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Monday, March 7, 2016

Catch-up coffee Monday: March 7

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)! You may also want to grab some headphones, as this week is a bit of an odd one — in a good way! — as it exclusively features stories with trailers.

New trailer for Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness

Square Enix has released a new trailer (above) for the next entry into the Star Ocean series. Well, it’s kind of new… it was released in Japanese at Jump Festa, but this “new” trailer showcases the English voice actors for the first time. The trailer foreshadows a menace heading for Faykreed, an underdeveloped planet where two old friends and a mysterious young girl get drawn into battle. And that awesome song in the background? That’s the game’s theme song, Astra Nova by androp. Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, set between Star Ocean 2 and 3, will be released for PlayStation 4 sometime this year.

Monster Hunter X releasing worldwide with a new name

It’s a small miracle I’m not typing this in caps, and that is the only way that I could even begin to express my excitement over this news. Capcop’s Monster Hunter X for 3DS will be releasing for the Western world as Monster Hunter Generations this summer (or winter for those Down Under). Announced at last week’s Nintendo Direct, this latest instalment in the Monster Hunter franchise claims to be the most customizable to date and blends new areas and monsters with returning favourites. The players takes on the roll of a hunter seeking out colossal creatures. Collecting resources from fallen enemies allows you to craft weapons and armour styles after those defeated. The Western version of the game features a unique set of armour based on Marth from Fire Emblem.

Jotun is coming to consoles in a new edition

Arguably one of the best indie titles from last year is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U. Jotun: Valhalla Edition will combine the original game released for PC/Mac with Valhalla Mode, a boss rush mode that makes the difficult game even more challenging. Those who already own the game won’t be left out, as the mode will be made available as free DLC on PC/Mac when the console version is released. The hand-drawn game is set in Norse Mythology, which is extremely apparent based on the artistic direction taken. The player takes on the role of Thora, a warrior who died in a most inglorious manner who must prove herself to the Gods in order to enter Valhalla. Pierre-Yves previewed the game a month prior to its release, stating that it was “already, in this early stage, a gorgeous work of art” where combat takes a backseat to exploration.

Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter gets its first trailer

Not just any old trailer through — this is its first, and it’s a cinematic one! Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter is the eighth game is Frogwares’ Holmes series, which I have especially come to love in recent years but have been following for a decade now. The above trailer is titled “A Mystic Trip,” and Holmes is clearly hallucinating as he chases a young girl being followed by Death through a crumbling London. For the first time, the famed detective is fighting to keep a secret instead of revealing one. Also for the first time, the game will feature action in addition to exploration. Xbox One Gold members can currently get the last game in the series, Crimes & Punishments, for free via Deals With Gold. Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter will be released for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on May 27.

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 7
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