News by Lindsay M.
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)!
Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage launches before the year’s end!
Following a successful public beta that saw more than 60,000 players, Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage is set to launch this December. The rhythm game features a whack of original characters, music, and storylines that will be revealed in the coming months. Along with the release announcement, a new trailer was launched showing off the game’s five featured bands. Here is the official group intro trailer:
There are five bands, with 20 characters total. Each band and performer has their own style and backstory. Leo/need is considered a high school rock band, formed by four childhood friends who reunite to strengthen their friendship. More More Jump! is an idol group where a newbie to the scene joins with three established idols to start anew. Vivid Bad Squad is the street group, with a shy girl and a band trying to beat a Legend. Wonderlands x Showtime is the entertainment group, and an eccentric one at that; they perform on a deserted stage at a popular theme park. Nightcord at 25:00 is the online music group, made up of people who only know each other through their screens instead of in real life.
Developed by Colorful Palette (and Crypton because Miku) and published by Sega, Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage will be released in the west on December 7 for iOS and Android.
Alchemic Cutie comes to Steam next month
A relaxing RPG that heavily involves raising Jellies, Alchemic Cutie is set to launch on PC following an Xbox launch at the end of September. Set on a colourful island, players will meet many fun characters, explore locations, and more. Honestly, though, the bulk of the gameplay seems rooted in Jelly raising. Here is the latest trailer, from the game’s Xbox release:
Wimba Island is massive, with loads to do. The village is full of unique characters. The island changes with the seasons, opening up new areas, different jellies, and new items. There are over 4,000 Jelly possibilities, and competitions for them to win medals. Players can also share Jellies though special codes. There are two main gameplay systems, the aforementioned Jelly-raising, and the title alchemy. Alchemy gives players the ability to create powerful, unique items.
Developed by Viridian Software and Vakio, and published by Circle Entertainment, Alchemic Cutie will be released for PC via Steam on November 12. It is currently available on Xbox One and Series S/X.
A Quiet Place game announced
As with most licensed games, I don’t know how to feel about this one. A Quiet Place, based on the film franchise of the same name, is the first game set in the popular universe where sound attracts monsters. The films are intense, emotional, and suspenseful, and the single-player story-driven horror adventure game should be no different.
A new untold story-driven horror adventure video game set in the terrifying #AQuietPlace universe.
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— A Quiet Place The Game (@AQuietPlaceGame) October 26, 2021
The developer is excited about recreating the immense tension felt in the films. “The A Quiet Place video game will let fans experience the tension of the films with a level of immersion they’ve never felt before,” said Hervé Sliwa, Creative Director at iLLOGIKA, though a press release. For Saber Entertainment, A Quiet Place marks a new milestone: “We are proud to say that A Quiet Place is the first game we will be releasing by an external studio from the growing Saber publishing label,” said Todd Hollenshead, Head of Publishing at Saber Interactive, in the same release.
Developed by iLLOGIKA (shoutout to Montreal!) and published by Saber Interactive (known for publishing movie-linked titles, including the upcoming Evil Dead: The Game), A Quiet Place will launch sometime next year. Platforms have not been announced. More information will be released before the end of the year.
First trailer released for 90s anime-inspired Wander Stars
Wander Stars is a turn-based RPG (love it) with roguelike elements inspired by anime from the 1990s. It is even made to play through “episodes” that can be played through again (like a rerun) to discover anything missed the last time(s) around. It’s style and genre have piqued by interest, and I’m happy to see production moving ahead. Here’s the first trailer for the title:
The game follows a young martial artist looking for her brother, who is running from his past. They join forces to collect piece of the Wanderstar Map. Locations are randomised every time they’re visisited (hence roguelike). The super interesting thing about Wander Stars is the attacks: players make their own by combining words. Learn new words to unlock new attacks and discover enemy weaknesses.
Developed by Paper Castle (Underhero), Wander Stars is set to be released for PC via Steam and Nintendo Switch. We don’t have even a target date yet, but a Kickstarter campaign will be starting “soon.”