Weekend Announcements July 28th-30th: Cities: Skylines, Lost Sphear and More

By Rebecca Smith,
The weekend saw the announcement of 12 new titles. There's a forgotten existence that threatens world peace, ambitions to be the greatest hero of all time, the chance to build the perfect city, a palace that plots against you, a battle against the fear in your own mind, attempts to rebuild a town, a bullet hell shooter set in space, a new take on surviving your first week at school, and four VR titles announced at ChinaJoy. Here they are:

Antiquia Lost

Exe-Create's 2D turn-based RPG tells the story of Bine, a young villager who is asked to accompany Lunaria to the royal capital. They're happy to reach the city but not everything is as it seems. The city's citizens are disappearing and the ruler's reactions are mixed. The castle soldiers don't know what to do. Then there is a forgotten existence that complicates matters and threatens the peace of the world. You'll be able to put things right when the game is released this fall on Playstation 4 and Vita.


Bleed

You may have encountered Bootdisk Revolution and Nephilim Game Studios' run and gun title previously on the soon-to-be-discontinued Xbox Live Indie Games section of the Xbox 360 store or on Steam. Now the title is heading to Playstation 4 on August 22nd in North America and August 23rd in Europe. Wryn has a dream to be the ultimate videogame hero and she has a rather large arsenal to help her to achieve it. Along the way, she needs to defeat the Greatest Heroes of All Time so that she can claim the title for herself. Players need to dodge enemies with style as they face a constant onslaught across seven levels filled with obstacles, set-pieces and the aforementioned enemies and bosses.


Cities: Skylines

Already available for PC and Xbox One, Colossal Order's city builder is heading to Playstation 4 on August 15th. Players must manage dozens of civic systems to build the city of their dreams and become Mayor. Lay down roads, zone districts and services, build education and recreation facilities and attract tourists. The PS4 version will also include the "After Dark" expansion that adds nightlife and extra tourism features. Players who pre-order the title through the Playstation store will receive a Cities: Skylines PS4 theme with soundtrack and four unique avatars.


Echo

Ultra Ultra's "third-person sci-fi adventure" puts players in the shoes of En, a space traveller who arrives at The Palace after a century in stasis. The Palace still awaits its first human occupants and En intends to use the forgotten technology to bring back an ancient civilisation that died out eons ago. The problem is that The Palace has plans of its own. It studies you and your actions with the sole purpose of using this information against you. It creates Echoes whose sole purpose is to destroy you. Your only respite are the Blackouts; when The Palace shuts down to update its Echoes, you have a chance to act without consequence. However, when The Palace comes back online, the Echoes will be even more relentless. The game arrives on Playstation 4 on September 19th.


Figment

Bedtime Digital Games is the company behind Back to Bed and their latest title is a "whimsical adventure" that is set in the recesses of the human subconsious. Here, nightmarish creatures spread fear wherever they go. As the former voice of courage, Dusty must defeat the creatures and solve puzzles to feel better. As he returns to normal, he can help the mind to defeat the fear that lies within. The title is due to be released on PC this September and will be arriving on Playstation 4 sometime after that.


Kill X

Five months ago, we revealed The China Hero Project, a collaboration with Sony to locate Chinese developers that would be interested in bringing their titles to Playstation platforms. One of those was VIVA Games' VR title and now the game is confirmed to be heading west in the future. Set on a secret island, players will uncover horrific experiments on human subjects for the purpose of finding a way to create immortality, whatever the cost. No those unfortunate inhabitants have been left to their fate. You'll need to solve puzzles and use a variety of weapons if you're to survive, let alone solve the mystery of the experiments and their after-effects.


Legion Commander

Also heading to Playstation VR from China's ChangYou Games is this real-time strategy title. Orcs, Humans and Elves are fighting against one another thanks to the influence of an ancient demon. It's your task to restore harmony to the world. Players select a commander and form an army that consists of units that each have their own specialized abilities. Special cards will also be available thay will enable players to cast spells upon the battlefield.

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Lost Sphear

Tokyo RPG Factory's latest turn-based RPG is heading to Playstation 4 on January 23rd, 2018. The story begins in the remote town of Elgarthe that is home to a young boy called Kanata. He awakens from a devastating dream to find that his hometown is disappearing around him through a phenomenon known as the Lost. Together with his friends and aided by the power of Memory, he sets out to rebuild the world by manifesting thoughts into matter. The title has built upon features found in I Am Setsuna and has revamped the ATB battle system so that players can "strategize and freely adjust their placement mid-fight". There will also be seamless environments and various locations that allow for some exploration.


Senko no Ronde 2

G.Rev's acclaimed Senko no Ronde franchise will finally be hitting the Playstation 4 on September 7th. Combining bullet hell shooting with a fighting game, the latest title in the franchise tells the story set in the far-off future. After a catastrophe known as The Great Disaster meant that humans had to flee into space to avoid extinction, a series of colonies now orbit the moon and Mars. Technology has advanced and people have adapted to live in these hostile environments, even managing to explore past the outer reaches of Saturn. This is thanks to the Rounders, machines that allowed their pilots to paint the skies themselves, and this is their story.


Stifled

The third of four Playstation VR titles to be announced at ChinaJoy, Singapore developer Gattai Games' horror game surrounds players in a world that has been darkened by the consequences of a tragic event. Using echolocation reveals the world around you and players can use their own voice to uncover the way forward, as well as enable them to interact with different items. However, sounds also alert any enemies to your presence — they hear your fear. Will you stay quiet in order to stay hidden but risk bumping into an object in the process, or will you just throw caution to the wind? You'll get to find out when the game releases later this year.


The Walker

Haymaker's fantasy combat tale is the fourth Playstation VR title to arrive from China and the second to have taken part in The China Hero Project. The player character is a distant descendent of an ancient family renowned for its swordmanship and sorcery. As such, it falls to you to save the world from a demonic militia that has invaded Shanghai. Master spells and charms and infuse ordinary weapons with special powers to try and defeat the invading army before taking on "sweeping boss showdowns".

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White Day: A Labyrinth Named School

You may have heard of this Korean first-person survival horror title before. If not, it is being completely remastered for the Playstation 4 and will be released in the west on August 25th in Europe and August 29th in North America. New student Hee-Min Lee is trapped overnight in Yeondu High School after a kind gesture went wrong. He now faces vengeful janitors hellbent on killing intruders and malevolent spirits who want to sap away his life. Can he find a way out or will he become a ghost himself? The game's eerie atmosphere, intense chase sequences, dynamic scare system, evolving puzzle solutions, branching story and multiple endings will be present and correct, but the title has also been remade with new gameplay features and content. This includes a new sequel story where new character Ji-min Yoo takes on the terrors of the night as players explore the school's history during the events of the main game.


Will you be picking up any of these titles?
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.