A new game has set out to capture some of New Zealand's landscapes as the hand-painted backdrop for a puzzle adventure.
Desolate is a new Kickstarter project Elliot Collis, a Kiwi living in Tokyo, Japan. The game is a personal meditation on growing up in New Zealand, said Collis on the crowdfunding site. It explores themes depression and self-acceptance.
In the game, "shadowy figures" have invaded your village, "and you must sacrifice your friends and family to them in order to escape. After realising what you’ve done wrong you need to fix the mistakes you’ve made.
"But not all mistakes can be fixed by apologising. Sometimes change is needed, but reluctantly sought. Sooner or later you will have to face your inner shadows and your inner self to change for the better."
Players will interact with the game world through touch, gesture and speak, and how these mechanics are used will change with each act.
A PlayStation 4 Trophy list for Beyond: Two Souls is the latest evidence that Quantic Dream's PlayStation 3 exclusive is coming to new-gen hardware.
The Beyond: Two Souls Trophy list for PlayStation 4 was leaked on Exophase, and is identical to the PlayStation 3 Trophy list.
Rumour of a PlayStation 4 edition of Beyond: Two Souls has also surfaced previously. Two German retailers briefly listed the game in July. A developer also posted images of himself working on a control schematic for the PlayStation 4's dualshock 4 pad. These were also taken down.
Gamers will have the option to play as Borderlands 2 villain Handsome Jack if they purchase the first downloadable content pack to the upcoming Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.
In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Jack is not yet the evil one-lining antagonist players know from Borderlands 2. Moreover, players will actually control Jack's body-double, rather than Jack himself. Technically, he's also not yet "Handsome" Jack, as he still has his original, "un-reattached" face.
No information about Jack's playstyle or abilities was announced.
On the back of news yesterday that Grand Theft Auto V for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One was still on track for release later this year, two sources have now pegged the game for release in November.
A VG247 YouTube partner, HalcyonDeathSquad, has said it was told by a source close to the game's development that it would release in November. In addition, an employee of UK high street retailer GAME tweeted that Grand Theft Auto V for PC and new-gen would release on November 2. The tweet has since been removed, claimed the YouTuber.
Next, a NeoGAF user browsing the website of Rockstar's UK distributor, Gem Distribution, found that the game's release date had been changed from TBC to November. The date has since been returned to TBC, but not before sites including Videogamer were able to screengrab it.
Lemmings-style puzzle title Flockers is coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC later this month, developer Team 17 (Worms) has announced.
The game is currently available via Steam Early Access.
According to Team 17, Flockers is “a modern day take on the classic A to B puzzle genre with a generous helping of dark humour for good measure”.
Volition creative director Steve Jaros reckons its fair that Saints Row was called out in the latest video from Anita Sarkeesian.
Speaking with The Escapist, Jaros said that the earlier Saints games were problematic, but also pointed out that Volition has become more mindful of the way it represents women since then.
"I actually tweeted out the link to the video yesterday about women as background objects and said that every game developer should watch this and sometimes is guilty of it," he said.
UPDATE: Following the original story below, Gameplanet contacted the New Zealand Commerce Commission to learn what action, if any, it intended to take on behalf of New Zealanders, and what New Zealanders could do if they believed they had been sold a faulty good from an international digital retailer. Today, the Commerce Commission replied with the following answers:
Q: Will you be taking any action similar to those of the The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to protect the rights of New Zealand consumers?
"The Consumer Guarantees Act is self-enforcing legislation meaning that consumers must seek redress from a supplier or manufacturer directly to resolve their disputes. If the issue is unable to be resolved directly with the supplier or manufacturer then a claim can be made at the Disputes Tribunal.
The rest of the weekend's news from PAX and beyond, in no particular order:
Deep Silver announced that Saints Row IV is coming to new-gen consoles on January 30 in the form of Saints Row IV: Re-Elected, a graphically-upgraded port by High Voltage Software that will include all Saints Row IV DLC (except the just-announced Gat out of Hell).
Nintendo has unveiled two new handhelds that update the existing 3DS hardware.
"New 3DS" and "New 3DS XL" feature an analogue nubbin, two extra shoulder buttons, a faster processor, better 3D, a slightly larger screen, a micro-USB slot, and NFC support.
The faster CPU in each of the new handhelds will be required for some 3DS games, such as the just-announced Xenoblade Chronicles 3DS port.
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