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The catch-up coffee: Monday, October 15, 2017


News by Matt S.

Welcome to Digitally Downloaded’s regular catch-up news feature. With each issue we will bring you the best news 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)!

Three new characters revealed for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle

A new trailer showing off three new characters for the upcoming cross-franchise fighting game, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle shows that the developers are ticking all the right boxes when it comes to this game. We are very excited indeed.


Related reading: Matt's review of the last BlazBlue game.

The three new characters revealed are Rachel and Hazama from BlazBlue itself, and RWBY's Weiss Schnee. The final game will also have characters from Persona 4 Arena and Under Night In-Birth. Presumably we've got a lot of character reveals to come yet, because those two games only have two confirmed characters apiece.

Anyhow, the new trailer is looking pretty darned slick, and we're always up for more games from the studio behind BlazBlue. No one makes better 2D fighters.


Atlus is setting up an online goods shop!

Atlus is one of the best companies out there when it comes to character goods and the like. Each year at TGS, one of the things I look forward to the most is visiting the Atlus store to pick up beauties like my massive Risette Persona 4 Dancing All Night tapestry from a couple of years ago:

Soon you'll be able to get in on the action from anywhere, anytime. On October 16, the company will launch an online goods store where you'll be able to purchase clothing, pins, phone cases, and all that good stuff. Sadly this store will only be open to people in North America at first, but if it proves successful, you can bet fans around the world will also get their chance to buy up big.

Hopefully with lots more Risette goods.


Three brilliant Warriors games are Switch-bound. Here's a trailer

Koei Tecmo loves the Nintendo Switch, it seems. The developer is dipping into its catalogue to port three of its classic Warriors games to the handheld console.


The first is Warriors Orochi 3 - the all-star character mashup before Warriors All-Stars. This game's a little old now (it was originally released on the PlayStation 3), but it has particularly memorable level design and SO. MANY. CHARACTERS. The second is Spirit of Sanada - a narrative-focused Samurai Warriors game that takes players through the career of one particular noble family of the time. The third is Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires, which melds the traditional Warriors action with plenty of light strategy to give the brain a workout.

These three games are all due for release this year, too (in Japan), so between them and Fire Emblem Warriors, Koei fans have no shortage of games to look forward to.


Hey, The Talos Principle is on iOS now! Goody!

The Talos Principle is a first person puzzle adventure game. "Oh, so it's a Portal clone?" I hear you ask. Well, no, not really. In fact, it's a very smart game with a deep narrative and personality all of its own. You can read our review of the game here.


And now it's on iOS, for a bargain-basement price of just $8 Australian. Which is a premium price for iOS owners, I guess, but hey, people should learn to pay for games, and $8 is barely two coffees.

It's a gorgeous game, and will look amazing on your iOS retina screens. Additionally, anyone concerned that it might be hard to play on the iOS screen need not worry; it's a calm-paced game that won't test your dexterity across virtual controls too much.

The catch-up coffee: Monday, October 15, 2017
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