The catch-up coffee: Thursday, August 8, 2019

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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)!

There’s a new gut wrenching episode of This War of Mine: Stories available now

The third instalment of This War of Mine: Stories follows Anja, who is wrestling with the question of what is more important: human legacy or survival. It’s available now for PC, as an individual purchase or as part of the season pass. There’s a new trailer, too:

Lead Artist of Fading Embers, Tomasz Kisilewicz, states via a press release: “The new This War of Mine: Stories episode touches on the subject of cultural heritage and what it means during the war. Is it worth preserving even at the darkest times? Or maybe when we’re pushed to our limits, when death and starvation are omnipresent – we change our perception of art and culture? And despite the artistic value – paintings, sculptures, and rare books – become mere tools of survival. Just because by destroying them we can postpone our own demise. Is this cost justifiable? Players will have to face those dilemmas for themselves.”

Fading Embers promises new locations to explore, new shelters to live in, enhanced locations, new playable characters, and new gameplay mechanics (such as collecting art). It is the first in the series to introduce a non-linear structure that can lead to multiple endings. As a former art history and theories major, I am quite excited to explore the new cultural significance in Fading Embers.

Pixel Game Maker MV set to leave Early Access

Pixel Game Maker MV is currently available as an Early Access title on Steam, but version 1.0 is just around the corner: it’s set to launch in Q4 of this year, announced by publisher Playism and developer Kadokawa Corporation. There are two new trailers that showcase the title:

Pixel Game Maker MV allows you to build action games with no programming skills needed. It’s rooted in six tools: resources, tiles, objects, animation, scenes, and transition. Think of it as the Storybook Weaver (wow, does that reference ever date me) of pixel action video games.

The official, updated version will include user interface improvements, Steam Workshop support, a free demo version, and other updates addressing issues raised by Early Access users. If you’re interested, take note in the price: Pixel Game Maker MV is currently available for $84.99 USD but will rise to $99.99 USD upon the official launch.

Children of Morta release date(s) announced

Developer Dead Mage and publisher 11 bit studios have announced the release dates for Children of Morta, the upcoming roguelike RPG. The game will be available on PC September 3. The console version of the game — for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One — will launch on October 5. And to celebrate, a new trailer has arrived; watch it here:

Children of Morta is set in Mount Morta, once a peaceful place that is now filled with corruption, violence, and monsters. It follows the Bergsons through their tale as a family of heroes. But are they ready to sacrifice everything?

The PC version of the game is digital-only in NA, but a boxed version will be available in Europe and Australia. The Nintendo Switch and PS4 versions will also receive physical releases. The Xbox One version is digital-only across the board.

Psychological horror title Those Who Remain coming to PC, consoles

Those Who Remains promises to be spooky. A man named Edward seems to have the perfect life, with his wife and daughter, yet he finds himself somewhat drunk and driving through the night to end his secret affair. He pulls into a motel, not knowing the horrors that await him. Here’s a trailer:

Dormont isn’t a normal town; it’s spiralling, split from reality and warped by darkness… and the deeds of those who remain there. Edward will have to stay in the light by any means; meanwhile, he is confronted by his conscious when trying to decide whether to save the citizens of the down, or leave them in the darkness.

Developed by Camel 101, Those Who Remain is being published by Wired Productions. It will be released for PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, but a release date is yet to be announced.

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