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Monday, May 30, 2016

Catch-up coffee Monday: May 30, 2016

News by Matt S.

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 favourite news anchor, Dee Dee)!

We have a release date for Yomawari: Night Alone!

NISA has told us that the sublimely horrific Yomawari: Night Alone will land on US shores for the PlayStation Vita on October 25, and Europe on October 28. And, if you don't have a PlayStation Vita (what's wrong with you - it's an awesome console, go get one!) Yomawari also lands on Steam, worldwide, on October 25.

Related reading: Matt's review of the delightful but creepy NISA-published htol#NiQ: The Firefly Diary.

In Yomawari you play as a young girl who goes searching for her sister and dog after both go missing in a surreal, and quite disturbing, nightmare alternative world. Sounds a little like Corpse Party, but with far higher production values.

Swamp-Noir is a genre, and it's coming to console

Knee Deep is being billed as a "swamp-noir" game, which I think we can all agree is one heck of a genre title. This game, developed by Prologue Games and published by Wales Interactive, will be landing on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Q3, 2016.

The description of the game is so incredibly tantalising, it is now right at the top of our "to play" lists: "When a washed-up actor hangs himself on location, a spotlight is cast on the backwater Florida town of Cypress Knee. Your screen becomes a stage on which you investigate this mysterious suicide as three distinct characters: cheeky blogger Romana Teague, down-and-out local reporter Jack Bellet, and cynical private investigator K.C. Gaddis."

The new trailer for Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII confirms what we already knew about the game: we love it

After a many-year hiatus, Romance of the Three Kingdoms is finally coming back in English, and will be released on console and PC on July 5 of this year. In the leadup to the release, Koei Tecmo has thrown together a new trailer, and boy does this game look good.

Related reading: Nick's review of Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence from last year.

Like last year's Nobunaga's Ambition, Romance is a serious strategy game. Unlike Nobunaga's Ambition, which is set in Japan, this one is set in China through the Three Kingdoms era; the same setting as the Dynasty Warriors franchise. So you'll be playing with, and against, the same Cao Cao, Lu Bu, Guan Yu, and so on, but this time you'll be doing it through empire building and battlefield strategy. We simply cannot wait.

F1 2016 announced, surprising no one, but it's nice news anyway

Codemasters let slip this week that F1 2016 is indeed coming, as basically everyone knew would happen. But we're certainly not complaining, because generally speaking Codemasters does do a good job with this property, and it's certainly my favourite form of vehicle racing.

Related reading: Matt's review of last year's F1 release from Codemasters.

In F1 2016 the focus will be very firmly on the 10-year career mode that you'll get to participate in, where you'll be able to take advantage of interactions with your crew, and practice races, to earn R & D "credits" which can be spent on improving the performance of your car. Backed up with an improved visual engine, this game should keep motorheads happy indeed once it lands in summer 2016 (winter, for us Aussies).

- Matt S. 
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Catch-up coffee Monday: May 30, 2016
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