Brazilian independent studio Minimol Games is proud to announce that their upcoming game Chessaramawill be launched in Q2 2023 on consoles and PC and has become an official sponsor of the world's top online chess tournament, Play Magnus Group's flagship Champions Chess Tour, for the remaining event in the 2022 season and the duration of the 2023 season. Chessarama will also sponsor chess24's coverage of the FIDE World Championship cycle.
In Chessarama, the players will be able to enjoy a world of premium minimalist games, unlock collectibles and compete against each other by climbing the leaderboard. The reimagined chess game scenarios include
cultivating a farmyard, fighting a dragon and fighting as a legendary Ronin in feudal Japan.
The story of Chessarama cannot be understood without Raphael Dias, a young Brazilian developer and Ph.D. in Physics who has been marked by his
discovery of Chess when he was 14. Chess drove not only him to have a more structured mindset and discipline in his life as student and professional, but also taught him values like respect and patience. His passion for video games came into the mix with Chess in 2019, when he decided to found the independent studio Minimol Games with the mission of developing minimalist and innovative chess-based games.
After 30 small games launched, over 250k copies sold and an average positive review ratio over 85%, Minimol Games is developing their most ambitious title to date, Chessarama. Chessarama is a collection of original chess-inspired turn-based games with their own rules, dioramas and designs.
Play Magnus Group and Minimol Games will work together to make chess accessible and attractive to a wider audience through Chessarama. The aim is fully in line with the wider objectives of the Play Magnus Group.
Chessarama launches on consoles & PC via Steam in Q2 2023!
A mix of video game collection-meets-anthology, Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration showcases the history of Atari through a combination of retro and modern playable games, short videos, never-before-seen interviews, early development diaries, and more. Emulating seven separate console platforms, and containing titles spanning five decades, the library-styled interface presents over 100 video games sorted by era in an intuitive linear timeline. Other files and materials are also part of the package, including early development sketches, hardware schematics, internal memos, pictures, films, and other "artifacts," the majority of which have never been made public.
A digital romp through Atari’s enduring past and a peek into the creative minds that created the publisher’s legacy, Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration invites players to explore the golden age of video games through a new lens. Watch Atari grow from a small Silicon Valley startup to the iconic brand it quickly grew to become, explore early game concepts, and enjoy a handful of reimagined fan-favorites lovingly created by developer Digital Eclipse.
Expert Insight Through Storytelling: The collection is outfitted with a handful of various never-before-seen interviews with past-and-present Atari leadership as well as other prolific names in the games industry; complemented, of course, by the video game developers who helped raise Atari to become an industry icon.
Playable History: The massive selection of over 100 games spans seven different platforms: Arcade, 2600, 5200, 7800, Atari 8-bit computers, and, for the first time ever on modern consoles, Atari Lynx and Jaguar! Play the classics like Tempest 2000, Asteroids, and Yars' Revenge, or dive into some deeper cuts.
Reimagined and Revisited: The team at Digital Eclipse created six new games for the collection that reimagines some of the most beloved Atari classics or put a twist on classic game themes, including Haunted House, Neo Breakout, Yars’ Revenge, Vctr Sctr, and the infamously never-finished Airworld.
Tales of Symphonia Remastered, a remaster of the exciting and beloved action RPG from Bandai Namco with enhanced graphics and improved gameplay, will be launching for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4|5, and Nintendo Switch consoles on February 17, 2023.
Players can look forward to sharper and crisper in-game visuals when compared to our earlier TALES OF SYMPHONIA CHRONICLES and Steam releases, including enhanced character models and environments such as the town and the overworld.
There are also improved controls for navigating the Elemental Cargo ship so players can easily travel the seas. Other enhancements made include skipping events and cutscenes, additional save screen information, and minor quality-of-life improvements.
Xbox Series X | S and PlayStation 5 owners can also enjoy the game as it is also backwards compatible with those systems! See below for the latest technical specifications on TALES OF SYMPHONIA REMASTERED’s performance:
Screen Resolution: Xbox One: 1920x1080, Xbox Series X: 1920x1080
Frame Rate: 30 FPS
Recommended Storage + Number of Saved Data: 11GB HDD Space, 100 Save Data Slots
Compatibility: Backwards Compatible with Xbox Series X|S
Jagex announced a brand new, three-game publishing deal with independent studio Snowcastle Games, the developers of the adventure RPG series Earthlock.
This new deal will see Jagex Partners and Snowcastle Games work together on Earthlock,Ikonei Island: An Earthlock Adventure as it develops through Early Access, and the upcoming Earthlock 2.
Jagex Partners and Snowcastle Games will work together on three titles in the 90s-inspired RPG adventure series, Earthlock. The first of these titles is Ikonei Island: An Earthlock Adventure which launched into Early Access on Steam in August of this year.
Snowcastle Games is an independent developer based in Oslo, Norway. Founded in 2011, Snowcastle Games launched Earthlock after a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2016. Jagex Partners will support the release of Ikonei Island: An Earthlock Adventure together with the announced sequel Earthlock 2 which is currently in development.
Ikonei Island: An Earthlock Adventure is a wholesome crafting adventure game set in the Earthlock universe. Currently in Early Access on Steam, Ikonei Island will continue to develop in partnership with players working together online in a shared world. Earthlock 2 is the sequel to Earthlock and will have more details soon.
Jagex, known for the success of its RuneScape franchise, launched Jagex Partners in 2018 to deliver publishing and operational services tailored specifically to the needs of third party studios. Snowcastle will join a talented roster of studios at the global home for community-driven games.
New England Mountains, the latest DLC for theHunter: Call of the Wild, is coming soon to Xbox and Playstation consoles, as well as PC via Steam, Epic Games Store, and Microsoft Store for 7.99€/$.
Coming soon to Xbox, PlayStation and PC via Steam, Epic Games Store, and Microsoft Store, the New England Mountains reserve gives Hunters the chance to explore and relax in stunning surroundings, hunt for three Great Ones, including the all-new Moose, and customise their weapons with unique New England Mountains-styled cosmetics.
Covering roughly a quarter of the state of New Hampshire, as well as portions of Western Maine, the White Mountains in the northern Appalachians served as the inspiration for the New England Mountains reserve. This vast new region gives Hunters a wonderful new area to explore, and it is teeming with wildlife to stalk and natural beauty to take in. So grab your gear and explore the majesty that is the New England Mountains!
Hunt in stunning surroundings: The New England Mountains reserve features varied landscapes shaped by the passing of time, from open alpine regions to coniferous and mixed woodlands interspersed with lakes and rivers. When you are tired from stalking deer through the spruce or hunting waterfowl along the bends of the river, there is no shortage of perfect opportunities to sit back and take in the picturesque environment around you.
Wildlife, Great Ones and refined classics: On the uplands and through the trees of the New England Mountains, Hunters have a wealth of wildlife to hunt – from the humble Ring-necked Pheasant to the sneaky Coyote and the majestic Moose. Speaking of the Moose, this gentle giant is now present as one of the extremely rare Great Ones alongside the equally giant Black Bear and the graceful Whitetail Deer. Not only do the Moose and Whitetail Deer have the Great One status in common - along with the stunning Red Fox, they are also among the three beautifully refined animals, who now look better than ever.
New weapon, unique cosmetics: Have it your way! Visit the Weapons Cache at any Outpost, and you will find a new weapon waiting for you. The Patriot is a powerful, modern 0.50 cal break-action muzzleloader made locally in New Hampshire. It is perfect for hunting large prey, but aim carefully – with great power comes… slow reload speed.
You will also receive two welcome gifts waiting for you: a free paint and a free camo. In addition, the store offers some unique New England Mountains-inspired cosmetic packs to customise your weapons: Paints, sprays, materials, camos and a unique wrap - whatever your flavour, we’ve got just the thing to make you feel right at home in the New England Mountains.
Free Granite Update – 60FPS + more wildlife: Alongside the New England Mountains reserve, we are excited to offer a series of free updates dubbed the Granite Update for theHunter: Call of the Wild:
The PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions will receive a framerate boost of up to 60 FPS for a smoother hunting experience.
Extra animal species across nearly every reserve, giving Hunters plenty of reason to revisit their old favourite spots in search of new prey.
Already own a previously released reserve? Want to give your weapons a unique flavour? Well, you’re in luck, because we are giving all Hunters two free, themed cosmetics for each reserve, which they already own – one paint and one camo. This includes the two reserves in the base game.
This update also includes a range of performance improvements and minor additions to make your gameplay more enjoyable - an updated Harvest screen with preview, the ability to place/remove waypoints when using binoculars, as well as improved stability on consoles and various minor tweaks across the game on all platforms.
The New England Mountains DLC is available now for Xbox, PlayStation and PC via Steam, Epic Games Store, and Microsoft Store
We Were Here Forever ramps up this adventure with new, nonlinear ways to explore the sinister castle together with your partner or friend. Of course, players will also experience an even more intriguing 12+ hour storyline which will lead to a grand finale… With your trusty walkie-talkie as your only means of communication, you and your friend must solve mind-blowing puzzles together to escape once again - or so you hope!
Make your way through previously unseen parts of Castle Rock, and once outside the Keep you will begin to uncover the story of Rockbury: the town’s inhabitants and the escape plans of a resistance formed against the King. Hope will lead you on to an eerie Graveyard and have you descend down into the dark waters of the Foundry. As you do so, you will learn more about past events that have taken place in this mysterious place. While trying to make your escape from Castle Rock in We Were Here Forever, you might start believing what you feared all along. Does one ever truly escape Castle Rock?
Check out the official Console Release Date Reveal trailer below.
Next-level co-op experience
We Were Here Forever is the most lively, record-breaking standalone escape experience so far in the series. At its release, the game became one of the Top Steam Releases of May 2022 and received praise from many critics, who applauded it for the unique, cooperative nature of its game design. We Were Here Forever received several awards, including the prestigious Best Game Design from the Dutch Game Awards and more recently the TIGA nomination for Best Puzzle Game.
With the cross-play launch on consoles, Total Mayhem Games strives to make it easier for players to connect with each other and develop lifetime friendships!
We Were Here Forever launches January 31, 2022 on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 & 5 for $17.99 / €17.99. Players can wishlist the asymmetrical co-op puzzle game on Xbox and PlayStation, or get the earlier released PC version on Steam or Epic Games!
Figment 2: Creed Valley is an action adventure game set in the human mind. Nightmares are spreading chaos and have overrun once-peaceful lands. Join Dusty, The Mind’s courage, as you make your way through puzzles, musical boss fights, and unique environments. Face your fears head-on.
Nightmares have shattered the Moral Compass, making The Mind unable to function properly. Dusty and his ever-optimistic sidekick, Piper, must travel to Creed Valley, where The Mind’s ideals are formed to restore peace. A journey filled with musical showdowns and mind-bending puzzles awaits.
Figment 2: Creed Valley Features include:
Musical Showdowns – Nightmares have their own theme songs, shining light on why they have appeared. Dodge and weave as they taunt you.
A Living, Rhythmic World – Chat with The Mind’s ever-changing opinions and tune in to the world’s rhythm.
One Mind, Two Perspectives – Explore The Mind’s two fundamental states: Open-minded and Closed-minded. Switch between states and adapt to the shifting environment to move forward.
Back Your Brain, Hone Your Sword – Prove your mental and physical strength through mind-bending puzzles and fights timed to the soundtrack.
Companion Mode – We should never have to face our fears alone. Piper is now a controllable character for local co-op.
Joy, sadness, and everything in between. Figment 2: Creed Valley draws from emotional experiences that affect us all. Face stress, anxiety, and the fear of the dark in a musical and surreal universe. Grab your sword and restore the light that once was.
Figment 2: Creed Valley launches on Xbox Series, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC in February 2023. Watch the new trailer below.
EA's dominating racing series takes a left turn with this uniquely action-oriented entry in the franchise, where players use their driving skills honed in previous NFS games to control their vehicle i..