Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Screenshots

Sierra returns with Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions and King’s Quest

Geometry Wars 3 Dimensions (PC) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Veteran developer and publisher Sierra has returned, as part of Activision Publishing. The new subsidiary is an indie-focused venture and has already signed two titles, with the first slated to launch this holiday season. The revamped studio’s debut title will be Geometry Wars3: Dimensions from Lucid Games. Dimensions will go “full 3D” and add support for both co-op and versus multiplayer as well as include a single-player campaign comprised of 50 challenges, 10-plus battle modes (five of which are new), and persistent progression. The other release, scheduled to launch in 2015, is a reimagining of the original King’s Quest by The Misadventures of PB Winterbottom developer The Odd Gentlemen. In the new King’s Quest, King Graham regales his granddaughter Gwendolyn with tales from his youth, each filled with the series’ hallmark puzzles and humor.

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Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment to get content update, free DLC

Sword Art Online (PS Vita) DLC and Update Announcement - Screenshot 1

Bandai Namco has announced a free DLC Costume Pack for their upcoming MMO-styled role-playing game Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment. The promotion is slated to run from launch until November 18 and will net gamers a dress shirt, nightie, school swimsuit, and wedding dress. These items will not be available in any other pack after the promotion ends. An extensive content update was also detailed, which will go live on September 23 and introduce a host of (free) changes, including a higher level cap, from 200 to 250, new bosses, new weapons and armor, new quests, and 50 new Hollow missions. Lastly, fans of the anime and manga can look forward to meeting Alberich and Heathcliff.

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DLC, PlayStation Vita News

Dead Island 2 gamescom demo footage, screenshots released

Deep Silver has released a new gameplay trailer and new screens from Yager’s Dead Island 2. Picking up after Dead Island and the upcoming Escape Dead Island, players will find themselves trying to survive in Los Angeles while its under quarantine by the military. Up to eight players can fight, cooperate, or ignore one another as they make their way through the undead hordes. The new media is being released in anticipation of this year’s gamescom in Germany, where attendees will be able to get some hands-on time at Deep Silver’s booth in Hall 9.1, B11/C10.

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Convention, PC News, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox One News

Kalypso to publish Gaming Mind’s new RTS, Grand Ages: Medieval

Grand Ages Medieval (PC) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Kalypso has added a new real-time strategy title to their line-up, Gaming Mind Studios’ Grand Ages: Medieval. The game’s official debut will be behind closed doors at this year’s gamescom, but Kalypso did reveal several details. Players will take on the role of a mayor governing a small European settlement in the year 1050. The village sits in a large world, around 30 million square kilometers, within which players can expand their realm and solidify their hold on power by conquering new territories, founding new cities, building trade networks, and researching new technology. Disasters, including fires, droughts, and plagues, will add an element of randomness to keep would-be kings on their toes. Multiplayer will also be supported for up to eight players.

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PC News

Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!! launching this September

Arcana Heart 3 Love Max (PS3, PS Vita) Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

Aksys has announced that their upcoming fighter Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!! will launch on September 23 for both PS3 and PS Vita. The US version will also feature a double art insert, with an exclusive fighter-themed cover on one side and the Japanese cheerleader-themed cover on the other. The 23-character fighter will feature new brawlers, online play with lobby support for up to six players, and over 300 hidden scenarios. Nearly a dozen new screenshots were also released, showing more of the crew in action.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation Vita News

Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen out for Android, iOS

Dragon Quest IV Chapters of the Chosen (Android, iOS) Mobile Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Dragon Quest has once again found its way onto the mobile market with the release of Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen. Available for Android devices, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, DQIV marks the beginning of the Zenithian Trilogy and features a novel progression design that has gamers play as each companion shortly before and up to when they meet up with the Hero, who then takes the lead in the final chapter. The mobile version allows for camera rotation via screen sliding as well as adds Party Talk, which allows players to talk with others during the journey, and an extra chapter.

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Android, Apple Handheld

Marius Titus marches on, Ryse: Son of Rome announced for PC

Ryse Son of Rome (PC, Xbox One) PC Announcement - Screenshot 1

After conquering the lands of Xbox Onia, Marius Titus has gathered the remnants of the XIV Gemina and set off on their next campaign to the far off lands of Computoria. Or if you would prefer to skip bad jokes: Crytek has announced that they and Deep Silver will be bringing the action title Ryse: Son of Rome to PC this fall. The new version will be released online and in stores, and it will include all previously released DLC as well as support 4K resolution. The download packs include five skins, 16 Arena maps (five for solo play), Survival Mode, and three extra Survival maps. In addition, PC gamers will also be getting two bonuses that came with the special edition of the Xbox One release, the Ruins multiplayer map and the Legionnaire’s Trust sword.

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PC News

The Settlers – Kingdoms of Anteria detailed, beta registration begins

The Settlers - Kingdoms of Anteria (PC) Beta Announcement - Screenshot 1

Ubisoft and Blue Byte have revealed some new screenshots and details about the gameplay and upcoming closed beta for the online-only The Settlers – Kingdoms of Anteria. As in previous Settlers titles, players will act as the guiding force behind a group of villagers who work to turn their hamlet into a powerful kingdom. Champions will be called upon to secure resources, protect the citizens, and expand the realm, adding an element of action to the traditional city-building formula. Players will select the champion’s class and skill, and then have them fight against enemies and bosses to earn resources, gear, and experience, while the town expands with building upgrades, improved production chains, and more territory. Up to four players can team up to fight together as well as explore each other’s towns and trade resources.

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The resolute ranger sets out today in Road Not Taken for PC, PS4

Road Not Taken (PC, PS4, PS Vita) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Spry Fox’s roguelike puzzler Road Not Taken has launched for Mac, Windows PC and PS4. As a ranger, players will set out into the aftermath of a winter storm in search of lost children. The story is said to change with each playthrough, as the ranger only has 15 years to live and how often he goes out, who he rescues, and how he makes his way through the wilds will determine how the game unfolds.

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PC News, PlayStation 4 News

La-Mulana EX announced for PS Vita, to be released this year

La-Mulana EX (PC, PS Vita) PS Vita Announcement - Screenshot 1

Rising Star has announced that they will be releasing La-Mulana EX for PS Vita, an enhanced version of the Metroidvania-esque action-adventure title La-Mulana. Previously released for Windows PC and Wii via WiiWare, EX marks the first time the game has gone mobile. What’s being added hasn’t been revealed, but the publisher did say that the handheld version will be available later this year.

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PlayStation Vita News