Weekend Headlines March 3-5th Part 1: Announcements and Updates

By Rebecca Smith, 2 years ago
Now that GDC17 is over, it's time for developers and publishers to prepare for PAX East that's taking place over this weekend. The result is a number of announcements, release dates, trailers, screenshots and other miscellaneous details. We had a lot of news again so we're having to split the roundup into two parts. The first part covers all of the announcements, release dates and game updates. Take a look:

Announcements

428: Shibuya Scramble was the first of two Spike Chunsoft announcements. The visual novel tells the story of a kidnapping on the streets of Shibuya. The event brings together a hot blooded detective, a hard hitting journalist, a former gang leader, the head researcher of a big pharma manufacturer and a part-timer who is stuck in cat costume. How do all of these people fit in? You'll find out when the game heads west on Playstation 4 early next year.


Children of Zodiarcs is a tactical RPG that combines grid-based combat arenas, deck building and dice crafting gameplay to add an element of strategy to the proceedings. Nahmi and her band of thieves steal a priceless relic from the chambers of a decadent noble but they are spotted. They must escape through palace chambers, slums and underground catacombs but the heavily armed city guards aren't their only problem. Rival bandit gangs and a clan of subterranean cannibals also have their eye on the prize. The game has signed to Square Enix Collective and will be published later this year for Playstation 4.


Consortium: The Tower was successfully funded on Fig back in May 2016 and has been in development for Playstation 4 ever since. Described as "the original Deus Ex videogame combined with the film Die Hard", players can choose to play the story however they wish — fight, sneak, explore or talk your way out of trouble — and the story will change depending on your actions and decisions. It is December 21st, 2042 and construction of London's hyper-futuristic Churchill Tower is partially complete. However, the immense skyscraper has been evacuated due to incidents of malfunctioning builder nanites. Now a hostage situation has erupted and it is up to you, Consortium officer Bishop Six, and your team to sort things out.


Eternity: The Last Unicorn is an action RPG that inspired by norse mythology and is set in the world of Eternity. When the first elves reached the Reign of Alfheim, they were given a powerful gift — four unicorns that granted immortality. One night, the unicorns were taken away by withcraft and a curse was placed upon the elves. One unicorn survived but he had a damaged horn and had also been cursed. Only one young elf would be able to lift the curse from the unicorn and the other elves... and this is how the pursuit of Eternity began.


Fire Pro Wrestling World was Spike Chunsoft's second title, bringing the Fire Pro Wrestling franchise to Playstation 4. Players will be able to customise their matches, from the wrestlers to the ring. The modes will include deathmatch in a steel cage, barbed wire or landmines, MMA rules and no-holds-barred Gruesome Fighting. Online play will allow players to compete in exhibition matches, leagues, championship bouts and battle royals. We also have a couple of trailers to tide you over. The first is your usual teaser. The second... well, it features Suda 51, so make up your own mind.



A few days ago, Milestone teased an unannounced title in a new IP. It turns out that the title was Gravel, focusing on off-road 4 wheel driving. Players compete to become Offroad Master through a series of different race types. There's Wild Rush, where players race in wild locations; Cross Country, where players can explore and tackle open maps until they reach the last checkpoint; Speed Cross with "real tracks and races without holding anything back", and Stadium Circuit that features arenas and jumps. More game modes will be revealed in the coming weeks before the game is released on Playstation 4 this summer.


Hyper Sentinel is a side scrolling shoot 'em up that is inspired by the old-school arcade shooters of the 1980s. However, this title aspires to be more modern by including 4K graphics at 60 frames per second, power-ups, boss battles, a SID style soundtrack, a "single button trade-off between shoot and boost", regenerating health and weapon upgrades. While the game has reached its funding target and is guaranteed to be released on Playstation 4, its Kickstarter campaign is still ongoing. Right now, the total has passed the Surge Mode gameplay mode, although we're unsure what exactly this entails. You can follow along with their campaign here.


Leave the Nest requires players to choose a flock of birds before flying away from your home nest to build a new home elsewhere. Described as a "linear endless flapper", you'll need to flap your way past lava spewing volcanoes, graveyard ghosts, windows, fireworks and fountains. If your arms start feeling tired, power ups will be available to help to protect you from danger, as well as a range of special abilities. The game will be available on March 14th for Playstation VR. It will require Playstation Move.


Q.U.B.E. 2 puts players in the shoes of Amelia Cross, a stranded archeologist who finds herself in an alien environment. Together with another survivor, Emma, players must solve puzzles and manipulate the world with special gloves if they're ever to return home. Not only must she escape, Amelia must also deal with the ghosts in her past.


A lot of you will likely remember 2006's Rogue Trooper, the cover-based third-person shooter that brought the 2000 AD comic series to life. Well, ROGUE TROOPER REDUX will be bringing a remastered version of the title to Playstation 4. Rogue is a bio-engineered Genetic Infantryman who is immune to the poisonous atmosphere of the chem-blasted Nu Earth. He's also the last soldier left standing against the colonial Nort regime. Between his abilities and those of three fallen comrades, who he carries around as biochips in his inventory, he's a "one-unit squad of death and destruction" and he's hell bent on getting revenge.


Over 1,500 of you have played Sine Mora, a horizontal shoot 'em up with a distinctive time mechanic. This summer, publisher THQ Nordic will be bringing the game to Playstation 4 as Sine Mora EX. Once again, players will have to avoid bullets and obstacles while making sure that they don't run out of time. Collect tokens and kill enemies to gain time as you negotiate a tale of never-ending war.


Sparc is described as a "unique virtual sport only possible in virtual reality". Players use full-body gameplay to throw projectiles at their opponents, but they also have to defend themselves by dodging, blocking and deflecting incoming attacks. Think of it like a virtual reality version of dodgeball, only it doesn't hurt. There will be multiple two-player modes as well as challenges and training modes for solitary players. Unsurprisingly, you'll need Playstation VR to try this one when it is released later this year.


Developer Dilmer Games revealed two titles this week. The first of these is platformer Stickman World. Stickman awakens in an unfamiliar underground environment after the human world has been destroyed. Stickman can recall pieces of the world but nothing of his past, leading him to search for clues in the upper ground world. One of Stickman's special powers is the ability to invert gravity and he must use this to his advantage if he's to discover his past.


The second of Dilmer's titles is SuperStick. The titular Super Stick works at a food factory, but it's no ordinary factory. After a nuclear attack occurs, the factory is filled with all kinds of strange enemies and dangers. However, Super Stick is no ordinary man himself. He has the ability to change his body shape to make himself heavier and slower, as well as the ability to rewind time. Stickman World will be the first of the two titles to be released this year and we're sure to get more information on Superstick once that has happened.


After releasing on Xbox One, The Deer God is finally making its way to Playstation 4 and Vita. Live and survive as a deer in this procedurally generated pixelated platformer about survival, reincarnation and karma. Travel across a variety of landscapes, through night and day, and defeat the many creatures that are intent on making you into their next dinner.


In shoot 'em up Time Recoil, the player character is a member of a mysterious group called the Recoilers that share a common goal: kill Mr Time. He has control over a time based weapon of mass destruction and he's not afraid to use it. You must travel back in time to stop him or the future won't ever exist. With every kill you can slow time — more kills equals more time in slowdown and the ability to perform special moves, like dashing through walls. The more kills that you perform, the more devastating the special move will be.


Successfully funded on Kickstarter, Titanic VR will be a realistic exploration game where players will explore the wreck in their own submarine. They can also enter Titanic's interior with a remotely operated vehicle. The second part of the game will then allow players to witness key events of the sinking through the eyes of survivors in a "historically accurate recreation of the events, based on eye-witness testimony and substantial research". The title will be released for Playstation VR in November.


Tooth and Tail is a real time strategy title where players lead the animal revolution. Your troops include "an army of flamethrowing boars, mustard gas-lobbing skunks, and a fighting force of WWI-era beasts". Which part do you play? Well, you're the flagbearer and you need to rally your troops into battle. The game will arrive on Playstation 4 some time in the future.


Updates

The number of titles available on Playstation Now in North America increased this week. Sony added 13 titles from SEGA to bolster the list:

Homefront: The Revolution received a patch that accompanied the final piece of DLC for the title. The patch notes were a little non-specific, but take a look at the trailer if you want to see more details.

  • Support for our third and final DLC, Beyond The Walls (Releasing 08/03)
  • Console Trial Mode with unlimited free access to Resistance Mode
  • Playstation 4 Pro Support
  • Various bug fixes

Horizon: Zero Dawn received a small hotfix that only fixed a couple of things. Still, that's better than nothing.
  • Reduced the Carja Storm Hunter outfit damage reduction to 5% (previously 90%)
  • Reduced total amount of discs from the Thunderjaw Disc Launcher to 8 (previously 12)
NBA 2K17 received a roster update that involved over 375 changes. You can see those changes in the two images below:


No Man's Sky received the large Pathfinder Update that introduced planetary vehicles, base sharing, PS4 Pro support, ship/weapon specialisation, permadeath mode, and much more.

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The Pinball Arcade received an update on Playstation 4.

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SNOW welcomed the X Games Norway 2017 mountain into the game. Players can compete in the Big Air and Slopestyle events and win exclusive in-game items.


Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands has made a few improvements to the game since its open beta a couple of weeks ago. These are the tweaks that made it into the full game:

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World War Toons gave a brief glimpse at their upcoming update. The following trailer gives a preview of the map titled The Great Brawl. The update will also add eight "Furrious" character skins, 35 new weapons skins, three legendary skins, new VR modes, and more.


Check out part two to see the many trailers that were released over the weekend.
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.