unlock new character skins, Mutator game modifiers and even more game modes to make things even crazier. The title of the game hints fairly well at the game's main schtick. Players who don't move will suffer from a rapidly decreasing health bar.


Next is Hunter's Legacy, a game revealed by the appearance of its launch trailer. Lienzo's sidescrolling 2D platformer takes place in the Universe of Something, which is "a concept of a connected world that would span different games". Players take control of Ikki, a cat who is huntress of Un’Amakand has a variety of weapons and abilities at her disposal, including swords and a bow. Players will travel through different worlds and meet lots of interesting characters when the game is released on January 24th.


Rooster Teeth may not be a company that you readily associate with game development, but here they are with their first console effort. is a hack-n-slash game that is based on their show RWBY. Inspired by games like Dynasty Warriors and Left 4 Dead, players will battle Grimm across locations of Remnant that will be familiar to fans of the show. Players can take on the role of Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang and can recruit three friends for four player online co-op. The game will be released on January 17th.


We haven't had much warning for the appearance of Sylvio. Saginaw Family Park has been closed since a landslide damaged the family park in 1971. Ghost recorder Juliette Waters aims to spend the night in the parkwhile hunting for ghosts, recording the vioces of the deceased on her reel-to-reel recorder. The problem is that they reveal a tale of an evil curse and a wicked family cult. Perhaps the park isn't quite as abandoned as first thought? Look out for the game on Friday, January 13th.


Sharin no Kuni (Vita) was released on Playstation 3 in Japan nearly four years ago. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, the game will be getting a localised western release on the Playstation Vita. The visual novel follows the story of Kenichi Morita who wants to become part of the Special Elite, a group of people who oversee criminals and the performance of restrictions, known as Duties, that have been imposed upon them. As usual, not everything is as it seems.


If you took one look at Cube Life: Island Survival HD then you would probably mistake it for Minecraft. That wouldn't be terribly unfair because the block building open-world survival game bears more than a passing resemblance. Cypronia's Nintendo e-shop hit is making its way to Playstation 4 this spring.


The Double Dragon franchise gets a new installment later this month in the form of Double Dragon IV. Billy and Jimmy Lee have returned in a traditional 80's romp through Japan. Several key team members who created the 1987 arcade original have returned to help Arc System Works develop the title. Look out for it on January 30th.


Procedurally-generated turn-based dungeon crawler Quest of Dungeons finally makes its way to the Playstation 4. When an evil Dark Lord steals all of the light, players must enter his lair and defeat him. Take on the role of the Warrior, the Wizard, the Assassin, or the Shaman, each of whom have different abilities and attacks. The game will be released on January 17th.


Bulkhead Interactive's acclaimed The Turing Test is a first person puzzler title. Players assume the role of Ava Turing, an engineer for the International Space Agency (ISA). Exploring the topics of consciousness, human intuition and mankind's need to explore, players must discover the truth behind humanity's research base on Europa. Solve puzzles by using an Energy Manipulation Tool (EMT) to transpose power between objects, take control of machines and manipulate much larger structures as the game transcends the line between man and machine. This one will be released on January 23rd.


For our final announcement, the studio behind Tina's Toy Factory returns with a new VR title. RC Airplane Challenge VR is a remake of their Xbox Live Indie Game RC Airplane Challenge that brings updated graphics and gameplay to accompany the VR compatibility. Players assume control of a model airplane and take part in different game modes like free flight, balloon pop, and bomb drop. While a release window has not been announced, the game's price upon release will be a mere US$3. We don't have any video or screenshots for the updated game, but here is a look at the old XBLIG version that will give you some idea of what to expect:


Updates, Game Patches and DLC

DICE released a schedule for new content in Battlefield 1. On January 18th, players will be able to try Bleed Out, a custom version of the traditional Rush game mode. Downed enemies respawn quicker and players will not be able to regenerate health. Then in February, an update is due that will bring a variety of gameplay improvements — more information will be available on this in the future. After that, the game's first expansion, "They Shall Not Pass", will be released in March.

RIVE released an update that added challenges and battle arenas to the game. Click the spoiler to get a full list of patch notes for v1.12:
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Killing Floor 2 got an update that nerfed some of the game's bosses. Again, click the spoiler to get a full list of patch notes:
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"Stormblood", the second expansion for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, will be arriving on June 20th, 2017. Players will be able to pre-order the content beginning on January 24th. The DLC will include the following new features:
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Finally, Paragon revealed a new hero. Serath is a "melee carry that balances her light and dark sides to stop her competition". Take a look:


Release Dates

The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition will be arriving on January 17th. Take a look at the release date trailer:


Trailers

We got another video update for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, this time showcasing a new level that was created using the method that was described in update 7. While the majority of the game takes place in a castle, players must spend the start of the game travelling to this location. Along the way, there's a village through which they must travel. Take a look:


Screenshots

Randall got some new concept art.


Meanwhile, Ray's The Dead showed us some of the new characters that players will encounter in the game, as well as the game's new portrait system.



Miscellaneous

Finally for this week, Limited Run Games announced not one but three new titles that will become available later this month. Aqua Kitty – Milk Mine Defender DX will be available on PS4 and Vita, while OXENFREE will be available on PS4. Neither of these two titles have a date for when they will become available. However, Curses 'N' Chaos will be available on PS4 and Vita on January 27th. Be sure to get your order in as soon as possible because these aren't called limited runs for nothing!

That's it for the weekend. Keep your eyes on TT for the rest of the week as we bring you the news as we get it.
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.