Showing posts with label Deep Silver. Show all posts
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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Everything and Metro 2033: Redux Free on Epic Games Store Now

This week on Epic Games Store free game giveaway, Everything and Metro 2033: Redux are available now for PC platform.

In celebration of 80th anniversary of annual Batman Day, Epic Games have really outdid themselves in terms of their free game giveaway by offering two video game bundles; Batman: Arkham Collection and LEGO Batman Trilogy.

Even on this week, their digital distribution storefront Epic Games Store is offering free copies of two new games; Everything and Metro 2033: Redux for players to claim and own anytime before October 3, 7:59 AM PT/10:59 AM EDT.

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Everything and Metro 2033: Redux Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Awarded as "Best Indie Game" back last year in Golden Joystick Awards and some more by several other media outlet, Everything is a simulation game by developer David OReilly and publisher Double Fine Productions.

Players control many objects from a procedurally generated universe one at a time and can shift to occupy other creatures or objects smaller than the one they are onto now through exploration in a single-player experience.

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Marking a stepping stone for a series of first-person shooter survival horror games based on post-apocalyptic novel by author Dmitry Glukhovsky, Metro 2033 was released back in 2010 by developer 4A Games and publisher Deep Silver.

You play as survivor character Artyom in a dystopian Moscow following a nuclear war, who is trying his best to save his peers while fighting mutated animals on its irradiated wasteland in between running war among various fractions.

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EGS had to add award-winning title Everything since Metro 2033: Redux had a rating for sixteen year olds and is very much likely to be barred access for young players who have in-store feature Parental Controls activated on their account.

For next giveaway, Epic Store has announced to offer PC version of indie puzzle adventure Minit from publisher Devolver Digital, which is a collaboration project of developers Dominik Johann, Jan Willem Nijman, Jukio Kallio and Kitty Calis.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Shenmue 3 Offers Limited Time Only Refunds

Kickstarter backers of Shenmue III have only two weeks for refund requests or to change their preferred version.

Even after having a very successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, action-adventure game Shenmue III from developer Ys Net and publisher Deep Silver took its sweet time in development phase and had a number of painful delays.

When it becomes an Epic Games Store-exclusive, upset fans were asking for a refund that was initially denied. Epic Games offered to pay angry backers on their behalf but now it is revealed that requests will be accepted for only two-weeks.

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Shenmue 3 Offers Limited Time Only Refunds

RELATED: Shenmue 3 Delayed to November 2019

In a latest update on Kickstarter page, Ys Net announced to do an e-mail survey on backers in mid-September that offers a refund request for anyone who originally pledged for PC platform and don't want to have Epic Store version.

Typically, these surveys go out to donors shortly before releasing final product to finalize their product preferences or change shipping address. Unfortunately, it will last only for two-weeks and doesn't seem like a smooth process at all.

RELATED: Shenmue 3 Epic Store Exclusivity Creates Kickstarter Controversy

Following that limited time window, no one can request a refund anymore and processing could take from up to 20 business days to 3 months for entire transaction to be complete, meaning a backer can wait for 4 months to get their money back.

Asking for patience from fans, Ys Net has apologized for this lengthy process which is due to Shenmue III campaign being running for longer than 4 years that adds up with complexity of payment arrangements and transactions system.

RELATED: Shenmue 3 Backers Getting Refund from Epic Store

Ys Net has also planned out a trial version for the game, which will be coming out in mid-September and no specific dates were revealed. It will be playable for an hour but they didn't specify whether or not it is an exclusive to PC.

Although players can get quite a lot of experience from that opening hour from demo that is set on the game's starting area. However, no progress will be carried out to final release version when it becomes available to PC and PlayStation 4.

RELATED: Shenmue 3 Backers Won't Get Pre-Order Content

Even though CEO of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney promised to cover any cost for Ys Net to cover refunds for player base on PC, remaining Kickstarter backers are not going to receive its pre-order content for free anymore as they were promised.

Shenmue III is currently scheduled to release for PC via Epic Games Store and PS4 on November 19, 2019. It will likely to come to Steam storefront a year after release when its one year exclusivity period on EGS is finally over.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Shenmue 3 Gamesom 2019 Trailer

Newest Shenmue III trailer dropped at Gamescom 2019 event takes a look at a day in life of young hero Ryo Hazuki.

Fans of action-adventure game series Shenmue and video game enthusiasts have waited for long to see am eventual release of Shenmue III that was officially announced back in E3 2015 and has been delayed several times at this point.

Currently, the game is scheduled to release on November 19, 2019 for PC via Epic Games Store and PlayStation 4. During Gamescom 2019 opening night live event, a brand-new footage showcasing new features was released.

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Shenmue 3 Gamesom 2019 Trailer

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Latest Shenmue III trailer solely focuses on day to day activities of series protagonist and young martial artist Ryo Hazuki.




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Earlier, fans have panned the game for a downgraded graphics quality but newest video clip clearly depicts some improvements they have made lately and yet they are not something exceptional compared to modern standards.

Ryo is seen going to arcade and engaging in different mini-games in his free time or practice kung fu in arena. Rest of his day passes interacting with NPC characters in street, training hard against Shaolin monks and fighting villains.

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Originally an IP from Japanese developer/publisher giant Sega, it took 18 years for a third game to come to light after Shenmue II from developer Ys Net and publisher Deep Silver following a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

Although Shenmue III is bigger than its early predecessors, series creator Yu Suzuki reveals in an interview that it will only be covering 40% of Shenmue saga, clearly indicating he is planning to work on more sequels if he can secure a partner.

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.

THQ Nordic to Develop New TimeSplitters Game

A year after acquiring IP for TimeSplitters series, THQ Nordic announces series creators Steve Ellis joining on board.

About a year ago, it was revealed that video game publisher company THQ Nordic has acquired rights to popular first-person shooter franchise TimeSplitters that has been on a long-hiatus after officially announcing TimeSplitters 4.

Revealed in a latest financial report, co-creator and developer Steve Ellis has joined on board with THQ to help plan future course of the beloved FPS series that is often compared to GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark by fans.

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THQ Nordic to Develop New TimeSplitters Game

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Originally developed by Free Radical Design, a British video game studio that was founded by many former employees of Rare Studio, the franchise was largely favored by new generation of consoles in era of early 2000.

TimeSplitters series saw a trilogy of titles released but then developers face bankruptcy only to be saved by Crytek. However, they never really done anything at all with its intellectual property for nearly 15 years and put it on hold until now.

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Deep Silver acquired TimeSplitters IP last year and Lars Wingefors, CEO of its parent company THQ announced return of Steve Ellis. He is joining as co-director for upcoming TimeSplitters game while help plotting a future route for it.

Since his involvement into the project is mentioned only once and no other details were dropped, it is pretty hard to anticipate what their current position is right now and where they will be in future until further announcement.

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According to same report, THQ Nordic acquires Gunfire Games, new Saints Row game in development by Volition and long-awaited zombie game Dead Island 2 being resurrected by in-house developer Dambuster Studios.

Whether TimeSplitters would go for an overall series reboot at this point or lean towards a sequel is still not clear at all but we can safely assume that upcoming project will see launch for next-generation of modern platforms.

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 major companies has gotten 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.

RELATED: Shenmue 3 Delayed to November 2019

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.