Get release dates, trailers and details on some of the indie games heading your way in the coming months.
For extra immersion, Downward Spiral also features support for PS VR, Oculus Touch, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality.
It launches sometime this spring on PC and PS4. Keep an eye out for our thoughts on DSHS in the coming months.
Releasing tomorrow on PS4 and PS Vita (complete with Cross-Buy and Cross-Save functionality), as well as Nintendo Switch, Rogue Aces is a rogue-lite aerial combat game with a “colourful 1940s” style.
Featuring 100 procedurally generated levels that increase in difficulty, players must turn the tide of war by capturing enemy bases and eliminating their armies while managing their own fuel supplies and aircraft repairs.
You can read our verdict on the game soon, as we’ll be taking it for one of our famous Quickies.
Bit Loom and Coatsink are collaborating to bring you PHOGS!, an adventure physics-puzzler set in the “vivid, colourful world” known as the Phoggyverse and starring two dogs joined at the middle.
Their (its?) “gelatinous mid-section” is what allows players to solve puzzles together via a cooperative control scheme inspired by the excellent Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, which means, just like Brothers, the game can also be played solo.
This will release sometime in 2019 across multiple platforms, but we’ll hopefully be going hands-on with the game this weekend at EGX Rezzed.
Another we’ll be looking to play at Rezzed, Steel Rats is a 2.5D “stunt combat game” coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC later this year.
You can see some of the game’s motorbike-based action below in the brand-new gameplay reveal. There’s definitely a Trials meets Biker Mice from Mars vibe going on, which is no bad thing.
City of Brass
A first-person rogue-lite adventure inspired by Arabian Nights, City of Brass is developed by Uppercut Games, a studio made up of former BioShock developers.
The goal is to make your way deep into the City of Brass to hunt for treasure, dodging traps and taking on enemies with your scimitar and lash and escaping before time runs out.
The game has been available via Steam Early Access since last September and has seen a positive initial response, but is now set for final release on Xbox One and PS4 next month. We’ll be bringing you our thoughts on City of Brass when it launches on 4 May.
Let us know your thoughts of any of these titles below or over in the forums.
Snake Pass, the puzzle-platformer from Sumo Digital, is getting a new time trial mode in celebration of the game’s one-year anniversary.
“We could not think of a better way of passing on our thanks to all of our fans, who have played Snake Pass over the last year”, said Seb Liese, creator of Snake Pass.
“The Arcade Mode Pack, introduces a new way to play, as you compete with friends across global leaderboards to see who can be the world's slickest slitherer!”
To further mark the occasion, Snake Pass is currently discounted by 50% on the Nintendo Switch eShop, Xbox One Store and Steam from today until 10 April. A similar offer will be available on the PlayStation Store at a slightly later date.
Will the new game mode see you heading back for more Snake Pass? Let us know below.
Crazy Monkey Studios have announced a sequel to their side-scrolling-shoot-‘em-up Guns, Gore & Cannoli, launching first on Steam next month.
The sequel will feature a new weapon wheel, improved player mobility and full 360° aiming that lets you “easily shoot everything that moves”, and also sees online multiplayer introduced, something that was lacking from the original game, with up to four players supported.
Local multiplayer also returns, again with four players able to team up for co-operative action.
Guns, Gore & Cannoli 2 is out 2 March on Steam, with Xbox One, PS4 and Switch versions said to be arriving “in the coming months”.
Looking forward to more mob-based mayhem? Let us know below.
Fe, from Swedish developer Zoink Games, is the first title to be released as part of the EA Originals program, bringing “unique and memorable” gaming experiences to players from a host of indie studios.
“In Fe, sounds connect every living thing in the diverse ecosystem,” said CEO and Creative Lead at Zoink Games, Klaus Lyngeled.
“The forest holds a multitude of secrets to be uncovered by connecting with the flora and fauna. As a wordless experience, the entire story is up for the players’ own interpretation as they move through the forest at their own pace. Fe is a beautiful, connected world that players will never want to leave.”
Fe is available now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC.
Bandai Namco are the team working on Metroid Prime 4, according to sources close to Eurogamer.
Bandai Namco’s recent collaborations with Nintendo include work on the Wii U and 3DS versions of Super Smash Bros., as well as Pokkén Tournament. These reports seemed to be corroborated by one of the studio’s staff, who listed an “unannounced IP (first person shooter/adventure exclusive to the Nintendo Switch)” on their LinkedIn profile.
Metroid Prime 4 was announced during last year’s E3 event, with Nintendo revealing the game was currently in development for the Switch with the short teaser trailer above.
Very little official news has been released regarding the next chapter in Samus’ adventures since then, other than the publisher confirming series’ veteran Kensuke Tanabe will be producing the upcoming title, and that the developers of the original Metroid Prime trilogy, Retro Studios, are not involved.
What do you think of the rumours? Let us know below.
Nintendo news round-up: Switch Online service starts September, animated Mario film in the works, Mario Kart coming to mobile
Nintendo have revealed the release window for the Switch’s paid subscription service, along with news of another mobile game and plans for an animated movie starring everyone’s favourite plumber.
Those who subscribe to the Switch’s online service will be granted access to a select number of free games every month, much like the Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus premium subscription services found on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
The games featured will be classic Nintendo titles, like Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario, only with added features, such as online multiplayer and leaderboards. These free games will only be available to download and play for one month before being rotated out for a new set of titles.
Other big Nintendo news for the day saw the publisher announce plans to bring another of their classic franchises to smartphones, following earlier mobile iterations of Fire Emblem, Super Mario and Animal Crossing.
Mario Kart Tour, as the name suggests, will see the iconic racing series featuring Mario and co. make the move to mobile, though Nintendo shared no information about the game other than its title and the fact it will release sometime before March 2019.
Lastly, Nintendo have confirmed they’re partnering with Illumination Entertainment, the studio behind the Minions, Despicable Me and The Secret Lives of Pets movies, to create an animated film about Mario.
This will be the first feature length starring the moustachioed plumber since the infamous Super Mario Bros. hit the big screen in the early 90s. Once again, details were a little thin on the ground, but we did learn Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto and Illumination Entertainment CEO, Chris Meledandri, will both be co-producing the film.
Let us know your thoughts on all of today’s Nintendo news below or in the forums.
THQ Nordic have revealed a This Is the Police sequel will be launching on PC and consoles in 2018.
It also sounds like players will have more of a direct influence over situations in This Is the Police 2, compared to the relatively hands-off approach taken by the original game.
From the press release:
“It won’t be enough just managing the equipment of your policemen and keeping in mind their individual skills. Every challenge requires the player’s direct participation, and the outcomes will depend on every decision you make. Now your subordinates aren’t just some resource; they are living people with their own strengths, weaknesses, fears and prejudices, and you'll have to reckon with all these things in order to survive.”
While there’s no specific release date just yet, THQ Nordic did confirm the game will be releasing later this year on Xbox One, Switch, PS4 and PC.
Did you play the original? What would you like to see in the sequel? Let us know below.
Those rumours you might have heard swirling are indeed accurate, with Nintendo confirming that a Dark Souls remaster is heading to Switch in today’s Nintendo Direct Mini, which also revealed a number of other titles coming to the hybrid console in quick-fire fashion.
Further highlights of the Direct Mini included a couple more Wii U hits making their way over to Switch in the form of Hyrule Warriors and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, which will launch sometime in spring and 4 May respectively.
The former arrives on Switch as a Definitive Edition of the game, including all content from both the Wii U and 3DS versions, plus some extra customisation options in the form of Breath of the Wild-inspired outfits for Zelda and Link, while Tropical Freeze has a new addition in the form of Funky Kong, who can breeze through levels thanks to his special moves and surfboard.
As well as appearing in Tropical Freeze, DK is set to make his debut in Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle sometime this spring as part of the game’s latest DLC, which includes new story missions specifically based around Mario’s iconic frenemy.
There’s also a free online challenge coming to Super Mario Odyssey in which players can either hide or attempt to find balloons placed around the game’s levels by other players as quickly as possible, in what Nintendo is calling “objective-based speed running”, and we also got solid release dates for both Kirby Star Allies (16 March) and Payday 2 (23 February), with Payday getting a timed exclusive heister.
Other notable titles mentioned in the Direct include a Switch remaster of the DS title The World Ends with You, YS VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, SNK Heroines: Tag Team, Celeste, and Fe, Zoink Games’ mystical platformer that’s coming to Switch 16 February.
You can check the Direct out in full below if you want to see any of the games in action.
Let us know what you think of the latest Nintendo Direct and all the games heading to Switch in the coming months below or over in the forums.
Switch users can look forward to some frantic boss-fighting action when The Game Bakers’ indie title, Furi, arrives on the Nintendo eShop next week.
Here’s some more details about the game’s key features:
Furi is out 11 January on the Nintendo eShop and will cost €19.99 /$19.99 /£17.99.
Castle Pixel’s Zelda-esque adventure title, Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King, is coming to Nintendo Switch later this month as a console exclusive.
Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King arrives 21 December on Switch, and is available now on PC through Steam.
Did you play the original? Looking forward to the Switch version? Let us know below or over in the forums.