Wednesday
Oct222014

Silence - The Whispered World 2 Now Coming to XBOX One

All I can say is that I'm that much more excited about the arrival of this game, and now its going to be on the XBOX One. I wonder how well the transition will go from PC to XBOX One, but I seeing the number of titles under Daedalic Entertainment's belt, I think they will be fine. Now this version is going to come out at the same time, but I think that's more of a show that the architecture between the XBOX One and the PC truly isn't all that different and that perhaps we shall see more port much like this one happen in the future. For more information I give you the official press release:

Silence – The Whispered World 2 Coming to Xbox One
 
Hamburg, October 22nd, 2014. Daedalic Entertainment is pleased to announce today that Silence – The Whispered World 2, their genre-defining, visually stunning adventure game will now also be coming to Xbox One™, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft®. The Xbox One™ version will be released simultaneously with the PC and Mac versions in early 2015.
 
“Silence has always been a multi-platform project”, said Daedalic’s Studio Manager Steffen Boos. “From early on, we planned to release Silence – The Whispered World 2 on consoles as well, but we wanted to make absolutely certain the controls were tuned to each platform before announcing its console status,” he added.
 
Silence – The Whispered World 2 is Daedalic Entertainment’s first move into next gen development. “We think the new generation of consoles offer a platform that is ideal for indie development, and with the new gameplay we’re introducing to the adventure genre with The Whispered World 2, adventure games now also can be a good fit to consoles”, said Boos.
 
Silence – The Whispered World 2 follows Noah, who is about to lose his little sister Renie to the perils of war. He barely manages to follow her and finds himself alone, back in Silence – the world he once traveled as Sadwick the clown. And even here war ravages the land. In search for his sister, Noah joins a group of rebels who fight the false Queen.
 
Featuring completely new 3D visuals, Silence – The Whispered World 2 will offer many unique and exciting features. Sadwick’s and Renie's quest will lead them to a visually stunning and emotionally deep adventure, with many mysteries to unravel around Sadwick, his sister, and the world of Silence.
 
Silence – The Whispered World 2 will be released for Xbox One™, PC and Mac in early 2015.
 
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Tuesday
Oct212014

KickStarter: HazeWalker Cancelled

Hopefully you all remember us talking about the game that was soon to be kickstarted called, Hazewalker, a Metroid-zania type of game that showed a lot of potential. Well sadly it would appear that after much discussion, several different emotional states, and a final decision, they have decided to cancel the project. Well they cancelled their Kickstarter project, and the game Hazewalker is sadly going to be shelved for now and new projects will be attempted. Here's a direct quote from one of the people behind it:

Everyone,

It is with a heavy heart that I must announce the cancellation of the Kickstarter for Hazewalker.

After reading and re-reading all of the feedback that we have received on articles, forums, and other sources, one thing has become clear: we are not making the game that people are excited to play.

We made several mistakes since this project began in early December of last year, chief of which is not maintaining a feedback loop with our audience and what they think of the game and its development so far. We should have communicated early and often, and corrected our course when presented with critical feedback that would have resulted in a better game. This is not a mistake we will repeat.

There is also the issue of the quality of the current playable prototype. It simply wasn't at the stage that it needed to be at in order to impress, and the mechanics that were present didn't bring enough fun, innovative elements to the table.

For now, we intend to put Hazewalker to the side, and look to our next project and exploring all of the possibilities that it holds.

Backers, thank you for your support and well-wishes before and during the Kickstarter. We are sorry if this news comes as a disappointment. We are down, but not out.

Thank you to everyone who has provided incredibly valuable feedback on our Kickstarter, our playable prototype, and our game as a whole up to this point. It has been enlightening, humbling, and invigorating.

Please follow TheoryForm Games on Facebook or Twitter to keep up with what we plan to do next. Your feedback and playtesting will help shape the direction of our next project. Or you can always follow me (David) directly: @CheskoTF

I plan to compose a more lengthy article that goes into more detail regarding what went wrong, and what we'll be doing differently in the future. Please look for it on Gamasutra and Reddit soon. I will post a link here when it is available if Kickstarter still allows it.

We will take some time to lick our wounds, learn from our mistakes, and move forward with a plan for a game shaped by our community that engages and delights.

Sincerely,

David Pierce

Lead Designer, TheoryForm Games

Hopefully this will not snuff out their creative flame, and they will be able to continue on from this bump in the road. I know that there were many people who wanted to see Hazewalker in all its glory, and maybe just maybe, somewhere down the road we will still get that chance, but for now I guess all we can hope for is that TheoryForm Games keeps us updated on whatever their next project might be.

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Monday
Oct202014

BEDLAM: A Roguelike RPG that You Need to Get to Know Better

I know how some of us out there are scared of kickstarting digital titles, but there are a couple of exceptions to the rule, and it is my opinion that BEDLAM is one of those exceptions. To prove that I believe I've already thrown my money into the ring to help make this game a reality, and now I'm calling upon you, brave and noble gamers to help bring the project home. They are currently (today is the 20th of October, 2014) sitting FOUR days away. They are also sitting at about 16K under their goal. Now I know what you are thinking, that seems like a bit of a stretch to cover in 4 days. Well that's why I'm telling you about this game because I think that that thinking is going to be proved wrong, and I'm just giving you a heads up on this so that you don't miss out on the chance to help make it to the goal, that much faster. 

Now of course I could give you more information, but I think it is safe to say that the video, as well as the following stats, will do a better job, and really sell what this game is all about:

BEDLAM is a strategic single-player roguelike turn-based role-playing game, created for the PC and Mac utilizing 'The Banner Saga' engine.

The player is cast as the mysterious Mechanic, the last known member of a once-thriving guild of brilliant inventors, intrepid travelers and operators of the rolling fortresses called Dozers.

As the Mechanic, you are in charge of commanding your crew in battles, managing your resources, improving your Dozer, interacting with various characters, and protecting your passengers while navigating through the post-apocalyptic wasteland known as Bedlam.

Think you have what it takes? Then grab the controls, equip your Dozer, load your passengers, assemble your diverse battle-ready crew and prepare for your journey to a new destination on the far edge of Bedlam!

Remember – One chance and one crew to make it through!

  • Our unique blitz battle system! Turn-based combat with swift play, over-the-top animations, action point based movement and attack system, environments and battles gradually affect your crew, crew-buffing Dozer upgrades, and tide-changing Dozer weapons!
  • Roguelike influences and RPG features, including randomly generated encounters and discoveries, meaningful permadeath, three different supplies to manage, crew veteran rankings and incredible replay value.
  • Dozers, the gargantuan rolling fortresses covered in armor and weapons to protect passengers and crew during the journey through Bedlam.
  • Four unique enemy factions: MaraudersMutantsCyborgs and the A.I. - all with their own strengths and weaknesses.
  • Double-Down” (a New game+): Travel back through Bedlam for the opportunity to defeat merciless overlord King Viscera and his minions for untold riches... or the sacrifice of everything!

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Monday
Oct202014

Google Announces Their OWN Android Gaming Console

Well it looks like Google is finally wanting to get in on all the action and create their own version of an Android console. Now I know this is going to sound crazy, but apparently they are going to call it the Nexus Player (Taking a page out of Amazon's playbook on that one). Now of course this will probably integrate directly into the GooglePlay marketplace. I hate to say this but this might really kick the little guys around pretty bad. I'm talking to you OUYA, GameStick, and hell maybe even the Amazon Fire TV.

Now here's the bad news, they have suspended pre-orders until the FCC approval process is complete. So I guess all we can do is look at the goodies being listed, and of course watching the site to see when you can pre-order again.

Here are the components being listed:

Chipset
  • 1.8GHz Quad Core, Intel® Atom™
  • Imagination PowerVR Series 6 Graphics 2D/3D Engine
Memory
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage
Ports
  • 18W DC power
  • HDMI out (1920×1080@60Hz)
  • Micro-USB 2.0
Wireless
  • 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO)
  • Bluetooth 4.1
Weight
  • 235g
Dimensions
  • 120mm x 120mm x 20mm

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Thursday
Oct162014

Unique Co-op Stealth Game Coming to the OUYA

I'm not even sure where to start with this one, but basically a very creative development team has decided to create a local co-op stealth game, that is set in an alternate reality 1980s. You will have two very famous figures at your control, and it is through the teamwork of these individuals you will be able to save the day. So who are these people? Well it's Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev of course. These two leaders have been kidnapped, and it is going to be through their metaphoric high-five giving, bad-ass puzzle solving skills, and all of their character that they will be able to win. For a more thorough look into this game I give you the press release for the game Reagan Gorbachev, by Team2Bit, coming on October 21st to the OUYA:

Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall! The Forces of East and West Unite in Reagan Gorbachev, Coming Exclusively to OUYA

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The Ultimate Odd Couple Gears Up for their Digital Debut in New Action Puzzler from Team2Bit

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Oct. 15, 2014 – Team2Bit, the developer that brought youFist Puncher, today announced that local co-op stealth game Reagan Gorbachev will be coming exclusively to OUYA on October 21.  Fans of local co-op and Cold War politics will be able to take up arms as the incorrigible patriot Ronald Reagan and the famously flexible Mikhail Gorbachev, in an epic struggle to prevent the Cold War from heating up.

Reagan Gorbachev is set in the 1980s in an alternate universe, in which Reagan and Gorbachev are kidnapped by militant extremists during the famous 1986 Reykjavik Summit. Of course, the enemy of your enemy is your friend, and these decidedly kick-ass new friends will need to fight as a team if they hope to escape with their lives.

In this top-down stealth game, players must arm themselves with a mélange of munitions – everything from poisoned darts to katanas to high-powered rifles – and sneak or slash their way through rooms riddled with radical extremists who want nothing more than to take their lives. Reagan Gorbachev can accommodate one or two players, and will be available for $9.99.

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