Tennis World Tour - Developer Diary: Capturing Tennis

Animations are a core element of making a tennis game and one of the tools to get them right is motion capturing.

In this developer diary creative director Etienne Jacquemain takes us behind the scenes of a very special mocap session - not in studio, but on a real tennis court with a professional player.

Tennis World Tour releases May 2018 on Play on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC (Steam).

Official PR - Nintendo In Space: Point-and-click tour de force Her Majesty’s SPIFFING unveiled for Switch

Wednesday 17th January, 2018, Belfast, UK: It’s wet, it’s cold, it’s windy, it’s January. It’s little wonder that, at this particularly damp and dreary time of year, the little box in our living room is continually displaying ads showcasing summer holidays (that’s English for “vacations”, for our international audience). Images tantalisingly offering a chance to taste the sun, sea, and sangria flood our senses.

Of course, the more sophisticated traveller understands that, to escape those New Year blues, one is required to switch it up a tad. The real adventures are out there in - as Hollywood legend Tim Curry would so eloquently put it - “…ssspace!”

That’s why Billy Goat Entertainment is both excited and proud to announce that Her Majesty’s SPIFFING - the jovial point-and-click adventure charging players with establishing a new Galactic British Empire - will be making the leap to Nintendo’s all-conquering Switch on February 2nd 2018.

Having already made its mark on PS4 and Xbox One (winning the prestigious Culture and Heritage Award courtesy of The Independent Games Developers Association) it’s now Nintendo Switch’s turn to play host to the weird and delightfully witty tale of ol’ Blighty venturing off into the stars, using whatever ragtag craft it can get its hands on!

Switch gamers will now be able to take charge of Captain Frank Lee English in their living rooms or on the go as he (along with his insightful Welsh colleague, Aled) takes to the stars on board the HMSS Imperialise in this modern interpretation of a classic point-and-click. All while sipping cups of tea and, of course, antagonising the French.

In Her Majesty’s SPIFFING (that’s the Special Planetary Investigative Force For Inhabiting New Galaxies) players will be charged with solving both mental and physical puzzles, all the while being rewarded with a sharp and witty script that subtly analyses British national identity in a typically humble fashion. At least, that’s what our lawyers have told us to say.

“People should buy SPIFFING because I overdid it at Christmas and could do with the cash,” says William Barr, Writer of the game and Director of Belfast-based studio, Billy Goat Entertainment Ltd.

“The game takes inspiration from/plagiarises everything from Monty Python to Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. In short, it’s about as British as a game can be, in that it deftly undermines everything we hold dear about this damp collection of islands from beginning to end.”

After a successful Kickstarter campaign Billy Goat Entertainment commenced development of Her Majesty’s SPIFFING in November 2014 with the support of Northern Ireland Screen.

Her Majesty’s SPIFFING will launch on the eShop for Nintendo Switch on February 2nd 2018.

Dragonball Xenoverse 2 - Jiren and Android 17 from Dragon Ball Super being added

Another round of DLC is coming to Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2. The latest issue of V-Jump confirms that both Jiren and Android 17 from Dragon Ball Super will be added to the game. We don't have details on a release date just yet, but we'll keep an eye out for that info.

Japanese gamers name the top franchises they want to see on Switch, Animal Crossing comes in at #1

Wondering what Japanese gamers want to see on Switch? Research site GooRanking put out a poll asking the public what games/franchises they would like to see on Switch, and they got 2,423 replies. You can see the results of that poll below.

21. The new Inazuma Eleven - 34 votes

20. A new Rhythm Heaven - 36 votes

19. The new Dragon Quest Builders - 36 votes

18. The new Megami Tensei - 36 votes

17. A new Grand Theft Auto - 38 votes

16. A new Ace Attorney - 40 votes

15. A new Mario Maker - 48 votes

14. The new Harvest Moon - 51 votes

13. A new Resident Evil - 54 votes

12. A new Ogre Battle - 55 votes

11. A new Earthbound - 57 votes

10. A new Kingdom Hearts - 62 votes

9. A new Mario Party - 62 votes

8. The new Kirby - 65 votes

7. A new Tales - 69 votes

6. A new Taiko no Tatsujin - 70 votes

5. A new Final Fantasy - 112 votes

4. The new Fire Emblem - 125 votes

3. The new Pokemon - 163 votes

2. A new Smash Bros. - 205 votes

1. A new Animal Crossing - 214 votes

Man arrested for trying to steal Switch games from Amazon warehouse

A 23-year-old man is finding himself in some hot water after trying to steal Switch games from an Amazon Italy warehouse. He snagged the games during his shift, and then tried to sneak them out after his shift ended. Security alarms were tripped when he tried to slip out with the games, and security officers stopped the man and found the games on him. The games he stole were Zelda: Breath of the Wild, ARMS, and Splatoon 2.

Thanks to ContraNetwork for the heads up!

Sony Interactive Entertainment's PhyreEngine now supported on Switch

PhyreEngine™ is a complete high performance multi-platform game engine, offering quick and easy development for both rapid prototyping and full production. The entire engine is provided as source making it easily customisable to meet your needs. It’s completely free to registered developers and licensed for usage on any platform. Used in over 200+ titles across a number of different of platforms, PhyreEngine™ has been successfully adopted by dozens of game studios around the world.

As the blurb says, multiple titles use this engine from Sony Interactive Entertainment, including Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, OlliOlli 2, Gunslugs, and Dragon Quest Builders.

Retailer in the Netherlands shows Steep on Switch as available to purchase (UPDATE)

Well something fishy is going on here. Remember all the craziness surrounding WWE 2K18 on Switch? Some copies got out there early, and then the game was just announced as being at retail. Now according to a retailer in the Netherlands, Steep has had the same thing happen. Nedgame.nl shows the game as available to purchase, and includes the box seen above. If this is the real deal, I'd imagine some footage would pop up later today!

Thanks to PetersGameKamer for the heads up!

UPDATE - The retailer is saying the listing was a mistake, and they're planning to remove it from their system.

Scribblenauts Showdown - a few more screens

In the game’s Showdown mode, up to four players face off and imagine their way to victory through card-based strategy and creative skill. “Wordy” mini-games require unleashing the best object or character from the vast Scribblenauts dictionary of over thirty-five thousand words to outsmart an opponent. Action-oriented “Speedy” mini-games reward the player who completes a given challenge first. A board game style map displays players’ progress. With multiple ways to make up ground, every player has a chance to win, which keeps the excitement going until the end!