SteamWorld 2 confirmed to have physical version, will be released in Spring

Los Angeles, CA – February 6, 2018 – Videogame publisher Rising Star Games, in collaboration with critically-acclaimed developer Image & Form, announced today that the smash-hit title SteamWorld Dig 2 is soon to be available for the Nintendo Switch™ and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system as a physical retail release. The boxed editions will feature an exclusive double-sided poster featuring iconic artwork from the game along with a reversible inlay with never-before-seen artwork. SteamWorld Dig 2 is currently scheduled for release at selected retailers in the USA, across Europe and beyond in Spring 2018.

“We’re totally humbled by the community’s reaction to SteamWorld Dig 2”, said Brjann Sigurgeirsson, CEO at Image & Form. “This latest SteamWorld adventure is a milestone, and we're naturally very proud of it. Many fans are now asking for a physical release, so it makes me very happy to be able to partner up with Rising Star Games for a boxed version. We’re also excited that additional exclusive items will be included as well!”

SteamWorld Dig 2 takes players on a platform mining adventure forged in Metroidvania flames. When an old trading town is struck by mysterious earthquakes, it’s up to a lone steambot and her unlikely companion to uncover what trembling terrors lie beneath.

SteamWorld Dig 2 key features:

Dig your way underground and explore vivid worlds riddled with treasure, secrets and traps Combat dangerous enemies at every turn of the underworld’s twisted paths, including shadowy creatures and the haunted remains of an ancient electrical threat Upgrade your gear to forge deeper into the earth and take on bigger challenges Swing across large chasms with your Hookshot and fly through caves with the jet Engine! And finally, learn the truth about your long lost friend…

SteamWorld Dig 2 for the Nintendo Switch™ and PlayStation®4 system, developed by Image & Form and published at physical retail by Rising Star Games, will be available at selected retailers in the USA, across Europe and beyond in Spring 2018. For more information follow Rising Star Games on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or visit the official Rising Star Games website.

Smoke and Sacrifice - Reveal trailer

London, United Kingdom - February 6th, 2018 - London-based independent studio, Solar Sail Games today announced that Smoke and Sacrifice, their beautiful, hand-animated story of motherhood and survival will be released on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2018. Set to be published by Curve Digital, players assume the role of Sachi, a young mother on a quest to discover the fate of her child. The game takes place in a darkly fantastical world where grotesque plantlife and animals roam and harsh societal customs rule. Taking cues from modern survival classics, Smoke and Sacrifice evolves the genre with its deeply personal story and complex ecosystem. Creatures forage, mate, breed and prey on one another, creating a living world. Only by taming the game’s wilds can Sachi hope to unravel the mystery at the heart of Smoke and Sacrifice.

“We’re thrilled to finally announce Smoke and Sacrifice after keeping the project to ourselves for so long. With both myself and Neil Millstone having produced games for major studios, Smoke and Sacrifice is an opportunity for us go back to our roots and create a genuinely intimate story in a compelling world,” said Tancred Dyke-Wells, Co-Founder of Solar Sail Games. “We wanted to combine a meaningful narrative with the challenges of survival gameplay. Discovering ways to influence this creepy, organic world to your advantage is key to pursuing your ultimate quest.”

“We’re really excited to be partnering with Solar Sail Games to publish Smoke and Sacrifice later this year,” said Simon Byron, Publishing Director at Curve Digital. “Neil and Tancred have done a remarkable job in bringing this world to life and evolving the survival gameplay that is resonating so deeply with players at this moment. We can’t wait to see how players react to this beautifully told story.”

Depicted in a beautiful, hand-painted style, Smoke and Sacrifice’s storybook visuals belie its brutal story of motherhood and survival. Sachi doesn’t just have to worry about the the game’s antagonists - the entire game world poses a threat. Players can alter the behaviour of plant and animal life but this may also limit the resources Sachi has to craft items from. The deadly smoke also poses unique challenges throughout the game, altering enemy as well as player behaviour. Smoke and Sacrifice will launch for PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2018.

Famitsu - This week's review scores (2/6/18)

The following review scores come from this week's issue of Famitsu:

BoxyRacers (NSW) – 8/8/8/8 [32/40]
Fantasy Hero: Unsigned Legacy (NSW) – 7/7/7/7 [28/40]

Frictional Games developers show Eagerness for the Nintendo Switch

If anyone was interested in having games such as Amnesia on the Nintendo Switch, this seems like the first step toward getting the game released on the platform. Thanks to sligeach_eire for the heads-up!

European Splatoon 2 SplatFest announced - Gherkins are DISGUSTING vs. Gherkins are DELICIOUS

Battle Chasers: Nightwar - Nintendo Switch status update

The following information comes from the Kickstarter page for Battle Chasers: Nightwar:

We know for many of you who opted to wait for the optional post-campaign Switch version, this is the most hotly anticipated news. Here's the current status.

The game has been in THQ Nordic's QA for a few weeks now, and we did find a few tricky bugs that took time to resolve. One, for example, stopped certain cutscenes from playing 100% of the time. In another case, walking into two of the eight dungeons resulted in garbage visual data filling the screen. Both of these were completely unique to the Switch and tricky to track down. We have fixes for those, and the game is back in QA.

We're now cautiously optimistic that with another round of testing, the game will be ready for submission. Trust us when we say that no one wants it out more than we do, but we obviously couldn't release it with such problems occurring. 

We can't give a date, but we can say with honesty that it's really damn close. 

Click here to read the full status update!

RUMOR - Sumo Digital working on a new racing game (UPDATE)

Sumo Digital, a company who previously worked on Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed may be working on another racing game. Images of a recent Sumo Digital slideshow presentation have leaked online, and among them was the following slide:

The slide is relatively vague, but if it holds any merit, it could mean that Sumo Digital may be working on another racing game. If this is the case, the game would likely be released for the Nintendo Switch. Additionally, with the success of the previous two Sonic kart racers, it would not be unlikely for Sumo Digital to be working on a third installment in the series. Either way, we hope to hear an official announcement from Sumo Digital regarding this "top secret unannounced karting game" soon!

UPDATE - SEGA has stepped in to say that a new Sonic racing game is not in the works.