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Monday, March 14, 2016

Catch-up coffee Monday: March 14

News by Lindsay M.

Welcome to Digitally Downloaded’s weekly news feature, Catch-up coffee Monday. Each Monday we will bring you the best news from the previous week that you may have missed. Grab the biggest mug you’ve got, fill it with your favourite brew, and catch up with us (and our newest news anchor, Dee Dee)!

New Pokemon mobile game coming to Japan

Fingers crossed that this one is released worldwide rapidly, because I don’t want to be left out of this one! Pokemon Co-Master was announced via the above trailer and has an expected release date of later this year. It is a free-to-play title. Co-Master is developed by Heroz, a company that specializes in creating AI. So what can we expect from Pokemon Co-Master? It’s a little hard to tell, but I’d bet on capturing, battling, and strategising. It isn’t Nintendo’s only mobile app being released this year, with Miitomo and Pokemon Go both also expected.

Two upcoming games take Neptunia in a new direction

Idea Factory is apparently trying to expand the Neptunia universe at an alarming rapid pace, with two games set to launch within the next two months. First up is Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed (above), a graphically updated version of the hack-n-slash game now for PC. We already have a review up of this new version, because we love you that much. However, if you’re more interested in the original Vita game we’ve got you covered here. The game allows you to choose your team before battling through massive hordes of enemies. Unfortunately (or is it?), when a character takes too many its their clothes will end up shredded.Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed is coming to Steam on March 21. The second upcoming game is MegaTagmention Blanc + Neptune Vs. Zombies, another hack-n-slash fighter with an online multiplayer mode that supports up to four players. There are several new playable characters that are completely customizable with clothing and accessories. The game is set to launch on PlayStation Vita on April 26 in North America and April 29 in Europe.

Everything is playable in Everything

Is anyone else heading “Everything Is Awesome” from the Lego Movie in their heads? Okay, I’m sure that’s just me, so moving on. Everything is David OReilly’s next game — the same OReilly behind the video game sequences in 2013’s Her. The idea behind Everything sounds downright insane: everything in the universe is a playable character. If you can see it, you can most certainly be it. "This very simple idea has involved years of research and development, as virtually all game engines expect a lot of things to be static and non interactive,” writes OReilly. Everything will be a PlayStation 4 exclusive, and I am already enamoured with it so expect to hear more in the future!

Désiré trailer shows a melancholy boy in a colourless world

Prepare your box of tissues before you watch this trailer, because it will most certainly tug at your heartstrings. Désiré is a young boy, colourblind from birth. He is most quite joyless, and as the trailer states, “colours to him are as abstract as faith to an atheist.” He meets several characters along the way the elicit emotion and alter his vision… so perhaps colour isn’t out of his reach? Not only is the game beautiful in its bleakness, it seems to have a deep theme that touches on life today: the developer, Seccia, describes the game as "a critique of the modern world and of the perverting nature of a consumer, profit-obsessed society.” Désiré will be released on Steam, iOS, Android, and Windows Store on May 10.

Does any of this news tickle your fancy or make you steaming mad? Let us know in the comments! And meet us again next week for a new edition of Catch-up coffee Monday.

- Lindsay M.
News Editor

Catch-up coffee Monday: March 14
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