Weekend Announcements August 17-19th Pt 1: Bus Simulator, Jagged Alliance & More

By Rebecca Smith,
We're still catching up from from recent weeks, so the weekend announcements are going to be busy for another couple of weeks. This time I'm bringing another whopping 28 titles to your attention and we've had to split the article into three parts — part one includes the first nine titles. Eight of the titles have been confirmed for PlayStation 4, with one including PlayStation VR compatibility, while the final title is just for consoles. See if there's anything that interests you from the list below.

Battle X: Birth of the Alliance

Virtual reality has been used in many applications outside of gaming. In this instance it was used to run combat simulation technology fit to train "several of the world’s toughest military units". Now Naviworks has set their sights on a more casual application of their knowledge. This PlayStation VR first-person shooter players take on the mission of an elite special forces unit sent to track down a rogue biotech scientist. She's recruited her own commandos and a personal army of "bio-hacked monstrosities" as she plans to take over the world with a toxic pathogen and it's up to you to stop her. As well as the single-player campaign, there will be multiplayer PvP modes, a survival style Couple Mode where two players take on waves of mutants, a training mode with plenty of weapons, and an upcoming Battle Royale mode. The title is due to arrive on PSVR in Q2 2019.


Bus Simulator

As the title suggests, stillalive studios' title sees players assume the role of a bus driver across a large urban area, with the main tasks being to deliver passengers to their destinations on time and without killing them. The game will include 12 different areas, eight licensed city buses, city traffic, and a whole host of other challenges a bus driver might face, like "freak weather conditions, potholes, traffic jams, fare evaders, accidents, construction sites, night driving and specific passenger requests". The game can be played solo or with a friend in multiplayer. See if you can build up a great reputation when the game is released on PlayStation 4 next year.


Can't Drive This

The developer of ChromaGun, Pixel Maniacs, is back with a new "co-op racing platformer". In the game, one player drives while the other player has to build the track. Players can be as sadistic as they like with plenty of obstacles, stunt controls and customisation features on offer. However, if the car goes too slow then it will explode, so you haven't got long to think about it. The game offers a variety of game modes, such as Yardage where players have to construct a track in a fixed space, and Tilemania where players must travel as far as they can in a straight line. The title is due to arrive on PlayStation 4 this winter.


Cecile

CyberConnect2 has announced a new publishing project called C5, or CyberConnect Creative Challenge Competition in full. The idea is to create smaller titles with a lower price point that they can publish in-house, and the team has come up with three titles collectively known as the Trilogy of Vengeance. The first of these is a 2.5d side-scrolling boss rush title. Four sisters are summoned to a castle by their mother. Her wish is to get them to perform a ceremony that turns them into witches, but this strips them of some of their prized assets. Cecile is now mute, Carla is turned into a child, Rezalia loses the use of her legs, and Aristel is widowed. Now, their destiny is to rip out each other's hearts. The title will be arriving on PlayStation 4 next year.

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Dead or School

Studio Nanafushi's hack and slash RPG takes place in Tokyo after it has been infested by zombies. Humanity has taken to living in underground shelters. Hisako is a girl with superior athletic abilities and a strong mind who grew up in one such shelter. Her grandmother tells her about school, where children can play, learn and make friends. As she takes a train up to the surface, she aims to rid the world of zombies once and for all so she can go to this fabled school. Players will be able to customise weapons and skills to fit their own playstyle. The title will be arriving on PlayStation 4 in the future.


Fuga

The second of CyberConnect2's titles is an "action strategy RPG depicting hope and despair" that is being created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Little Tail Bronx series. When their village is attacked, 11 children are left behind. Together they set out in a gigantic tank, Taranis, to rescue their family members taken prisoner by the Berman Empire, an evil fascist warrior nation with plans to take over the world. The tank is armed with the ultimate weapon, but there's a catch. For the Soul Cannon to be loaded and fired, one of the children must be sacrificed. The title will be arriving on PlayStation 4 next year.

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Imperatum

Pro Social Games' "sci-fi Diablo-like indie" puts players in the role of a rookie agent on their first mission. It isn't just any old mission either — a veil is consuming the galaxy and it's up to you to stop it. The title promises to focus on "fast-paced combat, deep character customization and tons of loot" to keep players occupied. The game will be arriving on PlayStation 4 later this year.


Jagged Alliance: Rage!

Of all of the franchises you were expecting to return to modern consoles, this likely wasn't one of them. Set 20 years after the events of Jagged Alliance, this spin-off takes players on "a road trip into a jungle hell". Players team up with a few allies to wrestle control of an island from the drug overlord that rules over it with help from his army of drug-crazed followers. The enemies aren't the only dangers, though, because you'll have to contend with no support, dehydration, and the very real chance of a breakdown. HandyGames' title combines turn-based tactics with elements of adventure titles to create a game that will be arriving on PlayStation 4 this fall.


Memorrha

StickyStoneStudio's puzzle title is set in a picturesque world where players investigate a mysterious culture through diverse landscapes and artifacts. Tasked with exploring and bringing strange machines to life, the game centres around a single gameplay mechanic that develops and evolves throughout the game to create new puzzle types and bigger challenges. Those of you who love logic puzzles will be glad to know the title will be appearing on unspecified consoles during the first half of 2019.


Stay tuned for part two and the next nine 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.