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Kalypso will be releasing their hero-slaying kingdom sim Dungeons 2 for PS4 later this year. The console debut, set to launch on April 26, will include all previously released downloadable content on the disc. Four packs in total will be included: Pixieville, Morningwood, A Chance of Dragons, A Song of Sand and Fire, and A Clash of Pumpkins. The add-ons introduce new missions, enemies, and skirmishes. To show the game in action, Kalypso will be hosting a livestream today at 10:00 a.m. (CST) on their Twitch channel.
The Dungeon Lord is getting ready to rip apart a new batch of heroes with the release of Dungeons 2. As with its predecessor, the game combines elements of a dungeon sim and a real-time strategy title, allowing players to build and administer their base while gathering resources in order to build their forces. As the demonic lord, players get to create an army of Orcs with gold gathered by Snots in order to conquer The Overworld by defeating the humans on the surface. There are two factions who have access to 26 different characters, and up to four players get to compete with one another in four different modes.
Natsume has released their 3DS train-management sim A-Train: City Simulator. The Artdink-developed title tasks players with sustaining a transportation company through subsequent eras, starting with steam-powered trains, by managing the company’s finances and keeping customers happy. Support structures can also be built to maintain additional means of travel, including bus routes, subway stations, and airports.
Dungeons II has gone gold for Mac, SteamOS, and Windows PC. Scheduled to launch on April 24, the sequel allows players to assist The Dungeon Lord in expanding his domain into the land of man, as he spreads his influence aboveground by attacking cities. The campaign features two factions, 26 creatures, more heroes, and versus multiplayer for up to four players online or LAN. Kalypso also revealed the minimum and recommended system specs, which are listed below.
Natsume has released some new screenshots from their upcoming traffic-management sim A-Train: City Simulator. Described as “a cross between a social experience and a deeply involved city building simulator,” the game puts players in the shoes of a transportation supervisor tasked with keeping traffic running like a well-oiled machine in a variety of situations, from cities to suburbs. Players will have access to a variety of support structures, including subways and bus terminals, to augment their services and keep their job as they progress from the steam era to electric. Custom scenarios will also be possible with an included map editor.
Natsume has announced that Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley has gone gold for 3DS. The latest entry in the farming-centric role-playing series will hit stores on November 4, but gamers who pre-order before then from GameStop or the Natsume store will receive a 5” plushie designed after the player’s in-game pet dog. A collector’s edition is also available exclusively at the Natsume store, which comes with a 12” rabbit plushie.
Colonial overlords Gaslamp Games has decided to send their steampunk-flavored survival-management sim Clockwork Empires to the wilds of the Internet, also known as Steam Early Access. The latest version will go live on August 15 for $29.99. In an alternate, dystopian past, players will serve as a Junior Bureaucrat of the Empire and lead a band of colonists as they attempt to survive against Cthulhu-esque cosmic horrors, murderers, and their own ambitions. Each colonist will have their own personality traits that might see them become a proper citizen of the Empire or turn against their neighbors in service to their own avarice (damnable mumpers and bludgers!). Players can attempt to follow assignments issued by the Empire or strike out on their own with a faction of their choosing.
Natsume has announced that they will be bringing a new Harvest Moon to the 3DS later this year. Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley will again feature the farming and role-playing elements of its predecessors, as well as be the first 3D entry in the series. Customization will also be a focus, with players (slash farmers slash adventurers) capable of personalizing the world and fields. Additional details will be revealed at E3.
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.”