Weekend Announcements Pt 2: Hollow Knight, Scribblenauts, Monster Jam and More

By Rebecca Smith,
After part 1 introduced the first nine of today's 27 new titles, part 2 brings along another nine games. Unlike the first list, only six are confirmed for PlayStation 4, and one of them is coming specifically for PlayStation VR. The remaining titles don't yet have confirmed platforms. Check out the list below:

Harmonix and NCSOFT Collaboration

After Rock Band 4 didn't do terribly well and Amplitude was seemingly forgotten, you'd be forgiven for wondering what Harmonix would be up to now. Well, the developer has teamed up with the creators of Blade & Soul and Lineage, NCSOFT, to create a new "software-based" game that will be arriving on consoles in the future. The game is currently in the very early stages of development and little is known about it, apart from that the latter will focus on publishing while development rests with Harmonix. We'll be sure to bring you more information as we get it.

H.E.L.M.E.T. Force: Rise of the Machines

The headquarters of the HELMET Force have been destroyed and the operatives have all been captured. Now they're out of the way, Baroness MadHead can take over the world, assisted by her mechanical minion army, or at least that's what she thinks. The problem is there were a couple that were missed, and Major B.Campbell and his companion AI Venus are determined to break into the Baroness' Fortress of Doom to rescue their friends and put a stop to her plans. Forge Studios' "action/platformer/brawler" will arrive on Xbox One first but has been promised for "other platforms later on".


Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition

There isn't much to distinguish Dirtmouth from any other fading town, but it does have a secret. Beneath its streets is found the ancient kingdom of Hallownest, and it's a hive of activity for adventurers seeking fame or fortune. Players assume the role of one such adventurer, heading through the depths of the kingdom to solve its secrets and defeat the evil creatures within. Exploration is rewarded with hidden areas and new friendships, but there's always the danger of finding more foes too. Team Cherry's "challenging 2D action-adventure" will be heading to PlayStation 4 both physically and digitally thanks to publisher Skybound.


Monster Jam

The last Monster Jam title to grace PlayStation 4 was Crush It! back in 2016. Two years later, publisher THQ Nordic has acquired the rights to the franchise and passed on development duties to Rainbow Studios, the studio responsible for MX vs ATV. The deal will see the first of the titles based on the "truck racing and freestyle experience" appear next year for unconfirmed platforms.

Ninjin: Clash of Carrots

Pocket Trap has teamed up with Modus Games to bring their beat-’em-up title to PlayStation 4 on September 4th. Taking place on a Japanese Feudal era-inspired fantasy continent, Ninjin the bunny or Akai the fox must travel through the world recovering the carrots that have been stolen from their village by Shogun Moe. The carrots that they collect can be used to buy new equipment, special weapons, masks and customisation items. As well as the campaign, the survival mode Oni TV Show pits players against endless waves of enemies. Will you beat Shogun Moe?


Robothorium

Goblinz Studio's "futuristic turn-based RPG" tasks players with putting together a team of robots to fight their way through a robot revolution, choosing whether to befriend or annoy five different factions as you do so. Along the way, you'll need to hack into computer systems, upgrade your armoury, and maintain your resources as you conquer the randomly generated levels. The game is heading to PlayStation 4 in March 2019.


Scribblenauts Mega Pack

Scribblenauts Unlimited and Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure were both previously exclusive to Nintendo DS, Wii U, PC and/or mobile platforms, but Shiver Entertainment has teamed up with Warner Bros to bring the pair to Xbox One in a single collection. Unlimited is an open world title that tasks Maxwell with solving puzzles and challenges using any object he can imagine. This new version will include two new levels, the ability to share created objects online, an updated two-player mode and a new text entry system. Unmasked gives players thousands of DC characters and objects to use as Maxwell aids Batman, Superman, and the Justice League as they battle Super-Villains such as The Joker, Lex Luthor and Sinestro. This new version has two new locations, hundreds of new characters, objects and costumes. The collection will be released on September 18th.

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Sharknado VR: Eye of the Storm

Believe it or not, there have been six Sharknado films, the latest of which has just premiered. Autumn VR has been tasked with creating the first VR Sharknado title and it will be heading to PlayStation VR later this year. Players will take on scenarios from all of the films so far, not just the latest one. This includes locations such as LA, NYC and Kansas. Save bystanders as you battle sharks, jellyfish, and barracudas while discovering easter eggs from the franchise as you go.

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Storm Boy: The Game

Blowfish Studios has taken the 1964 children’s novella Storm Boy and recreated the tale in digital form. The titular Storm Boy rescues pelican chicks, and one becomes his pet and companion, Mr. Percival. Players can take control of both characters as they relive their friendship and take part in a range of seaside mini-games like sand drawing, sailing, cockle hunting, playing fetch, sand surfing, and pelican feeding. Mr. Percival can also fly around the Australian location of Coorong, taking in the views alone or with other birds. The title comes to PlayStation 4 later this year.


Stay tuned for part three and the final nine titles to be revealed this week.
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.