Weekend Announcements April 6-8th: Metal Slug XX, Slime Rancher and More

By Rebecca Smith, 15 days ago
PAX East took place over the weekend, and it gave a handful of developers and publishers the ideal opportunity to announce their upcoming titles. Of the nine new games that we have for you, seven are definitely confirmed to be coming to PlayStation 4, whereas the other two are only confirmed for the more generic "consoles". Take a look and see which of these titles catches your eye.

2MD: VR Football

The creators of VEV: Viva Ex Vivo are back with another PlayStation VR title in the form of a "motion-controlled VR gridiron football game". Players assume the role of a quarterback in the final two minutes of a game and it's up to you to secure victory. You'll design up to 16 offensive plays, call the shots using digital input or speech recognition, and "throw, hand-off, or run the ball to take down opponents". Bonus rounds allow players to increase their score further. Teams can be customised and there will be eight stadiums with unique touchdown celebrations and fans. The game can be played sitting or standing, but will use Move controllers when it arrives this spring.


BLIND

Tiny Bull Studios has teamed up with publisher Surprise Attack Games to bring their title to PlayStation VR. Players assume the role of a woman who wakes up in a strange room to find she has lost her memory and her sight. She must find her way around the strange mansion while being taunted by a Warden. The use of echolocation reveals the outlines of nearby objects for a brief time, allowing her to move around and solve puzzles, as well as working out what has happened. The Warden isn't her only problem, though; she'll have to confront her worst enemy. The title arrives on PS4 later this year.


Dark Devotion

Developer Hibernian Workshop has teamed up with publisher The Arcade Crew to bring their upcoming action RPG to consoles this year. Members of the Templars gain salvation through making sacrifices, and no sacrifice is considered too large for their God. Players are on a journey of suffering, redemption and, ultimately, salvation as they fight to the death across four unique worlds. Die and your soul will be damned forever. The game's prayers, blessings and curses system allows for players to approach each enemy in several different ways, while different weapons allow for different playstyles.


Infinite Adventures

Stormseeker Games' "dungeon crawling RPG" takes inspiration from dungeon CRPGs of the past, but adds new exploration, turn-based combat and progression mechanics. Players assume the role of the Traveler, a hero with amnesia. To discover who he truly is, he'll need to gather together a party and explore the depths of the procedurally generated Infinite Labyrinth to find the answers. The title is coming to PlayStation 4 later this year.


Metal Slug XX

It was the briefest of announcements, but SNK confirmed that the PSP and XBLA title will be making its way to PlayStation 4 this summer. In the run and gun title, intel has arrived at the Regular Army's Division of Intel and it appears to show a member of Morden's Forces infiltrating Scrap Island. A six-man team is sent to confirm the sighting and eliminate the forces before they become a real threat.

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Slime Rancher

Beatrix LeBeau is a young rancher who travels to the Far, Far Range in search of a life a thousand light years away from Earth. If she is to make a fair living for herself, she needs to learn to wrangle slimes and the only way to do this is to use her trusty vacpack to round up the rolling, jiggling avalanche of slimes that are hiding everywhere. If she wants to earn big money, she'll need to create new slime types, but death awaits if those experiments go too far. After enjoying a year's exclusivity on Xbox One, the game will be arriving on PlayStation 4 this September.


The Spectrum Retreat

Dan Smith has teamed up with publisher Ripstone Games to bring his first-person narrative puzzler to PlayStation 4 later this year. The game takes place in the near future. The art deco Penrose hotel offers residents a peaceful refuge from the outside. You're a valued guest and your presence is very welcome, but the Penrose has mysteries that makes your current stay a little unsettling. Solve colour coded puzzles and physics challenges to find out what the hotel is about, and why you're staying there in the first place.


The Witching Tower

Daily Magic Production's PlayStation VR action adventure game puts players into a fantasy world six years after the end of the Undead's war. Owned by the Queen of the Undeads, the Tower has a fearsome reputation as the source of fear, nightmares and pain that plague the land. As a young woman named Anna, you'll need to explore the tower, solve puzzles and battle its enemies if you're to defeat the dangers that have gripped the kingdom. The title will arrive on PS4 this summer.


Wartile

Deck13 took the opportunity to rebrand their publishing arm as Deck13 Spotlight, as well as revealing their "cooldown-based Viking strategy game" for consoles. Players take part in a variety of small adventures based on Norse mythology. While the game includes the strategy expected from turn-based titles, the title instead focuses on a range of features that slow down and cool down gameplay so that players have room to make decisions to the best of their ability, such as Slow Time that allows players to control the speed of battles. Different figures can be collected and levelled up, while armour, weapons, and combat abilities can be customised. The title will arrive this summer.

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.