Welcome to Digitally Downloaded’s weekly catch-up news feature, the catch-up coffee. With each issue I 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)!
Monorail Stories coming to PC later this week
I first heard about Monorail Stories in June, during Freedom Games’ Not-E3 showcase. The asynchronous multiplayer narrative experience (what a mouthful!) will be released for PC this week, but its Nintendo Switch launch won’t be at the same time; it is expected in the coming months. The story if about fate and unforeseen connections, as seen through the eyes of two commuters travelling on opposite lines from different cities. Here’s an older trailer:
Look in on Ahmal and Silvie’s interconnected lives through a non-linear story involving choice. Decisions impact both tales in real-time, setting ripples in motion to multiple endings. The game can be played alone or with a friend in asynchronous multiplayer mode.
Developed by Stelex Software and published by Freedom Games, Monorail Stories will be released for PC on September 30. It will be launched for Nintendo Switch later this year.
Check out the new trailer for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PC)
While it seems as through Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales has been available for PlayStation for ages now (okay, it’s only been about two years), PC users have been chomping at the bit to get their hands on the game. I mean, take how it looks on, say, a PlayStation 4, and compare it to what it would be on a high-end PC. The difference would be night and day. Anyway, there’s a new teaser trailer for the PC version, so take a look:
The game follows the events of Marvel’s Spider-Man (Remastered, on PC) as a teen named Miles adjusts to his new home while following in the steps of Peter Parker as the new Spider-Man. A power struggle threatens to destroy the city, and to save everyone he’ll have to really own being Spider-Man. He’ll also learn who he can trust, sometimes the hard way. During the course of the game, Miles will discover unique powers that set him apart from Parker, including bio-electric venom blast and covert camouflage.
Developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales will be released for PC via Steam/Epic later this year. Sorry, no launch date yet!
Psychedelic action RPG Arto launching for PC by year’s end
Arto is a fast-paced action RPG that features a unique design where players restore colour to a desaturated world. Breathe new colour into every place you explore, while discovering new weapons and kit upgrades. It sounds all nice and pretty until weapons get involves, doesn’t it?
The game features over 30 bosses; each is unique, with their own abilities, motivations, and lore. Players must hone their combat skills and timing while engaging in fast-paced combat. The ending is dependent on your actions, such as exploration routes, NPC interaction, and fight style. The game promises to immerse players in a variety of different art styles and gameplay elements.
Developed by OrionGames and published by Gamera Games, Arto will be released for PC via Steam on December 1. A free demo is available now.
Cyberpunk visual novel Caffeine: Victoria’s Legacy launching this week
That’s right, another game with very little wait left to launch! Victoria’s Legacy is a a choice-rich fantasy visual novel set in a Victorian cyberpunk alternate reality where coffee is all that matters. Take is searching for his mother’s whereabouts when he is sent into a parallel world where caffeine has magical powers and steam still powers everything. He’s lost all memories of his past save for a little coffee shop where his parents worked. He finds himself in front of said coffee house after falling from a plane and landing in Victoria.
Make choices to discover Taka’s history and how this new world world. There are individual good and bad endings for each of the four romanceable characters. After their routes are finished, the true ending will unlock and reveal the secret behind the whole story. So what about the caffeine? Well, when consumed, it gives the drinker powers. This makes all caffeinated beverages, like tea, a valuable commodity. But as technology progresses, caffeine is needed less and less. Those who rely on their caffeine powers will become irrelevant.
Developed by Kikai Digital and published by Ratalaika Games, Caffeine: Victoria’s Legacy will be released for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series, and Xbox One on September 30.