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First-person survival horror Phantasmal wins NZ$25K KiwiGameStarter comp

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First-person survival horror Phantasmal wins NZ$25K KiwiGameStarter comp

Procedurally-generated survival horror Phantasmal taken out the top prize in the New Zealand Game Developer Association’s KiwiGameStarter competition.

The other finalists from a field of 18 were FrogShark's local multiplayer brawler Swordy and sci-fi racer Vector 36 by Red River Studio.

The competition was put together to give a boost to a team who are already developing a product and business plan, said NZGDA chairperson Ben Kenobi at its launch in August.

Phantasmal creator Joe Chang will receive NZ$10,000, Autodesk Maya LT and Unity 3D software, legal advice from Hudson Gavin Martin, and marketing consulting from Pursuit Public Relations.

He will also be introduced to other successful entertainment software businesses for mentoring.

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Side-scrolling skater OlliOlli is getting a shiny sequel

Side-scrolling skater OlliOlli is getting a shiny sequel

A sequel to tricky skateboarding side-scroller OlliOlli is coming to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita next year, Roll7 has announced.

OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood will run on a new engine and feature an expanded combo system, a more powerful level editor, and new art, said Roll7’s Simon Bennett.

The game will also feature a new split-screen local multiplayer mode for up to four called Combo Rush that pits players against each other and the clock.

Spotlight

Viking Squad is a Castle Crashers-style roguelike coming to PC and PS4

Viking Squad is a Castle Crashers-style roguelike coming to PC and PS4

Viking Squad is a co-op roguelike brawler that’s coming to Windows PC, Mac, and PlayStation 4 next year.

A PlayStation Vita version is also a possibility, according to developer Slick Entertainment.

In Viking Squad, players choose from four Vikings, each with their own special weapon and move set, and then go on a voyage across the sea at the behest of a vicious Jarl to raid neighbouring enemies. All going well they return home with loot, level up, and do it all again.

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Another open-world Kickstarter grad is having funding trouble

Another open-world Kickstarter grad is having funding trouble

Developer Nerd Kingdom has laid off half its workforce after rejecting a round of funding for crowdfunded open-world RPG TUG.

According to a post on the game’s Kickstarter page, the funding was rejected as it would have seen the studio relinquish ownership of the game.

"The deal that would have gone through would have lost us all control and ownership and we are not huge fans of being owned by investors like this," the company wrote.

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Rumour: Assassin’s Creed Rogue is coming to PC

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Rumour: Assassin’s Creed Rogue is coming to PC

Assassin’s Creed Rogue could be coming to PC as well as Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Last week, NeoGAF user prudislav posted what he or she claims is a screenshot of Uplay showing an entry for a PC version.

Following that, NeoGAF user BakkaGames posted a screenshot he or she claimed was an entry for the game on the Brazillian Classification Board website.

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Game thefts and unwanted booth babes mar an otherwise successful Digital Nationz

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Game thefts and unwanted booth babes mar an otherwise successful Digital Nationz

Game and gadget expo Digital Nationz went extremely well despite a theft and a rule-breaking exhibitor, says event manager Peter Hall.

Hall said he was really happy with the content side of things, but the theft of two Virtual Boy games from the History of Gaming exhibit and the appearance of booth babes on Saturday had his blood boiling.

The theft from the exhibit – the contents of which were provided by private collectors – was “absolutely despicable…atrocious”, said Hall.

Editor's Blog

We'd like your recommendations for Gameplanet's Steam Curator page

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We'd like your recommendations for Gameplanet's Steam Curator page

If you love PC games as much as we do, you'll probably already know that Steam has launched a new feature called Steam Curators. The new platform enables gamers to see recommendations on the Steam Store from publications and individuals whose opinions they trust.

At Gameplanet we've been reviewing games for more than 14 years, so we know a thing or two about what makes a good game. On our Steam Curator page our writers will be sharing their personal recommendations on everything from niche indie games to AAA blockbusters.

But we'd also love to hear about your favourite games on Steam, so that we can share those with our wider community too.

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Former Darksiders devs set up new studio Airship Syndicate

Former Darksiders devs set up new studio Airship Syndicate

A number of former high ranking Vigil developers have come together to form a new independent studio.

Joe Madureira, Ryan Stefanelli and others have formed Airship Syndicate, and announced that the studio is already working on a game prototype.

Speaking with Game Informer, Stefanelli said that when Darksiders developer Vigil didn't get picked up in the auction of bankrupt publisher THQ's assets, he join Crytek USA to work on Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age.

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Bayonetta 2 tanks in Japan

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Bayonetta 2 tanks in Japan

Bayonetta's Wii U-exclusive sequel is out now in Japan, but selling very poorly.

Bayonetta 2 for Wii U has sold just 28,825 copies in its first week, reports Dengeki Online.

By comparison, the original Bayonetta was released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and sold more than 200,000 copies in its first week.

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Bug reveals future Destiny content - report

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Bug reveals future Destiny content - report

A number of Destiny players are reporting a bug that reveals a slate of upcoming content for the game.

Following the most recent patch for the shared world shooter, some Destiny players have reported seeing unusual content that they're unable to access.

All the content revealed by the bug has been compiled on Reddit.

Tuesday 30 September


Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes review
Review
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes review
Never meet your heroes.
Screamride preview trailer
Trailer
Screamride preview trailer
No height restriction.
The Evil Within – Every Last Bullet trailer
Trailer
The Evil Within – Every Last Bullet trailer
Improvising is surviving.
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Van Helsing II: Complete Pack launch trailer
Trailer
Van Helsing II: Complete Pack launch trailer
Not a Jackman in sight.
Side-scrolling skater OlliOlli is getting a shiny sequel
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Side-scrolling skater OlliOlli is getting a shiny sequel
New engine, art, tricks, mode.
Danganronpa 2 review
Review
Danganronpa 2 review
Our verdict.
Fenix Rage launch trailer
Trailer
Fenix Rage launch trailer
Super Meat Boy meets Flappy Bird.
Amplitude HD gameplay first look dev diary
Trailer
Amplitude HD gameplay first look dev diary
An update from Harmonix.
The Legend of Korra – BTS trailer
Trailer
The Legend of Korra – BTS trailer
With Platinum Games producer Atsushi Kurooka.
Toy Soldiers: War Chest – Hero Focus trailer
Trailer
Toy Soldiers: War Chest – Hero Focus trailer
Customising heroes.
Viking Squad announce trailer
Trailer
Viking Squad announce trailer
Co-op brawler goodness.
Rumour: Assassin’s Creed Rogue is coming to PC
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Rumour: Assassin’s Creed Rogue is coming to PC
Uplay and classification screens offered.
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Monday 29 September


Wasteland 2 review
Review
Wasteland 2 review
Notes from post-apocalyptia.
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Former Darksiders devs set up new studio Airship Syndicate
News
Former Darksiders devs set up new studio Airship Syndicate
Already working a prototype.
Bayonetta 2 tanks in Japan
News
Bayonetta 2 tanks in Japan
Jump to Wii U unsuccessful.
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Bug reveals future Destiny content - report
News
Bug reveals future Destiny content - report
Raids, Strikes, Missions, Crucible.
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Assassin's Creed: Rogue – Templar vs Assassin trailer
Trailer
Assassin's Creed: Rogue – Templar vs Assassin trailer
Hard-hitting questions within.
Assassin's Creed: Unity – Customisation & Co-op trailer
Trailer
Assassin's Creed: Unity – Customisation & Co-op trailer
New upgrades detailed.
PlayStation Home to close next March
News
PlayStation Home to close next March
No second life.
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