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Monday, November 22, 2021

The catch-up coffee: Monday, November 22, 2021


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)!

This Pac-Man compilation will have players busy for awhile


More Pac-Man is never a bad thing, even when it's titles from the past. Actually, past titles make it more exciting, especially when they haven't seen the light of day for years! Bandai Namco has announced Pac-Man Museum+, describing it as "the ultimate Pac-Man compilation." The titles haven't just been included willy-nilly; they've been specially curated from both retro and contemporary titles. That's 40 years of history right there. Here's the announcement trailer:


The compilation includes 14 Pac-Man titles. It features a visual interface that borrows from the style of an arcade game centre. The game centre is completely customisable, and players can play cabinets, decorations, and memorabilia as they see fit. There is also what is described as a "mission-based progression system" that has players completing missions to be rewarded with coins; the coins can then be spent to unlock more missions or decorations.

Developed and published by Bandai Namco, PAC-Man Museum+ will be released for PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One early next year. It includes Pac-Man, Super Pac-Man, Pac & Pal, Pac-Land, Pac-Mania, Pac-Attack, Pac-in-Time (lol), Pac-Man Arrangement (Arcade and CS versions), Pac-Man Championship Edition, Pac Motos, Pac'n'Roll Remix, Pac-Man Battle Royale, and Pac-Man 256. Pac-Man Museum originally launched for PlayStation 3 in early 2014.

Ubisoft Montreal Game Lab Competition winner Zorya: Celestial Sisters launching early next year


I adore co-op games, because I often need help navigating complex problems in video games. Co-op means I have someone next to me, experiencing the game at the same time, and odds are that person thinks much differently than I do. The upcoming co-op title I'm most excited for is Zorya: Celestial Sisters. It focuses on two goddesses, one of night and one of sun, as they traverse the land but find themselves separated. Here's the latest trailer:


Vyraj is a desolate world where the sun never sets. Because of this, Aysu, the night goddess, must stay in the shadows. Solveig, the powerful sun goddess that controls time and can manipulate solar energy, doesn't have this issue. Their goal is to find their way back to each other. The co-op can be played locally via split-screen or online; cross-play will be available from day one. The Friends Pass means players can invite their friends who haven't purchased the game.

Developed by Madlife Divertissment and published by TLM Partners, Zorya: Celestial Sisters will be released for PC via Steam/Epic and Nintendo Switch on February 8, 2022. There are two versions available, the standard edition and the Stellar Edition that includes the game, a soundtrack, and digital art book.

The mysterious Pragmata is delayed


Do we know much about Pragmata? No. Is it still sad that it's been delayed? Absolutely! Understandable, though, as I'm sure the developer is putting a lot of care into it consider it is supposed to make full use of next-gen technology, including ray-tracing. A statement put out by Capcom explains that the delay is "to ensure this will be an unforgettable adventure." There was a new in-game engine video released to confirm the delay in a very sweet way; watch it here:


The game is set on the moon (earth's moon) in a dystopian near-future. That's basically all we know. So little is known that it doesn't even have a Wikipedia page, and in this day and age that's downright surprising – it seems like there is an page for just about everything one could dream up.

Developed and published by Capcom, Pragmata will be released for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series in 2023 (instead of 2022).

Wytchwood will launch within weeks!


Set in a land of gothic fables and fairy tales, Wytchwood is a crafting adventure game; it was announced last week that the title is set to launch next month. The game really shines in its style, described as "lovingly rendered storybook art style." While tales and characters may be familiar, the game promises its own adventure. Take a look at the release date trailer:


Players become the old witch of the woods, and need to explore, collect ingredients, brew enchantments, and pass judgement on the cast of characters. Ingredients can range from toxic toadstools and eye of newt, whereas an example of an enchantment is bottled fear. Spells won't come naturally, and the witch will need to research and experiment. In addition to gathering and crafting, puzzles are probably the biggest gameplay element as the witch will need to outsmart the animals of the forest.

Developed by Alientrap and published by Whitethorn Digital, Wytchwood will be released for PC via Steam/Epix, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series, and Xbox One on December 9.


The catch-up coffee: Monday, November 22, 2021
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