The catch-up coffee: Monday, June 26, 2023

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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)!

Meet the coven in this new trailer for The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood

If you missed it, Matt previewed The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood; a game about tarot reading and an exiled witch. It features Tarot-like card creation, divination, and a branching story than spans time and space. It also has a diverse cast of characters, who are introduced in this new trailer.

Players take on the role of Fortuna, an exiled Witch who lives on an asteroid. She forms a pact with a forbidden creature to regain her freedom. After 200 years, she’ll reconnect with her Witch friends and make new ones, all while using the created cards to see through their pasts and futures. The web of interests that surround the coven lead to a political plot that will define the fate of the Cosmic Witch society.

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

Crime O’Clock launches for Switch this week

Crime O’Clock is one of those games that leaves me in awe of the illustrations it contains. Across five maps, the worlds are expansive and detailed. In the game, players get personal with the lives of many characters across the maps. They’ll follow the inhabitants over 10 time ticks and discover their stories. Investigate cases through time and evolving maps, unveiling a multi-era linked story. It’s kind of like Where’s Waldo plus a point and click adventure. And the good news? Crime O’Clock will be launching for Nintendo Switch late this week.

Players become a time detective, travelling through time and solving crimes that shouldn’t have happened to begin with. Each of the five maps have multiple time markers to visit and use to help resolve cases like hacking, murder, and theft. Oddly enough, there seems to be a strange thread connecting them all… someone if trying to disturb time! Players search the huge, zoomable maps for clues then proceed with a detective method to combine the missing pieces. As cases are solved, the map changes and new adventures await.

Developed by Bad Seed and published by Just For Games, Crime O’Clock will be released for Nintendo Switch on June 30. The PC/Mac (via Steam) versions ill be released on July 21.

Next Genshin Impact update launches in early July

Titled Secret Summer Paradise, the version 3.8 update for Genshin Impact is due to be released next week. Players will join Klee and Kaeya, each with new outfits, and discover a limited-time area full of open-world gameplay, summer attractions, and bountiful awards. The new area is called the Veluriyam Mirage, and it consists of high hills, forested valleys, dark caves, and a myriad of amusement facilities. Explore with two open-world game modes: the Choo Choo Cart that carries passengers with exciting roller-coastering experiences or the Preprint mode that teleports people into a two-dimensional world with hidden puzzles and treasures. Collect Joyeux Vouchers to redeem various awards.

Four special events and attractions can be found across the Veluriyam Mirage, each offering more bonuses giving players the chance to recruit Layla for free. Spino Blaster is a water cannon shooting game, while Dance of Flashing Light provides more combat challenges. Control a Barking Fox in an aerial speed race in the Sojourns of the Barking Fox, or play a revamped shuffleboard game in Bing-Bang Finchball.

Developed by MiHoYo, Genshin Impact is available for iOS/Mac, PC, PlayStation 5, and PlayStation 4. Version 3.8 will be released on July 5.

Crymachina will be released in the west this October/November

Action RPG Crymachina is about mechanical girls trying to become Real Humans; it is set to release in Japan in late July, and we now know when to expect it in the west. The good news? It’s not too far off. The bad news? There are three separate release dates depending on region. There’s also a new Story Trailer to accompany the release date news:

A strange disease is running rampant, and a young girl named Lebel Distel teeters on the bring of death. She hears a mysterious voice saying that she’d been chosen. She succumbs to darkness, awakening in a dark post-apocalyptic world. Lebel is greeted by an Android, Enoa. Guided by Enoa, Lebel finds herself entangled in the battle to become a Real Human. But what is a real human, anyway? In Eden, face exhilarating battles against mechanical enemies and discover the world’s unknowns. Then return to home base, the Imitation Garden, the relax, customize weapons, and enjoy heartwarming conversations.

Developed by Aquria and published by NIS America, Crymachina will be released for PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch on October 24 in North America, October 27 in Europe, and November 3 in Oceania

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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