Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Rising Star Games

SteamWorld Collection available for PS4, on November 15 for Wii U

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Rising Star is giving another indie title the physical treatment today with the release of SteamWorld Collection for PS4. Wii U owners will be able to snag it on November 15. The release bundles SteamWorld Dig, a mining platformer, and SteamWorld Heist, a turn-based strategy game. Unlike other strategy games, players are more involved in combat with manual control over where their robots aim, allowing for precise ricochet shots.

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PlayStation 4 News, Wii U

Earth’s Dawn out digitally, physically for PS4, tomorrow for Xbox One

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Rising Star Games has released oneoreight’s side-scrolling action title Earth’s Dawn for PS4. The game is available digitally and physically, while Xbox One owners will be able to grab a digital copy tomorrow. Earth’s Dawn is said to be a mixture of “fast-paced, side-scrolling 2D action game mechanics, unique dark-edge anime visuals, and deep RPG-like systems.” Players must save Earth from an invading alien force known as the E.B.E. To that end, they have access to combos, evades, a skill tree, and a crafting system capable of creating accessories, armor, and weapons.

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PlayStation 4 News, Xbox One News

Physical edition of Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse released for 3D

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Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse for 3DS got a physical release today, courtesy of Rising Star Games. WayForward’s action-platformer has Shantae teaming up with an old enemy, Risky Boots, in order remove an evil curse from Sequin Land. The acrobatic pirate can use new weapons and tackle an arcade-style mini-game exclusive to the physical release, Super Shantae Nab!!.

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Rising Star to publish oneoreight’s Earth’s Dawn in North America

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Rising Star has announced that they will be releasing a new side-scrolling action title next month, Earth’s Dawn. Released in Japan as Earth Wars, the oneoreight-developed, anime-style release is set on an Earth overrun by aliens. As a soldier on the front line, players must battle the E.B.E. scourge by utilizing a combo-based combat system that makes use of the enemy’s own weapons. The game will launch on November 1 for PS4 and on November 2 for Xbox One, with a PC version set to be released “soon after.” A trailer was released alongside a batch of screenshots, and can be found below.

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PlayStation 4 News, Xbox One News

Assault Suit Leynos out digitally for PC, physically for PS4

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Following its digital launch for PS4, Assault Suit Leynos is now available on store shelves for PS4 and through digital outlets for PC. There are also some extras. The boxed copy includes a poster* (incorrect, see update), while the PC version is available as a standalone version for $19.99 and as a Special Edition for $24.99. The special content, purchasable separately for $4.99, bundles the game’s soundtrack along with a 39-page excerpt from John Szcepaniak’s The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers that focuses on series creator Masaya/NCS.

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PC News, PlayStation 4 News

Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse getting physical release for 3DS

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Rising Star Games announced that they will be releasing a physical edition of Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse for 3DS. The WayForward-developed platformer is the third entry in the series, and has players teaming up with Shantae’s old foe, Risky Boots, on a quest to save Sequin Land from a curse. As a pirate, the famed belly dancing genie is able to use new weapons as she tackles the main story as well as the physical version’s added arcade-style mini-game Super Shantae Nab!!.

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(PlayStation 4 Review) Assault Suit Leynos

(PlayStation 4 Review) Assault Suit Leynos

“… initially nearly as frustrating as it is fun, but its old-style charms quickly prevail.”

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PlayStation 4 Reviews

Digital version of Assault Suit Leynos launches for PS4

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Rising Star Games has released Dracue Software’s PS4 version of Assault Suit Leynos on PSN. Older and/or retro gamers might know it better by its stateside title Target Earth, released in 1990 for the Sega Genesis. The updated version follows the original’s design closely, while also improving the visuals. The physical release is still in the works, and is now scheduled to launch this September. As a bonus, the boxed copy will come with a double-sided poster that features the art from the original 16-bit Japanese release.

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PlayStation 4 News

Assault Suit Leynos launching stateside this summer for PC, PS4

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Rising Star Games will be bringing over Dracue Software’s updated version of Assault Suit Leynos. After hitting store shelves last year in Japan, the side-scrolling action title will finally be making its way to North America this summer for PC and PS4. The series is better known over here as Target Earth, which was released for the Sega Genesis in 1990 by DreamWorks. The updated version is said to follow the original closely but with improved visuals. As a bonus, the physical release for PS4 will come with a double-sided poster that features the art from this version as well as the original 16-bit Japanese release, which is hands down one of the best covers of that era.

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PC News, PlayStation 4 News

Action-RPG Sadame now available on eShop for 3DS

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Mebius’ action role-playing game Sadame has been released for 3DS. Published by Rising Star Japan, the $14.99 digital release features a tale of four heroes battling their way through over 20 bosses and hordes of enemies during the Senhoku period of Japan. Four classes—Monk, Ninja, Rogue, and Samurai—are represented, and each has their own skill trees, abilities, encounters, and events. Armor and weapons can be shared between characters, and weapons can be upgraded. StreetPass functionality allows other player’s characters to join in and assist with the quest.

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