Weekend Announcements March 9-11th: Holy Potatoes, EVERSPACE, Torn and More

By Rebecca Smith, 9 months ago
This weekend was busier than usual with 14 new titles brought to our attention. Not all of them have been confirmed for PlayStation, but we're hoping they'll come to the console eventually. Included in the list is a photojournalist caught up in the Black Friday Revolution, a bid to stop Nazis procuring other-worldly mythical beings, exploring undergound London in an alternative Victorian era, a Bomberman-esque title, a Souls-like RPG in a hostile alien environment, and a battle against the will of The Computer. Which of these titles will you be watching?

1979 Revolution: Black Friday

iNK Stories' acclaimed story-driven adventure is based on historical events and true stories. Despite the name, the story is actually set in Tehran, Iran, in 1978. Players assume the role of Reza Shirazi. The young photojournalist returns home to find the city in turmoil. People are protesting against the Shah, the city's ruling King, and it's a perfect opportunity to capture the events that are unfolding in front of you, as well as those that take place in the shadows. The decisions that you make will not only affect your fate and the path that you'll follow, but they will also affect the fate of the people around you. The game will be coming to PlayStation 4 this spring.


Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics - The Forest of Fear

Developer Auroch Digital and publisher Ripstone have teamed up with Modiphius to create a World War II themed strategic RPG where players control an Allied army. As they attempt to stop a Nazi plot to use "other-worldly mythical beings" to gain the upper hand, the army becomes trapped behind enemy lines. The game's combat system uses light and darkness, the allies being stronger in the light while the Nazis hide in the darkness waiting for the right moment. Every successful action builds up momentum that can be used for new tactical attacks, each character having their own action that can range from "a rake of machine gun fire to a fast snap-shot with a pistol". The game will arrive on PlayStation 4 later this year.


ANOTHER SIGHT

Lunar Great Wall Studios adventure is inspired by Neverwhere, urban fantasy created by Neil Gaiman. Combining fantasy, steampunk and the Victorian era, the game takes place in London in 1899. Kit is a teenager who likes to explore, until one day her adventures get her into trouble. The London Underground is still under construction and one of the tunnels collapses while she's exploring it, causing her to lose her sight. She now depends upon Hodge, a "mysterious red-furred cat" who she met after losing her sight. Together they explore under the surface of the city, discovering a hidden society that consists of the greatest inventors, artists and other cultural icons of the time. Using their unique talents, the pair will be able to negotiate the environment and solve puzzles during their PlayStation 4 adventure later this year.


Blast Zone! Tournament

Inspired by Bomberman, Victory Lap Games' "ultimate love-letter to the bomb-based strategy genre" aims to have up to eight players locally or up to 32 players online in frenzied matches across a variety of game modes. The title will include ten multiplayer modes, such as Team Deathmatch, Bomb Blast where bombs are used to paint floor tiles, and King Mode where a team of defenders must protect a Very Important Bomber from the team of attackers. Each mode can be played on 280 levels from one of seven themed locales, like a tropical jungle, pirate ship, or a 1990s dance club filled with smoke. The game's single-player campaign (known as Challenge Mode) tasks players with being triumphant throughout four seasons of a reality TV game show, consisting of 240 challenges in total. There's also a huge range of customisation options for characters and levels. You can battle your friends when the game comes to PlayStation 4 in the latter half of this year.


Crazy Machines VR

After being optimised specifically for VR, Wild River's puzzle title will be making its way to PlayStation VR. Details are few and far between, but players will need to design intricate solutions to solve physics puzzles in space. The addition of VR means that players will get the feeling of putting their inventions together themselves. The title will be arriving on PS4 later this year.


DOLMEN

Massive Work Studio's Souls-like sci-fi action-RPG puts players into the location of the greatest recorded massacre in galactic history. Revion Prime is a hostile world where the corpses of its inhabitants orbit the planet like a mass grave. The sole survivor of a crew of astronauts, you wake up below the surface of the planet with no supplies. You've been abducted into a distant future and you need to find out why, what happened to the rest of your crew, and how you got there. Harvest resources to craft armour, weapon upgrades and consumables. Reactors will power your space suit and give you new attributes, and gaining experience will allow you to customise your character to fit your playstyle. Revion Prime is filled with "eldritch horrors and abominable beings" and you need to stop yourself from being their next victim when the game arrives on unspecified consoles in the future.

EVERSPACE

Rockfish Games' single-player space shooter that combines a story with roguelike elements. The universe around you will be ever changing and full of surprises as you piece together the meaning of your existence. You'll meet lots of interesting characters that each have their own story, and you'll need all of your skills and experience to be able to put your own story together. The title will be coming to PlayStation 4 on May 29th, 2018.

Hello Neighbor

After coming to PC and Xbox One last year, Dynamic Pixels' stealth horror title will finally be coming to PlayStation 4 this summer. Players are tasked with sneaking into their neighbour's house to find out what he's hiding in the basement. You'll need to break in without being noticed, but if the neighbour does see you, he'll adapt his behaviour to stop you from trying again. Solve puzzles and work your way through the three acts of the story in your attempts to discover his secrets.

Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?!

Rising Star Games and Daylight Studios have teamed up to bring the first of the three Holy Potatoes! titles to PlayStation 4 with a better user interface and controls suited to consoles. The first of these is A Weapon Shop?! that will arrive in spring. The simulation game tasks players with managing potato smiths as they forge weapons for unexpected heroes.


Holy Potatoes! We’re in Space?!

The second of the three titles is a "roguelite, space adventure game with management elements". Players travel through space with Cassie and Fay as they try to rescue their grandfather. Jiji has been kidnapped by the evil Eclipse and it's up to you to get him back. This title will be arriving on PlayStation 4 in the summer.


Holy Potatoes! What the Hell?!

The third and final of the three titles is "a hell-themed management sim" where you're tasked with sorting potato sinners into cooking stations. They need to create the ingredients and cook up recipes to appease the Gods of the Afterlife. This title will be arriving on PlayStation 4 this autumn.


Kabounce

Stitch Heads Entertainment's multiplayer game is a pinball game with a difference. Players directly control the ball rather than the pinball machine, bouncing and spinning to increase your speed or launch yourself onto higher areas of the table to surprise your opponents. Players are divided into two teams who must defeat their opponents with special abilities and force.

Paranoia: The Official Video Game

Dan Gelber, Greg Costikyan, and Eric Goldberg's pen and paper game Paranoia is making the jump to consoles thanks to developers Cyanide and Black Shamrock. Alpha Complex is the last remaining human paradise, or at least The Computer states it's a paradise. Disagreeing with or even questioning The Computer could result in death, and it is constantly judging your performance. You are the leader of the Red Clearance Troubleshooter team, tasked with shooting anyone causing trouble, but those baddies aren't even your most potent threat. Instead, betrayal will most likely be the cause of your demise, be it by your team mates or somebody else. If you die, you have five replacement clones to attempt life again, but they're not always complete copies of the original person. The title will be arriving "when the Computer decides that the time is right" — will you avoid being incinerated?


Torn

Inspired by The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror, Aspyr Media's next PlayStation VR title is a dark science fiction mystery set in 1953. Physicist Dr. Lawrence Talbot was on the verge of a major scientific breakthrough when he mysteriously disappeared. 64 years later, players locate his hidden mansion, his laboratory and his work. It's up to you to work out what happened when the game arrives on PS4 this spring.

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.