Retro Studios now hiring Lead Producer for Metroid 4

Exciting news concerning Metroid 4: Retro Studios sent out a tweet yesterday that they are looking for a Lead Developer for this game.



Since Nintendo announced they’d scrapped the project and would start over again in January 2019 there hasn’t been much news, so it’s good to see that development is continuing.

Even The Ocean Is Coming To Consoles!

Ratalaika Games and Analgesic Productions have announced their upcoming narrative-driven platformer, Even The Ocean, is coming to consoles next week! 

This platformer/visual novel/exploration game centres around the story of Aliph, a power plant technician in the alluringly futuristic Whiteforge city. After a routine maintenance trip goes askew Aliph must work with Mayor Biggs, learning how to use her new power and associated influence to save the city from an unknown menace. She must learn to use these new Light and Dark energies to stabilize the threatened city while also navigating a host of environmental issues, not to mention the small matter of the fate of the world.

Beautiful and diverse environments await as you navigate Aliph through the geography surrounding the city, meeting a whole slew of friends, allies, and travellers along the way. The combination of 2D levels and top-down maps promises to give you a glimpse into a beautiful fantasy world full of unique characters and a variety of locales.

Included in Even The Ocean are customizable difficulty settings. You can play the Complete version, Story-Only version, or Gameplay-Only version, aiding in making the experience unique each time.

Even The Ocean will be coming to PlayStation 4 America on 18/08, Playstation 4 Europe and Xbox One on 19/08, and Nintendo Switch – for both NA and EU – on 21/08. It’ll be priced at $14.99 for all platforms, so it’ll be equally accessible no matter what your favourite console is! 

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin Golden Harvest Edition Announced

Developed by Edelweiss, this Action/Simulation game looks to use a combination of side-scrolling platforming and 3D farming simulation to charm players, with the limited Golden Harvest edition being announced for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. The standard edition will also be available for Steam on November 10th 2020.

Golden Harvest edition, as announced by Marvelous Inc, will contain the same beautiful contents regardless of whether you go for Switch or PlayStation. There’s the physical game, a 132-page artbook, the game’s soundtrack split over 3 CDs, a double-sided poster, and a classic collector’s box. At £49.99 from the Marvelous Store, it’s a steal!

In the game, you’ll take on the role of Sakuna, a spoiled harvest goddess who’s been banished to a dangerous island with a group of outcast humans. There, she’ll explore beautiful and forbidding environments, fight demons, and maybe even find a home. Bettering the lives of humanity and harvesting rice are key to proving herself, and Sakuna will have to work hard if she wants that title back!

Join fallen goddess Sakuna on her adventure to regain her holy status on This Holiday season!

Control Ultimate Edition Annouced and no free upgrade to PS5 & Xbox Series X with the standard copy

Control Ultimate editon has been announced for PS4, Xbox One and PC. Steam will be getting the game first on August 27th and the 10th of September for the rest of the platforms.

If you own a copy of Control and all the expansions, you wont be getting the free upgrade to PS5 and the Xbox Series X.

According to their FAQ on 505 games, this is what it says.

“Will Control Ultimate Edition give me access to Control on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5? We will offer a free next-gen digital upgrade for those who buy Control Ultimate Edition on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. For more information on eligibility, stay tuned to our website and community channels.

“What if I purchased the original version of Control previously? The free upgrade path to Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 version of Control is only available for Control Ultimate Edition.”

Source: Eurogamer

Halo Infinite delayed 2021

343 Industries has today confirmed Halo Infinite will be delayed till 2021. Announced via their twitter, they want to make sure the team has adequate time to deliver a Halo experience that meets their vision.

With the gameplay footage reveal last month. Halo Infinite got off to a rocky start with the public via its visuals. It has came to no surprise that Halo Infinite would get the inevitable delay. As Microsoft are definitely pushing the worlds most powerful console envelope, another dink in the release window with a game to really show off its capabilities come launch.

Source: Halo twitter

EA is removing fitness cards from FUT for FIFA 21

A welcome change to the formula of FUT is finally happening. Yes, fitness items is going to be no more for FIFA 21. Nothing has been mentioned about contracts for players you have brought from the transfer market place, packs you have purchased or via rewards.

Alongside fitness items, training items have also been given the boot.

“Fitness items have been a light management element in Ultimate Team since the very beginning,” EA said. “The decay of players’ fitness was put in the game originally to encourage rotation in the squad and to simulate some of the management decisions that football squads have to consider.”

“However, we’ve evaluated these mechanics and have decided that it wasn’t creating the desired effect in rotation and players were spending time doing a management action that was frequently required and, ultimately, not very fun.”

“So this year, while Fitness and Player Stamina will still be important factors inside of a match, dictating, for example, how much you can sprint and for how long, you will no longer have to manage that mechanic in the menus as well.”

Source: Eurogamer

New Nintendo Switch Controllers Surface

The UK Nintendo Store list several new wireless and wired controllers for the Switch. The wireless controllers are offically licensed by Nintendo and produced by HORI. Their rechargable internal battery will provide 15+ hours of battery life with a 10 meter range. And while they don’t support NFC, Infared or HD Rumble, they will feature motion controls and cost less than the regular Switch Pro Controllers.

Also featured are three new Nintendo Switch Mini Controllers. These wired controllers are offically licensed by Nintendo and produced by DPD. Featuring a translucent shell these small, ergonomic controllers are designed for players of all ages. They won’t support NFC, Infared, HD Rumble, or motion controls, but considering their price this was to be expected.

Source: nintendo.co.uk

Street Fighter Producer Yoshinori Ono leaving Capcom after 30 years

The Street Fighter series executive producer, Yoshinori Ono has today confirmed he is parting ways with Capcon after 30 years at the helm.

Ono, made the announcement via twitter thanking the people who he has worked with over the years and of course the Street Fighter fans all over the world. Ono said in his statment “I’ve been with the Street Fighter brand for a long time, experiencing good times, bad times, and even non-existent times. My heart is filled with appreciation to those players who’ve been giving warm and kind support on the brand especially little over the past decade or so as all the activities on the Street Fighter brand regained sunshine and grew its liveliness.”

He continues “And now, after serving almost 30 years at Capcom, I am leaving the company in this summer. This means that I will resign my position as the brand manager for Capcom’s various titles including Street Fighter.”

“Capcom staff in the new generation will continue taking care of the Street Fighter brand and leading the World Warriors,” he added.” And, I do believe that they will continue making Street Fighter extraordinary. I will look forward to seeing the new Street Fighter brand and how it’s going to be expanded, as just one of regular gamers next time.”

“trying to contact those whom I’ve gotten to work with in the past” about his resignation, but acknowledged “it’s quite difficult to reach out to all of the people I’ve associated without throughout my career for almost three decades”.

Personally, its sad news to see such iconic figure leaving a franchise that I have grown up with. From playing Street Fighter II on the megadrive all the way to current day consoles, Street Fighter V. I hope Yoshinori Ono wont be a stranger and all the best to his future endeavours.

Source: Yoshinori Ono twitter

Prehistoric Dude heading to consoles next week

Prehistoric Dude, developed by Ratalaika Games. Is heading to Nintendo Switch, Xbox and PS4 next week.

Prehistoric Dude is a metroidvania type game, explore the stone age and recover Dude’s ham.

Throughout the course of Dude’s adventure. You will be able to upgrade, fight bosses and explore different scenarios in a 8-bit style graphics.

Prehistoric Dude will be priced at $4.99 / € and £4.51 for the UK.

It will launch on:

  • PS4 America: August 11th
  • PS4 Europe: August 12th
  • Xbox One: August 12th
  • Nintendo Switch (NA & EU): August 14th

Source: Ratalaika Games press release