Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Adventure

Court’s in session. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc out for Vita

Danganronpa Trigger Happy Havoc (PS Vita) Oct Media Announcement - Screenshot 4

NIS has released Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, a new investigative adventure visual novel for PS Vita. Released in Japan for PSP in 2010, the localized version follows the same storyline with players assuming the role of Makoto Naegi, a student at Hope’s Peak Academy who must investigate a series of murders to find out which student is the guilty party. On a slight twist to the traditional whodunit, the school is locked down by a crazy bear named Monokuma, who serves as the judge and jailer, promising freedom to the person who can murder without getting caught. Naegi must gather evidence for both the ongoing trial and to discover who is holding them hostage before time runs out.

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King Art augmenting The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 via Kickstarter

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (PC) Kickstart Announcement - Screenshot 1

King Art, developers of the point-and-click adventure title The Book of Unwritten Tales, is looking to supplement the development of the follow-up with crowdsourced funds from Kickstarter. Unlike most titles, the studio isn’t looking for the campaign to raise enough money to fund the title but to add more features. The sequel is set to release early next year, and in looking to include more optional sidequests, character-customization options, and quest paths, as well as gather community feedback, King Art has decided to go beyond publisher Nordic Games to gather the additional necessary resources. According to creative director Jan Theysen, “every cent from the campaign goes directly into the on-top content.”

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Aurora to return home on April 30 with release of Child of Light

Child of Light (360, PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox One) Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

Ubisoft has revealed that their upcoming turn-based role-playing game Child of Light will be released on April 30. The downloadable title will be available on eShop for Wii U, Live for 360 and Xbox One, PSN for PS3 and PS4, and Steam for PC. The Framework-powered adventure is being labeled a “reimagining of fairytales” and will have players take on the role of Aurora as she journeys through the world of Lemuria. After being taken from her home, she sets out to make her way back but discovers that she must first free the moon, stars, and sun from the clutches of the Queen of the Night. She will face dragons and monsters along the way, but also find help in new allies, including the firefly Igniculus.

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Square Enix Collective pilot goes live, three candidates up for vote

Square Enix Collective (Platform) Announcement - Screenshot 1 (Game of Glens)

Square Enix is getting more involved in the community-driven development scene with a new pilot program, Square Enix Collective. Similar to Steam Early Access, players will vote on which game interests them most, but unlike Early Access, gamers are voting on concepts. Winners will be put up on Indiegogo for funding, with funded titles being supported by Square Enix throughout development and assistance with distribution on digital outlets at release. According to Collective project lead Phil Elliott, “It’s up to the teams how much or little help they want from Square Enix and it’s our opportunity to help some fantastic games become a reality and uncover the development stars of the future.”

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance Kickstarter goal met, funding secured

Warhorse Deliverance (Linux, Mac, PC, PS4, Xbox One) Kickstarter Announcement - Screenshot 1

Warhorse Studios’ decision to go the Kickstarter route with their upcoming Medieval-era action-adventure RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance has paid off. In just two days, the campaign has managed to not only meet its goal of $500,000 but surpass it, and with room to spare. The studio announced that, with the success of the campaign, the game has been funded through completion. The ambitious titles is free of fantasy elements, leaving gamers to explore an open, dynamic world filled with branching dialog trees, period-specific combat, sieges, and crafting. There will also be role-playing elements for character leveling, and requirements that adventurers eat and sleep.

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Double Fine announces release, release date of Broken Age – Act 1

Broken Age (Linux, Mac, PC) Act 1 Early Back Release and Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

Double Fine has revealed that the first act of their new point-and-click adventure game, Broken Age, is available for backers of its Kickstarter campaign and will be available for the general public on January 28. The Tim Schafer-led title features two characters, Vella Tartine and Shay Volta, who are worlds apart but experiencing similar events, and players will need to switch between the two as their stories unfold. Act 2 is set to launch later this year as a free update, and there are plans to bring both acts to Android, iOS, and Ouya.

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Double Fine reacquires rights to Costume Quest and Stacking

Stacking (PC, 360, PS3) PC Announcement - Screenshot 2

In a move that’s sure to please fans of Double Fine, the studio has announced that they have reacquired the publishing and distribution rights to Costume Quest and Stacking. The distribution rights were acquired from Nordic Games, who picked them up in 2013 during THQ’s bankruptcy. As part of the new deal, the two companies have partnered for a retail release of Costume Quest, Psychonauts, and Stacking for Windows and Mac next year in both North America and Europe.

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LEGO The Hobbit coming to consoles, handhelds, and PC in 2014

Lego The Hobbit Videogame (360, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One) Announcement - Screenshot 1

LEGO and TT Games will be returning to Tolkien’s universe next year with LEGO The Hobbit. Based on Peter Jackson’s ongoing Hobbit trilogy, LEGO will feature Bilbo, the Dwarves, and Gandalf as they go through the storyline of the first two films, using their special abilities to make their way around roaming orcs and trolls. The gang will also venture through some of the films’ prominent locations, picking up treasure and solving puzzles along the way.

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Time to face the zombie hordes, How to Survive launches for 360, PC

How to Survive (360, PC, PS3, Wii U) 360 and PC Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Grab the car keys, the closest sharp object, and a bag of canned goods: zombies are coming. 505 Games has announced that Eko Software’s third-person action-adventure title How to Survive has been released on Live Marketplace for 360 and on Steam for PC. A recent outbreak of a mysterious virus has caused most of the world’s population to turn into zombies, and players must do everything they can to survive the undead while stranded on a small archipelago: seek out food and water, secure shelter, and scavenge items to make tools and weapons.

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Creepy visual novel Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward now $29.99

Virtues Last Reward (3DS, PS Vita) Price Drop Announcement - Screenshot 1 (PSV)

Aksys Games has announced that they have lowered the price of Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward to $29.99. The puzzle-filled adventure-style visual novel is a follow-up to 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors for 3DS, and it is available for both 3DS and PS Vita. The price drop is in effect across both platforms.

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