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THQ Nordic discusses the delicate balancing act of updating SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom for today's consoles

Mixing old with new

THQ Nordic is hard at work on SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated, a revamp of the classic GameCube game. Updating such a beloved title can be a dangerous thing, as you don't want to mess with the memories people have. In an interview with Epic, THQ Nordic Producer Martin Kreuch explains how the team is carefully going about things.

It was very important for us to keep the abundance of distinct gameplay moments in Battle for Bikini Bottom, which is still one of the most varied platformers out there. Each level has a distinct look and feel, and often adds some unique gameplay mechanics to support this. You have three playable characters–SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy–each with a unique set of skills. Other than that, the biggest challenge was simply to do justice to both one of the greatest animated series ever and arguably the best game based on the franchise.

Since the original game is still very fun to play, we focused on the details that would make it feel like a modern console game. This involved tweaking the camera, the movement, and dialogue animations, and implementing a lot of ease-of-use features, like [including] a modern saving system, for example.

Darksiders Genesis 'Switch VS PC' Comparison and Tech Analysis

Wondering how well the Switch version of Darksiders Genesis stacks up to the PC version? Take a look at the video above for a direct comparison.

Darksiders Genesis - Switch gameplay

DARKSIDERS GENESIS is an action/adventure that tears its way through Hell and back with guns blazing and swords swinging. Genesis gives players their first look at the world of DARKSIDERS before the events of the original game. Furthermore, it introduces the fourth and last horseman STRIFE, as well as Co-op gameplay for the first time in the history of the franchise.

Darksiders Genesis launches worldwide on Feb. 14th, 2020

Embrace the Darkside

THQ Nordic and Airship Syndicate today announced the release of the highly anticipated Darksiders Genesis on PlayStation®, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch™, coming tomorrow, February 14th. Darksiders Genesis, also available for PC and Google Stadia, is the first top-down action adventure in Darksiders franchise history and features couch and online co-op play with horsemen WAR and STRIFE (SRP: $39.99, €39.99, £39.99).

Japan First: the land of the rising sun will be the first to get Darksiders Genesis online: in approximately one hour, gamers in Japan will be able to download the game already.

In Darksiders Genesis, STRIFE can battle alongside his brother and fellow horseman WAR in the first ever Darksiders two-player co-op mode. Solo players will be able to alternate between STRIFE and WAR on the fly, taking advantage of STRIFE’s ranged and WAR’s melee style attacks. In addition, gameplay includes combat atop both horsemen’s fabled steeds: RAMPAGE and MAYHEM. Darksiders Genesis also features the introduction of Creature Cores, a combat system that empowers players to customize their own upgrade system fueled by the enemies they defeat. #togetherthroughhell #GunsNHorses #notalone

Darksiders Genesis is available for PC worldwide now. SRP: $29.99, €29.99, £26.99 | Stadia SRP: $39.99, €39.99, £34.99.

Darksiders Genesis is scheduled for release on PlayStation®4, the Xbox® One and on Nintendo Switch™ on February 14, 2020.


About Darksiders Genesis

Darksiders Genesis is an action/adventure that tears its way through Hell and back with guns blazing and swords swinging. Genesis gives players their first look at the world of DARKSIDERS before the events of the original game. Furthermore, it introduces the fourth and last horseman STRIFE, as well as Co-op gameplay for the first time in the history of the franchise.

Features

Explore the epic world of Darksiders and wreak havoc with a friend in two-player cooperative mode (couch or online)
Blast angels and demons as the gunslinging Horseman Strife, playable for the first time
Swap between the powerful swordsman War and Strife instantly in frenetic, single-player gameplay
Experience a brand new story campaign that takes place before the original Darksiders, exploring the origin of the Seven Seals
Grow in strength and power as you collect items, abilities, weapon enhancements, creature cores and more

For more information about Darksiders Genesis please visit the official website: www.darksiders.com or follow Darksiders on Twitter for the latest news and updates @darksiders.

Saints Row movie writer gives a progress update on the film

An 'insane film franchise'

Its an exciting time for Saint Row fans. Saints Row IV Re-Elected is coming to the Switch in the near future, and a Saints Row movie is in the works. Wondering how that movie is coming along? Writer Greg Russo had the following to share on Twitter.

"Had a great writing session yesterday with the master, F. Gary Gray. We want to make Saints the next insane film franchise. LOT of love going into this. Hopefully more news soon...it's a good time to be a Saints fan.

Saints Row IV Re-Elected European cover art revealed, game will include 25 DLC packs

A second term on Switch

Deep Silver today confirm that Saints Row®:IV™- Re-Elected™ will be available for the Nintendo Switch™ on 27 March 2020 and pre orders are now open.

The Nintendo Switch™ version of the critically acclaimed Saints Row IV comes with a massive 25 pieces of DLC. Saints Row fans who pre order the boxed edition from participating retailers will also get an awesome Saints Row Presidential Pin Badge Set *.

Story:
You are the President of the United States of America, and you must save all of us on Earth. The Boss of the Saints has been elected to the Presidency of the United States, but the Saints are just getting started.

After a catastrophic alien invasion of Earth, led by the evil Overlord Zinyak, the Saints have been transported to a bizarro-Steelport simulation. With homies new and old at their side, and an arsenal of superpowers and strange weapons, they must fight to free humanity from alien granddaddy Zinyak’s mental grasp.

The Saints have gone from the crackhouse to the Penthouse, to The White House – but now it’s up to you to free the world from Zinyak and his alien empire, saving the world in the wildest open world game ever, playable for the first time on Nintendo Switch™.

Key Features:
· The American Dream – Play as the President of the United States in a wild story that spans countries, time, and space. It’s up to you to free the world, now for the first time on Nintendo Switch™.

· Super Hero-in-Chief – Leap over buildings. Kill people with your mind. Run through tanks. Those are just some of the powers on offer that you can wield in your quest.

· Alien Toys of Destruction - Wield an impressive array of alien vehicles and weapons. The Inflato-Ray, the Polarizer, the Disintegrator, and many more are all are yours to utilize.

· Custom Weapons, Custom Mayhem – You’ve customized your character. You’ve customized your clothes. Now you also have a powerful weapon customization system.

· Dynamic Duo - Seamless drop-in, drop-out co-op, a Saints Row standard, improved. The only thing better than one malicious super powered President is two!

· Fully Re-Elected – Saints Row IV Re-Elected contains an impressive 25 DLC Packs, including the Dubstep Gun (Remix) Pack, the Presidential Pack, the Commander-In-Chief Pack, and two celebrated episodic story expansions: Enter The Dominatrix and How The Saints Save Christmas.

For more information on Saints Row®:IV™- Re-Elected™ on Nintendo Switch™ head over to www.saintsrow.com

THQ Nordic not ready to confirm SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated's release date just yet

Fishsticks!

The other day, Nintendo put out an infographic featuring release dates for a number of Switch titles. Included on that list was SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated, which was given a May 22nd, 2020 release. There's only one problem with that. THQ Nordic is yet to announce a date.

This posting from Nintendo was brought up to THQ Nordic, and they've responded with a non-answer. Check out the response in full below, courtesy of Gematsu.

We're keen on getting Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated into the eagerly waiting hands of the fans as soon as possible. However, we've asked our magic conch shell when we should release it, and are still awaiting its command. We'll let you know once it has spoken.

First 4 Figures working with the Darksiders franchise

Face the darkness

First 4 Figures has revealed a new license that they'll be working with this year. The company has secured a deal with THQ to creature figures based on the Darksiders franchise. No specific details were shared on what figures to expect yet, but I'm sure we'll hear something as we get further into 2020.

THQ Nordic bringing 'Darksiders Genesis' and an unspecified Spongebob title (likely Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated) to Japan

Two games from THQ Nordic have been confirmed for release in Japan. Alongside Darksiders Genesis being announced to launch sometime in 2020, an unspecified Spongebob game will also be releasing. While the title and platform weren't announced, we can assume it will be the previously revealed Battle for Bikini Bottom: Rehydrated.

THQ Nordic running a Switch eShop holiday sales

THQ Nordic is the latest company getting in on a holiday sale with some savings of their own. The following titles are discounted until Jan. 2nd, 2019.

Battle Chasers: Nightwar – $13.19 (was $39.99)
Battle Worlds: Kronos – $17.99 (was $29.99)
Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition – $20.09 (was $29.99)
Darksiders Warmastered Edition – $17.99 (was $29.99)
de Blob – $5.99 (was $29.99)
de Blob 2 – $7.49 (was $29.99)
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Owltimate Edition – $5.99 (was $29.99)
Rad Rodgers Radical Edition – $7.49 (was $29.99)
Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered – $20.09 (was $29.99)
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 – $14.99 (was $29.99)
The Raven Remastered – $14.99 (was $29.99)
This is the Police – $5.99 (was $29.99)
This is the Police 2 – $9.89 (was $29.99)
Titan Quest – $11.99 (was $39.99)

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