Gamescom Announcements: Blast From the Past
As far as news goes this Gamescom was a bit of a bust; just a bunch of rerelease announcements, release dates and the industry defining news that someone had defecated into a plastic bag in order to avoid having to leave the line-up they were standing in. While the latter piece of very special news is perhaps best left to the German publications which are giving it the love that it deserves, the former pieces of news however are at least something that TDT can sink our teeth into.
It was a mere three weeks ago that this author lamented the fact that the Langrisser series had been relegated to smartphones, but now it appears that Langrisser is set to return to consoles. This was just an announcement of an announcement though. The game is going to be a remake of the first two entries in the Langrisser series, with modernised game mechanics, and will be released for PS4 and Nintendo Switch. There are no screens, footage, or even specific details available though, as the game will be properly unveiled on August 29.
Another blast from the past is Grandia + Grandia II HD Remaster for Nintendo Switch. The original Grandia game will also be getting a PC Steam release to go alongside the PC version of Grandia II, which is already available. Grandia + Grandia II HD Remaster is set to release some time this Winter.
We have known about the HD remaster of Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner – MARS for a while now, but this week saw the release of the ‘Orange Case’ demo, so prospective customers can try before they buy. Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner – MARS will release on PS4 and PC on September 4.
Metal Wolf Chaos XD has been pushed back from 2018 until mid-2019. The game was originally released on Microsoft’s first Xbox console, but it was only released in Japan, meaning that next to nobody played it. The game puts players in the role of the President of the United States who must use a mech in order to take back the country. The game made waves earlier in the year because of its slogan “Mech America great again“, which upset some people. It will release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
The 3DS remake of Luigi’s Mansion has been given an October 12 release date. It is about time that Luigi’s Mansion was given a rerelease, as the original game seems to have been better received than the sequel, and the GameCube version is really getting up there in price. That being said, it is utterly perplexing that this is being released for the 3DS rather than the Switch!
If people thought that Duke Nukem Forever was a long time in coming, then DICE came to Gamescom prepared to go them one better! DICE, which is these days better known for developing vibrant Battlefield games, had been working on a title for Psygnosis called Hardcore, until it was cancelled in 1994. The game was originally planned for the Amiga, before being moved over to the Genesis and Sega CD… but will now be releasing for the PS4 and Vita in 2019, a full 24 years after it was cancelled. The marketing calls this a Metroidvania, however that is likely an abuse of the term, as it looks much closer to something like Super Turrican or Gunlord.
Gamescom Announcements: New Content
Moving on to newer games, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has been cancelled for the Vita, which is disappointing for Vita owning backers, but is ultimately understandable. The decision was made because of Sony plans to discontinue their support of the Vita, which means that they will no longer be producing physical game cards. The game’s release has also been pushed back into 2019, though surely nobody expected it to make its 2018 release.
From one Kickstarter project to another, Shenmue III has been given a release date. Yu Suzuki has gazed long into his magic eightball, and then at seeming random has decided upon August 27 2019 as the release date. Such a specific release date this far out is probably at the behest of the publisher. It is doubtful that Yu Suzuki and his ragtag team have the wherewithal to plan their game’s development down to such a specific point, and simply chose a release that sounded a long way out. Hopefully they have given themselves enough development time. Who is this author kidding? Shenmue III is never coming out!
Lusipurr will no doubt be overjoyed that Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom has been given a firm release date. The game will launch on November 6 for PS4, Switch, and Xbox One; the PC release will follow in Q1 of 2019. Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is the seventh game in the Wonder Boy series, and comes hot on the heels of Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, the well received remake of Wonder Boy III. This author is not the biggest fan of the visual style of the modern Wonder Boy games, but many people love it. Regardless, it is great to see this oldschool series getting the love it deserves.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will release on March 22 of next year for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Sekiro is the next spiritual entry in the Souls series, which now spans four separate franchises under three separate publishers. As cool as the previous gothic dark fantasy settings of the Souls series has been, the Sengoku-Era feudal Samurai setting of Sekiro is a breath of fresh air. We kind of got that with Nioh, but Sekiro looks much more appealing.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is the first numbered installment in the Ace Combat franchise since 2007’s Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation, though there have been plenty of spin-off titles in the interim. This week we learned that the game will release on January 18 for PS4 and Xbox One, while the PC version will release on the 1st of February. This author has not played an Ace Combat game since 1997’s Ace Combat 2, so this seems as good a time as any to look back in on the series, seeing as how gorgeous this game looks.
The Devil May Cry series has had more than its fair share of ups and downs- more downs than ups of late. 2013’s DmC was a victim of Keiji Inafune’s policy of farming Capcom properties out to Western companies. Ninja Theory turned
Dante Donte into a snarky jackoff, while the gameplay suffered owing to colour-coded enemies and weapons which quashed any sense of experimentation. Devil May Cry 5 looks like a huge correction in the right direction. The characters are still ugly as sin, but at least they look like they are having a bunch of fun [just like old Devil May Cry], and the gameplay videos coming out of Gamescom look like explosive awesomeness! Devil May Cry 5 will release on March 8 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.