Showing posts with label Deep Silver. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Deep Silver. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Dead Island 2 in Development by Dambuster Studios

Dead Island 2 is not dead yet as developer Dambuster Studios will continue working on the long-delayed zombie game.

Although 2011 survival horror game Dead Island was successful enough to release a stand-alone expansion Dead Island: Riptide and spin-off Escape Dead Island, it never saw release of its officially announced sequel, Dead Island 2.

After it was confirmed back in 2014, it has been five years in development and contrary to what many believes, the game is not cancelled yet. In fact, publisher Deep Silver has now handed over the project to internal developer Dambuster Studios.

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Dead Island 2 in Development by Dambuster Studios

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In a recent investment report shared by THQ Nordic, it was finally revealed that long-delayed 2011 zombie game sequel is now handed over to new studios Dambuster after Sumo Digital has wrapped up their part on the project.

However, it was not clear how much progress they made so far throughout 2016 to 2019 but they assured not to act as a support studio for current developer since they have already concluded work on it before a planned transition.

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Polish video game developer/publisher Techland came on board at first but then they shift focus to Dying Light franchise. German based Yager Development was put in charge when they made a pitch to Deep Silver in 2012.

With a targeted Q2 2015 release window, Dead Island 2 was revealed at E3 2014 and a gameplay video was dropped on Gamescom 2014. Then UK-based Sumo Digital has taken over when Yager backed out from the game in 2015.

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Those who almost forgot the announce trailer of Dead Island 2 at E3 2014 briefing event can check it out below.




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Dambuster has previously worked on first-person shooter title Homefront: The Revolution under publisher Deep Silver. Their current zombie-killing action will be launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with no set release date.

THQ Nordic is reportedly working on a new Saints Row game alongside Volition in parallel to a brand-new IP by developer Fishlabs. Also, TimeSplitters series co-creator Steve Ellis is making a return to make plans for its upcoming future.

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As of July 2018, official Twitter account for Dead Island still insisted that their long-anticipated sequel is still in development and most recently, THQ Nordic has backed that claim after assigning Dambuster Studios as its newest developer.

Following unfortunate departure of Sumo Digital and Yager Development, the game has now found its third developer. We only hope that Dead Island 2 find its charm the third time and become a worthy sequel to its 2011 predecessor.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Catherine: Full Body Demo Out Now

A demo for Catherine: Full Body is now available on PSN to try out remake version of Catherine before release.

Centered on mature subject matter, 2011 dating sim styled puzzle platformer title Catherine from developer/publisher Atlus gets an enhanced port titled Catherine: Full Body, which is deemed a definitive version of the game.

Ahead of its Western and European release on September 3, 2019, a playable demo of Full Body worth 4.97 GB size has just become available at PlayStation Store to download and play on PlayStation 4 consoles.

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Catherine: Full Body Demo Out Now

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Full Body puts players on shoes of protagonist Vincent Brooks who is already torn between his longtime girlfriend Katherine and another girl he met at Stray Sheep bar named Catherine, followed by new romantic interest, Rin.

Atlus decided to add more than 500 puzzles, over twenty anime cut-scenes and a "Safety Mode" to enjoy story in easier difficulty. It was ported using Persona 5 engine by Studio Zero team for newer generation PS platforms.

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A newly released trailer titled "Decisions" also came out depicting moral dilemma of Vincent Brooks' love life.




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Catherine was an award-winning puzzle game experience that was very unique and not like any other of the same genre. Try out free demo of Full Body to see if you would be interested and then pre-order it on Amazon to reserve a copy.

Currently awaiting global launch of a localized English version, Catherine: Full Body has already been released earlier on Japan for both PS4 and PlayStation Vita platform, with the latter edition is solely exclusive to that region only.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Shenmue 3 Backers Won't Get Pre-Order Content

Kickstarter backers will not receive Shenmue III pre-order content for free upon launch but sure can pay for it.

If debacles created around upcoming anticipated action-adventure game Shenmue III was not enough by now, we have more disappointing news at hand for backers who funded creator Yu Suzuki on Kickstarter to make this project successful.

Going Epic Games Store-exclusive was bad enough for many fans on PC but in a latest crowdfunding update, developer Ys Net also states that backer are not receiving pre-order content included in Deluxe Edition, unless they pay for it.

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Shenmue 3 Backers Won't Get Pre-Order Content

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Apart from going timed exclusive at Epic Store, it was announced at E3 2019 that developers are now working on post-launch content and they are likely to be added as pre-order bonuses or be included in Deluxe Edition and Season Pass.

Even though people who funds projects on Kickstarter receive some extra incentive limited for them as an appreciation for their support, Ys Net decided to completely deny them of any extra content and that includes higher tier backers as well.

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When someone at ResetEra forum asked for a response from YS Net about Season Pass, they had the following to say.

Dear Antonio,
We apologize for the long delay in responding. Your feedback is appreciated and we will look into having your noted points in future updates.
Standard and deluxe versions released through retail sales are not affiliated with the crowdfunding campaign, so will not be included with backer pledges, however, they will be available for sale separately. Kickstarter Backers will receive the Kickstarter version, Slacker Backers will receive the Slacker Backer version. Both have unique content respective to their versions not available in the retail versions.
A season pass is not included.
Trial version release date info has yet to be confirmed and will be announced in the updates when details are available. You will be receiving your trial version, but we must ask for your patience for a little longer.
There will be more information following in the days ahead concerning updates.
Sincerely,
The Shenmue III Team

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According to their statement, backers are still getting some exclusive content respectively unique to Kickstarter and Slacker Backer version. Nevertheless, if you are so willing to enjoy post-launch content for Shenmue III, pay for it.

Though it was probably a decision made by publisher Deep Silver but Yu Suzuki has clearly forgotten how for all those backers who showed up pledging their support to his KS project at first hour has gotten major companies getting involved.

RELATED: Shenmue 3 Backers Getting Refund from Epic Store

A considerable faction of backers who gave their money to Suzuki and his company Ys Net for a copy of the game on Steam upon release now either has to wait a year if they are unwilling to install Epic Games launcher on their PC.

Although they were originally denied any refunds by Ys Net for this change, which created a major backlash and possibly had some lawsuits incoming but CEO of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney came offering a full refund for damage control.

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Suzuki revealed in a recent interview during PC Gaming Show 2019 that the game won't even be covering Ryo's complete story but only 40% of it, which means he already has plans for one or two more upcoming sequels in mind.

Given how his backers are scammed out of what they are promised in early phase of Shenmue III, his reputation is literally tarnished and he surely will face trouble gathering funds for next Shenmue game without Epic Games or Sony backing him.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Shenmue 3 Backers Getting Refund from Epic Store

Backers of Shenmue III are now getting refund for Steam version by none other than, Epic Games Store.

Long after going through Kickstarter to crowdfund then stuck in development for years than promised, long-awaited action-adventure game Shenmue III is finally set to arrive on November 19, 2019 for PC and PlayStation 4 platforms.

A new gameplay trailer at PC Gaming Show 2019 revealed PC version of the game is now an Epic Games Store-exclusive and backers are denied a refund for this change, causing backlash but Epic Games has come to their rescue now.

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Shenmue 3 Backers Getting Refund from Epic Store

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If moving over to Epic Store for PC version was not frustrating enough for majority of backers, developer Ys Net and publisher Deep Silver managed to infuriate them by not allowing a refund though their initial response on their official Kickstarter page.

Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki came under heavy backlash as well for promising to provide Steam keys and then switching to EGS, effectively forcing everyone to play it on a storefront that many are not comfortable with for various shady reasons.

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In a latest Kickstarter update, developers try to justify their action of shifting outlet by pointing that they couldn't provide Steam keys because of sales policies by Valve, which requires a game to be on their storefront for sale to generate keys.

Physical version will come in a disc with EGS code or they can wait for a year to receive a Steam key after exclusivity period ends. People can also choose to pick a PS4 version if they don't want to redeem digital code for Epic Games Store or just get a refund.

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However, higher tier backers are not getting full refund but only partial because many of stretch goal for Shenmue III are already implemented in the game and developers currently working on some post-launch content too.

When people funds video game projects on crowdfunding platforms, they place a huge trust on developers that they don't have for AAA-companies and Ys Net has completely broke that trust with their recent bait and switch act on consumers.

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CEO of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney clarified their position on offering full refund to upset backers on behalf of Ys Net.



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Now, Sweeney can expect to get some praise from people for handling a grieving situation but not everyone is ready to forget the fact here that whatever major backlash sparked was because of Epic Store trying to snag out another exclusive.

His follow-up Tweet says when they go after crowdfunded games that are successful in future, they would at least ensure that there are keys from other PC stores available to offer or a guaranteed refund and it is nothing but a subtle hint that they will.

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We are not sure what Shenmue developer Yu Suzuki was thinking about going EGS-exclusive and not even worrying about fans who supported him whereas parent company Sega didn't want to make a sequel because it made no significant business.

Shenmue III has proven to all that Kickstarter can literally do nothing in getting people their money back in situation like this and Tim Sweeney just clearly hinted that parties will advertise their games on Steam only for Epic to snag it later.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Shenmue 3 Won't Cover Ryo's Complete Story

Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki says, Shenmue III will only get us through 40% of Ryo's complete story.

After a series of delays after delays in past four years of development, anticipated upcoming action-adventure game Shenmue III is finally scheduled to see worldwide release on November 19, 2019 for PC and PlayStation 4 platforms.

However, players are not going to see complete story of young martial art prodigy Ryo Hazuki even when it finally gets there. According to series creator Yu Suzuki, we will not even be reaching halfway though his entire saga.

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Shenmue 3 Won't Cover Ryo's Complete Story

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In a recent interview after PC Gaming Show 2019, Suzuki stated by putting a water bottle on table pointing to middle of its length and said "40 percent" via translator, when he was asked whether third installation is a conclusion.

Though they had some bumps to work out along the road, his development company Ys Net has finally come a long way to deliver a full scale Shenmue experience after all with assistance from both Sony and publisher Deep Silver.

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After an initial announcement for the game back in E3 2015, he has successfully raised more than $7,000,000 from Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign and received additional support from Sony afterwards, which led to some controversy of course.

Even when he amassed triple of his original goal of raising $2 million dollars, Suzuki was still skeptical because it took a whooping $47 million to make original Shenmue back in 1999 and he would require $10 million to make it an open world game.

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Apparently, Ys Net is already working on some post-launch content that would involve both action-based and quest-based elements. Nevertheless, he never clarified if that would add up more to Ryo's story or seeking revenge or not.

Since Ryo will not be done with quest for vengeance after Shenmue III, former Sega developer and Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki would probably want to do one or two more sequels of this critically acclaimed series in near future.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Shenmue 3 Epic Store Exclusivity Creates Kickstarter Controversy

After Shenmue III has been announced as Epic Games Store exclusive for PC, backers are now even denied refunds on Kickstarter.

At E3 2019 event, renowned Sega developer and Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki took stage during PC Gaming Show 2019 to showoff brand-new gameplay trailer for Shenmue III and reveal that PC version will be an Epic Games Store-exclusive.

Now whether or not they decided to make it a timed exclusive is not clear yet but many backers are very upset over this decision of shifting platform since it was originally planned for a Steam release and are already asking for a refund.

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Shenmue 3 Epic Store Exclusivity Creates Kickstarter Controversy

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Right after their announcement at E3, development team has updated their Kickstarter page with new information to declare Epic Store exclusivity. What they explained as reason for their recent decision of changing outlet is given below.

We are happy to announce that Shenmue III for PC will be an Epic Games Store exclusive. Development for Shenmue III has been moving forward using Unreal Engine and the support we have received from Epic has been excellent. But most importantly, in looking for the most enjoyable experience on PC, it was decided together with Deep Silver after much discussion that the Epic Games Store would be the best distribution platform option.

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Apparently, it was publisher Deep Silver that pushed for Shenmue III exclusivity and their official statement of most enjoyable experience on PC being on EGS clearly shows how detached they are from players these days.

When they removed Metro Exodus from Steam earlier before launch to make it a timed exclusive at Epic Store, fans were enraged. They started review-bombing to plummet its overall score, which then took Steam to intervene and stop them.

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Official Kickstarter page of Ys Net is flooded with angry response from fans seeking either an explanation or their money back. Some pointed out that it was mentioned in early phase of campaign that they are to provide Steam keys for PC platform.

Even those who would purchase a physical copy would only have a box with a code in it that still need to be activated via Epic Store. Charging a $59.99 amount for a box that doesn't even come with a disc seems like a scheme to get some extra money.

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After Yu Suzuki launched the Kickstarter project looking for $2 million in funding back in 2015, it has been backed by nearly 70,000 people and raised over $6 million in a month, only so they can screw over players on PC four years later.

When you thought Epic Store exclusivity was the worst thing to happen to the game, Ys Net has denied granting any refunds for making this change, therefore leaving PC players with no option to either get their hard-earned money or preferred platform.

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Epic Games are definitely favoring developers by taking only 12% cut from sales rather than 30% and started a trend for exclusive games to incite competition but that is also leading studios into taking such controversial decisions.

A few months ago, Epic Games Store has bagged crowdfunded project Phoenix Point out of nowhere that was originally promised to launch on Steam but in that case, developers were generous enough to offer a refund to its backers at least.

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Denying request for refund was perhaps the most anti-consumer act from their part and maybe even led to some legal action, because ripping off people for their money with false pledges like this need some serious consequence enforced by law.

What happened as a result will now have people to be more suspicious before crowdfunding any project on Kickstarter. There is currently a Steam page for the game though but that is probably because they forgot to remove it.

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Epic may have given a hefty amount to Deep Silver and Ys Net for a store exclusivity deal like they did with Snapshot Games for having Phoenix Point. However, they should have considered how it would ruin reputation for both companies.

After years of development and a couple of delays, Shenmue III is finally all set to arrive on November 19 for PC and PlayStation 4. Only if they have kept promise of delivering Steam keys to backers, there would probably be a little less backlash.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Shenmue 3 Delayed to November 2019

Pushed over from August 2019, Shenmue III has been delayed once again for a November launch date.

Teenage martial art prodigy Ryo Hazuki was about to make his anticipated return in upcoming action-adventure game Shenmue III that was scheduled to release on August 27 this year but his arrival has been delayed now to November 19.

Though it is almost finished, creator Yu Suzuki and publisher Deep Silver have agreed to the point that the game needs some more polishing for truly being finished and revealed in public via its Kickstarter announcement.

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Shenmue 3 Delayed to November 2019

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Announced back at E3 2015, a third installment of classic series Shenmue entered into crowdfunding with an original goal of $2 million, which became fastest campaign for that amount by reaching their goal within just seven hours.

Aside from large sum of money collected from general mass, investors like Sony has also contributed with unknown amounts and that really raised eyebrows of many regarding budget transparency and how much it really takes to make a AAA-game.

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So far, this project has amassed a total of $7,179,510 in three years and became sixth-highest-funded Kickstarter campaign. Originally, the game was set to arrive on December 2017 before it was delayed to early 2018 and then on August 27, 2019.

Sega offered license of this cult favorite series to Suzuki's company Ys Net to develop Shenmue III independently and they jumped on board with development that will eventually see release over PC and PlayStation 4 on November 2019.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Killing Floor: Double Feature Out On PS4 and PS4 VR

Tripwire Interactive celebrates 10th Anniversary of Killing Floor by launching Killing Floor: Double Feature on PS4 and PS4 VR.

When co-operative first-person shooter game Killing Floor was launched back in 2005, it was met with an instant success, leading to Killing Floor 2 coming out in 2015 that was followed up by a VR title Killing Floor: Incursion in 2017.

To celebrate 10th Anniversary of this horde shooter franchise, developer/publisher Tripwire Interactive decided to offer ultimate KF experience by teaming up with publisher Deep Silver to launch Killing Floor: Double Feature.

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Killing Floor: Double Feature Out On PS4 and PS4 VR

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Double Feature bundles KF2 and Incursion together for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR platform for one great price of $39.99 only. It is packed with every gore filled seasonal content update released since launch for newcomers and veterans.

Developers have captured weapon animations at 240 frames per second so that players can see enemy blood spilling and bullet shell ejecting in slow motion Zed Time to have an immersive thrill amidst a bloody mayhem on PS4 consoles.

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Killing Floor Comes to VR

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Tripwire never stopped working on their project following launch and kept releasing free content featuring limited time events, maps and weapons, thus keeping its gameplay engaging for everyone from getting repetitive over time.

That means, you can wander around multiple maps, replay seasonal events, enjoy cosmetic skins for weapons, try out two new game modes while killing variety of new Zed enemy types and bosses or maybe even play as Badass Santa.

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Deadly Horde of Zeds

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Witness detailed graphics in 1800p resolution and up to 4K using enhanced power of a PS4 Pro system. As a PlayStation-exclusive bundle, Double Feature will also be including playable DLC character Mrs. Foster, which only comes with a retail version though.

Then head over to edge of Virtual Reality with PS VR system to enter Killing Floor universe like never before. Incursion employs a same gunplay mechanism of KF2 and equipped with full free movement in an attempt for more immersive storytelling.

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Mrs. Foster Playable DLC Character

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More than a decade ago, what started this franchise from a mod of Unreal Tournament 2004 has become one of the most engaging survival horror shooter out there and still continuing to grow because of community support from Tripwire.

Getting on board with Killing Floor: Double Feature now would be a great way to celebrate 10th anniversary of Tripwire Interactive critically-acclaimed first-person horde shooter series and indulge yourself into a messy blood sport of slaying zeds.