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 favourite news anchor, Dee Dee)!
The Professor Layton series shifting focus to another Layton family member
I am bouncing around with excitement at the mere thought of sharing this news with DDnet readers: the next game in the Professor Layton series has been announced! Lady Layton: The Millionaire Ariadone’s Conspiracy shifts the focus to Layton’s daughter Katrielle (or “Kat”). The game will focus less on what Level-5 describes as “dynamic problem-solving” and more on solving multiple cases, increasing the tempo of the game from that which is common to the series. Don’t worry though, as the core elements of puzzles and brainteasers will remain. Lady Layton will be out in Japan next spring with a Western release expected sometime in 2017; it will be released for 3DS, Android, and iOS.
Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius celebrates a huge milestone
The recent free-to-play Final Fantasy mobile game (which I quite enjoy after weeks of playing) hit a milestone in the last week as it hit five million downloads since its worldwide release. Keep in mind this is outside of the 6.5 million players already logging in from Japan, so that means over 11 million people have picked up the game with nearly half of those doing so in the past month. If you logged in this past weekend you will have received daily login bonuses for five days (each day gave one rare Summon ticket and 10 Metal Minituars).
Darksiders is (officially) getting a remastered edition
In his review of Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition, Pierre-Yves begins by stating, “The original Darksiders gave Zelda fans something a little more serious to dig into. Players got to take on the role of War, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, who accidentally set it off the end of the world, then went about trying to fix that (fairly significant) mistake.” Indeed, what he was playing was the remaster of the Darksiders’ sequel — but now the original is also getting the remaster treatment thanks to Nordic Games’ acquisition of several THQ titles when it went under. The impending remaster is titled Darksiders Warmastered Edition (which is exceedingly less fun to say that ‘Deathinitive,’ but I’ll let that slide) and will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One. The PC version promises 4k support, while the console versions will run at 1080p; all versions minus Wii U will run at 60 FPS, whereas Wii U will sit at 30 FPS. All texture resolutions have been doubled, some rendering has been reworked, and other graphics upgrades have been made. All versions release this October 25.
Formerly Wii-exclusive Little King’s Story coming to PC
If you missed Little King’s Story for the Wii in 2009 (chances are you did) or its re-release for the PS Vita as New Little King’s Story in 2012, you’re in luck. XSeed Games is bringing the Wii game to PC via Steam, GOG.com, and the Humble Store on August 5; the release includes a full high-definition graphical update and controller support. Little King’s Story is an enchanting combination of simulation and strategy elements. As with a large number of RPGs, it is about a boy who stumbles upon a magical power and how he uses it. The interesting here thing is that the power is mind control and you can use little Corobo to control every character in the kingdom — their tasks include treasure hunting, ditch digging, fighting animals, or constructing bridges.
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.