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‘Cloudpunk’ Hits Consoles October 15th

Being a delivery driver sounds right up there with driving a bus in terms of ‘least exciting jobs’ but stick that delivery driver in a cyberpunk future and now you’re on to something.

‘Cloudpunk’ has been out on PC for a while, garnering incredibly positive reviews on Steam, and console players can finally get a taste for themselves October 15th when it hits Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One.

Take to the streets and the skies of Nivalis as Rania, a delivery driver who has one heck of a first night on the job…

Here’s the press release:

Cloudpunk to Deliver Neon-Noir Excellence to Consoles on October 15 2020

PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch players will take flight in ION LANDS’s narrative-driven adventure where interactions will make a lasting impact on the cyberpunk city of Nivalis.

Manchester, UK <September 3rd, 2020> At a “Very Positive” rating with over 4,000 reviews on Steam, ION LANDS’ noir adventure Cloudpunk has become one of the must-play titles of 2020. Eager console players now know exactly when they’ll be able to take to the neon-soaked skies with the digital Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch release now set for October 15, 2020.

Cloudpunk offers the freedom of open-world games, but with a hyper-focus that results in fulfilling interactions with the many denizens of the cyberpunk city of Nivalis. As delivery driver Rania, players will tackle her first night on the job and interact with a diverse cast of characters either by driving or walking around on foot. There are mysteries to unravel in this narrative-driven sci-fi world and players’ choices can make a lasting impact on Nivalis’ inhabitants.

Retail versions of Cloudpunk will also be available on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch Xbox One and PC! Stay tuned for the official date information in the near future!

You can find out all the latest on Cloudpunk across our Merge Facebook and Merge Discord pages.

Check out the retail versions over on our Signature Edition store here.

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

ION LANDS is an independent game development workshop based in Berlin, Germany and was founded in 2015 by developers with a passion for story-driven video games.

Review: Superliminal

Superliminal is a first-person puzzle game from Pillow Castle Games that asks you to look at things from a new perspective, then changes all the rules about perspective on the fly and demands you adjust your thinking to fit how this new reality works.

The bulk of Superliminal’s puzzles deal with forced perspective, using your perspective on the situation to manipulate an object’s size or changing the environment in striking ways based on how your view of it changes as you move around.

Picking up objects and increasing/decreasing their size by manipulating your perspective on them never really gets old, even though it’s used quite a few times during the course of the game. This isn’t a one-trick pony game, however, and you’ll need to master a few more perspective games if you want to succeed.

At times you’ll feel like a genius, when you realize how you’re supposed to view a problem and solve a tricky puzzle in seconds. At other times you’ll feel like an idiot as you struggle with something that seems simple, and, perhaps, even like an even bigger idiot when you realize later that the solution was staring you in the face the entire time and was even more simple than you’d thought.

There’s a storyline here about perspective and understanding that your viewpoint, while it’s what you can see, isn’t always what’s happening. As a patient of Dr. Glenn Pierce, you’ll explore your subconscious within sleep therapy – or at least that’s what’s supposed to happen. In a Portal-like twist you quickly discover there’s more at play here, but – as with so much else in this game – that is, perhaps, also a matter of perception.

If you’re big on abstract thinking, Superliminal is going to give you a couple of hours of fun. If you prefer to see reality stay the way it is, this might not be for you.

What I Loved:

  • some inspired puzzles using forced perspective
  • well-written dialogue kept a story that could have fallen flat moving along
  • mind-bending puzzle elements you’ve never seen before
  • rewarding rush for figuring out tough puzzles

What I Liked:

  • graphic style changes as plot changes, upping the tension
  • didn’t overstay its welcome at about three hours long

What I Disliked:

  • full exploration of some of the themes could have lengthened it without padding
  • some ‘try random stuff until it works’ puzzles

What I Hated:

  • nothing

Superliminal is available now on Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One (version reviewed using code provided by the publisher).

Stunning New Cyberpunk 2077 Trailer: ‘The Gig’

Cyberpunk 2077 now launches in November and today’s trailer has to quiet any complaints about the recent delay. Normally I’d say stuff about it, but why bother – just look at it. It’s incredible!

Cyberpunk 2077 releases on November 19th, 2020. It will first launch on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, then arrive for Google’s Stadia platform later in the year.

The game will be playable on Series X and PS5 when they launch and, at a later date, there’ll be a free upgrade to the Series X and PS5 version when it’s available.  

For more information regarding the game, follow Facebook, Twitter, and visit cyberpunk.net

'The Outer Worlds' Launch Trailer Showcases Alien Worlds and Character Options

Want to be a straight-up guy who gets things done? How about a shadowy assassin instead? In The Outer Worlds, it appears you can be both…
The launch trailer for Obsidian’s newest take on the RPG genre is here and it’s fantastic. I’m really looking forward to this one, getting a mix of Fallout + Alpha Protocol from early footage – and it’s set in space so there’s that too…
The game hits PC, PS4, and Xbox One on October 25th. For gamers with Xbox Game Pass, you can grab The Outer Worlds day one – and it’s already available for pre-load!

Star Ocean First Departure R Coming to Switch and PS4 in December

We’ve seen a lot of remasters this gen and I have to admit that there’s some ‘remaster fatigue’ setting in, but I’m 100% on board for Star Ocean First Departure R – a HD remaster of what was already a remaster of sorts as the first Star Ocean game, released on Super Famicom, never made it out of Japan until it was ported over to the Playstation Portable and released in the West in 2008.
The Super Famicom version was ahead of its time, releasing on the largest ever cartridge – a whooping 48 megabits – and employing a decompression chip to allow it to unpack data on the fly and greatly increase the size of the game files. They even had voicework, albeit with somewhat sketchy audio, for intros and some battle comments.
First Departure R looks like a stellar remaster of that version, slated to hit Nintendo Switch and PS4 on December 5th. I’m interested in seeing what kind of changes we’ll see on the gameplay side of things.
Here’s the press release and trailer:


Special Pre-Order Bonus Available for PlayStation®4 System

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 10, 2019) – SQUARE ENIX® announced today that STAR OCEAN® First Departure R™, the HD remaster of the classic sci-fi RPG, will make its digital debut on December 5 for the Nintendo Switch™ system and the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system. Pre-orders for the PlayStation®4 system will include a commemorative PlayStation®4 Theme and a digital mini soundtrack from the STAR OCEAN Live 2019 concert. To pre-order the game for the PlayStation®4 system, visit: https://sqex.link/r6h.

Originally released in the west on the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, STAR OCEAN First Departure R tells the story of a young swordsman, Roddick, and his companions who at first set off on a journey to find the cure to a deadly disease, which then spirals into an adventure that spans across the sea of stars. This HD remaster version includes the following features and boosts to enhance the experience:

  • Full Voiceover – Players can choose between the original full voice cast from the PSP® system version of the game in either Japanese or English, or the newly recorded version, featuring the voice cast from the original Super Famicom version in Japanese, which was previously released in Japan only.
  • New Character Illustrations – Players can opt for the original character illustrations utilized in STAR OCEAN First Departure, or brand-new versions drawn by the famous illustrator Katsumi Enami (STAR OCEAN: THE LAST HOPE™).
  • Speed Mode – Players can speed up movement to traverse the world more quickly.
  • Adjusted Game Balance – Adjusted battle difficulty enabling players to enjoy more challenge in combat, a signature quality of the STAR OCEAN series.

Pre-orders for the PlayStation®4 system will include a commemorative PlayStation®4 Theme featuring some of the newly drawn character illustrations by Katsumi Enami and pixel art of the main characters (available immediately after pre-ordering), as well as a digital mini soundtrack from the STAR OCEAN Live 2019 concert (available when the game launches on December 5). To pre-order the game for the PlayStation®4 system, visit: https://sqex.link/r6h.

The title is not yet rated. Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at http://www.esrb.org for more information about ratings. For more information, visit:  http://www.staroceangame.com/.

Related Links:
Official Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/starocean
Official Twitter: @starocean 
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/squareenixNA

About Square Enix, Inc.

Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix group of companies. Square Enix, Inc. is affiliated with a global network of leading development studios such as Crystal Dynamics® and Eidos Montréal™. The Square Enix group of companies boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 147 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 78 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 74 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.

More information on Square Enix, Inc. can be found at https://square-enix-games.com.

New Trailer For The Surge 2 Showcases Action and Loot

The Surge 2 continues to ramp things up as launch day grows near, with today’s release of the ‘You Are What You Kill’ trailer showcasing a ton of action.
It’s an apt name as, like in the first game, you gain all your upgrade parts from picking them off the scrapped body of your enemies. I really liked the limb-targeting from the first game, and it’s great to see it brought back and even enhanced for the sequel.
Check out the trailer, and get your pre-order in now! The game hits PC, PS4, and Xbox One on September 24th.

The Surge 2: Pick Your Loadout in the Most Violent Way Possible With the New You Are What You Kill Trailer

The Surge 2 brings the nanomachine nightmare of Jericho City to players everywhere on September 24 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. To survive this brutal world you will need new equipment – and The Surge franchise’s iconic limb-cutting mechanics provide just such an opportunity. In this new video see how every weapon, every piece of enemy armor and equipment can be targeted, torn off, and equipped to your exo-rig. This produces new builds, letting you destroy your enemies in ever-more-satisfying ways.
Combat in The Surge 2 is quick, brutal, and packed with decision making. With new and deadly techniques like directional parries, drones, and brand new weapon types, The Surge 2 upgrades everything. Your style is your own, from picking implants and armor set bonuses to how you use energy, stamina, health or ammunition. Combined with an intricate world to explore and incredible, unique bosses, The Surge 2 is an action-RPG experience like no-other.
Pre-orders are now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and come with the URBN Gear Pack, which includes a new armor set, two new weapons, and other cosmetics and equipment. The Surge 2 releases September 24.
About The Surge 2
After the success of The Surge, the hardcore Action RPG released in May 2017 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, Focus Home Interactive and Deck 13 are happy to announce the renewal of their partnership and the development of The Surge 2, with a release date planned for September 24, 2019 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
The Surge 2 keeps what fans and critics loved about the original – hardcore combat utilizing a unique, dynamic limb targeting system and deep character progression – while also expanding greatly upon the formula. The Surge 2 takes place in a brand new environment: a sprawling, devastated city with larger and more ambitious level design, made possible by Deck13’s upgraded and improved engine. Combat is more brutal and tactical than ever, with even more options thanks to an expanded limb targeting system. In addition, more abilities, weapons, implants, and drones give players a vast arsenal to build their character with, in their fight against the array of diverse new enemies and bosses.
The Surge 2 will release on September 24, 2019 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
  • New entry in the acclaimed Action-RPG franchise.
  •  Hardcore, brutal, and unforgiving melee combat.
  •  Spectacular fights against deadly foes and colossal bosses.
  •  Improved loot, limb-targeting, and progression mechanics.
  •  Hundreds of ways to customize your character and their exo-rig.

About Deck 13
Deck13 Interactive is one of Germany’s leading developers with more than 18 years of experience. With over 60 employees located in Frankfurt, Deck13 Interactive has developed upwards of 20 titles, including major releases such as The Surge and Lords of the Fallen. Currently the team is working on The Surge 2.
More information on the website: www.deck13.de

About Focus Home Interactive
Focus Home Interactive is a French publisher based in Paris, France. Known for the quality, diversity and originality of its catalog, Focus has published and distributed original titles (A Plague Tale: Innocence, Vampyr, Farming Simulator, Call of Cthulhu, Insurgency: Sandstorm, MudRunner…) that have become benchmark titles worldwide, available both in store and for download across the world. Focus publishes games on all major platforms, consoles and PC. The publisher’s catalog will get even richer the coming months and years with eagerly awaited games such as The Surge 2, GreedFall, SnowRunner and many more.
More information on the website: www.focus-home.com
About Maximum Games
Maximum Games ranks as a top 15 global video game publisher of interactive digital entertainment spanning all genres and supporting multi-platforms. The company’s mission is to provide a proven and strong hands-on approach to publishing, marketing and distribution. Established in 2009, the company is led by female entrepreneur Christina Seelye, a seasoned executive of digital consumer products and channel marketing. Under Seelye’s leadership, the company has been recognized with numerous awards such as “Fastest Growing Tech Company” by American Business Awards, and has made the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies for the past two years. Maximum Games has offices in both the US and UK, and continues to expand its scope of global publishing and distribution via direct reach and strategic partnerships.
More information on the website: www.maximumgames.com

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.