June 1, 2017

People Can Fly & Square Enix Partner For Unannounced Title

Posted on June 1, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

Square Enix

Square Enix – the publisher who most recently rebooted their reboot of a 20 year RPG classic – has announced that they will be partnering with People Can Fly for an unnamed ‘high-end original title’ for console and PC.

Whatever form this new project takes, it will not be featured during Square Enix’s 2017 E3 showcase and will not be at the show in any facet. Previously People Can Fly gained notoriety as a subsidiary of Epic Games where they worked on the Gears of War franchise including an original entry in the franchise, Gears of War Judgement, released in 2013. In addition to the Gears of War and Painkiller franchises, People Can Fly also partnered with Gearbox Software to deliver Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition earlier this year.

Lee Singleton, Head of Studios at Square Enix was quoted with the following in Squeenix’s press release announcing the partnership:

“We’re massively excited to be working with the talented team at PCF in Warsaw, a studio filled with people who really know their craft … We’re building a game we all want to play which will be the perfect addition to our portfolio.”

It will probably be a few years before we hear about what the Polish developer is working on in conjunction with Square Enix. Then again Square still has quite a few projects to release that they announced at the start of this console generation back in 2013 *cough*.




Nintendo details upcoming paid online service with Switch

Posted on June 1, 2017 by Jason Nason

Today Nintendo unveilled some information about their upcoming online paid service. While online gameplay with the Wii, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS has been free, online gaming with the Switch will be a paid service starting in 2018.

Nintendo will launch a paid service called Nintendo Switch Online, which allows Nintendo Switch owners to enjoy online multiplayer gaming as well as a dedicated mobile app that connects to the Nintendo Switch console. This app will help players chat with their friends during online matches in compatible games, set play appointments, and invite their friends to join them online.

Online play will continue to be free for Nintendo Account holders until the paid service launches in 2018.

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SEGA Releases A Free To Play Port of Crazy Taxi On iOS Devices

Posted on June 1, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH… Get ready to go back to 2000 with a re-release of the original Crazy Taxi on iOS. This arcade driving game hit the Dreamcast and arcade scene back in 1999 but like any classic, it’s always fun to revisit a vintage title from decades past from time to time.

Challenging players to pick up fares around a fictional version of San Francisco, drivers ignore all of the rules of the road as they try to get their customers to the destination before time expires.  The more reckless a player is the higher a fare they’ll collect. Bonus cash is awarded for narrowly passing an oncoming vehicle (called “Crazy Through”), jumping off well-placed ramps and getting the passenger to their destination while the timer is still green. Also included in this re-release is the original arcade ruleset where time is added for each successful passenger delivery but also the “5 Crazy Minutes”, “10 Crazy Minutes” and “Crazy Box” challenge missions that were added in the Dreamcast port as well.

This isn’t the first time Crazy Taxi has been ported to other platforms – it appeared on the PS2 in 2002 during SEGA’s early days as a 3rd party publisher. It was ported to the PlayStation Portable as Crazy Taxi Fare Wars in 2007 with support for custom soundtracks and even in-game recording with up to 80 seconds of video recorded.  Now players can get their hands on Crazy Taxi for free, as CT is available for free with in-game advertisements right now. Optionally you can pay the low price of $2.49 CDN and have the advertisements removed forever. The latest update even brings back the original 2000 soundtrack featuring The Offspring and Bad Religion (as good.. or as bad as that may be, depending on your tastes and how they’ve evolved in the subsequent 17 years.) Sadly the real world advertisements for Tower Records (RIP), Pizza Hut and KFC have all been removed, now you’ll just drive the customers to a “chicken restaurant” :(.

It’s a nice mobile treat to play such a throwback to the dying days of arcades – CT was one of the first (and last) arcade machines I’ve ever played (I was 13 when CT released). For those concerned that the touch controls might run the experience – they don’t. All the little tricks you might have picked up on the Dreamcast like Crazy Starts and the Rickshaw are still there.


June 1st Nintendo Download

Posted on June 1, 2017 by Jason Nason

Nintendo 3DS eShop

Farming Simulator 18 – Develop and expand your very own farm… wherever you go! Become a modern farmer in Farming Simulator 18! Plant, harvest, and trade in crops, including for the first time sunflowers. Diversify your activity with animal husbandry and forestry. Develop and expand your very own farm… wherever you go! More than 50 farming vehicles including AGCO brands Breed and transport animals: cows, sheep, and for the first time, pigs Plant crops, sell the product of your labor, and invest your profits! Develop your farm in a new American environment

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia DLC

  • Season Pass ($44.99, twenty-two pieces of content): The Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Season Pass includes all five DLC packs as they release. By purchasing the Season Pass, fans who want to receive all DLC will save more than 30 percent compared to purchasing all 22 pieces of content individually.
  • Rise of the Deliverance Pack ($12.99, four pieces of content): Discover the previously untold history of Valentia in this Prologue pack. Complete with new story content and additional voice acting that details the rise of the Deliverance in Zofia, this collection of challenging maps includes new support conversations between selected heroes, as well as the ability to take command of a character players won’t be able to control in the main game.

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