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Monster Harvest RPG Revealed at Future Games Show

Monster Harvest is all about growing the biggest, baddest monster (called Planimals) that you can. Get some crops going and use magical slimes to mutate them – even mutating crops into new Planimals – and then take your monsters into battle.

It’s a weird concept that combines Pokemon and Farming Simulator, and I’m all in on it. Here’s the trailer:

Check out the press release, and get ready to harvest monsters on PC and consoles soon:

Monster Harvest, a Brand-New Monster Collecting and Farming RPG From Merge Games

Dive into the world of Planimal Point as you farm, craft, explore and charge into battle across Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4!

Manchester, UK – August 28th, 2020 — Publisher Merge Games, in collaboration with indie developer Maple Powered Games, announce their farming action RPG with a twist, Monster Harvest! The newest game in the world of monster collecting will be making its way to Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch soon!

First premiered on the Future Games Show, get ready to grow, collect and mutate your crops and take them into battle! Brimming with multiple avenues to explore, players can craft and build their own farm or dream home as Monster Harvest blends RPG mechanics, exploration and action across the vibrant world of Planimal Point.

Providing a fusion of addictive farming gameplay, with RPG elements and battle mechanics included, Monster Harvest brings a fresh dimension to RPG action. From mutating your crops into several different variants and taking them into battle, to collecting a wealth of Planimal companions to help you fight enemies and explore the world with, Monster Harvest brings an array of different elements across its bright and colourful world.

Explore across three unique seasons which can affect the way you play, with bizarre weather and seasons shifting what crops you can grow – watch out for the strange mutations during the dark season which can dominate the land!

For everything on Monster Harvest, check out the Merge Facebook and Merge Discord pages, and you can also wishlist the game on Steam!

Features Overview

  • Farm with mutants! Use magical slimes to mutate the crops you grow on your farm.
  • Collectible Planimal companions! Some slimes mutate your crops into Planimals!
  • Three unique seasons: Dry, Wet, and Dark – Strange weather and seasons shift what the player can grow.
  • Explore the world of Planimal Point – Venture into the town of Planimal Point and discover the people and creatures that live there.
  • Craft and place dozens of items on your farm!

About Merge Games
Merge is an independent video game publisher based in Manchester, UK. The company publishes interactive software worldwide for personal computers and video game consoles. Merge also specializes in publishing collectible games for retail for independent developers. More information about Merge products can be found at www.mergegames.com.

About Maple Powered Games
Maple Powered Games is a small independent video game developer based in Canada. The company was founded by a husband and wife duo who wanted to make colourful family-friendly games everyone could enjoy. More information about Maple Powered Games can be found at www.maplepoweredgames.com.

In Other Waters Coming to PC and Switch

Gamers are used to wandering unexplored new environments with the help of their ever-present AI companion, but In Other Waters flips that on its head by making YOU the AI companion.

Unsurprisingly, this isn’t going to be a run-and-gun shooter, but a far more introspective narrative adventure where the player takes a less active role. As the AI for xenobiologist Ellery Vas, the player will scan the environments to unveil creatures, objects of importance, and other clues to the mysteries of the planet, as well as monitor the adventurer’s environmental systems.

Created by the one-man studio Jump Over the Age, In Other Waters was initially announced for PC but will also now arrive on Nintendo Switch when it releases in 2020.

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Here’s the press release:

In Other Waters Invites Players to Explore an Alien Ocean in this Impactful Narrative Adventure

Coming to PC & Nintendo Switch, discover life in an alien ocean as you assist a stranded xenobiologist on a journey of exploration

Melbourne, Australia – Feb 3, 2020 — The human race has exhausted the earth of its resources and must travel forth to alien worlds to ensure its survival. Fellow Traveller and Jump Over the Age invite players to dip their toes into In Other Waters, a unique narrative adventure that puts players in the role of an AI assistant revealing the mysteries of the turquoise depths of an alien ocean, coming to PC, Mac and Nintendo Switch. Check out the cinematic reveal trailer below:
In Other Waters tells the story of Ellery Vas, a xenobiologist who discovers extraterrestrial life while searching for her missing partner.
When Ellery is called to planet Gliese 677Cc by Minae Nomura, only to arrive at an abandoned base, she finds herself adrift in an ocean of secrets, with little more than a malfunctioning diving suit and a strange AI to guide her. You are this AI.
In Other Waters, the 2019 IndieCade Europe Jury Prix award winner, is sci-fi without soldiers and violence focusing instead on wonder and exploration, fear and vulnerability, and the relationship between a long-dormant AI and its human pilot. The relationship between the AI and the operator unfolds over an impactful narrative uniquely interpreted by the player. The depths of Glies 677Cc contain many secrets. For life to continue, it must change. What will you discover as you track, sample and learn about life inside this alien ocean?
Developed by Gareth Damian Martin, he is the one-man team behind Jump Over The Age. An accomplished games journalist whose work can be found at Eurogamer, Kotaku, US Gamer, and more Gareth is also an artist, game designer, and writer.
  • Explore an Alien Ocean – Move freely in each location, discovering new areas off the beaten path. These discoveries will lead to upgrades that in turn unlock new areas in previously visited locations, additional side-quests, and unique conversations with Ellery.
  • See the World Through an AI Lens – Navigate a complex, intuitive UI via touch or mouse controls. Interact with the world through observation, scanning, taking samples, studying creatures and affecting their behavior.
  • Observe Your Surroundings – While on dives, scan locations for points of interest and request Ellery visit them. Scans reveal clues, creatures, objects, and features to investigate.
  • Study Samples to Unlock Secrets – Sample creatures for materials and analyze them to understand how they are useful. Samples allow you to interact with the planet’s ecosystem. Deploy samples to solve puzzles, unlock new areas, scare off predators and feed grazers. Find and install upgrades to dive deeper into the ocean, and find answers.
  • Build Trust with Ellery – Fail to keep her oxygen levels healthy, and you’ll damage your relationship. Lose power and your dive will be cut short. Even your conversations can encourage intimacy, despite your answers being limited to yes or no.

Coming to PC and Nintendo Switch in 2020.

About Fellow Traveller
Fellow Traveller is an indie games label exploring the possibility space of what games can be. Passionate about the vast and untapped potential of games as a story-telling medium, its mission is to seek out pioneering game developers working on unusual games with narrative at their core, help these developers bring their creations to the world and to connect them with players looking for something different.
Formerly known as Surprise Attack Games, the label was founded in 2011 and rebranded as Fellow Traveller in 2018. You may know them for the hacking game using real Unix commands (Hacknet), the surveillance thriller series that puts you in the shoes of Big Brother (Orwell), or the quiet rumination on life and loss (The Stillness of the Wind).
Fellow Traveller’s sister company, The Treasure Hunters Fanclub, brings together a group of experienced members of the games industry (the fans), scouting for interesting projects from independent developers (the treasure hunters) and puts together a deal that includes indie-friendly funding from its members and a publishing deal with Fellow Traveller. Money, marketing and mentorship in support of independent creative vision.
About Jump Over the Age
Jump Over the Age is a one-man studio founded by writer, designer and artist Gareth Damian Martin.
With a decade’s experience in games journalism, graphic design and experimental literature, Gareth brings a wealth of skills to video game development. His first game, In Other Waters has already been recognized at IndieCade Europe, winning the Jury Prix in 2019, and is due to release in spring 2020. His criticism has been published in a wide variety of forms, from Eurogamer and Rock Paper Shotgun to Edge Magazine and Frieze Magazine. He is the editor and creator of Heterotopias, an independent zine about games and architecture, and has lectured about the history and theory of games and architecture at the world-renowned Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.
His game photography has been shown at London’s Photographer’s Gallery, The Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, as well as being published in the British Journal of Photography. Gareth also holds a PhD in experimental literature from Royal Holloway, University of London, and his writing has been described by Arkane Studio’s Harvey Smith as “both beautiful and illuminating.”
Working out of his home studio in East London, through Jump Over the Age Gareth hopes to offer distinctive, relevant, and challenging narrrative games, with a strong focus on experimental design and visual sophistication.

Beyond Blue Trailer Unveils Award-Winning Vocal Cast

Beyond Blue, a narrative-driven underwater exploration/adventure game developed and published by E-Line Media, focuses on life below the ocean waves as gamers play scientists testing their “Ocean Sense Network” as they try to map out and better understand the ocean’s depths.
The developers are really going above and beyond on this one, enlisting a solid cast to voice the game and licensing never-before-seen footage from BBC Studios’ Blue Planet II to help educate gamers on the plight facing our planet’s oceans.
Here’s the press release:

Beyond Blue Unveils an Award-Winning Voice Cast

Explore and uncover the secrets of Earth’s last uncharted frontier

(Phoenix, AZ – August 29, 2019) – Today, E-Line Media is excited to shine a spotlight on the incredible talent who will be making up the voice cast of Beyond Blue, the upcoming underwater narrative adventure game and spiritual successor to BAFTA award-winner, Never Alone. Sporting a bevy of prestigious awards between them, the game’s core cast is led by Anna Akana (Awkward, Ant-Man), Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Hotel Rwanda, Black Sails), Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost), and Ally Maki (Big Bang Theory, Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger).
Set against the near-future backdrop of Earth’s oceans, Beyond Blue features the scientific support of real-world exploration and outreach initiative, OceanX, and embracing its minimally invasive exploration techniques. It tells the story of a crew of scientists – led by Akana’s Mirai and Kae-Kazim’s André – who set out to test their “Ocean Sense Network,” which has the power to literally shine a light on the unexplored depths of the ocean as they unravel its endless mysteries.
Focusing on the Western Pacific Ocean amid a large multispecies gathering of cetaceans and other creatures, players will step into the shoes (and flippers) of Mirai, as they use technology to better understand the urgent threats facing these blue depths. At the same time, Beyond Blue will feature never-before-seen footage licensed from BBC Studios’ Blue Planet II, expanding upon the game’s story and educating players about the social and emotional lives of these whales – the creatures with the biggest brains on the planet.
Beyond Blue will be available in late 2019 on PC and select consoles. Want to learn more? Stay tuned, as we’ll have more to share very soon! To learn more about Beyond Blue, visit www.beyondbluegame.comand follow the journey on Twitter and Facebook.

Journey to the Savage Planet Launch Date Revealed

If you’re in the mood for a light-hearted adventure game, look no further than Journey to the Savage Planet, slated to hit shelves in early 2020. In it, gamers will hit the surface of planet AR-Y 26 and do their best to explore despite a lack of either equipment or proper planning.
With two-player co-op play, maybe this is the perfect way for you and a friend to kill time gaming in the new year?
Journey to the Savage Planet starting January 28th, 2020, on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Pre-orders are available now for PC and PS4, with Xbox One coming soon.
Here’s the press release:


A New Trailer Teases 2-Player Co-Op Feature in a Vibrant Throwback to the Golden Age of Science Fiction.

Pre-Order Now for Exclusive In-Game Items and Other Incentives

CALABASAS, Calif. – Aug. 19, 2019 – Global publisher 505 Games and Typhoon Studios will launch the humorous sci-fi exploration and adventure game Journey to the Savage Planet digitally worldwide and at physical retail in North America on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. A full global release at physical retail will follow in supported countries worldwide on Friday, Jan. 31 and is priced at $29.99/€29.99/£24.99 on all formats and territories where available for purchase.

In a new trailer and b-roll footage unveiled today at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, viewers are treated to an exciting look at more of Journey to the Savage Planet’s weirdly wonderful alien world, including the dangerous Jellywaft Islands, the murky Swamp Gully and a towering Fungal Forest, among other intriguing environments. Never-before-seen creatures showcase the space adventure’s zany and peculiar comedic charm such as the Floopsnoot, a dangerous flying one-eyed creature and the Insectoid Swarm, a dense cluster of angry insects. Also unveiled is the announcement of a new 2-player online co-op feature enabling players to adventure and explore the upbeat and comical world of Journey to the Savage Planet with a friend.

Journey to the Savage Planet is an upbeat first-person adventure and exploration game set in a bright and colorful alien world. As an employee of Kindred Aerospace, which proudly touts its rating as the “4th Best Interstellar Exploration Company,” players are dropped onto the uncharted planet AR-Y 26, deep in a fictitious, far-away corner of the universe. Launched with high hopes but little equipment and no real plan, players are invited to explore, catalog alien flora and fauna and determine if this strange planet is fit for human habitation.

Pre-orders for the new aspirational interstellar sci-fi game are now available worldwide at digital retail for PC and PS4, and at physical retail for PS4 and Xbox One (with digital orders for Xbox One to follow soon). Players who pre-order Journey to the Savage Planet on PlayStation 4Xbox One and PC will receive two exclusive in-game pre-order bonus items: The Martin Tweed digital bobblehead, a perfect complement to players’ in-game Javelin habitat, and a Kindred Aerospace “4th Best” pistol charm, giving players an increased chance at better loot drops when equipped. PlayStation 4 and PC players will receive 10% off digital pre-orders form the PlayStation Store and Epic Games store. Additionally, players who pre-order Journey to the Savage Planet for PlayStation 4 will be treated to a dynamic console theme. Players pre-ordering Journey to the Savage Planet from the Epic Games Store will receive a digital wallpaper graphic. Pre-order bonus items will be delivered to players at game launch.

A demo of Journey to the Savage Planet’s single-player mode will be available to consumers in 505 Games’ booth (#425) at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) West in Seattle, WA from Friday, Aug. 30 to Monday, Sept. 2.

For more information about Journey to the Savage Planet, visit www.savageplanetgame.com and follow @PlaySavagePlanet on Facebook and @4thBestInSpace on Twitter. For more information about 505 Games and its products, visit www.505games.com.