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Sunday, March 29, 2020

NieR Replicant Remake Announced

Square Enix announces a remake for NieR Replicant to celebrate 10th anniversary of NieR franchise.

To celebrate 10th anniversary of action role-playing game series NieR in April, publisher Square Enix has announced a new version of NieR Replicant for PC via Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, in association with developer ToyLogic.

Before being revealed for modern systems lately as NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139, the game originally launched in Japan, for PlayStation 3, followed by a version for Xbox 360 in Japan and Western market that came out as NieR Gestalt.

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NieR Replicant Remake Announced

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Square Enix released a teaser trailer lately, during a livestream ahead of series anniversary for next month.




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Instead of going for a high-definition remaster for current-gen consoles at this point, Square Enix has chosen to do a version up for Replicant. All of its original Japanese voice acting will be redone and a new character will be introduced.

When asked whether there will be a different ending for Replicant, series producer Yosuke Saito has played coy about it but there is a possibility. All of its songs are re-recorded and NieR composer Keiichi Okabe has added new songs.

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Another new game, NieR Reincarnation has also been announced for Android and iOS devices with a teaser.




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Reincarnation is a role-playing game for mobile by Applibot, employing a free-to-play model with some micro-transactions involved. Aside from showcase of a location called "The Cage", there is nothing much to pick up from the teaser.

Nier is about a journey of titular protagonist to find a cure for his terminally ill daughter in a dystopian world. Keeping that same premise intact, latest version would only change its lead character as a brother to Yonah instead of her father.

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Square Enix has yet to reveal further details on features included in new version and a possible release window very soon. Platinum Games officially has shown no involvement in Replicant project but may have some minor ties after all.

A cult-classic RPG title, NieR Replicant sets stage for its sequel Nier: Automata, which became an even bigger success on release. Ver. 1.22474487139 is essentially a polished re-release that has spawned from 17-year old Drakengard series.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Outer Wilds Coming to Steam

Acclaimed indie title Outer Wilds will be heading to Steam in June after its timed exclusivity at Epic Games Store.

One of last year's widely acclaimed releases, action-adventure game Outer Wilds made its debut on PC via Epic Games Store and Xbox One. Following a May 2019 release, this sci-fi RPG has made its way to PlayStation 4 console in October.

After spending a year of timed-exclusivity period at Epic Store, Windows PC version of the game is coming to Steam on June 18 and players who waited for its launch on Valve's launcher can finally get it on their preferred outlet later this year.

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Outer Wilds Coming to Steam

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Outer Wilds sends players on a space exploration journey as a trainee alien voyager in their first mission. While you are at it, try wandering around to explore the planet and everything within nearby solar system to discover their secrets.

Though in every 22-minute, its local sun goes supernova and kills you only to play from start, creating a loop like Groundhog Day. All you can do is to use your each playthrough to gather clues and figure a way out of this mysterious circle.

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When initially launched at crowdfunding site Fig, developers promised that backers on PC platform would receive redeem keys for Steam but it ended up becoming a timed exclusive for Epic Games Store ahead of release, angering fans.

Nearing end of development phase, indie studio Mobius Digital has partnered up with publisher Annapurna Interactive in March 2018. They even associated with Microsoft Studios for a day-one release on Xbox Game Pass service.

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Annapurna Interactive has released a brand-new trailer today as well to celebrate its upcoming Steam launch.




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Mobius Digital is seemingly not offering any extra features or incentives for their multiple accolades winner title of 2019 so far. Nevertheless, players can still have a good time with non-combative gameplay and some space exploration.

Outer Wilds is not yet priced yet on Steam and currently not available for pre-order but you can add it to your wishlist. In general, this game is sold for $24.99 only on other storefronts and most likely to cost the same for Steam release.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Tomb Raider, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris and More Free on Steam Now

Square Enix and Steam is giving away a bunch of free games for PC gamers to keep them home amidst a global pandemic of COVID-19.

Even though you may not see Valve Corporation giving out free games to players on their digital distribution storefront Steam for PC platform very often like Epic Games do in a weekly fashion, there are times when they really offer some.

To keep gamers safe in self-isolation amidst Coronavirus outbreak, publisher Square Enix and Steam is offering two Tomb Raider games along with few other titles to claim before March 24, 12:00 AM PDT, so that you can stay home and play.

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Tomb Raider, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris and More Free on Steam Now

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This limited time free giveaway includes 2013 reboot of action-adventure game Tomb Raider, which is joined by a 2014 spin-off title, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, both you can claim from either Square Enix store or on Steam.

Don't shy away from checking out go-to party game Drawful 2 from Jackbox Games and get it before April 11. Also, grab Deiland within March 24 and party game Headsnatchers ahead of March 22 before they are not for free anymore.

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Early Access multiplayer shooter Goat of Duty is a spoof to Call of Duty series with armed goats engage in fast-paced action. If you are up to trolling your friends online, you must give it a try as you can have it for free until March 31, 2020.

Classic puzzle game Pleasure Puzzle:Portrait is offered as well for you to add this to your collection prior to March 27, 2:00 AM PDT. Although, many of these titles may not be your cup of tea but it sure won't hurt to have them for free.

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Now that entire world is dealing with COVID-19 outbreak, people need something to lessen their boredom of staying home and what better ways to do that than getting busy gaming and go out solving fictional crisis on fantasy kingdoms?

Unfortunately, these standard edition titles are available only for gamers on PC platforms and not for consoles. However, they are yours to keep forever once you add them to your library before given time unlike free weekend deals.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Trials of Mana Remake Demo Release Date

Square Enix will be releasing a free demo for Trials of Mana Remake on Switch, PC and PS4 very soon.

As fans of Seiken Densetsu series awaits release of upcoming action role-playing game Trials of Mana Remake on April 24, 2020, developer/publisher Square Enix is releasing a demo ahead of its launch to let players have some fun.

You can take an early peak at modern reimagination of 1995 classic RPG title in a free demo version, which will become available on March 18, 2020, for players on Nintendo Switch, PC via Steam and PlayStation 4 platforms.

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Trials of Mana Remake Demo Release Date

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You can join in to explore some early parts of the game by choosing one main character and gather your party members from a roster of six heroes to go on a story adventure, which can change depending on select characters.

You can also enter a boss battle against an arachnoid known as Full Metal Hugger and veterans will notice subtle change in combat mechanics. There are drastic visual changes made overall to appeal to a new-generation of audience.

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Full Metal Hugger Boss Battle

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Most changes are on aesthetic level as Square Enix had to build the entire game with a 3D engine and redesigned its 2D aspects. Several elements that were not present in original Trials of Mana are added to latest HD remake version.

Although redesigned solely for current-gen gaming platforms, characters models have mostly received PlayStation 2-esque treatment that will surely receive appreciation from hardcore Mana fans and group of newcomers as well.

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Coming closer to launch in a month, a final trailer has also been released offering glimpse of in-game action.




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For long, fan-favorite Mana series were not released on Western markets until Collection of Mana came to Switch. Shortly afterwards, decision for a full remake was made with a worldwide release window set for early 2020.

Demo for Trials of Mana Remake will allow you to choose your party combination and let you carry over save data to full game at launch. Though Switch version will be up for download at Japanese eShop, anyone can play it region-free.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Former Horizon Zero Dawn Producer Responds to Angry Fans Over PC Port

In response to angry PlayStation fans on Twitter, former Guerrilla Games producer defends decision for PC port of Horizon Zero Dawn.

Right after developer Guerrilla Games has officially confirmed a month-old rumor for PC version of 2017 action role-playing game Horizon Zero Dawn lately, it sparked a reaction among PlayStation 4 player community online.

Many who are upset are part of a vocal minority that is not happy that HZD will no longer be an exclusive to Sony platform. A former producer at Guerrilla Games, Sam Sharma recently reaches out one of these angry fans with a response.

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Former Horizon Zero Dawn Producer Responds to Angry Fans Over PC Port

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When an irritated PS4 player shared a video clip of a trashed office earlier, implying that it was vandalized by that outraged fan as a reaction to the announcement, former producer of the game Sam Sharma decided to reply back.

This user @THEAP99 on Twitter has tagged a number of Sony associates who worked on or somehow have ties to Horizon, which probably lead Sharma to take notice of this ranting video that has now been watched over a million times.

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Upon seeing a heated response, Sharma reaches out to that fuming fan by saying the following on his Twitter.



When Sharma chimed in to that Tweet, PlayStation fans on social media became split arguing over merit of this move from Sony. Many are really appreciative to decision of HZD port and then some are on serious meltdown mode.

Soon, it was all revealed to be a prank from a parody account that was planned for months. Nevertheless, a lot of fans are really annoyed that a PlayStation 4-exclusvie game would now become available to another platform.

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Some are even pointing out that "Only on PlayStation" marketing line on games are literally a scam then. As Sharma pointed out, releasing a previously exclusive game for a new platform after years shouldn't takeaway one's enjoyment.

Horizon Zero Dawn may have sold its share of units on PS4 console already but its sales number on PC may be a driving factor for them to consider this strategy in future and there could be more ports from current console generation.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps Out Now

Platform-adventure game Ori and the Will of the Wisps from Moon Studios and Xbox Game Studios is now available on PC and Xbox One.

A direct sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest, platform-adventure Metroidvania title Ori and the Will of the Wisps from developer Moon Studios and publisher Xbox Game Studios is out now on PC via Steam and Xbox One platforms.

Little spirit guardian Ori returns for an all-new adventure with Kuro's owlet Ku on forest of Niwen that has lost the light of spirit tree. In a stormy night, they got separated and Ori begins a quest to discover secrets of the lost ones.

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps Out Now

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Will of the Wisps improves its combat system with new spirit skills, weapons and a shard system that lets you customize Ori's powers in a distinctive way, which would allow players to experience a unique playthrough every time.

You can choose from Easy, Normal and Hard modes, while select and swap Spirit Shard loadout to match your playstyle. Aside from that, threatening challenges and dreaded enemies from around will be testing your resolve at all times.

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Beautiful Hand-Drawn Visuals

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Ori can perform double jump or grab any objects mid-air to gain extra height in order to solve in-game puzzles. Dev team has managed 3D models to integrate into a 2D world seamlessly and it adds a new level of depth to surrounding areas.

There is a newly added mini game mode called Spirit Trials that puts you up to complete a goal as soon as possible. Players can compete in leaderboard-based races to beat best times set by others by traversing through obstacle courses.

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Encounter Towering Enemies

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Moon Studios previously released an official trailer during The Game Awards 2019 to showcase gameplay overview.




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Ori's latest adventure is immersed in beautiful visuals with scores composed by award-winning composer Gareth Coker. Microsoft and Moon Studios are teaming-up with Iam8bit to release all of its soundtracks in a two-disc vinyl set.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps will also be available at Microsoft Store and Xbox Game Pass on day one for all of its valued members. Game Pass Ultimate includes Ori and the Blind Forest and all features of Xbox Live Gold service.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Horizon Zero Dawn Coming to PC in Summer 2020

PC version of Horizon Zero Dawn will be coming on summer 2020 and Sony has no plans to port every PlayStation exclusives.

Last year, a rumor from Russian YouTuber Anton Logvinov hinted that critically-acclaimed 2017 action role-playing game Horizon Zero Dawn, a PlayStation 4-exclusive from developer Guerrilla Games may get a PC port by early 2020.

Then in January 2020, a Kotaku report from Jason Schreier has confirmed that very claim and most recently, Hermen Hulst of Worldwide Studios has announced a PC version of HZD has been scheduled to come out in summer 2020.

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Horizon Zero Dawn Coming to PC in Summer 2020

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Horizon Zero Dawn was launched in February 2017 by publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment and become one of the best-selling PS4 games of all time by selling over 10 million copies worldwide by its second year anniversary.

HZD getting a PC port is a first for Sony to release one of their internally developed first-party titles to a platform outside of PlayStation, except for PlanetSide 2 from Sony Online Entertainment and this is a very unusual for them.

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Although Sony published Hideo Kojima's widely-anticipated 2019 release Death Stranding on PS4 last year, its PC version is getting released by 505 Games and in that case, developer Kojima Productions was an independent studio.

Same goes for French game developer studio Quantic Dream, who released PC version for some of their well-known titles at least more than a year later that were previously launched by Sony as exclusives to PlayStation consoles.

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In his recent interview, Hulst explains that open-world game Horizon Zero Dawn is just a great fit for a more powerful hardware than PS4 and Sony is keen to show people what they are truly missing out as they stay open to new ideas.

However, releasing one first-party AAA game on PC simply doesn't mean that every other PlayStation IPs will now follow and make debut on a different platform, even though Microsoft has been using this same strategy for years.

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Though rumor for a sequel to Horizon was revealed by a voice actor followed by a job listing in November 2019 almost confirmed that, Guerilla Games remains completely silent and wants everyone to focus on its upcoming PC port.

Horizon Zero Dawn is currently listed on Steam as Complete Edition of the game and is published by PlayStation Mobile. PC version will include add-on items and The Frozen Wilds expansion pack alongside HZD full game.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Amnesia: Rebirth Announced

Frictional Games is returning to cult-classic horror of Amnesia series with upcoming title Amnesia: Rebirth.

In time of a financial crisis, developer/publisher Frictional Games were forced to ditch all efforts for innovative ideas, yet they ended up making Amnesia: The Dark Descent, which considered as a staple in horror genre even after a decade.

Year later, Frictional Games have recently decided to head back to roots and explore world of Amnesia through a brand-new story of survival horror in Amnesia: Rebirth, which will be out on autumn 2020 for PC via Steam and PlayStation 4.

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Amnesia: Rebirth Announced

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Official announcement trailer for Amnesia: Rebirth sets up tone for latest installment of an iconic series.




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Above shown trailer suggests that its story premise will be set around a female survivor of a plane crash named Tasi Trianon. Rebirth begins with a new protagonist and setting that will reinvent aspects that has made Amnesia great.

Everything the series is known for will be there but instead of repeating a formula, you can expect twists. It will not only bring back that same atmosphere and jumpscares from hallways of The Dark Descent but keep it unpredictable.

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Whether or not players will get into shoes of this new character to solve harrowing puzzles in first-person or being busy pushing limits to keep her sanity intact as she encounters many personal fear and tragedies are yet to be seen.

The Dark Descent was followed-up by a sequel by developer The Chinese Room titled Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs in 2013. Frictional Games launched sci-fi horror game SOMA in 2015 before they started working on Amnesia: Rebirth lately.