SteamWorld Heist Q&A – DLC, upgrades, procedurally generated levels and more!

Image & Form recently hosted a new SteamWorld Heist Q&A for the community. They sat down with CEO Brjann and confirmed new features that will be present in SteamWorld Heist when it launches later this year, as well as indie dev struggles and where they want to take the SteamWorld games in the future. In the end they also mention the winners of the recent Hat Challenge. Check out the video and let us know what you think in the comments!

It’s All About the Fisticuffs in the Just Announced Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.

Man oh man, we finally get to see what the next Assassin Creed game looks like. While we did get a few leaks here and there, which made me more excited, we are introduced to the new setting. The game takes place is Victorian London. Right smack dab in the middle of the steam age. While I was hoping for steam punk AC,  We still got the next best thing.

Continue on to see a gallery of glamour shots, gameplay with commentary and the full PR. Click on to read the full PR…

Disney Infinity 3.0 Officially Announced (with Trailer!)

Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition now welcomes Star Wars™ to the ever-growing collection of Marvel, Disney and Disney•Pixar characters, stories and worlds. This fall, Join Forces with some of your favorite characters as you play in their galaxies in story-driven adventures inside Play Sets or create your own universe in the Toy Box! Disney Infinity is the only game franchise where fans can play with Disney, Disney•Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars™ characters together in one experience. Click on to read the full PR…

Become a SteamWorld Ambassador!

Our friends over at Image & Form just revealed a new way for you to play their upcoming game, SteamWorld Heist, before anyone else! Every other Tuesday they’ll post a challenge on their blog. The winner of every individual challenge will be able to join the club of official SteamWorld Ambassadors.

Click on to read the full PR…

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae Impressions [Guest Writer!]

Today we’ve got a guest writer, Jon Edicola from alocidegaming!

Eight years, ten months, and seven days. That is the cumulative time that has elapsed since Square Enix announced what is now known as Final Fantasy XV and when we got something playable.

A lot has happened around Square Enix in that span of time: an entire console generation passed, Final Fantasy XIV failed, Final Fantasy XIV was resurrected, rumors surrounding the death of XV were more present than the game itself… Eight plus years is an obnoxiously long development schedule, yet here we are– FINALLY with something tangible to touch and play.

Was the wait worth it? The pragmatic side of my brain says no. I can only think of one other title that has ever gotten ‘stuck’ in such a hellish development cycle, and we all know how that turned out. However, the reasonable side of my brain is being completely drowned out by the excitement of a new mainline Final Fantasy title not starring Lightning and crew.

Continue reading…

The Game Awards – World Premieres Post & Thoughts

Hosted by Geoff Keighley, The Game Awards aims to be the new standard in Gaming Award Shows. Well, after tonight Geoff has my support. While it was rocky in a few areas, the awards went to those who deserved them, and premieres were well placed. Check out some of the bigger premieres below, and the winners will be updated soon!

My thoughts are in italics, not to be confused with the information provided! 

 

The Game Awards winners are:

  • Best performance: Trey Parker, South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • Best online experience: Destiny
  • Best score: Destiny
  • Trending Gamer: Total Biscuit
  • Composition Award: Martin O’Donnell
  • Best mobile game: Hearthstone
  • Best fighting game: Smash Bros Wii U
  • Industry Icon: Roberta and Ken Williams
  • Developer of the year: Nintendo
  • Best eSports: Matthew ‘NaDeSHoT’ Haag
  • Best sports or racing game: Mario Kart 8
  • Best Remaster: GTA V
  • Best shooter: Far Cry 4
  • Game for change: Valiant Hearts
  • Best narrative: Valiant Hearts
  • Best action game: Shadow of Mordor
  • Best Indie Game: Shovel Knight
  • Game of the Year: Dragon Age: Inquisition

Square Enix Announces ‘Life is Strange’

Straight from the Square Enix blog:

Life is strange, wouldn’t you agree? It has a funny way of always surprising you, particularly when things happen that you just don’t expect. You can change one tiny thing, but the consequences of that miniscule action can potentially lead to catastrophic results…

There has recently been a lot of discussion on the merits and disadvantages of remakes or reboots in games and we here on the Square Enix blog have been keeping a keen eye on your opinions and responding to them where possible. But what if we now announced an entirely new IP in the official Square Enix family? What if this title was wholly different to anything we have ever attempted before, both in gameplay and narrative? What if this title was released digitally as regular episodic content, with each new chapter building and evolving based on the choices you made in previous episodes? What if we now gave all of this a name: Life is Strange?

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Max Caulfield has been absent from Arcadia Bay, Oregon for five years now. Upon returning home she discovers that Rachel Amber, a fellow senior at school, has disappeared under mysterious and rather uncomfortable circumstances. While trying to uncover the truth Max reunites with an old friend, Chloe, and makes a startling discovery: Max has the power to rewind time…

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Thus begins the story for a game that everyone here at Square Enix has fallen in love with. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but Life is Strange is something entirely different – we’ve teamed up with DONTNOD Entertainment (the guys and girls behind ‘Remember Me’) and they’ve delivered some amazing stuff. Each and every texture in Life is Strange is a hand drawn work of art and every action enacts a butterfly effect – but with the power to rewind time, what would you change? And would it turn out to be a change for the better or worse?

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Life is Strange is set to be released on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC and is being played by journalists at gamescom this week, so be sure to watch out for their coverage! In the meantime, we’ll try out best to keep you updated with news via the blog and the official Life is Strange channels: The Facebook & Twitter.

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