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Playism announced that the 8bits fanatics-developed 2D action game, Steel Sword Story, has been updated to Steel Sword Story S on PC via Steam. The update is available on June 11, 20224, and can be applied as a free update to current owners. However, all future purchases will include this updated content. After the update, you will be able to choose between Steel Sword Story and Steel Sword Story S from the Steam launcher, so if you’re a fan of the original, there’s no need to worry. Once the update goes live, the game’s price will be increased from $4.99…

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Atlus released the launch trailer for Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance. While this trailer dropped before the June 14 release, we’re excited to see a little more of this updated adventure. During the trailer, viewers get a preview of some of the story beats, but also the game’s updated graphics and storylines when compared to the initial base release on Nintendo Switch. The original Shin Megami Tensei V DLC scenarios, Return of the True Demon, The Doctor’s Last Wish, The Rage of a Queen, and A Goddess in Training, will be included from the beginning of the game. Pre-orders for the Standard…

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PM Studios released a new trailer for the Studio Kumiho-developed adventure RPG Cricket: Jae’s Really Peculiar Game, coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on August 15, 2024. The updated trailer highlights the cast of characters players will meet across this heartwarming and, dare I say, epic adventure. Be sure to let us know if you’ll be checking this game out in the comments below. However, if you’re eager to play now, a free demo is available on Steam. Cricket: Jae’s Really Peculiar Game picks up after the protagonist, Jae, suffers…

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JAST has released the Jullyfish-developed visual novel Sisters: The Last Day of Summer on PC via Steam and JAST Store. This is a fully animated visual novel with anime-like cutscenes as players navigate the coming-of-age story. It should be noted that this is an adult visual novel. While the JAST version contains mature content, you’ll need to apply the free patch to the all-ages Steam version to experience the entire game. Further, there are no mosaics on the content. Sisters tells the story of a young man who moves into a rural town deep in the mountains. There, he meets…

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It may seem like developer Moonana came out of nowhere after the reveal of the extremely stylish turn-based RPG Keylocker was revealed. Still, the previous release, Virgo Versus The Zodiac, proved they knew how to craft a unique indie experience within genres and further enhance the quality with some amazing character designs. Now, Keylocker has received a new demo that showcases some of the updates that have been added to the game, as well as provides players with an introduction to the story. We had the chance to play the demo early, but you can access it now during Steam…

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Whitethorn Games announced that the Skaule-developed adventure show management-sim Magical Delicacy will be released on June 16, 2024, for Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. Magical Delicacy has players assume the role of Flora, who dreams of becoming a proper witch. This dream leads her to open a shop where she must fulfill requests for the people of Grat, a harbor town built upon cliffs, where adventurers settle to chart an unexplored island full of mystery. As she engages in the town’s thriving economy, she stumbles upon two members of opposing covens. The witch Cassia and the magus…

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Visual Arts is celebrating Key’s 25th anniversary with the release of a special video highlighting the developer’s titles. It’s definitely a nostalgic punch to the stomach, as the highlight really showcases some of the most timeless visual novels in the industry. Throughout June 2024, the company plans to reveal more news about its upcoming titles, Anemoi, and also provide special updates about future projects. The publisher will host a special livestream on Friday, June 14, 19:00-20:30 (JST) titled Key Channel Key 25th Anniversary & “Anemoi” Special. Featuring: Tōya Okano Sakai Shun Sayuki Shinji Orito Natsu Otoko Kanon, the developer’s first…

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Me and the Souls genre have had an interesting past. What began as a nerdy dive into a strange Atlus-published FromSoftware title, Demon Souls, has evolved into a fully fledge genre with plenty of offerings to satisfy fans. Now, I can see this leaving FromSoftware at sort of a disadvantage. Given that they essentially crafted the genre, fans expect them to consistently raise the bar with each release. Elden Ring was an instant hit when it was revealed, and following its 2022 release, players are still finding new ways to enjoy it, and I say that loosely due to the…

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Yen Press announced they will publish Dark Souls: Redemption, the manga adaptation of the video game series Dark Souls from developer FromSoftware. The Yen Press edition of Dark Souls: Redemption will be released in August 2024 in print and digital formats. Dark Souls: Redemption Story by Julien Blondel Art by Shonen Doomed by a past long forgotten, resolved to save what she once held dear. The flame is lit. A nameless woman wakes. Roused from the tomb by a past she cannot recall, she sets out into a barren, unfamiliar landscape. The protector follows. Bound by oath and honor, he…

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Studio Elan revealed their newest visual novel, A Tithe in Blood. The team released a trailer that acts as an introduction to the characters and world, and it also shared the team of developer credits who are working on the game. Further, viewers can get a chance to preview some of the CGs. However, you won’t have to wait long to see even more of the game since the team released a demo on Steam alongside the trailer. Set in the snow-bitten landscapes of Hokkaido, A Tithe in Blood introduces players to Honoka Asakawa, a reserved university student whose life…

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Developer Bluss Brain announced that the Monkey Craft-developed Princess Maker 2 Regeneration will be delayed on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 until August 8, 2024. The team has confirmed that it will still be released on Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam on July 11, 2024. The delay comes after the platform holder asked the team to alter in-game assets to “comply with ethical Standards.” From the team: For the PS4 and PS5 versions, some specifications will be changed to meet ethical standards. The item that increases the daughter’s bust size will be removed. The endings “Marriage with Father” and…

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Sunsoft announced that a free demo is available now for the Angoo-developed tower-defense game Ark of Charon. The game will be released for PC via Steam Early Access on July 9, 2024. The team plans to use feedback from the demo period to implement it in the game’s development. Ark of Charon invites players to take on the mantle of a guardian for a nascent World Tree sapling, a beacon of hope for humanity facing desolation. In this unique fusion of colony simulation and tower defense genres, players guide this colossal, living ark across treacherous landscapes, nurturing its growth while transforming…

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I am starting to really enjoy how indie developers are taking the creativity and presentation of retro games and building on those systems. We no longer have to deal with frame drops or sacrifice features due to memory limits. While working within the 8-bit and 16-bit pixel graphics, developers can push what began over 30 years ago with new elements and heightened levels of imagination. Developer High North Studios AS accomplishes this in their new adventure RPG SKALD: Against the Black Priory. Written by Anders Lauridsen, I heard about this game years ago, so I’m glad to see it finally…

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Following the release date announcement for God of War Ragnarök on Steam, it was discovered the players would need to sign in using their PlayStation Network IDs to access the game. This has been a controversial request after Helldivers II pushed an update that required players to play online. However, PSN isn’t available in all regions, which means some regions will be locked out of playing Steam. Further, the developer shared that they are partnering with Jetpack Interactive once again to port the game to PC, aiming to “harness the power of the platform to deliver an exceptional experience.” The…

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TipsWorks Studio and Infoldgames have just announced their upcoming game, Ballad of Antara, which will be released on PS5 in 2025. This action RPG will take players on an adventure through two distinct worlds: the normal world and a mystical realm known as “Para.” The information comes from the PlayStation Blog. In Ballad of Antara, players will navigate between these two worlds, starting with an ancient power trapping the fundamental essences of the living world within the Para. The game promises a mix of unique biomes, stories, heroes, and adversaries, offering a diverse gameplay experience. Players will control “Emissaries,” characters…

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During the State of Play 2024 broadcast, TipsWorks Studio and Infold Games revealed their newest project, Ballad of Antara, which is in development for PlayStation 5 and will be released in 2025. Ballad of Antara is an action RPG described by the developer as “a faraway land is on the verge of being lost to a conflict from eons ago, and the invasion that followed it. Embark on a perilous journey, seek towering divine creatures, to reclaim the twisted and lost fundamentals of the world.” We’ll keep you updated as we learn more about the game. No other platforms have been revealed…

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Papergames revealed new gameplay for their open-world dress-up adventure, Infinity Nikki, during the State of Play May 2024 broadcast. During the trailer, players got a look at the gameplay and some of the customization options that players will have access to. Further, the developer revealed a special playtest coming in Q3 2024 is on the way. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on how to get in. In Infinity Nikki, players will traverse the vast and magical Miraland, a continent where styling holds magical powers. Nikki, along with her friend Momo, will explore alternate timelines and encounter unique cultures,…

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During State of Play May 2024, Firewalk Studios revealed more details about their 5v5 shooter Concord. In this game, players can choose from a variety of characters and roles, each with distinct abilities and personalities. Assemble your crew of Freegunner space outlaws and engage in 5v5 PVP modes across the galaxy. Pre-orders start on June 6, 2024, providing Beta Early Access for you and four friends, with the full release scheduled for August 23, 2024. Concord focuses on fostering connections and encouraging social play through multiplayer gaming. The Firewalk team aims to create memorable moments and shared experiences that define…

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Atlus announced their plans for the Anime Expo 2024. The company has revealed a panel with details surrounding their upcoming JRPG Metaphor: ReFantazio. Further, Katsura Hashino and Shigenori Soejima, known for their work on the Persona series, will also be in attendance as Guests of Honor to talk about the game. Anime Expo will take place in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 4 through July 7, 2024. ATLUS Presents: The World of Metaphor: ReFantazio featuring Katsura Hashino & Shigenori Soejima Date & Time: Friday, July 5, 2024 from 10:30AM to 11:20AM PT Location: Petree Hall…

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If developer Hack the Publisher was aiming to be a studio that you can’t put in a box, then they nailed it with their upcoming release, Centum. Following the release of Dwarven Skykeep and Vengeance of Mr. Peppermint, I don’t think I could predict that their next game, Centum, would be an eerie point-and-click puzzle game, but here we are. However, after writing that, Centum is unlike any game that I’ve played in this genre, with a unique concept that rewards creativity and curiosity to progress. The result is a nightmarish experience that has me eager to play more. A…

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