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)!
The puppies are coming! The puppies are coming!
Did I mention that the puppies are coming? Kitfox Games has announced the release date for Pupperazzi, the dog photography (and sometimes platformer) game. Yep, that’s right, this game combines dogs and photography, something seen all the time in real life yet literally never in the world of video games. It’s happy, it’s adorable, and it’s launching so very soon. Here’s the release date announcement trailer:
Pupperazzi is all about having fun. Run, jump, and interact with the world while discover new dogs. So many dogs of all sorts of breeds. And yet, no humans in sight. Players can upgrade their photo gear with lenses, filters, slow-mo action, and more. Since everyone knows a photo can’t be good unless it’s shared, it’s imperative to share the images online to maintain a social media presences. It’s not just about dog photography, though, as you can also play with them, dress them up, terrorize them (vacuums are the enemy), and dance with them. There are multiple places to explore, including a cove, a boardwalk, and a city.
Developed by Sundae Month and published by Kitfox Games (which has quickly become a favourite publisher of mine), Pupperazzi will be released on January 20, 2022.
Chocobo GP launches in March
What’s better than Chocobos happily roaming the hillside? Chocobos in cars racing against Final Fantasy characters in Final Fantasy-themed courses, off course! We were super excited when Chocobo GP was announced earlier this year, and as time goes on that excitement is growing. Square Enix has released a new trailer for the game, not only focusing on the release date but also showcasing three game modes. Here’s the trailer:
The above trailed introduces three game modes in addition to the previously-announced Story Mode and Chocobo GP Mode: Time Attack, Series Race, and Custom Race. In Time Attack, players race against themselves to try and beat their best times; they can also asynchronously race against others from around the world. In Series Race, it’s a competition for the top spot in a series of four races; this mode can be playing solo or multiplayer. Finally, in Custom Race, players creates races with custom rules; again, this can be played solo or multiplayer.
Developed and published by Square Enix, Chocobo GP will be released (digital only in the west) on March 10, 2022. At the same time, a lite version will launch, allowing players to try the game before committing to purchase (as if that’s required, it’s an instant-buy from us). Chocobo GP Lite allows users to play through the Story Mode prologue and test out Chocobo GP mode (a tournament mode). Players can also use the lite version to play multiplayer with those who own the full version. Save data transfers from the lite to the full version.
Circus Electrique announced for PC, consoles
I’d like to get something out of the way: the title “Circus Electrique” drives me nuts. One word is English, and one word is French. Why?! Now that’s out of the way, let’s get to it. Circus Electrique is a story-driven RPG named for what has been dubbed the greatest show in Victorian steampunk London. It combines RPG elements with tactics and management sim. In the game, Londoners are turning into vicious killers for no apparent reason, and online the circus’ performers can save the city. Here’s the announcement trailer:
A lineup of 14 circus performers including Strongmen, Artists, and Clowns will fight in turn-based battles against those you’d least expect to be killers, including police, sailors, posh girls, and other archetypes. The game features a Devotion morale system that affects characters’ performance in battles as well as in the circus shows. That’s right, despite the crazy things happening in the city, the show must go on! That’s where circus management comes into play: rebuild the circus to its former glory by recruiting and training performers. Their skills, chemistry with each other, and Devotion all add up to the financial success of the show.
Developed by Zen Studios and published by Saber Interactive, Circus Electrique will be released for PC via Steam/Epic, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series, and Xbox One sometime in 2022.
Interactive poem A Memoir Blue launches in February
We first talked about A Memoir Blue back in August, when it was expected to be released in October. Well, October has come and gone, but we now know the game will actually be released in February 2022. It’s an interactive poem about a superstar athlete, as well as the love between mother and daughter. It promises to be a tearjerker despite there being no words. Here’s the release date announcement trailer:
The game features what the published describes as a “unique” aesthetic that combines hand-drawn and 3D art. It follows Miriam as she swims to the depths of her memories, with gameplay vignettes that blend sacrifice and heartbreak with victory and pride. Miriam will reconnect with her inner child, which in turn deepens the love she has for her mother. There are puzzles at unexpected places in the dreamlike world.
Developed by Cloisters Interactive and published by Annapurna Interactive, A Memoir Blue will be released on February 10, 2022 for iOS, PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series, and Xbox One. Basically, if you own a platform, you can play it!
– Lindsay M.