Weekend Announcements Pt 2: Sniper Ghost Warrior, Road Redemption, and More

By Rebecca Smith,
After part 1 introduced the first nine of today's 28 new titles, part 2 brings along another nine games. Unlike the first list, these are all confirmed for PlayStation 4, with one also coming to PlayStation Vita. Check out the list below:

My Little Riding Champion

Toplitz Productions has teamed up with Bigben Interactive to bring their latest title to PlayStation 4 this fall. Dedicated to "the many horse lovers out there", players not only take part in horse riding competitions to become a riding champion, they also choose their horse and take part in its day to day care and training, bonding with it along the way. There's an open world environment to explore, too, during more casual rides.

Necrobarista

Route 59 Games' "cinematic cel-shaded visual novel" takes place in a modern-day Melbourne with a twist. It's the location for a supernatural coffee house where the dead get the chance to spend one final day on Earth, making sure they complete all of their unfinished business before it's too late. Maddy is the cafe's manager and necromancer. Not only can it be stressful ensuring the smooth running of a cafe, there's the additional challenge of making sure all of the souls make it to the afterlife. The story examines the perspectives of several of its patrons, and players are offered the chance to explore the cafe in "classic point-and-click adventure" gameplay. The title will arrive on PlayStation 4 in 2019.


Outward

Nine Dots Studio's "open-world action RPG" tasks players with surviving a harsh environment filled with traps, monsters, and bandits, as well as natural hazards like the weather and disease. Despite having combat skills and magic to help you, you begin as a vulnerable adventurer and will need to acquire the skills to become a "hardened wanderer". If your enemies manage to get the upper hand, it won't result in game over; instead, you might find yourself left for dead with no belongings, or being held for ransom. Players can explore on their own or with a friend both locally and online. Thanks to a collaboration with Deep Silver and Maximum Games, the title will arrive on PlayStation 4 in early 2019 both digitally and at retail.


Sobaka Studio has teamed up with Buka Entertainment to bring their "brutal brawler" to PlayStation 4 this fall. Players assume the role of Vasily, who was once an elite operative for the world's biggest Cybernetic Weapon Manufacturer. After he discovered their plans to turn him into a cyborg soldier, he escaped to a secluded monastery where he's been living as a fugitive for the last 20 years. Unfortunately, the corporation know where he is and they're closing in. If he's to find redemption, he must use weapons, his fists, and even the environment itself to take out his enemies using any means possible. The Enhanced Edition adds local co-op, two character classes, and other alterations like level balancing.


Road Redemption

After being successfully funded on Kickstarter back in 2013, EQ-Games and Pixel Dash Studios' "multiplayer, roguelike, action combat racer" was initially heading to PC and Xbox 360. Five years later, the duo have teamed up with publisher Tripwire Interactive to bring the game to PlayStation 4 this fall. As the leader of a biker gang, you must complete "races, assassinations, robberies, and other challenges" as you make your way across the US. Everything you earn (or loot) can be used to customise and upgrade weapons, bikes and your rider. As well as a "huge" single-player campaign, there will be co-op split-screen racing for up to four players, as well as online multiplayer.


Sigi - A Fart for Melusina

The debut PlayStation 4 and Vita title from pixel.lu is an 8-bit side-scrolling adventure that sees players assume the role of Knight Sigi. His mother has sent him to find a wife, but the love of his life, Melusina, is in trouble. Sigi needs to run and jump his way through the levels of Mount Stinkup, defeating enemies, taking down bosses, and finding treasure in a bid to save her. The game promises to have something that will please both completionists and speedrunners, with plenty of things to find for the former and a challenge for the latter. You'll be able to try it for yourself on September 7th.


Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts

Most would agree Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 didn't get the best of receptions, which is why CI Games went back to the drawing board. Heading away from an open world, the "tactical shooter" now uses a contracts system where players take on individual missions with "a clear main objective", fixed rewards, and optional secondary objectives for those looking for a bonus. The missions take place on "dense, more focused maps that reward tactical thinking" set in Siberia, where the harsh environment offers just as much of a challenge as the enemies themselves. Each open-ended contract is repeatable and includes "emergent gameplay" to make sure they never outstay their welcome. The title is heading to PlayStation 4 in 2019.

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Songbird Symphony

Birb is an orphaned bird who was adopted by a family of peacocks. As they took care of him from when he was still an abandoned egg, he hasn't known any different, but has come to realise that he isn't quite the same as his friends. As he fledges and makes his way into the world, players go on a journey of discovery as Birb uses his "love of singing and bouncing" to work out who he really is. As players sing in time to the music, more platforms are added to the map to help the variety of creatures Birb will encounter, while interacting with them adds more beats to the soundtrack. Joysteak has teamed up with PQube to bring their 2D platformer to PlayStation 4 in spring 2019.


Spirit of the North

Infuse Studio's "third-person adventure game" draws inspiration from Nordic folklore and the Icelandic landscape. As a red fox, players encounter the female spirit fox of the guardian of the Northern Lights. Together they travel the world, solving puzzles to discover why civilisation disappeared and the world was left to fall into ruin. The game includes no dialogue or narrative so players are left to drive their own experience forward. The game will be coming to PlayStation 4 in the future.


Stay tuned for the final part of our trilogy of weekend announcements, bringing the final ten titles to your attention.
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.
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