Weekend Announcements February 9-11th: Deadbolt, Harvest Moon and More

By Rebecca Smith, 7 months ago
Another weekend passes by and yet more titles are announced during the site's quiet period. Below are 16 titles that have been confirmed for consoles, although whether that means we'll see all of them on PlayStation remains to be seen. Publisher NIS America, who held a Press Event over the weekend, are themselves responsible for three of them. Here's the list:

ADIOS Amigos

In 2016, Amazing Discoveries In Outer Space, otherwise known as ADIOS, was released for PlayStation 4. The "roguelite spacesim platformer" sends players to a universe where they must explore and discover, meet new alien races and collect fashionable hats. Unfortunately, your only companion is ZING. He's a navigation computer with a faulty social circuit and the inability to remember where you are. Now, developer Cosmic Picnic has expanded the game with twice as much content as before and will be releasing it on PS4 under its new name. The additions include splitscreen co-op, an "interplanetary space shuttle and autonomous space stations with explorable interiors". The game's Rookie mode will allow players of all abilities to play together. The title is aiming for release by the end of this year.


Battlecursed

This "dungeon crawler with roguelike elements" tasks players with directing a party of four heroes as they venture through randomly generated dungeons on a quest to save Pylandria. To lift the darkness that has enveloped the land, they must locate Lich Lord Xelo Van, who has been resurrected alongside a legion of beasts. Players will need to balance the skills and abilities of their four party members, as well as combine them effectively to create co-operative attacks. Choose from a range of classes and then take part in real-time first-person battles to vanquish foes. The title is coming to PlayStation 4 in Q3 2018.


DEADBOLT

After bringing Risk of Rain to the PS4 and Vita, Hopoo Games and Code Mystics have teamed up again to bring this "extremely challenging stealth-action hybrid" to both platforms with Crossbuy support. Players take on the role of the reaper whose task it is to kill all of the undead. You'll have a wide range of weapons and skills to help with this task, but the catch is that one shot is all it will take to kill you. All of the missions support multiple playstyles, and you'll earn souls upon their completion, which can be used to unlock more weapons. You'll get to try the game out next week on February 20th.


Downward Spiral: Horus Station

Inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey, Twin Peaks, Black Mirror, and There Will be Blood, 3rd Eye Studios upcoming title is an "atmospheric zero-gravity thriller" set aboard a lost and derelict space station: Horus Station. There's no voiceovers, cinematics or audio cues for players to find; instead, the story is told through objects that they find throughout the station, meaning you'll have to use these clues to piece together the story yourself. Navigating the station through zero gravity will mean players need to propel themselves off objects, or use equipment like hand thrusters or grappling magnets. It won't be an entirely peaceful experience, though, as there are threats aboard the station that will need taking out using tools you'll find in the station. If you don't want to engage in combat, Explorer mode gives you the opportunity to remove it. You'll get to explore the station however you choose on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR this spring.


Dungeon Stars

Furnace Games' "hack & slash dungeon crawler" will be coming to unspecified consoles later this year courtesy of Riposte Games & Co, who have assumed publishing duties for the studio's next two titles. Players seemingly enter Star Portals to get to their next quest, upon which they can take one of a number of heroes who each have their own abilities. There also seems to be a range of companion creatures with their own abilities. Not much else is known about the title, but you can get a look at it in the trailer below.


Eastshade

Eastshade isn't just the name of the game, it's also the name of the developer and the island on which the game takes place. Players assume the role of a travelling painter who aims to explore and capture the island on canvas. Meanwhile, conversations or trading paintings with friendly locals will allow access to more items, secrets and knowledge that will get you to hidden places and unravel some of the island's mysteries. All player actions and conversation choices will affect how they interact with other characters and how some situations will play out later in the game. The title will be released on PC in the future and will come to unspecified consoles soon after that.


Egress

Fazan Games' upcoming title is a "role-playing Battle Royale with an intense hardcore melee combat system" that takes place in an alternate universe, which combines Retrowave, Lovecraft mythology and the Victorian era. The combat takes place in a multi-level city with streets, houses and a sewer system. Players can choose from a range of heroes, each of which will have their own abilities, weapons and options to upgrade. The game will include solo and "team-up" modes, although these weren't detailed any further. You'll be able to try it out when it comes to PlayStation 4 later this year.


Farming Simulator 19

Details on the latest instalment in the Farming Simulator franchise are thin on the ground, as it only garnered a passing mention in publisher Focus Home Interactive's quarterly earnings report. What we do know is that the game will come with "important new features anticipated by the game’s fans", as well as a new game engine that promises better graphics "close to the best productions on the market". The title is expected this year, although platforms were also not mentioned.

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Harvest Moon: Light of Hope

To celebrate the franchise's 20th anniversary, Natsume Inc. is bringing a brand new title to PlayStation 4. Setting sail in search of a new life in a new location, disaster strikes when your ship sinks in a monsoon. You manage to drift into a small harbour town, only to find that it has fared just as well as your ship did. It is up to you to rebuild the town and save its lighthouse. As usual, this will involve growing crops, caring for livestock, and harvesting materials to repair and rebuild. Along the way, you'll make new friends and even be able to start a family if you choose. You'll be able to save the town this May.

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Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk

The first of three NIS America titles to make their way west is Nippon Ichi Software's dungeon crawler set in the town of Refrain. In the centre of the town is the Well of Khalaza and it is said to be the entrance to a sprawling labyrinth full of treasure, monsters, traps and a poisonous fog. Almost everyone who has ever explored the dungeon has been lost to its clutches. I say almost, because one man survived to tell the tale and he recorded everything in a book called the Tractatus de Monstrum. Players assume the role of Dusk Witch Dronya and her apprentice Luca, who are in possession of the book. She intends to use the book and her enchanted puppet soldiers to explore the labyrinth herself, but why? You'll find out when the game arrives on PlayStation 4 this autumn.


PREMIUM POOL ARENA

This title was revealed not by a press release but by a product listing on the Microsoft Store. BigBen Interactive's latest publishing venture is a pool game that offers a variety of game modes, including traditional 8-ball and daily challenges, and "ultra intuitive" gameplay. As players improve and complete tournaments against increasingly difficult AI, they'll unlock better cues and eventually work their way to becoming the absolute champion. There will also be different table styles to customise your game. The title will arrive on PlayStation 4 next week, on February 20th.


Root Double: Before Crime * After Days - Xtend Edition (Vita)

Almost two years ago, the Kickstarter campaign for a western Vita port of Ever17's visual novel reached its funding target. Now the Vita version is nearing release in North America. Players follow the story of rescue squad captain Watase Kasasagi. He wakes up with complete amnesia in the middle of a nuclear research facility. The catch is that it's in the middle of a meltdown. With no recollection of this location or his years of training, he must still escape and rescue as many survivors as possible in the meantime. Of course, there's also the mystery of how he got to be in this situation in the first place, and the answer to that may well lie with a seemingly ordinary student, Natsuhiko Tenkawa. See how you'll cope in the apocalyptic sitution when the game is released on March 8th.


THE KING OF FIGHTERS '97 GLOBAL MATCH

Originally released in arcades before being ported to Neo Geo in North America, and SEGA Saturn and PlayStation in Japan, the fourth title in the fighting franchise will be making its way to yet another console over ten years since its release. The game is the final entry in the Orochi Saga and offers two playstyles: Advance Mode and Extra Mode. To bring the game into modern times, this port of the Neo Geo version will add online multiplayer and Cross Play between PlayStation 4 and Vita when it arrives in April.


The Lost Child – Walking Among Gods

Kadokawa Games' RPG is the second NIS America title to be heading west. Players assume the role of occult journalist Hayato Ibuki, who is investigating a series of suicides at Shinjuku Station. At the station, a shadow pushes him onto the tracks. He's rescued by a girl called Balucia, who hands him a case containing the Gangour, a demon gun used to capture and train demons and fallen angels. Together with angel Lua, who declares Hayato to be the Chosen One, he sets out to find the girl who saved him, but what has an evil demon done to her? You'll get to find out when the title is released for PlayStation 4 and Vita this summer.


Time Carnage

Wales Interactive's latest title is for PlayStation VR and sends players travelling through time. As you may have guessed from the game's title, though, things don't go smoothly. This survival shooter pits you against dinosaurs, monsters, robots and zombies. Players can unlock and upgrade up to 25 weapons that can be dual-wielded in many different combinations to suit any playstyle. There will also be time-altering perks, arcade cheats, challenges and mystery items to help you along the way. The title will be arriving on a console near you this April.


Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded

Released ten months ago, rogue-like RPG Touhou Genso Wanderer told the story of Reimu, the Hakurei Shrine Maiden. When visiting shopkeeper Rinnosuke Morichika, she is shown the golden sphere, one of his most prized possessions. When Reimu touches it, a beam of light is unleashed and everything around her changes. Rinnosuke acts strangely, the shop has turned into a giant tower, and the town's population has been replaced by aggressive clones. Together with apprentice first class sage Futo Mononobe, she needs to solve the problem and restore the town to its former self. Later this year, NIS America revealed the title will be re-released on PlayStation 4 as Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded, complete with "tons" of new content and all previously released DLC.


Will you be purchasing 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.