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Fe, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Claybook, more added to Xbox Store

It’s time for your Friday Xbox Games Store update, and today’s update includes three Xbox One games with very unique visual styles.

First up is Fe, a “wordless platformer” from Zoink and Electronic Arts that wants to allow players to make discoveries “without handholding.” Also available to download today is South Park: The Stick of Truth, an Xbox One re-release of the popular RPG. Finally today, Claybook takes place in “a unique world made entirely of clay” and it’s now available for the Xbox One through the Xbox Game Preview program.

You can learn more about the rest of today’s additions to the Xbox Games Store after the break. (more…)

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Swery’s next game, The Missing, will be published by Arc System Works in 2018

Hidetaka “Swery” Suehiro, the creator of Deadly Premonition, a divisive horror title from 2010, has announced that his next game will be released sometime this year. The Missing is currently in development at Swery’s White Owls development studio, and it’ll be published by Arc System Works.

“I can say with confidence that Swery is one of the industry’s most unique game developers,” said Minoru Kidooka, the President and CEO of Arc System Works. “We share his vision for creating innovative, genre-bending games and look forward to working with Swery and his team at White Owls on The Missing.”

Like everything Swery does, The Missing is currently wrapped in riddles, and the short video message embedded above is all we have to go on. While holding a stuffed bear, Swery talked about how Arc System Works has been “very supportive,” and that the publisher has given him the chance to create “something entirely new.” He also promised that The Missing will “blow your mind” and offhandedly remarked, “I think it’s sick!”

Finally, a rapid-fire series of images might give us our first clue as to what The Missing is all about. There’s a clock, a satellite dish, a cow skull, a drop of blood, a tunnel, some flames, and a few others obscured by static. OK, I’m still lost.

But I’m sure it’ll all make sense when The Missing launches later this year.

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Hideki Kamiya is already thinking about Bayonetta 4

Bayonetta 3 was officially announced during this year’s Game Awards ceremony, but we don’t know much about it, and Platinum Games hasn’t even hinted at possible a release date. But that hasn’t stopped Hideki Kamiya, the game’s Director, from thinking about where to take the series in Bayonetta 4.

Writing on Twitter this morning, Kamiya mused that he already “has a plan” for the fourth game in the franchise:

Obviously, any talk about Bayonetta 4 (even from the game’s director) is pure speculation when we hardly know anything about Bayonetta 3. But it’s nice to know that Platinum has a road map for where the franchise will go in the future.

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Bayonetta 1 + 2, Fe, Xeodrifter, more coming to Nintendo eShop this week

Nintendo and its third-party publishing partners will add 17 new Switch games to the Nintendo eShop over the next seven days. While the sheer quantity is impressive, the list also includes some of this Winter’s most highly-anticipated games.

Nintendo themselves lead the way with the Switch re-release of Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2. Starting this Friday, players will be able to take Platinum’s pair of action games on the go for the first time. Also available to download tomorrow is Fe, a “wordless platformer” from Zoink and Electronic Arts.

Elsewhere on the Switch storefront, Atooi will make a return to the platform with the launch of Xeodrifter, a retro-styled side-scroller that was originally released for the 3DS in 2014. And Bloober Team will bring the horrific Layers of Fear: Legacy to the Switch on Wednesday. Layers of Fear: Legacy is being touted as the definitive version of the game with its inclusion of the Inheritance expansion, touchscreen controls, and HD Rumble support.

You can learn more about all of this week’s additions to the Nintendo eShop after the break. (more…)

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Capcom is splitting the games from the Mega Man X franchise across two Legacy Collections

Back in December, Capcom said that “multiple” games in the Mega Man X franchise would be released for modern platforms in 2018, leading many fans to assume that more than one compilation was in the works.

Today, the Australian Classification Board confirmed the publisher will indeed bundle the games from the Mega Man X franchise into two different packages known as the Mega Man X Legacy Collection [Source] and the Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 [Source].

It’s unknown how Capcom will split the franchise between the two Collections, or if the RPG spinoff, Mega Man X: Command Mission, will make the cut. But hopefully we’ll find out more soon.

Mega Man X Legacy Collection and Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 are both in development for the PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One, and will be released sometime in 2018.

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Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn will be released this Spring

The crowdfunding campaign for Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn first appeared on Indiegogo way back in 2014, but developer Saber Interactive has announced that it’ll finally be ready to launch for the PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One this Spring. Not only that, but the development team also announced a partnership with Wired Productions to bring Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn to retail stores, and they unveiled a new trailer that’s been embedded above.

Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is an intense, action-packed beat ‘em up which sees players take on the role of the unstoppable Shaquille O’Neal as he fights his way through the hordes of Hell and Hollywood. Master devastating combos, battle outlandish celebrity bosses and take on all comers with an array of weapons, including katanas, shuriken, and baseball bats. Channel Shaq’s alter egos, Big Daddy O and Big Diesel, in epic battles in the successor to the worst game ever on a mission to restore Shaq’s legacy.

Switch owners who purchased Saber’s last game, NBA Playgrounds, prior to June 10, 2017 will receive a free copy of Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn after it launches.

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Dynasty Warriors 9, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, The Fall Part 2, more added to Xbox Store

A quartet of new games are now available to download through the Xbox Games Store.

Beginning today, Xbox One owners will be able to download Dynasty Warriors 9, the latest “Musou” game from Koei Tecmo and Omega Force; Kingdom Come: Deliverance, an open-world medieval RPG from Warhorse Studios; The Fall Part 2: Unbound, an adventure sequel about a rogue AI; and Monster Energy Supercross, a motorcycle racing sim from Milestone.

You can learn more about all of today’s additions to the Xbox Games Store after the break. (more…)

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THQ Nordic will bring De Blob and De Blob 2 to the Switch this year

THQ Nordic launched a remastered re-release of De Blob for the PS4 and Xbox One towards the end of last year, and it’ll be followed by a De Blob 2 re-release on both platforms later this month. But yesterday, the publisher confirmed that De Blob, and its sequel, will also be available for the Nintendo Switch sometime in 2018.

De Blob was originally released for the Wii all the way back in 2008, and it was followed by De Blob 2 in 2011. Like Nintendo’s Splatoon, both games feature a big splash of color as the titular hero must bring color back to a monochromatic world:

De Blob
The evil I.N.K.T. Corporation has declared “Color is a Crime!” and leeched Chroma City of all its beauty and interest. The race to rescue Chroma City has just begun, and only De Blob can save the world from a black-and-white future with his unique abilities to color the world back to life.

De Blob 2
Comrade Black is back and so is his war on Color. There will be no stopping him or his brainwashing new cult from taking over Prisma City-that is, until De Blob comes back to re-ignite color revolution!

De Blob 2 is a platformer which utilizes unique painting functionality as the main game mechanic along with classic platforming actions and low gravity space. Set a few years after the events of the first De Blob game, action in De Blob 2 revolves around another attempt to wipe all colorful individuality from Prisma City and its residents. It’s up to the player to join the Color Underground and bring color back to the world. Features include: multiplayer support, 12 new single player levels, new power-ups and epic boss battles.

Hopefully we’ll learn more about De Blob and De Blob 2’s Switch debut soon.

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