Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Nordic Games

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 ventures forth, now available for Wii U

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (PC, Wii U) Wii U Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

King Art Games’ point-and-click adventure title The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 has launched for Wii U. As with its 2011 predecessor, the sequel follows several heroes as they undertake a quest rife with referential humor. The four heroes must solve a series of logic puzzles in order to put an end to the random transformations that are taking place throughout the lands of Aventasia in a journey that’s estimated to last over 20 hours.

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Piranha Bytes debuts pre-alpha footage of upcoming RPG ELEX

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Gothic creator Piranha Bytes is working on a new open-world role-playing game, ELEX. Coinciding with the announcement is the launch of the official website and reveal trailer, linked and posted below, which offer an early look at what the studio will be bringing to this year’s E3. The action-heavy role-playing game will be set in a post-apocalyptic world that mixes science fiction and fantasy. The design will revolve around player agency and consequence with “interesting characters, mutant creatures, deep moral choices and thrilling action.”

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Nordic Games details SpellForce 3, set to reveal more at E3

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The real-time strategy and role-playing hybrid series SpellForce is returning to E3. A few new screens and concept art pieces were also released, showing Grimlore Games’ progress. SpellForce 3 is a prequel that takes place in Eo, and as before, players create an upgradeable, customizable hero who will take on quests for experience and items. They will also form a squad with three other heroes and conquer sectors, whose resources they will manage, directing the inhabitants as to what to harvest and where to send the goods. Armies will also be created within the sectors to invade neighboring regions in order to spread the player’s influence during the 30-hour campaign. Online co-op and versus play will also be supported.

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Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition getting physical release

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The Steam version of Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is getting a physical release, courtesy of Nordic Games. Players will have two choices, the $19.99 Standard version and the $29.99 Limited Edition. The Standard release will come bundled with a quickstart guide, A3 poster, and game DVD, all in special packaging. The Limited Edition includes all of those items plus two postcards, soundtrack CD, two double-sided A3 posters, and steelbox packaging. A physical version will also be released for Xbox One. The Definitive Edition is a re-release that adds new areas, abilities, story sequences, and fast travel.

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Turn-based strategy title Battle Worlds: Kronos out for PS4, Xbox One

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Nordic Games has released Battle Worlds: Kronos on PSN for PS4 and on Live for Xbox One. The turn-based strategy game is said to be inspired by Battle Isle, with players battling for control of a planet on hexagonal-segmented battlefields. Two sides square off over three campaigns, estimated to last over 60 hours, with 50-plus unit types, from infantry to aircraft, for the succession of the next emperor. The console version also include the downloadable campaign Trains.

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Nordic Games to help expand Battle Chasers: Nightwar

Battlechasers Nightwar (PC, PS4, Xbox One) Nordic Announcement - Screenshot 1

Airship Syndicate’s Kickstarter-funded role-playing game Battle Chasers: Nightwar is being given a boost from Nordic Games. Based after the comic series Battle Chasers, the game adaptation ended its successful crowdfunding campaign last December. Since then, Airship has been working on the title using the raised funds, but today, they have announced they they are teaming up with Nordic to expand the game’s budget and feature set. Nordic’s assistance will see all stretch goals being reached, which will add more cut scenes, animation, and quests as well as voice acting.

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Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition launching Oct. 27, new shots posted

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Death will be returning in a few weeks. Nordic Games has announced that Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition will launch worldwide on October 27. The included version of Darksiders II will be updated with support for 1080p, improved lighting and shadows, reworked character and environment graphics, and tuned game balancing and loot distribution. All downloadable content will also be included, which add new weapons, enemies, and more. Eight new comparison shots were also released, and more will be on display at 2 p.m. (CST) tomorrow during Gunfire Games’ streaming event at their official Twitch channel.

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Nordic Games acquires remaining property for Codename: Panzers

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Nordic Games has finished acquiring the real-time strategy property Codename Panzers. The World War II-era series comprised three titles, but only two, Codename: Panzers – Phase I and Phase II, were developed by series creator and now-defunct Hungarian-based studio StormRegion. Both games were released in North America by the also now-defunct publisher cdv Entertainment. The IP was purchased from Neocoregames, the studio behind the King Arthur hybrid strategy and role-playing series as well as the more recent Van Helsing titles. Nordic purchased the third release in the series, Cold War, a year and a half ago from Make Projects UG, Germany, and now owns the whole shebang.

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PC News

See Darksiders II Deathinitive’s updated visuals in before/after shots

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A handful of comparison screenshots were released from the upcoming Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition. The header image is a ‘before’ and ‘after’ shot spliced together, while the full screens are below. A note from Gunfire Games’ design director, John Pearl, has also been included, detailing the various graphical upgrades.

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PlayStation 4 News, Xbox One News

Darksiders 2 Deathinitive Edition announced for PS4, Xbox One

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Nordic is bringing death back. Darksiders 2 will be returning for the new console generation as an updated bundle rerelease, Deathinitive Edition. In addition to upgraded graphics, the set will include all downloadable content: Argul’s Tomb, Fletcher’s Crow Hammer, Maker Armor Set, The Abyssal Forge, The Demon Lord Belial, Death Rides, Angel of Death, Deadly Despair, Mace Maximus, Shadow of Death, Mortis Pack, Rusanov’s Axe, and Van Der Schmash Hammer. The added content is said to push playtime to over 30 hours. The port is being handled by Gunfire Games, “where nearly all staffers have already been working at Vigil Games and on Darksiders in the past.” For those wanting a new adventure, fear not, Nordic has a new Darksiders in the works.

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