Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Focus Home Interactive

Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom now available for PC, PS4, Xbox One

Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom has officially launched for console and PC. The action role-playing game sends players on a journey through the fragmented world of Mahera, guiding Chado and four of his friends. The group finds themselves caught between warring kingdoms, and they must make their way through hordes of enemies by harnessing magic and engaging in a fighting-game-style combat system. The title was initially funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign, but was eventually expanded with assistance from Focus Home Interactive.

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The Surge goes goooold, day-one PS4 Pro updates detailed

Deck13 has sent word that their upcoming action role-playing game The Surge has gone gold for console and PC. The studio also announced that they have PS4 Pro updates scheduled for release, which will offer Dynamic 4K at 30fps or 1080p at 60fps. A subsequent update will add HDR support at a later, unspecified date.

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Learn about the cast of Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom in new trailer

A new character trailer has gone live for Shiness. Enigami’s action-heavy role-playing game is fast approaching its ship date, so to get players ready, Focus Home has released a trailer to introduce the cast. Five characters band together to explore the world of Mahera, including the mercenary Askel and engineer Poky. Players control the party when navigating the world but engage in combat one on one, in the style of a traditional fighter, though their allies can cast spells from the side and get tagged in to lend a hand.

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The Surge gets combat-heavy CG trailer, Stronger, Faster, Tougher

After last week’s 14-minute-long gameplay trailer, The Surge is getting the CG treatment. Deck13’s action role-playing game is set to go live in May, and the latest video, titled Stronger, Faster, Tougher, features gory combat in scripted encounters set throughout the CREO complex.

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Styx’s personality, design explored in new Shards of Darkness trailer

The sticky-fingered goblin behind Shards of Darkness is given his time in the limelight with a new Sytx-centric trailer. Cyanide details how the studio “envisioned and gave life, personality, and soul” to the mischievous thief. The video also touches on the game’s humor, with Styx breaking the fourth wall, and how the mechanics are capable of adapting to the player’s style.

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Deck13 narrates 14 minutes of gameplay from The Surge

Deck13 has released 14 more minutes of gameplay from The Surge. The footage is accompanied by commentary by designer Adam Hetenyi, who talks viewers through the abandoned laboratories that they will explore in the upcoming action role-playing game. Within their exoskeleton, players will battle strange creatures and use a limb-targeting combat system to either deliver a death blow or preserve an appendage to further augment their own suit.

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Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom’s world explored in overview trailer

A new overview trailer has gone live for Enigami’s upcoming action role-playing game Shiness. The latest footage highlights some of the gameplay, including the characters’ powers, such as telekinesis and electromagnetic field manipulation, as well as the universe in which the story takes place. Partially funded through Kickstarter, the game’s development phase is said to be nearing its end. Take a look below to check out their progress.

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Rogue Factor adapting Necromunda: Underhive Wars to console, PC

Focus Home and Rogue Factor are following up the recently released Mordheim: City of the Damned with a new console and PC release, Necromunda: Underhive Wars. The Games Workshop tabletop game is set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, and will feature a turn-based combat system with role-playing-style leveling mechanics. Players take charge of a faction of soldiers who are engaged in a long-running war for the Underhive, “a gigantic warren of derelict factories, rusted metal husks, and forgotten technologies.” More info will be sent out on February 1 and 2 during Focus Home’s What’s Next event in Paris.

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Watch four minutes of The Surge’s gory, methodical combat

Deck 13 has released four minutes of gameplay from their upcoming action role-playing game The Surge. The unedited footage features a bloody combat system that results in dismemberment and disembowelment while also emphasizing a slow pace. The player explores a facility overrun by cybernetic enemies, both those built for combat and others that are failed experiments with nano-technology. The system forces players to make a choice to either aim for an enemy’s vulnerable spot to secure victory or try to preserve them, prolonging the battle but also making it possible to attain their equipment after the battle.

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Space Hulk: Deathwing trailer showcases 13 minutes of gameplay

Space Hulk: Deathwing recently wrapped up its technical beta, allowing tens of thousands of players to try their hands at the game’s co-op mode, but its release is still a week away. To hold everyone over, developer Streum On has released a new gameplay video of the single-player campaign. The 13 minutes of footage follows the player as their Deathwing squad explores the the Space Hulk and battles Ymgarl Genestealers.

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