Weekend Announcements Nov 3rd-5th: Mini-Mech Mayhem, Far from Noise and More

By Rebecca Smith,
Now that Paris Games Week is over, we've collected a few new announcements that appeared over the weekend. There is also a handful of titles here from Play Manchester, where it's emerged that they're coming to consoles too. If you missed the 16 announcements from Sony's presentation at Paris Games Week, we already have you covered! You can check out the VR titles and non-VR titles through those links. The list of the 12 weekend announcements is below.

Far from Noise

Two strangers sit in an old, rusting car that is precariously balanced on the edge of a cliff for unknown reasons. There is no immediate way to escape the car, so they have little choice but to sit there and wait for rescue. It sounds like a perfectly reasonable time to have a conversation about the balance between life and death, doesn't it? As the sun sets and night falls, players watch as the world around them is transformed and a variety of creatures come to see this strange sight. Why are you there and will you see tomorrow? You'll find out when George Batchelor's Playstation 4 title arrives on November 14th.


GUTS

Flux Game Studio's upcoming fighting title depicts a (hopefully) alternative future. It's 2067 and the world's citizens are glued to a deadly reality tv show, GUTS (Gory Ultimate Tournament Show). Competitors beat each other to a pulp in an attempt to become the next fighting idol. Players will need to learn special combos and move sets that are changed according to the number of limbs they have remaining. Not only will you need to time your severing attacks perfectly, but you'll need to avoid your opponent's blades and the stage's own hazards too. As well as a story mode with 18 different endings, the game will include online and local multiplayer party modes. The title will be arriving on Playstation 4 early next year.


Intrepid Izzy

Senile Team's metroidvania platformer / beat 'em up / adventure title tells the story of Izzy. Like all young girls, she likes dressing up, but she also likes travelling and destroying the forces of evil, and these are exactly the traits that can make her a hero in her world. Each of her costumes grants her a different power and she'll need them to defeat the hordes of strange creatures that have arrived from another dimension, but she'll also be able to get help from a variety of friendly NPCs that are dotted around the levels. The title reached its Kickstarter funding target to allow for a Playstation 4 release that's currently scheduled for November 2018.


Masters of Anima

Passtech Games has teamed up with Focus Home Interactive to bring their adventure title to unspecified consoles in spring 2018. Players assume the role of Otto, an apprentice of Anima, in the world of Spark. He can wield powers that are the source of life and he wishes to earn the rank of Master. This will allow him to marry his fiancée Ana, but there's just one teensy weensy issue — she's currently being held captive by the terrible Zahr and his tribe of Golems. Otto's powers allow him to summon up to 100 magical Guardians to assist in "strategic, action-packed" battles, each of which has their own abilities and talents to master. By ranking up, players will unlock new powers both for themself and their Guardians until they become Master of Anima.


Megadimension Neptunia VIIR

If you've ever wanted to play Megadimension Neptunia VII with Playstation VR then you won't have to wait much longer. The original version of the title told the story of the Goddesses of Gamindustri on Planeptune during a time of unrest known as the CPU Shift Period. Two of the Goddesses, Neptune and Nepgear, disappear into a divergent world called the Zero Dimension. They need to assist the remaining CPU of that world, Uzume Tennouboshi, in battle against an evil known as the Dark CPU. This version of the title will include smoother graphics and a revamped battle system, alongside the VR compatibility and will be arriving in Spring 2018.


Mini-Mech Mayhem

Details on Futurlab's upcoming title are fairly scarce, but the Tiny Trax developer will be sticking with VR for a while yet. Their "robot battle game" puts players in the role of a bigger robot with a Mini-Mech partner. While your partner has passion, power and enthusiasm by the boatload,he's sometimes unable to see the bigger picture. It's up to you to guide him to success. While mistakes will be made, they're all part of the learning experience and the pair's trust and friendship will grow over time. The title will be released next year for Playstation VR.

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Nippon Marathon

If I ever choose to give out an award for the most bizarre title of the week, this one would win today's award. Onion Soup Interactive's racing/running title isn't necessarily a race to the finish line — it's a race for survival. Players must tackle obstacle courses filled with crazy physics, hazards, weapons and power ups. As soon as one player gets far enough ahead for a competitior to be fall off the left side of the screen, that competitor is eliminated. The courses have been inspired by real life Japanese locations like Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo. Up to four players can race at once locally. While there is no release window yet, the game is planned for Playstation 4 after it is released on PC.


Revealed back in September for Playstation Vita, developer Rainbite has now confirmed that their Earthbound-inspired action adventure title will also be arriving for Playstation 4 both physically and digitally. The physical editions of the game will include a map, the game's soundtrack, a copy of the game on disc/cartridge depending on your chosen platform and one of those oh so rare sights nowadays, a manual. The title will arrive in Q1 2018 for Vita and will arrive for PS4 "soon after".


Run Dorothy Run

Virtro Entertainment's debut title is an endless runner based on the novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Players have to journey through the world of Oz, trying to unravel the alliance between Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz and prevent them settling the score with the "maybe-not-so-Wicked Witch". You'll run through memorable locations such as the Emerald City, the Scorched Plains and the Wicked Witch's castle while needing to defeat enemies, collect magic crystals and use power-ups, all to the rhythm of the electro-swing soundtrack. The title will be arriving first on Playstation VR this fall.


Steel Rats

As the title may have hinted, Tate Multimedia's motorbike title isn't just a standard racer. Instead, the 2.5D action arcade title combines destructive combat and "death-defying" stunts in a "retro-future version of 40s and 50s Americana". Players are recruited into the Steel Rats who were once the punk biker gang that ruled over Coastal City. Now they're the only people who can defend the city against an army of junkbots. Players can customise their bikes, pick their characters and unlock new abilities as they progress, choosing their own mix of speed, agility and firepower. The title is due to be released on Playstation 4 next year.


Tennis World Tour

If you've been missing the likes of Top Spin and Virtua Tennis, you may well be interested in Bigben Interactive's latest announcement. Together with developer Breakpoint, they're bringing a tennis simulator to the latest generation of consoles. Although details are scarce, they've promised a "unique system for customizing your strategy during a match, reflecting the tactical, physical, and mental dimensions of tennis". There will be over 30 tennis stars included in the title, such as Roger Federer, Gaël Monfils, Angélique Kerber, Garbiñe Muguruza, Caroline Wozniacki, Nick Kyrgios, Alexander Zverev, and John Isner. You'll be able to try it out on Playstation 4 next year.


The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2

Nippon Ichi's latest action RPG has been confirmed to be heading west thanks to publisher NIS America. Players follow the Hundred Knight's journey through a world ravaged by a strange illness. Upon contracting the illness, young girls are truned into witches and cause mayhem throughout Kevala. Together with two sisters Amalie and Chelka, the Knight must unravel the mystery of this illness while protecting his charges from harm. Search dungeons and landscapes for legendary equipment, grow stronger through Tochkas, and get help in combat from Facets when the title arrives in North America and Europe next year.


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.