Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Action-Platformer

PSX 2016: DotEmu – Wonder Boy, Windjammers, and Ys Origin

DotEmu is embracing the past for their upcoming releases. First up is Lizardcube’s upcoming Wonder Boy title, Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, which received its second developer diary. The video highlights the re-imagined soundtrack from the Wonder Boy III remake. They also announced two new PS4 and PS Vita titles for early 2017: Ys Origin and Windjammers. Ys Origins will release on February 21, offering players a chance to play the prequel on console, taking place 700 years before Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished. Some new, undetailed features are also being included, with the title itself being ported by DotEmu. The Neo Geo classic Windjammers is also returning. The futuristic sports title pits two players against one another as they attempt to fling a disc into their opponent’s net by using powers and ricochet shots. It will support five game modes, including online versus (do I hear an angelic choir?), along with leaderboards and trophies.

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SteamWorld Collection available for PS4, on November 15 for Wii U

Rising Star is giving another indie title the physical treatment today with the release of SteamWorld Collection for PS4. Wii U owners will be able to snag it on November 15. The release bundles SteamWorld Dig, a mining platformer, and SteamWorld Heist, a turn-based strategy game. Unlike other strategy games, players are more involved in combat with manual control over where their robots aim, allowing for precise ricochet shots.

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PlayStation 4 News, Wii U

Physical edition of Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse released for 3D

Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse for 3DS got a physical release today, courtesy of Rising Star Games. WayForward’s action-platformer has Shantae teaming up with an old enemy, Risky Boots, in order remove an evil curse from Sequin Land. The acrobatic pirate can use new weapons and tackle an arcade-style mini-game exclusive to the physical release, Super Shantae Nab!!.

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Touhou Double Focus coming stateside, to be bundled with Wanderer

NIS will be releasing a Touhou double pack next year with a bundle that includes Touhou Genso Wanderer and Touhou Double Focus. Wanderer was previously announced, so technically, the 2D platformer is a bonus that is being packed in with the roguelike dungeon crawler. The set will be available digitally and physically for PS4, and digitally for PS Vita. The physical version will also come with a reversible cover and mini artbook.

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PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

505 Games to publish console and PC versions of Bloodstained

505 Games has announced a deal to publish Koji Igarashi’s Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. The Castlevania-style action platformer was successfully funded through Kickstarter last year, and is currently in production. Campaign rewards include digital and physical releases for PC, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One, and Wii U, which remain under the direction of Fangamer. 505 Games will handle the retail release for all platforms, aside from any mobile and tablet versions. A video detailing the partnership has been released and posted below.

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Gamescom trailer released for Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration

The Gamescom theater demo of Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration has been released by Crystal Dynamics. The video covers a section from the campaign, Thin Ice; a preview of Blood Ties, the upcoming narrative add-on that pits Lara against her uncle; and a look at the zombie-infested survival mode, Lara’s Nightmare. The 20 Year Celebration release also includes PSVR support, a co-op mode (Endurance), Extreme Survivor difficulty, 5 classic Lara skins, a weapon and outfit from Tomb Raider III, and all released downloadable content.

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Don Ramiro to ride again! Maldita Castilla EX headed to PS4

The retro-style action-platformer Maldita Castilla EX is being ported to PS4. After setting out last month for Xbox One, beleaguered knight Don Ramiro is once again taking up his sword for King Alphonse VI and the Kingdom of Castile. His adventure will see him face off against nearly 50 enemy types and 19 bosses across eight stages. The console version also features remixed audio, new music, an illustrated bestiary, and four endings.

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PlayStation 4 News

Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse getting physical release for 3DS

Rising Star Games announced that they will be releasing a physical edition of Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse for 3DS. The WayForward-developed platformer is the third entry in the series, and has players teaming up with Shantae’s old foe, Risky Boots, on a quest to save Sequin Land from a curse. As a pirate, the famed belly dancing genie is able to use new weapons as she tackles the main story as well as the physical version’s added arcade-style mini-game Super Shantae Nab!!.

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Watch your head! Headlander out now digitally for PC, PS4

Adult Swim’s new side-scrolling exploration-heavy action title Headlander has launched digitally for PC and PS4. The Double Fine-developed adventure finds the head of the last remaining human fighting an AI to save a future, now-roboticized mankind. Players must pilot their head between bots in order to progress and fight back against the AI’s army of minions.

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PC News, PlayStation 4 News

Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration revealed, including PS4

Rise of the Tomb Raider will be making its way to PS4 this fall in Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration. Scheduled to launch on October 11, alongside updates for PC and Xbox One, the set will include the original game, an additional story chapter titled Blood Ties, Endurance co-op mode, and all downloadable content. The drops add 35-plus Expedition Cards, 12 outfits, and seven weapons. Blood Ties, which will support PSVR, sees Lara back in Croft Manor as she tries to find proof of ownership to resolve a dispute with her uncle. Then, in Lara’s Nightmare, she must defend the manor … from zombies. Endurance challenges teams of two to surviving the elements by day and enemies by night for as long as possible, with results posted to a leaderboard. Classic Lara skins can also be found in new packs. PC and Xbox One Season Pass holders will receive all new content as part of the pass.

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