- Gundam Versus debuting stateside this fall for PS4
- Forza Horizon 3 – Hot Wheels to be available on May 9
- Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception’s healer, Nekone, in the spotlight
- Call of Duty returns to 1940s this November with Call of Duty: WWII
- Dragon Quest Heroes II now in stores, online for PS4 and PC
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Locomalito’s action-heavy platformer Cursed Castilla EX, also known as Maldita Castilla EX, will be getting a limited physical release. Publisher Abylight Studios has teamed up with Eastasiasoft Limited to produce 3,000 copies of the Ghosts ‘n Goblins-esque adventure for the PlayStation 4. Scheduled to launch next month, the hard copy, titled Cursed Castilla EX Limited Edition, will cost $29.99 and be exclusive to Play-Asia.com. The bundle will come with the game, a 70-minute-long soundtrack CD, a numbered certificate, and a collector’s box. Pre-orders require submitting an email to mark interest in a copy.
Capcom is going full-on 8-bit today with the release of The Disney Afternoon Collection. The six-title compilation bundles Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers 2, Darkwing Duck, DuckTales, DuckTales 2, and TaleSpin. Each title has been updated with HD graphics along and supplemented by an in-game Museum filled with art and title history, a Rewind feature, and two modes, Boss Rush and Time Attack.
Gaming’s most famous bandicoot is set to return on June 30 in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. The set, which will be exclusive to PS4, bundles together Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped. All of the games are set to feature remastered high-definition graphics.
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.
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.
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!!.
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.
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.
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.