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Thursday, June 4, 2020

The catch-up coffee: Thursday, June 4, 2020


News by Lindsay M., News Editor

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)!

SIE postpones PS5 event


Announced late last week, Sony Interactive has decided to postpone its June 4 presentation due to world events. A new date has not been announced. The Future of Gaming video is said to feature information on several upcoming titles for the PlayStation 5.

The full message from Sony, as seen in the above tweet from the PlayStation account, states: "We have decided to postpone the PlayStation 5 event scheduled for June 4. While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games, we do not feel right now is a time for celebration and for now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard."

Of course, this is 100% the right move on SIE/PlayStation's part. I've seen whiners complain that the world needs happiness right now... but no. When an entire country is about to either evolve or collapse, there's lives at stake. There have been lives lost, lives destroyed, for centuries. Every country should focus on racial inequality (both their own and American) and supporting black and POC individuals, businesses, and organisations in any way we can.

Collectors, you may be too late to grab this Sega goodie!


Mini consoles have been quite popular over the last few years, and Sega wants to keep the good times rolling with the Game Gear Micro, a tiny version of the 1990 handheld console. And when I say tiny, I mean tiny: it is 80mm wide by 43mm tall by 20mm in depth. The release is to celebrate Sega's 60th anniversary.


Each colour contains four different titles. Black includes Out Run, Puyo Puyo Tsu, Royal Stone, and Sonic the Hedgehog. Blue includes Baku Baku Animal: Sekai Shiikugakari Senshuken, Gunstar Heroes, Sonic & Tails, andSylvan Tale. Yellow includes Nazo Puyo: Arle no Roux, Shining Force, Shining Force II, and Shining Force: Final Conflict. Red includes Columns, The G.G. Shinobi, Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible, and Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special.

The Game Gear Micro will be released on October 6 in Japan for 4,980 yen. Sega will also release the Big Window Micro, which will be included in the four-colour set prices at 29,980 yen. Based on the size of the screen, this may be required if you want to get any valid gameplay from the unit.

The Coma 2 coming to consoles in two weeks


Developed by Devespresso Games and published by Headup Games, Korean survival horror game The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters is already available for PC via Steam but is now firmly set to come to consoles as well. The game will launch on June 19 for both PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Here's a new trailer:


A sequel to The Coma (our review here), The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters continues the story, yet no knowledge of the original game is necessary to enjoy the narrative on its own. There's a new protagonist, Mina Park, who was a secondary character in the first title. She awakens in her school in the dead of night, and notices that something is... more dark, more sinister. Mina ends up being pursued by a slasher that looks like her English teacher (we've all had that dream, right?) and runs out into the surrounding district to attempt escape.

Outside isn't much better, though, as its filled with strange creatures, mysterious strangers, and uneasy allies. Exploration is urgently needed, but must be balanced with preparation for what's ahead. The game explores themes such as friendship, bullying, and the pressures of academic achievement in a distinct Korean context.

The Academy: First Riddle launches this month


Comparing anything to Harry Potter is a choice when you take into account the current state of events and the fact JK Rowling is a massive transphobe, but that's what's being done. Mystery puzzle adventure The Academy: First Riddle is being touted as Harry Potter meets Professor Layton, and it will be released on June 19 for PC via Steam, iOS via the App Store, and Android via Google Play. Console releases are on the horizon, but as of now no further release information is known. Here's a trailer for the June 19 launch:


Developed by Pine Studio, the title is set at The Academy, an exclusive school for brilliant minds. Rich in history, one story told will have a big impact, shedding light on the school's secrets. There are over 200 puzzles and riddles to solve, easy to play yet difficult to master.

It's not all puzzle-solving, though. Explore the bright and colourful halls, or seek out the darker corners. Meet other students and staff members, all capable of extraordinary things.


The catch-up coffee: Thursday, June 4, 2020
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