The catch-up coffee: Monday, May 1, 2023

Now with trailers galore!

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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)!

Here’s the reveal trailer for The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood

One day this week, I woke up to the announcement of The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood and I freaked out. No joke. I went absolutely mad because it’s just about everything I want from a video game these days. I didn’t write about the news, however, because Matt was lucky enough to preview the game, and what he had to say makes me even more hopeful about it. While his preview has just about everything you could want, there’s two things missing: the announcement trailer, and what platforms the game will be available on (and approximately when). And what’s why I’m here! First, the trailer:

The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood is a narrative adventure game from the creators of The Red Strings Club. Players take on the role of Fortuna, an exiled Witch living on an asteroid. She forms a pact with a forbidden creature in attempt to regain her freedom. She’ll reconnect with her Witch friends after 200 years apart, meet new Witches, and use tarot cards she created to see through their pasts and futures. The web that surrounds the coven is complex, and leads to a political plot. (Definitely read Matt’s preview, though, for more information.)

Developed by Deconstructeam and published by Devolver Digital, The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood will be released later this year for PC via Steam and – most importantly – Nintendo Switch.

It’s time for a Neptunia GameMaker R:Evolution trailer!

The Neptunia universe is rapidly expanding, and one of the upcoming titles (that hasn’t been announced for a western release yet) is spin-off RPG Neptunia GameMaker R:Evolution. The main difference between this game and others is the addition of a management system, as the entire point is to manage a game company and eventually expand it into a large enterprise. Here’s the trailer:

Game studios are fighting for power to acquire marker share in the developer world… and a new studio is about the enter the battle for survival. Develop “discs” which can strengthen character action skills. As the company grows, better discs can be developed. The battle system has evolved a bit, and characters will cooperate each other. There’s also returning elements, like enhanced CPU transformations and flashy EXE Drive attacks that eradicate enemies.

Developed and published by Compile Heart, Neptunia GameMaker R:Evolution will be released for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch on August 10 in Japan.

Have you ever wanted to run a dinosaur ranch?

If the answer is yes, then Paleo Pines may be for you! It’s set on a quirky island populated with friendly dinosaurs and welcoming townsfolk. The story is about the same as any farming sim: arrive in town, and move into an old ranch that needs fixing up. You’ll be able to do that with the help of the wacky townsfolk of Pebble Plaza and your newfound friends, the wild dinosaurs. It’s not just a farming sim, though, as you’ll have to uncover the lost history of the island.

Meet dinosaurs and enlist them to fix up the ranch and grow crops, creating a cozy sanctuary. There’s loads of character customization options and a broad selection of styles, so by the end it could very well be the ranch of your dreams. Befriending the dinosaurs is key; tasty treats, nose boops, and comfy pens will help you out there. Keep track of their likes and dislikes in a dino journal. There are a variety of locations to explore, from flowery fields and high canyons.

Developed by Italic Pig and published by Modus Games, Paleo Pines will be released for PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series, and Xbox One in Q4 2023 (technically, it says “fall” but that’s for us northerners).

Slow life RPG Picontier launching this June

Just over a year after its full PC release, Picontier is now set to launch for Nintendo Switch towards the end of next month. It is a story of mystery and fascinating events that happen as the main character resumes life from scratch. It’s described as a slow like RPG that unravels and reveals surprising twists.

The hero awakens from a long sleep to discover that the island isn’t quite how they remembered. They’ll start life all over at the centre of the island, in the town of Magmail. Craft items and weapons, fish in the sea, and grow crops. Materials required for crafting are collected both in and out of town. Monsters that appear change between day and night, so check recipes and find the right monsters to suit your needs. As the main quest progresses, the island will evolve. Learn about a mysterious substance, Piconium, that exists only on the island. Also learn about the strange black fog that holds the key to a certain incident.

Developed by Skipmore and published by Flyhigh Works, Picontier will be released for Nintendo Switch on June 29. It is currently available for PC via Steam.


Lindsay picked up an NES controller for the first time at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love. She began reviewing GBA games 20 years ago and quickly branched out from her Nintendo comfort zone. She has has developed a great love of life sims and FMV titles. For her, accessibility is one of the most important parts of any game (but she also really appreciates good UI).

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