News by Lindsay M. and 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)!
Onimusha is actually making a return!
By Matt S., Editor-in-Chief, and Lindsay M., News Editor
I don’t think anyone expected this one. Onimusha was right up there with Capcom’s finest work through the PlayStation 2 era, but after many (many) years of silence, we all assumed that it was a dormant property. That’s all changed now, with Onimusha: Warlords announced for a release on current-gen consoles… including the Nintendo Switch!
Originally released in 2001 for the PlayStation 4, Onimusha: Warlords is the first in a series that was developed in the years following its release. Follow a samurai and ninja on their quest to save a princess from demons that have invaded her castle. What they find is even darker than expected as the two serve evil Nobunaga Oda. The gameplay is mostly sword-based combat, but there is also a magical gauntlet and puzzles that need solving. A dark action fantasy about demons and the like through medieval Japan, if you liked Nioh, you’re going to love this one.
Onimusha: Warlords will be released on January 15 as a digital download for PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One. In North America, there will be a physical release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In addition to the HD graphics, there will be a widescreen display option, analog stick support, an Easy mode (thank you!), all topped off with a brand-new soundtrack.
We have a date for your transformation into a mischievous goose
By Lindsay M., News Editor
Canadian geese are the worst, am I right? They’re sneaky and fast and like to chase children across the park. But it’s finally time to understand their geese-ish motives by stepping into their shoes (well, not literally, the game doesn’t feature the Canadian sort of goose) and creating mayhem in a village with Untitled Goose Game.
The game is a simulation with slapstick-shtick up the wazoo as the goose wanders about town, stealing and pranking and doing anything it possibly can to run everybody’s day. That darn goose.
Untitled Goose Game is being developed by House House and published by Panic. It will be launched on PC and Nintendo Switch early next year.
It’s time to enter an Amazonian Hell
By Lindsay M., News Editor
I’ve written about it before and given myself the major creeps in doing so. Now I need to brave myself for more nightmares, as Green Hell has entered Early Access on Steam… and there’s a new trailer to boot. I hope you’re ready!
Green Hell is set in the Amazon rainforest, where you must survive the environment and its inhabitants. There are tribes and creatures based on those who live in the actual Amazon. You’ll never quite know if you’ve found something helpful or something out to kill you; often you’ll discover a foe far too late to do anything about it.
The Early Access release allows access to one half of the final map, interact with five hostile creepy crawlies, and the ability to inspect their (in-game) body for anything that may have entered unexpectedly. There is also a Story Mode tutorial introduction.
The Nintendo Switch is getting its first comic reader
By Matt S., Editor-in-Chief
The Nintendo Switch isn’t much of a multimedia device. Unlike its competitors, there’s no video streaming services (aside from Nico Nico in Japan), no YouTube, now Twitch capabilities. But now, at least, the console will work as a comic book reader.
A new app has been announced, called InkyPen. InkyPen will feature comics from publishers such as IDW, Valiant, Dynamite, and other famous brands across America and Europe. Fans will get access to series’ such as Warhammer, Dungeons & Dragons, Judge Dredd, Assassin’s Creed and Dark Souls. There will also be webcomics such as Girl Genius and The Wormworld Saga.
InkyPen is a subscription services, that will set you back around $US8.00 per month. Here’s hoping that the service also picks up some Manga publishers (Viz…) because I could see myself using the lovely screen of the Switch for manga reading. The service launches in November.