Weekend Announcements July 21st-23rd Pt. 2: Obduction, Nights of Azure 2 & More

By Rebecca Smith,
We've just seen the first 12 of the 23 titles to be revealed this weekend. The remaining 11 titles include a frantic party title, an exploration through space in search of precious materials, a tough as nails action arcade title, a new title from the creators of Myst, a remake of a classic arcade fighter, a quest to save a teddy bear and more Japanese titles that are making their way west. Here they are:

Marooners

Currently available on PC, M2H's party game pits friends and family members against each other as they run, jump and slap their way to victory. If a player dies, they can return from the grave to haunt the remaining players. Party Mode sees players take on a range of mini games that switch between locations and modes when you least expect it. Alternatively, there's the option to try a complete run where every game is played once to completion. When the game is released on Playstation 4 later this year, it will bring in AI bots to allow players to play on their own, too.


Morphite

Crescent Moon Games, We're Five Games and Blowfish Studios have joined forces to bring this "atmospheric exploration sci-fi shooter with platforming elements" to Playstation 4 on September 7th. In the distant future, humanity has colonised space. Myrah Kale is sent on a routine mission that turns into an adventure that reveals her mysterious past and her connection to Morphite, a substance coveted across space. She'll explore uncharted planets to collect biological information about its flora and fauna, information that can be sold to afford upgrades for her ship, weapons and suit. Other procedurally-generated planets contain side quests, while she'll also be able to trade with other space travellers. Beware, though, because not all of them will be friendly.


Next Up Hero

Digital Continue's twin stick old-school arcade action game is supposed to have "tough-as-nails enemies and levels that feel downright unfair". This is to try and make people work together. Will it work? Only time will tell. Every time a player dies, they leave behind an echo of their fallen hero. The next player to take their turn will encounter and be able to resurrect this echo, as well as those of everyone who has taken part in the game's session. While not as powerful as an actual hero, echoes can help to summon Ancients, who are a lot fiercer than their name suggests. The more players who die in your session, the more echoes you have to use... and you'll need them if you're to defeat the monsters of the Ceaseless Dirge. Players will win prestige for every session in which they take part, as well as a bonus if they're the one to deliver the fatal blow on the final boss. You'll get to try it for yourself when the game comes to Playstation 4 early next year.


Nights of Azure 2

On October 24th, another of GUST's JRPG titles will appear on Playstation 4. When humanity is threatened by the Moon Queen, young priestess Liliana chooses to sacrifice herself to save the world and become the Bride of Time. Players assume the role of Aluche, one of her two best friends. After disagreeing with her other best friend Ruenheid over this decisio, Aluche is killed by a mysterious demon. Later resurrected as a half-demon hybrid, Aluche returns to their hometown of Eurulm to find Ruenheid battling for her life against a swarm of fiends. Newly reunited, the pair set out to save Liliana and defeat the Moon Queen once and for all. Players who pre-order the title will receive a DLC pack that includes three Servans, as well as a special costume for Aluche.


Obduction

Revered adventure game studio Cyan Inc, creator of Myst and Riven, will be bringing their latest creation to Playstation 4 with VR compatibility. As you take a stroll beside the lake at night, a mysterious organic artifact falls from the sky. Before you can react, you're transported across the universe into an alien landscape that includes pieces of Earth from strange times and places. You must explore and decipher clues to reveal the secrets of these worlds, but your choices will have substantial consequences later. Will you make it home? You'll find out whe n the title is released on August 29th.


Penny-Punching Princess

Already released in Japan as The Princess is Money-Hungry, Nippon Ichi Software's action RPG will be making its way west on Playstation Vita. Long ago, the strongest were those who prevailed the most. Led by a tyrant who specialised in fear, monsters threatened humanity's existence until a hero defeated them. After this it became survival of the fittest, but then humanity's interests changed again. Now, capitalism rules. Bribe enemies to fight for you, buy deadly traps and destroy your enemies in a world where money is valued higher than life. Take on the Dragoloan Family and reclaim your kingdom on March 20th, 2018 in North America and March 23rd in Europe.


Samurai Shodown V Special

The original launch of Samurai Shodown V Special was far from smooth. After a violent incident in Japan, the home console version of the game was heavily censored when compared to its arcade counterpart. Now, Code Mystics is working with SNK Playmore to release the game on Playstation 4 and Vita in its original full form. With a lesser amount of focus on combos and super moves, players must instead learn to use range and spacing to their advantage in this fighting title. When it is released sometime in the future, the game will include new features like online multiplayer, unlockable artwork in a Gallery mode and, of course, trophy support.


The Longest Five Minutes (Vita)

It's not often that you start a game in front of the very enemy that you've come to vanquish, but Nippon Ichi's title doesn't have an ordinary premise. The player stands facing the Overlord, the origin of all evil, but then he is struck with a devastating bout of amnesia. Now he can't remember, why he's there, the name of his hometown or any of his finishing moves. He has five minutes to regain his memories before the Overlord is triumphant. Through his allies' words of encouragement and the taunts of his foe, his memories can be pieced back together, but what will happen in the longest five minutes? Find out when the game is released for Playstation Vita next year.


The Lost Bear

This Playstation VR 2D platformer is Odd Bug Studio's first ever creation. Players assume the role of Walnut who becomes separated from her brother in a stange and abandoned world. She must overcome her fears and set off on her own to save her beloved teddy from the Toy Snatcher. We assume she'll also try to find her brother. The title will be released on Playstation 4 "soon".


Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st]

French Bread's latest fighting title is considered to be the link between traditional 2D fighters and over-the-top anime fighters. In modern-day Japan, a monthly event takes place: the Hollow Night. During this event, shadowy creatures appear and attack innocent people. Those who survive these attacks can develop special abilities and are known as the In-Borth. Players assume the role of Hyde, one such survivor, as he tries to solve the phenomenon of the Hollow Night and defeat the Void creatures. The title adds new creatures, new stages, rebalanced gameplay, a combo challenge mode, a tutorial mode and a new Chronicle story mode. It will be released on all three Playstation platforms in Q4 2017.


Yomawari: Midnight Shadows

Nippon Ichi's sequel to Yomawari: Night Alone hopes to haunt players again. Yui and Haru are separated by a mysterious attacker. As they attempt to find each other and reconnect, they'll test their wits and courage against the terrorising Japanese Spirits of the night. Travel through haunting and bizarre locations like abandoned homes, junk yards and dark sewers. The title will be released on Playstation 4 and Vita on October 24th in North America and October 27th in Europe.


Do any of these titles take your fancy?
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.