Weekend Announcements December 7-9th: Ancestors, LEGO Movie 2 and More

By Rebecca Smith,
Last week we didn't have a Weekend Announcements because we didn't have any announcements to cover. This week there was the Kinda Funny Games Showcase, which announced seven titles during the hour duration of the show, and a couple of titles left over from The Game Awards. These are joined by seven others that were also brought to our attention over the weekend. Take a look and see if there's anything you like in the list below:

A Fold Apart

Lightning Rod Games' "puzzle-driven narrative adventure" tells the story of a long-distance relationship. The paper worlds of an architect and a teacher have been parted by their jobs. Together they must deal with miscommunication and all of the other complications introduced by being miles apart. Of course, there's always two sides to every story and a paper world that can be folded and manipulated is the best way to enforce that point. Players can attempt to reunite the couple when the game comes to PlayStation 4 some time after it has been released on PC and Switch in spring 2019.


Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

Patrice Désilets is best known as the creator of the Assassin's Creed series. No longer part of Ubisoft, he formed Panache Digital Games in 2014 and the studio has been hard at work on their debut title, which takes players to Neogene Africa as it was 10 million years ago. They're challenged with surviving and evolving from one generation to the next, expanding their territory and heping their clan to advance. The open world environment will include a range of terrain and environments, and will be filled with predators looking to stop homonid evolution in its tracks. Each ability that is learned by players can be passed on to future generations so that they're the best they can be when the game ends at a timeline of roughly 2 million years ago. The game will be released next year on PlayStation 4.


Brief Battles

Juicy Cupcake's upcoming arena fighter will see up to four players coming together locally in a fight to prove who has "the mightiest buns". By using their underwear's abilities to their full potential, players must defeat their opponents while surviving all of the perils offered by the arenas themselves, be it icy floors, acid pools or collapsing platforms. Modes include a single-player wave mode and target practice, as well as multiplayer modes like free for all and team matches. For example, Hold the Gold mode tasks players with surviving the longest in a heavy pair of gold pants, while Underpants Collector offers rewards to those with the most impressive collection of underwear at the end of the match. The game will be released on PlayStation 4 in Q2 2019.


City Patrol: Police

Toplitz Productions have already brought titles like Airport Simulator 2019 and Transport Giant to PlayStation, and now they're bringing two more simulators in the same direction. The first sees players join a City Patrol Special Unit where they have to enforce the law on the city's streets. Despite having the assistance of powerful cars and high-end equipment, it won't all be chasing criminals and thwarting terrorists — you will have to issue the odd parking ticket too. Not only is there a campaign, players will also be able to free roam through the open world tackling 80 side missions as they please. The title will be coming to unspecified consoles "soon".


Coffee Crisis

Mega Cat Studios' arcade-style beat 'em up is inspired by 16-bit brawlers and 90s classic arcade titles, so much so that their upcoming game was originally released as a Mega Drive cartridge. Now coming to PlayStation 4, one or two players must assume the role of Black Forge Coffeehouse baristas Nick and Ashley as they stop the Smurglian race from stealing Earth's most precious commodities: metal music, cat videos, the best coffee, and all wi-fi. Extra to the PS4 version will be Twitch integration, a new soundtrack, trophies, and the Death Metal Combat mode, where "lights turn ‘disco’, the enemies spawn erratically, cheat codes don’t work, and random modifiers unexpectedly hurt/help/distort the player". The title will be arriving "soon".


Collapsus

Wraith Games' upcoming title is not a match-3 game, it's a "block crunching puzzle game". By breaking blocks permanently, as well as tilting, turning and flipping the playing field, players have to make lines of four similarly coloured blocks to get points. The number of blocks that can be broken is controlled by the break meter. Make matches to refill the meter, because it's game over when the meter runs out. The game will come with 300 puzzles, 5 difficulty levels, daily puzzles, local and online battle modes for up to eight players, and a level editor that lets players create their own puzzles. It will eventually arrive on PlayStation 4 and Vita in the future.


Fight Knight

Team Sorcerobe has joined forces with DANGEN to bring their first-person "dungeon brawler" to PlayStation 4. As the titular Fight Knight, players must ascend teleporting spire known as the Tower, where each floor is a piece of land stolen from a foreign territory. They'll have to explore each floor while solving puzzles, collecting artifacts and fighting enemies in grid-based melee combat to grow in power sufficiently to ascend to the next floor. You'll get a chance to climb the Tower when the game is released in spring 2019.


Football, Tactics & Glory

Toplitz's second title takes a slightly different direction, bringing turn-based battles onto a football pitch. Players will create a football club capable of winning trophy after trophy as they climb from the Amateur League all the way through to the Premier League. The club's players can be levelled up after each match, and their appearance can be customised as you see fit. It's the closest players will get to Football Manager without a PC, and it will be appearing on unspecified consoles "soon".


Journey to the Savage Planet

Typhoon Studios has partnered with 505 Games to bring their "upbeat first-person adventure game" to PlayStation 4. The “4th Best Interstellar Exploration Company”, Kindred Aerospace, has dropped their latest employee onto an uncharted planet with the aim of, well, charting it. The problem is you have very little equipment and even less of an idea of where to start in this alien world. All of the strange creatures you see need to be catalogued, and it's up to you whether you deem the planet fit for humans to call it home. Those decisions will be yours to make next year.


KnifeBoy

Karl Fredriksson is the sole developer working on this "2D Adventure Mortal-Metroid-Combat-Vania" game that draws inspiration from titles such as Guacamelee, Axiom Verge, and Dark Souls. Set in a strange "early age steampunk-universe", players assume the role of the titular knifeboy, a man with a knife somehow attached to his head, who has returned from hell to seek revenge on his killer. This is one of those titles that's best seen for yourself, so take a look at the trailer below before deciding whether you'll be getting the game when it appears on PlayStation 4 in Q2 2019.


Lapis x Labyrinth

Nippon Ichi Software's "dungeon-diving action RPG" is coming west thanks to NIS America. When your village is in dire need of money, you gather your friends together and head into the labyrinth that lies beneath the Golden Forest. The labyrinth is reportedly full of treasure, but there are plenty of monsters that will stop you trying to take it. Between the different members of the party, there are over 4,000 combat combinations that can be stacked to perform synchronised attacks. If you cause enough damage, you'll even be able to unleash a Fever Mode that rakes in the rewards. The title will arrive digitally and as a physical Lapis x Labyrinth x Limited Edition (LxLxLE) on PlayStation 4 next year.


Last Year: The Nightmare

Elastic Games' "asymmetric multiplayer action-survival game" takes place on Halloween 1996. Five teenagers have been teleported into "a dark, twisted reflection" of their hometown, Forest Hills. The problem is this alternate version of their twon is haunted by a supernatural force known as The Nightmare, which controls a group of killers. Five players each take on the role of a survivor as they work their way through the East Side High School campus, completing objectives and trying to escape. Meanwhile, a sixth player takes on the role of The Nightmare, trying to kill all five players before they get that far. The title will be releasing first through the Discord store next week, but will find its way onto unspecified consoles next year.


Moving Out

The developer of Death Squared returns to unspecified consoles with their "chaotic ‘80s-themed co-op moving simulator". As a new employee of the Smooth Move company, you're aiing to become certified as a Furniture Arrangement & Relocation Technician (FART). Once you've seen the training tape, you'll take lessons from Mick “RicePirate” Lauer as you take on unconventional missions, from transporting goods into space to smuggling giraffes out of a zoo. Speed is of the essence if you're to get to the next job in time, and it doesn't matter how much damage you cause to your surroundings in the process. Players can either take on the job on their own or recruit friends both locally and online to lend a hand. You can try it out for yourself next year.


Omno

Studio Inkyfox took to Kickstarter to raise the funds to bring their "atmospheric exploration and puzzle adventure" to consoles, and they reached their stretch goal confirming the game to be coming to PlayStation 4. Players will unlock the hero's true potential as they travel across landscapes as diverse as forests, desert and frozen tundra. You'll discover a lost civilisation and meet many other characters along the way. Gameplay combines 3D platforming with puzzles, and you can see it in action in the trailer below.


The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame

When The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part was revealed, it almost seemed inevitable that a video game announcement would follow it. Sure enough, the game sees players travel through locations from both the new film and its prequel, as they battle the aliens from the Systar System that have reduced Bricksburg to ruins. Hapless hero Emmet returns alongside Lucy (Wyldstyle), and a whole host of other characters as they set about repelling the invasion. The game will release on PlayStation 4 alongside the film and other toy playsets next year.


Wreckout

The publisher behind Hyper Sentinel and the upcoming The Mystery Of Woolley Mountain is back with their own game this time, and it looks like a combination of Rocket League and Breakout. Players battle against each other to be the first to break the ten blocks behind their opponent's goal line by flinging and deflecting the ball towards them using high-powered vehicles. Clean throws will do more damage than deflected hits, so you'll need to time those shots perfectly... or just be lucky. Huey Games will be bringing the title to PlayStation 4 in Q2 2019.


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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.