Weekend Announcements April 27-29th: Tacoma, Gonner, Walden, and More

By Rebecca Smith,
The last three days have brought 13 new titles to our attention. 11 of them are confirmed for PlayStation 4 (one of which is also coming to Vita), while one is only confirmed for the more general "consoles" and the other doesn't yet have platforms. The list is below, and with the titles covering a range of genres, there's sure to be something that attracts your attention.

39 Days to Mars

It's Anecdotal's "co-op steampunk puzzle-adventure" game just launched for PC, but it will also be coming to consoles later this year. Set 150 years ago in an alternate reality, players assume the roles of explorers Sir Albert Wickes and The Right Honourable Clarence Baxter as they pilot the HMS Fearful on its maiden voyage. The destination is Mars, but when unreliable engineering combines with running out of coal to fuel the steam engine, the chances of them getting there are slim. Then the ship's computer-controlled cat shreds the navigation chart, but the ultimate setback happens when the tea gets cold. It's up to you to try and get them there intact, and preferably in 39 days, before supplies completely run out.


Asemblance: Oversight

Otherwise known as Asemblance2, Nilo Studios' upcoming title is the second in the series of "first-person exploration and puzzle-based" games. Players are part of a team of scientists and engineers that use classified technology to recreate a human mind. You'll need to discover the truth about this technology, all while staying ahead of the people who are desperately trying to keep it secret. The title will be making its way to PlayStation 4 this spring.


Banner of the Maid

This tactical RPG places players in the French Revolution, albeit with fictional fantasy elements thrown in for good measure. Pauline Bonaparte is a young girl who recently graduated from the military academy and dreams of getting a position amongst the ranks of the upper classes. However, as she travels to see her brother, Napoleon, she finds herself accidentally caught up in a revolutionary storm. The title will be coming to PlayStation 4 later this year.


CoolpaintrVR

Sngular's upcoming title isn't a game, but it is a rare example of a PlayStation VR app that has trophies. Using a Move controller or a Dualshock 4, players will be able to create paintings and other artwork within a 3D space. Your creations can even be exported to a USB device for use in other third party 3D programs. The title releases exclusively for PlayStation 4 on May 9th.


Dream Alone

WARSAW GAMES' upcoming 2D platformer promises that it isn't LIMBO. Instead, it is a "literal walk through hell" where grim fairy tales combine with unimaginable horror. Players assume the role of Irra, a young boy who must find a cure for the illness that has rendered all of the villagers unconscious. To lift the curse, he must avoid the horrifying creatures of the frightful lands to find Lady Death, whose other-worldly powers are just what the doctor ordered. The title will be coming to PlayStation 4 in Q3 2018.


Dungeon League

achebit's new title takes dungeon crawling out of its usual environment and places it into an arena setting. All of the heroes in the land are invited to take part in matches that last just two minutes and cover a range of game modes, from the traditional Deathmatch and Capture the Flag, to the more imaginative Witches Eye and Obelisk. If competition isn't your forte, co-operate with your friends instead in Gauntlet or Survival modes. You could even throw around the old trollskin in Dungeon Ball. Kill hordes of enemies, achieve objectives, avoid traps and best your opponents in three rounds to win the title of Dungeon League Champion. In between these rounds, you must train your hero and purchase upgrades if you want to have the upper hand. The title will arrive for PlayStation 4 in the future.


GoNNER

Art in Heart's "procedurally-generated 2D platformer with roguelike elements" will be making its way to PlayStation 4 on May 15th. Ikk wants to cheer up his friend, Sally, by finding the perfect trinket in one of the many deep and dark dungeons nearby, but what trinket will please a giant landbound whale? Along the way, he'll need to upgrade his weapons, heads (to give him extra health, of course), and backpacks that offer special abilities like invincibility. The developer promises you'll die a lot, so don't expect the journey to be easy.


Path to Mnemosyne

DevilishGames has teamed up with publisher Hidden Trap to bring their hypnotic adventure to PlayStation 4 later this year. Players must recover the memories of the game's protagonist by conquering the game's infinite zoom mechanic and solving all of the puzzles that come their way. The title uses a minimalist narrative, and "disturbing graphics and sound sections" to create what is promised to be "a bizarre and memorable experience".


Riddled Corpses EX

Developer COWCAT has teamed up with Diabolical Mind to bring the latter's twin stick shooter to PlayStation 4 and Vita in Q2 2018. Made in the style of 8- or 16-bit arcade titles, players must make their way through dangerous locations and take down huge bosses, either alone or with a friend in local co-op. Each of the game's six characters has their own stats, abilities and special items and you'll need to make use of them if you're to be successful. The remastered console version comes with a variety of improvements, such as 60 FPS, a new story mode with cutscenes, a clearer interface, new enemy AI, a new soundtrack, and "much less grinding".


Robbotto

JMJ Interactive's "retro-inspired arcade platformer" tells the tale of two maintenance robots, Robb and Otto, as they make their way through a malfunctioning star cruiser. The problem is that it's now full of rampaging enemies, all of which must be defeated before players can move on to the next room. The game constantly introduces new enemies and players face a boss every ten levels. The title also features an asymetrical local co-op mode where a friend can join the fun. The title will be coming to PlayStation 4 in Q3 2018.


Stormdivers

Having decided that their trademark shoot 'em up genre wasn't giving them the returns they needed, developer Housemarque's next title is a "high flying and heavy hitting multiplayer centric experience". Details on the title are scarce right now as they wish to keep it "in a slight shroud of mystery", but it will be the first of their titles to be treated as an "on-going service". We'll learn more about the title in the months to come. Hopefully that will also include confirmation of the game's target platforms.


Tacoma

From Fullbright, the maker of Gone Home, comes a "narrative adventure" that places players on a space station during the year 2088. The Venturis Corporation has sent you to recover their AI. As you explore the station, you'll use its 3D recording and playback technology to find out how the crew lived and worked, as well as reveal a story that will test your trust, fear, and resolve. The PlayStation 4 version of the title will include a new Developer Commentary Mode featuring over two hours of audio commentary from those that made the game. You'll only have to wait until next week as the game arrives on May 8th.


Walden, a game

Henry David Thoreau's book Walden was a reflection of living simply amongst natural surroundings. USC Game Innovation Lab's open-world title is based on his life as he lived alone in the woods at Walden Pond in 1845. As lovely as the dynamic woods are, you'll need to balance survival against appreciation for its beauty. Will you live life in quiet desperation or will you choose to live life deliberately? The choice is yours to make when the game is released on PlayStation 4 on May 15th.

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.