UTV Ignition Games has made a slew of announcements at E3, with titles running the gamut from the return of a classic puzzle series to a post-apocalyptic adventure to a light-hearted space RPG. The new IPs announced span PCs to consoles and include two items of particular note, the fantasy-novel-cover-come-to-life Dragon’s Crown and a demo for the surreal action platformer El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron.
Ukraine-based Creoteam’s new IP Collapse: Devastated World will be coming to North America. The post-apocalyptic third-person action thriller is set to hit the PC in 2012 and consoles thereafter. Set in 2096, players find themselves in the center of Europe 83 years after a catastrophe has unleashed monsters and poltergeists on the world. Players will experience a mix of close and long-range combat as they battle their way through soldier and creature in order to find out the cause of the incident and how they can save mankind.
Dragon’s Crown, a four-player co-op brawler, will be released in 2012 for the PS3 and PS Vita. The VanillaWare-developed beat ’em up will feature online play as well as share “some special interoperability features” between the console and handheld versions. Players will get to try their hand at one of six different classes, each sporting “a vast array of character customization features,” as they make their way through dank dungeons and catacombs for loot and glory.
We’ve been talking a lot about the Old Testament-inspired action platformer El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatro. For those who are as curious about its surreal presentation and unique storyline as us, there is some good news: a demo is now available on Live Arcade and the PS Network. The demo is the same version that is playable on the show floor at E3 this week, and includes a portion of the third chapter, where Enoch enters the Tower of Babel to face Ezekiel, the first of seven Fallen Angels.
Fractured Soul 3D, a screen-switching action platformer, is scheduled to launch for the 3DS in early 2012. As interplanetary rogue Jake DeSaul, players must “escape an eerie and malevolent space station” where dream and reality blur. Jake will be forced to confront his hopes, dreams, and regrets throughout 20 levels spread across five unique worlds. Each world offers its own set of challenges, from inverted gravity to howling winds, as players switch between screens to dodge bullets and outwit foes. There will also be four shooter levels for those who just want to dive in and mix things up.
Magical Drop returns to the PC later this year. The series that’s spanned over a decade of gaming, from the NeoGeo to the iPhone, will make its way back onto displays with Magical Drop V. With additional platform announcements coming later this year, fans of the series can look forward to redrawn, animated HD graphics, a new gameplay mode, and remixed music. The three-of-a-kind puzzler allows for up to four players to try their hand at the 15-plus characters in local and online games where each attempts to chain balls in order to send them to their opponent’s side.
Planet Crashers 3D will send players to the corners of the galaxy as recent graduate of the Planet Crashers Academy to face an unknown evil in an adventure that includes “quest-oriented gameplay with light-hearted RPG combat.” While scheduled for release on mobile and browser-based platforms, the 3DS version will hit stores in early 2012 and include, in addition to quests and RPG-style combat, multiplayer modes and character customization. In development at Renegade Kid, Planet Crashers 3D is said to deliver “a fun (and funky!) RPG adventure like never before.”
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