Weekend Announcements Aug 31st-Sep 2nd: Genesis, Necrosphere, Trifox and More

By Rebecca Smith,
This weekend gave us a bit of a break. After the deluge of titles we've seen over the last few weeks, we're back today with just 15 new titles for your viewing pleasure. Out of those titles, 14 are definitely heading for PlayStation 4 (one for Vita too). The remaining title is only confirmed for consoles, but it's still worth including in the list. See if there's anything that interests you below.

Ary and the Secret of Seasons

Valdi is a world divided into four regions, each of which represents one of the traditional seasons. A thousand years ago, an evil mage was defeated and he was sealed inside a tomb found at the heart of the dome of seasons. To stop him from escaping, four guardians of seasons were appointed, each of which had control over the elements of a single season. As time went on, the responsibility of guardian was passed from father to son through the generations, that was until the son of the guardian of winter was killed in an accident. The guardian's younger daughter, Ary, steps up to take his place and becomes the first female guardian of winter. She has the power to move between all of the seasons, although she can only open up three of them at a time. Her tale is the one players will experience in eXiin's adventure game, which will arrive on PlayStation 4 in 2019.


ATONE

Inspired by Norse mythology, Wildboy Studios' "story-driven puzzle game" takes place in a Midgard that has been abandoned by the Gods and tainted by unknown forces. The guardians of the realm have disappeared and the sacred Elder Tree has been abused. A young warrior known as Estra is the land's only hope, but she has problems of her own. Her father died 12 years ago after an ambush. One of her most treasured gifts from him is a sacred gemstone, and now it has begun to glow. She'll need to solve puzzles and "rhythm game battle sequences" if she's to discover the reasons for the gem's change and her father's death, and save Midgard. The title is due to arrive on PlayStation 4 next year.


Edna & Harvey: The Breakout - 10th Anniversary Edition

It may be hard to remember Edna & Harvey: The Breakout was released on PC ten years ago, but now the adventure game is being remastered for PlayStation 4 and will allow players to switch between the old and new game. Edna is imprisoned in a padded cell. Together with her talking stuffed bunny Harvey, she wants to escape her cell and the insane asylum itself, getting as far away from there as possible. Along the way she'll meet plenty of strange patients, such as a man dressed in a bee costume and "the pseudo-Siamese twins Hoti and Moti". Of course, the head of the asylum, Dr. Marcel, isn't happy about her plans and will do anything to stop her, especially as he has plans for her future. The 10th Anniversary Edition arrives next year.


Felix The Reaper

In all of the games so far, you've tried to save the world or the people in it. Not so in Kong Orange's "3D shadow puzzle adventure of death". Felix can manipulate human lives under the instructions written in the Plans of Death. He feels that if he obeys The Ministry of Death, he'll be able to locate and meet his crush, Betty The Maiden. As he can only move in the shadows, he'll need to move the sun and shadowing objects around to change them so he can access new areas. Every action is just a split second in the life of the human, and these seconds come together at the end of the level to create a grisly demise. The thing is, Betty isn't an easy woman to track down, but you'll get a chance to try anyway when the game is released on PlayStation 4 next year.


Genesis

Few details are available for Electronic Soul Games' debut PlayStation 4 title. There's apparently a trailer and gameplay, but we can't find them. What we do know is the MOBA is set in a futuristic world where players must destroy the main structure belonging to the opposing team. There are a variety of sci-fi warrior characters, each of which have storylines, their own weapons, and enchantments. The game will feature character and item customisation, destructible environments and dynamic weather to add an edge to each battle. The title will be appearing in early 2019.

HYPERGUN

DevTech Labs intern Dewey Owens has a fairly important job. He needs to enter the ultimate combat simulator and work out the best way to take down the alien invaders he's facing. The aim is to create the most effective weapon at taking them down, and he'll do this by adding and switching the weapon modules he'll collect every time he runs the simulation. Whether every module is effective is up for debate, but each will change the weapon in "exciting" ways. By accessing the profiles of his coworkers, Dewey will also get access to their unique abilities as well as developing his own. NVYVE Studios' "fast-paced rogue-lite" first-person shooter will be arriving on PlayStation 4 this fall.


La-Mulana 2

The first title arrived on PlayStation Vita, and now Nitoro is going a step further by bringing their "Metroidvania-style" sequel to the PlayStation 4. Lumisa Kosugi is the daughter of the hero in La-Mulana, and she's on the trail of an ancient evil that occupies the Eg-Lana ruins. Once home to a human penal colony, the ruins cover a huge area that is now filled with mysteries, loot and plenty of enemies, including especially huge bosses called Guardians.


Mosaic

The developer of Among the Sleep is back with a "new mysterious adventure game" that puts players in the role of an anonymous male commuter living a joyless and repetitive life. His home city is dreary and glum, individuality is discouraged amongst its residents, and it just seems like a really depressing way to live. Then one day, strange things start to happen, and his life will never be the same again. Krillbite Studio has teamed up with Raw Fury to bring the title to PlayStation 4 in summer 2019.


Necrosphere

Despite only controlling the game with two buttons, Cat Nigiri's "bite-sized metroidvania game" promises to be extremely difficult. Regardless of whether you have been good or bad throughout your life, you end up at the Necrosphere when you die. There are no other people around and there's nothing to do. Agent Terry Cooper finds himself in the Necrosphere, but his detective skills mean he learns about portals that can return him to the Normalsphere, the land of the living. His escape is entirely in your hands when the game arrives on PlayStation 4 and Vita later this year thanks to an agreement with Sony publisher UNTIES.


Nova Nukers!

Lemonbomb Entertainment's "multiplayer battle game" pits up to four players against each other either online or locally while on a variety of bright planets filled with interesting items and weapons. The destructive environments mean that players have to keep moving to avoid taking hits from their opponents, but be careful not to fall through to the planets' dangerous cores. A single-player mode will allow players to try out their moves against AI bots at five different difficulty levels if you need some practice, and customisable settings allow players to tweak matches to their hearts' content. The title will arrive on PlayStation 4 in the future.


Robbie Swifthand and the Orb of Mysteries

The titular Robbie Swifthand finds himself in a strange room. His only companion is a spirit who urges him to save the world. The problem is that the thief sees no reason to do so unless there's a reward in it for him. To be fair, he has every reason to say this bearing in mind Pixel Reign's 2D platformer is supposed to be "THE game to make you a platformer master". Amongst the many challenges are "mind intriguing psychology based level design", difficult boss fights, lots and lots of traps, and perhaps a fair amount of treasure too. The title comes to PlayStation 4 in the future.


Star Renegades

Massive Damage's "tactical squad-based rogue-lite RPG" puts players in charge of a rebel squad taking part in an "interplanetary rebellion against an evil authoritarian empire". As players take on the procedurally generated missions in the campaign, the enemy officers will evolve and receive promotions so that each playthrough is different. The game's battle system focuses on interrupts, combos, and countering and promises to be challenging. The title will arrive on PlayStation 4 early next year.


The Padre

Shotguns with Glitters and Feardemic's "single player adventure horror game" draws inspiration from classic titles like Alone in the Dark and Resident Evil, before combining it with the sort of graphics more akin to Minecraft. Players assume the role of the titular Padre, "the most bad-ass, pop-culture referencing priest within the video game industry" who loves nothing better than to hunt ghosts, daemons, or any other monster that gets in the way of his faith. His old mentor, Benedictus, has gone missing. While he despises the man, the Lord has dictated that Bendictus must be found. The undertaking is a large one and will quite likely be the Padre's last. You'll see if he survives when the game comes to consoles this fall.


The Textorcist

Morbidware's title mixes "a bullet game and a typing hell". As Ray Bibbia, a private exorcist, players must take on a demonic outbreak by typing out exorcisms while trying not to get hit by a multitude of flying bullets. Unfortunately, Ray's past isn't exactly squeaky clean, so he'll also need to deal with thugs, the Pope, and plenty of bosses who won't go down easily as they battle for control of the decaying city. It remains unclear how the typing gameplay will transfer to PlayStation 4 when the game arrives in the future, but we'll be sure to let you know when we find out.


Trifox

Glowfish Interactive's "top-down twin stick action adventure game" puts players in the role of a multi-talented fox who wishes to stop the invaders who are plundering his homeland. He has three different play styles between which players can mix and match, using them to defeat enemies and bosses, and beat environmental challenges inspired by classic platformers. You'll be able to help the fox restore peace and quiet when the game comes to PlayStation 4 in the future.

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.