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Thursday, October 13, 2016

The catch-up coffee: October 13, 2016

News by Matt S and Matthew C.

Welcome to Digitally Downloaded’s regular catch-up news feature. Each 'issue' we will bring you the best news from the previous few days 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)!

Bravely Default 3 is looking more and more likely!

Amid celebrations of the fourth anniversary of Bravely Default’s Japanese launch, Silicon Studio is teasing an upcoming announcement for the series. “It’s Bravely‘s four-year anniversary!” reads a post on the series’ official Twitter account. “We apologize as news has been scant recently. There may be something soon….!?” (translation via Gematsu).

In September 2013, Square Enix filed trademarks for “Bravely Second” and “Bravely Third” in Japan. Such legal future-proofing is common and doesn’t necessarily indicate development, but the company did go on to publish Bravely Second a few years later. Given that game’s success both in Japan and in the West, a third entry in the series seems likely.

(News by Matthew C.)

Criminal Girls is Steam-bound!

This news will not surprise anyone, given that Japanese developers are bringing PlayStation Vita games to the PC platform wholesale these days, but Criminal Girls: Invite Only is coming to PCs near you, courtesy of NISA.

The game looks set to be a direct port of the PlayStation Vita game, so if you're keen on learning more about it, you can always check out Matt's review. Of course, the PC screen is much larger that the Vita's, so there's a certain excitement there that you'll be able to spank, slap, and drip liquids all over your favourite girls, blown up many times over.

The game launches January 11. Save the Christmas money gift from your parents for this one. That would be just funny.

Touhou: Double Focus is westward bound!

Speaking of NISA, let's take a look at another game the publisher has taken on. Touhou: Double Focus is a platformer from Aqua Style, and looks like a whole lot of anime fun. According to the press release:

After getting sucked into a magical book, Aya and Momiji must find their way back home. Explore every nook and cranny to unravel the mystery of the Book World! Along the way, the two run into many other residents of Gensokyo. Some come asking for help while others blame Aya for causing the incident. Help or defeat everyone you meet to give Aya her biggest story yet!

Related reading: Speaking of Touhou, check out Clark's review of Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity here.

The game launches on February 7 (North America) or February 10 (Europe/ Australia) in 2017.

Nicalis launches the cute Creepy Castle this month

This game is going to appeal to the retro fans out there for sure. Nicalis, specialists in the ultra-niche, is releasing Creepy Castle on to Steam on October 31.

Promising plenty of scrolling RPG action, Creepy Castle promises plenty of content for its entry fee. The gameplay sounds fun, too: explore countless floors and duel it out with a multitude of enemies and bosses each with a unique turn-based combat system. During enemy encounters, there are chances to engage into quick skill-based mini-games called Duels. Players can then use the element of dexterity and timing to win the duel which allows them to damage their opponent and give them an advantage. But be careful! Each enemy has its own type of Duel and special twists that they bring to battle.

Mostly, though, we're keen on this one because it looks like a stylised Game Boy game. What a console that was.

The catch-up coffee: October 13, 2016
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