Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Adventure

Sierra returns with Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions and King’s Quest

Geometry Wars 3 Dimensions (PC) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Veteran developer and publisher Sierra has returned, as part of Activision Publishing. The new subsidiary is an indie-focused venture and has already signed two titles, with the first slated to launch this holiday season. The revamped studio’s debut title will be Geometry Wars3: Dimensions from Lucid Games. Dimensions will go “full 3D” and add support for both co-op and versus multiplayer as well as include a single-player campaign comprised of 50 challenges, 10-plus battle modes (five of which are new), and persistent progression. The other release, scheduled to launch in 2015, is a reimagining of the original King’s Quest by The Misadventures of PB Winterbottom developer The Odd Gentlemen. In the new King’s Quest, King Graham regales his granddaughter Gwendolyn with tales from his youth, each filled with the series’ hallmark puzzles and humor.

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Dontnod returns with time-traveling adventure Life is Strange

Life is Strange (360, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Remember Me developer Dontnod is back with a new episodic adventure, Life is Strange. Square Enix will be publishing the title, set to launch for 360, PC, PS3, PS4, and Xbox One, which follows student Max Caulfield and the mystery behind the disappearance of another student, Rachel Amber. After returning to her hometown of Arcadia Bay, Oregon for the first time in five years, Max reunites with her old friend Chloe and sets out with her to look into what happened to Rachel. To her surprise, Max quickly discovers that she has the power to rewind time. The narrative-driven adventure will react to the player’s choices, malleable as they are with the time-warping powers, which will affect how the story unfolds from one episode to the other.

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La-Mulana EX announced for PS Vita, to be released this year

La-Mulana EX (PC, PS Vita) PS Vita Announcement - Screenshot 1

Rising Star has announced that they will be releasing La-Mulana EX for PS Vita, an enhanced version of the Metroidvania-esque action-adventure title La-Mulana. Previously released for Windows PC and Wii via WiiWare, EX marks the first time the game has gone mobile. What’s being added hasn’t been revealed, but the publisher did say that the handheld version will be available later this year.

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Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair screens show new trial elements

Danganronpa 2 Goodbye Despair (PS Vita) August Screenshot Announcement - Screenshot 1

New Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair screenshots showcase several new gameplay elements. Hangman’s Gambit, which was in the original, is being revamped for the sequel with linked words becoming increasingly unstable and potentially explosive if not used. Rebuttal Showdown now allows the other characters to interrupt the player’s arguments in one-on-one debates, and an entirely new trial addition, Logic Dive has the player skateboarding through a glowing path as they attempt to stay on the right path during their argument.

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Conspiracies abound in new episodic RPG Majestic Nights

Majestic Nights (PC) Announcement - Screenshot 1

A new conspiracy-theory-themed role-playing game has been announced from Epiphany Games. Majestic Nights is an episodic thriller set in an alternate 1980s where all conspiracy theories are actually true. Players will take on the role of a Cardholder, an intelligence operative who has had a hand in some of the most well-known conspiracies, and as Cal, a downtrodden private investigator who has a mysterious past. The game is described as having “fast, light mechanics” and “an over-the-top 1980s aesthetic,” with the goal being for players to gather details about each conspiracy and connect the dots.

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Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunken King kicks off DLC trilogy

Dark Souls II (360, PC, PS3) Crown of the Sunken King DLC Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

The first download pack for Dark Souls II, Crown of the Sunken King, has launched today. The release marks the debut of The Lost Crowns trilogy, a download-only expansion set that adds new enemies, locations, and bosses. Crown of the Sunken King is set in an underground cavern filled with stepped pyramids, within which will be found the first of several prized crowns that were previously owned by King Vendrick.

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Adventure title AR-K launches on Steam with chapters 1 and 2

AR-K (Mac, PC) Steam Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Gato Salvaje Studio’s point-and-click adventure title AR-K has launched on Steam. The first two chapters, a remastered version of Gone with the Sphere and the newly released The Girl Who Wasn’t There, are bundled together as a $9.99 package, which is currently $7.99 as part of a launch-week promotion. The Unity 3D-powered, crowd-funded adventure follows Alicia, a beat cop turned journalist who awakes from a night out with a bad headache, few memories, and an impending investigation into a strange golden sphere. The game will be four chapters in all, with the final two launching later this year, and each can be played standalone or back to back as one long adventure.

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QuakeCon 2014 sales announced on Steam, Bethesda Store, more

Dishonored (360, PC, PS3) The Study of Stealth Trailer - Screenshot 3

Bethesda has announced an ongoing sale as part of the QuakeCon 2014 celebrations. Discounts are available on games, gear, and art across Bethesda’s own online store as well as Amazon, Steam, Xbox Live, and other outlets. The breakdown of who is offering what, including art, hoodies, series packs, and more, is available below.

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En garde! Abyss Odyssey launches for 360, PC, and PS3

Abyss Odyssey (360, PC, PS3) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Ace Team’s lovely 2D action-adventure title Abyss Odyssey has launched for 360, PC, and PS3. The side-scrolling release mixes elements of traditional one-on-one fighters, platformers, and role-playing games, making for another unique entry into the company’s library, following as it does the equally eccentric Rock of Ages and Zeno Clash. A combination of Art Nouveau aesthetics and Chilean folklore is mixed with three characters, persistent experience, and procedurally generated levels in an abyss ruled over by a shaman who gradually evolves to a final form as the community beats the game. The console versions are both on sale during launch week as well, with 30% off for PS3 and 33% off for 360.

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Characters chat it up in new Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair shots

Danganronpa 2 Goodbye Despair (PS Vita) July Screenshot Announcement - Screenshot 1

NIS has released another set of screenshots from their upcoming investigative visual novel Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. A new cast of characters are being tasked with finding out who amongst them is a murderer before they themselves are found—going by the first game—beat, burned, stabbed, or impaled. The latest shots show some of the conversations that players will be having with their ‘ultimate’ classmates.

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