The Evil Within Preview: Shinji Mikami Made A Game With Zombies In It (Again)
Mortal Kombat 10 is in development and will be released alongside next film adaptation
Tales of Zestiria, Tales of Xillia 2 US release announced by Namco Bandai
Hyper Light Drifter Hands-On Preview: Like Playing a Dream
Hyper Light Drifter "probably" won't be released until early 2015
Project CARS will cross the finish line in November
The Evil Within Preview: Shinji Mikami Made A Game With Zombies In It (Again)
Tales of Xillia 2 will be released in US in August; Collector’s Edition announced
XBL Store Today: Warface, Defense Technica
Walking Dead: Season 2 Vita, Octodad, Soul Calibur: Lost Swords, more added to PS Store
Author: John Scalzo
Project CARS, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racing sim, will finally be released this November for the PC (Windows/SteamOS), PS4, Wii U, and Xbox One. To celebrate, the developer has released a stunning new trailer, which they claim is composed of “all in-game footage.”
Slightly Mad was able to bypass the traditional publishing model to create their passion project through their engagement with fans and the community. The development team sold “Tool Packs” and gave them access to a private forum to discuss the game’s future and the direction development was taking.
When all is said and done, Project CARS might be one of the most realistic racing games ever. I guess it’s a good thing Slightly Mad included Oculus Rift support as well.
Marketing a horror title is tricky business. If you give away too much, that will spoil the scares and dissipate the tension. But you also don’t want to play things too close to the vest, as then your audience won’t have any clue what to expect. This has been the problem for Bethesda’s The Evil Within almost from the start.
The Evil Within is in development at Shinji Mikami’s new studio, Tango Gameworks. Mikami is most famous for creating Resident Evil and the franchise’s signature sequel, Resident Evil 4. So far, The Evil Within’s marketing has lead audiences to believe that it would be a tense and claustrophobic affair that would force players to run and hide from the imposing and seemingly unstoppable residents of the game’s sanitarium setting. But during a live demo presentation during the 2014 PAX East convention, we got to see a new side of The Evil Within that belies the game’s previous marketing approach and goes in a different (and not altogether wanted) direction. (more…)
Tales of Xillia 2 was released in Japan more than 18 months ago. Now, Bandai Namco is finally ready to announce a western release date for the game. The latest entry in the long-running Tales series will be released in North America exclusively for the PS3 on August 19. European gamers will have to wait an extra three days, until August 22, for the game to reach their shores.
The publisher also announced that a special Collector’s Edition of Tales of Xillia 2 will be available in August. The Collector’s Edition, which has been priced at $129.99, will come packaged with a ton of goodies:
- Collector’s Edition Packaging
- Ludger Kresnik Figure
- The Art of Tales of Xillia 2
- Special Music Selection CD
- Elle’s Pocket Watch (Non-Functioning Replica)
- Rollo Plushie Charm
- Classic “Tales of” Costume DLC (Yuri Lowell, Emil Castagnier, and Asbel Lhant)
Maybe it’s asking too much, but for $130, I’m a little surprised the watch doesn’t even work.
The full version of Crytek’s ridiculously-named free-to-play first person shooter, Warface, is now available to download through the Xbox Live Game Store. If you’re not a fan of war being right in your face, a new tower defense game, Defense Technica, was also released today.
More information on both Xbox 360 games can be found in their Dashboard descriptions (Defense Technica’s, it should be noted, has not been edited in any way):
Engage in explosive action with this exhilarating free-to-play FPS from Crytek, keeping you on your toes with daily new missions. Master four soldier classes as you team up to complete daring Co-op raids or dominate Versus modes. Join the battle with unique assault moves and real-time weapon customization.
Defense Technica ($9.99)
The new revolution of Tower defence! Defence Technica! A project ‘Noah’ is now released to defeat the cruel invader Hergus and save the world. You should defend the core and struggle against the constantly rushing enemy in the battlefield where attack paths and the land, or weather are changed in real-time. You will be amazed at the gorgeous landscape in the beautiful graphic of Defence Technica. Upgrade various weapons to the enemy’s attribute. Predict and decide promptly how and when to counterattack in response to their changing moving route.
The dead walk on the PS Vita this week as Telltale Games has released the first two episodes of The Walking Dead: Season 2 on Sony’s handheld. As with the PC and console editions, each episode is individually priced at $4.99 while the five-episode Season Pass is a steal at $19.99.
Other games available this week include:
- Octodad: Dadliest Catch (PS4), the only undercover octopus game on the market today.
- Cel Damage HD (PS3+PS4+Vita Cross-Buy), a new remake of a car combat game that used to be exclusive to the GameCube.
- Soul Calibur: Lost Swords (PS3), a free-to-play take on the popular fighting franchise.
- Demon Gaze (Vita), another dungeon-crawling RPG from NIS America.
During their Game Developer Conference panel last month, deevlopers from Sledgehammer Games gave the attending audience a quick glimpse at an “in-game character image” from the currently unannounced Call of Duty 2014. Today, IGN revealed that image, an extreme close-up of a soldier, to the world.
Call of Duty 2014 is in development for next-generation platforms (PC, PS4, and Xbox One) and will be released this Fall. A current-generation version of the game (for the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U) is also expected, but remains unconfirmed as of now. An official announcement of the game will likely occur next month.
With the rights to the Fatal Frame franchise now jointly owned by Nintendo and Tecmo Koei, the two companies have decided to join forces to produce a new game in the series exclusively for the Wii U. The currently untitled Fatal Frame 5 was announced in Famitsu (thanks Gematsu) along with a slew of tie-in projects.
In addition to the game, Nintendo and Tecmo Koei will team up with Kadokawa Corporation to create a live-action film based on the game series. The movie, which will star Ayami Nakajo and Aoi Morikawa, will be released this Fall. But first, a Fatal Frame novel written by Eiji Otsuka will be released in August. Finally, a comic series, written by Tadashi Agi, is also in the works with an unannounced release date.
Sadly, Fatal Frame 5 and all of its spinoffs are slated to be released only in Japan. Nintendo and Tecmo Koei haven’t released a Fatal Frame game in America in nearly a decade and there currently appear to be no plan to bring the game or the tie-in material across the Pacific. But with Nintendo’s new found desire to broaden the Wii U’s appeal (just look at Bayonetta 2), perhaps the time is right for a Fatal Frame revival in America.
BioWare has kept Dragon Age: Inquisition shrouded in secrecy almost since the day it was announced. But a brand new gameplay trailer, released this morning, has given gamers an extensive look at “The Inquisitor” and his quest to stop a band of demons from terrorizing the land of Thedas. It’s likely that BioWare (and publisher EA Games) will soon ramp up their promotion of Inquisition as they also revealed that the game will be released for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on October 7.
That date will be a crowded one for fans of sword and sorcery epics as WB Games plans to release Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor on October 7 as well.