Posts Tagged ‘Focus Home Interactive’

The Moos (The News): Farming Simulator 17 Announced

Will we, in years to come, be asking “How would you revamp Farming Simulator?” Will we wonder if it’s time Farming Simulator took a few years off from annual sequels to rethink what about virtual farming excited people so? Will we dream of an Ancient Egyptian reboot, tilling the soils of the Nile Delta? Or will you, wide-eyed, propose a slaughterhouse with PhysX Flex blood and a knife-sharpening minigame? Do you want a wee organic farm with no machinery, just a workforce of gapyearers?

I ask because developers Giants Software have announced Farming Simulator 17 [official site], coming “at the end of 2016.”

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Heretics! Battlefleet Gothic: Armada Shows Off Chaos

There is something pleasing about watching a mile-long spacecathedral circling in broadside combat with a mile-long, meat-covered spacecathedral dedicated to ruinous powers. Something to do with pretty space backgrounds, nice giant spacecathedrals, colourful zapbeams, and the very idea of heavily-armed shards of meat, bone, and teeth. I’m less sure about the ship with a big silly red demon heads on top, though. Maybe that’s what Red Nose Day will look like in 38 thousands years.

Oh, obviously I’m talking about Warhammer 40k. More specifically, it’s a trailer showing the Chaos fleet in Battlefleet Gothic: Armada [official site]. It has meat and colours!

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Mordheim: City Of The Damned Preparing For Launch

Oh, Mordheim [official site], (semi)turn-based Games Workshop adaptation of my dreams. It was love at first sight when we met last year and I’ve endured the somewhat dissatisfying Early Access period of our courtship in the hope that something special would blossom.

With its full release set for an as-yet unannounced date this month, Mordheim is finally looking like the game I remember falling for. The latest trailer explains how the four faction-based campaigns work.

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The Technomancer Makes First Contact With New Trailer

So, cards on the table, I’ve heard of technomancy but I’m not entirely sure what a technomancer is, nor what falls under the remit of such a title. If you’re in a similar position, this trailer for The Technomancer [official site] tells us that front man Zachariah is “a warrior that’s able to harness his bio-electric power into powerful skills and abilities in combat”. Huh, there you go. The rest of the vid shares a lot of new information about French outfit Spiders’ upcoming game, with a focus on combat.

I wouldn’t normally pass comment on how a promo trailer is voiced, but there’s something weirdly hypnotic about how this one’s narrated:

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Dakka Dakka: Battlefleet Gothic – Armada’s Orks

Orks should not be allowed to pilot spaceships. I imagine their first attempts to reach the stars were a lot like my first attempts to launch a Kerbal Space Program: nasty, brutish and short. And yet, somehow, through a combination of determination and hunger for war, the ‘orrible creatures have their own fleets in Games Workshop’s spacebiff strategy game, Battlefleet Gothic. The upcoming digital adaptation, Armada [official site], has captured the unique flair of scrappy Ork ships, as revealed in the new screenshots, above and below.

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Gold! (Gold!) Farming Simulator 15 Expansion Released

Farming Simulator is a triumph of earnestness. I’ve known a few people who gave it a try because it was a kooky ironic gag for a while, with all those montage parody videos, only to discover they actually quite enjoyed simulating farming. Stick that in your vapewand and smoke it, ‘irony’. If you too know the pleasures of tilling virtual soil and want more farms and more farming, you may now sow your seed further afield.

The ‘Gold’ expansion for Farming Simulator 15 [official site] launched today, bringing a new Eastern European farm and oodles of new vehicles.

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Sneaky Sneaky! Styx: Shards Of Darkness Announced

Murder is a right lark, I’m sure we can all agree, but there’s little better murder than murder where no one sees their murder coming and their murder goes undetected. Stealth, I’m talking about. 2014 fantasy sneak ‘em up Styx: Master of Shadows was fairly typical for for developers Cyanide – interesting and ambitious but flawed enough to end up frustrating, as our Graham noted in his review. Still, the goblin’s sneaky adventure was promising enough that Cyanide are having another crack.

Today the French studio announced sequel Styx: Shards of Darkness [official site], slated to launch in 2016.

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