News by Britta S and Trent P.
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)!
Baroque Fantasy RPG GreedFall announced for PS4, Xbox One, and PC
Focus Home Interactive and Spiders Games (developer of The Technomancer and Bound by Flame) have announced GreedFall, a fantasy RPG set in the 17th century. It is in development for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, due out in 2018.
Spiders said GreedFall is as much about combat as it is about diplomacy, deception and stealth. In the game you, together with other settlers, mercenaries and treasure hunters, explore a remote island where the locals, who are protected by supernatural beings, are fighting off invading settlers.
Jehanne Rousseau, the CEO at Spiders, explains their artistic concept for GreedFall: “We’re looking for a very unique visual aesthetic inspired by Baroque art from 17th Century Europe, complete with grandiose sceneries and environments in warm, muted colours, and dark undertones.”
“The island of GreedFall is a living, ever-evolving world. Your actions, from seemingly trivial choices to the most important political decisions, will influence and affect its course as well as the relationship between the different factions established on the island.”
Sounds good, right? Enjoy the trailer!
Subset Games announces Into the Breach
Faster than Light developer, Subset Games, has revealed its next project, Into the Breach. The game is set in a world which the remnants of human civilization are threatened by creatures called “Kaiju”. These creatures come from beneath the earth, and need to be combated using powerful mechs that the player controls in turn-based combat.
FTL’s composer Ben Prunty will return to create the soundtrack for Into the Breach. Chris Avellon will also bring his talents to crafting the game world.
Into the Breach will release “when it is finished” for PC and Mac. While a Linux version is also planned the developer has not revealed any plans for console versions at this stage. FTL ended up releasing on iOS as well, and we would assume mobile’s on the cards here too.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Side Story [Magia Record] has a trailer!
Aniplex has released the first full-length trailer for the Madoka Magica free-to-play smartphone game announced back in September. It is based on the immensely popular anime TV series, produced by Shaft and Aniplex.
The trailer for the mahou shoujo (magical girl) RPG consists mainly of animated story segments, but towards the end it offers a glimpse of how the game actually plays.
The game is developed by f4samurai (Hortensia Saga). Ume Aoki is credited for original character designs and Gekidan Inu Curry for the witches. The theme “Kakawar (Relationship)” is performed by TrySail.
The story revolves around a strange power that draws magical girls to gather in the developing city of Kamihama. One storyline follows Iroha Tamaki who came to this town looking for her vanished younger sister Ui. Together with the magical girls she starts searching for clues.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Side Story [Magia Record] is due out for iOS and Android in Japan this spring. No news on a western release yet. Given that Hortensia Saga also didn’t get an English localisation don’t hold your breath for this one.
Yuri visual novel, SeaBed, westward bound
Fruitbat Factory has announced that it will localise the yuri-themed mystery visual novel by developer Paleontology, SeaBed. It’s coming to PC and Steam in the west in late 2017, after releasing in Japan in 2016.
SeaBed follows three separate characters: Mizuno Sachiko, a designer haunted by hallucinations of her past lover; Narasaki Hibiki, Sachiko’s friend and a psychiatrist conducting research into human memories; and Takako, Sachiko’s former lover, who has been suffering from accelerating memory loss, especially how and why the two women drifted apart despite sharing a bond since childhood.
An update to the Steam version of SeaBed will natively support 1440×1080 resolution.
We’re always up for some good yuri, we are.