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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)!

Rock of Ages II is Switch-bound!

What do you get when you combine Monkey Ball, tower defence, and Monty Pyton? You get Rock of Ages, is what. It has been a multiplayer staple for us for a while now, after it released on PlayStation 4 back in 2017 (read our review of it here).

Atlus is now bringing the game to the Nintendo Switch, with Rock of Ages II landing on the Switch on May 14.

On the Switch you’ll be able to play with up to four players online, and, of course, the portability is a big benefit, as Rock of Ages has not been playable on the go before. The design of the game makes for excellent short bursts of play, while on the train or whatever, and as the real fun here is in the local multiplayer, being able to carry the console around to a mate’s house is perfect.

Here’s an ace developer diary on Final Fantasy X and X-2 you must watch

Square Enix has been really knocking it out of the park with its Final Fantasy developer diaries. Because the company has had re-releases of Final Fantasy VII and IX on Nintendo Switch and XBox One to sell, it has been producing these in-depth, nostalgic video diaries, looking at how each game was made. Now, its Final Fantasy X and X-2’s turn.

This video features interviews with:

Yoshinori Kitase (Producer)
Takashi Katano (Event Main Programmer)
Momotu Toriyama (X Event Director | X-2 Director)
Yusuke Naora (X Art Director)

At 30 minutes long, this is one of the best insights that you’ll get into the making of these two brilliant, classic games.

We have a release date for the next chapter of Trails of Cold Steel on PlayStation 4

The port of the brilliant Trails of Cold Steel 1 released on the PlayStation 4 a couple of weeks ago. Now we know when the second chapter will land in English: June 4 in North America, and June 7 in Europe.

Trails of Cold Steel 2 originally released on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. A direct sequel to the first, you’ll need to have played that before getting stuck into this one… but then you’ll need to play this one, because later on, a third and fourth chapter for the game will also land on consoles.

There will also be a special edition for the the physical release, which includes a steelbook, a music CD, a pin, and a pack of Sept-Terrion cards from the game. A nice little bonus for fans of a game that has (justifiably) earned a lot of them over the last couple of years.

Enjoy this trailer featuring the very pretty girls of Kotodama

Kotodama is the first development project from PQube – the talented publisher that is responsible for bringing us some of the most niche of all Japanese games. From Root Letter to Gal*Gun, PQube’s work is eclectic to say the least, but Kotodama looks like it could be one of the team’s best efforts.

The game itself is a blend of match-3 puzzling and ultra-fanservicey visual novel, and is filled with plenty of very pretty girls and stylish underwear. The new trailer introduces the seven main characters, as well as an eigth girl, whose death kicks all the game’s action off.

PQube releases this one on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC on May 31 in Europe, and June 4 in North America.

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