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Posts tagged “Square Enix Collective”

Battalion 1944 revamps and fixes much in ‘major’ update

"TOTAL REWORK," declares a trailer for Battalion 1944's new free update. "THE COMMUNITY HAS BEEN HEARD." Bulkhead Interactive's World War 2 multiplayer FPS got off to a rocky start in early access, see. Our Alec admired what he played, even if his clicking finger has grown slow and preoccupied in his old age, but he did note a number of problems - and players did…

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Minecraftbut MMO Boundless picked up by Square Enix’s Collective for release this year

Construction & exploration sandbox MMO Boundless has technically been around for yonks now (nearly four years of early access, and it was once known as Oort Online before that), but only now has it been signed by a big-name company for a multi-platform release. Wonderstruck's planet-hopping MMO has only just be signed by Square Enix's Collective - their indie incubator project - and is due…

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Cinematic animated adventure Forgotton Anne out now

We all lose socks from time to time. According to just-released adventure Forgotton Anne, it's because they were spirited away to a magical world of forgotten things and granted sentience. Less great for our errant footwear; it must now work to earn its keep or risk having its very life-force stripped from its body by the human Enforcer of this strange land. You get to…

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Otherworldly adventure Forgotton Anne launches in May

We've all lost socks to some bizarre interdimensional vortex, but thanks to ThoughLline Games' upcoming 'cinematic adventure' Forgotton Anne, we also know that these lost and mislaid items have their own world, where they've been granted sentience, mobility and (in some cases) snazzy hats, which are probably also sentient. Not all is well in the land of these 'Forgotlings', however. For starters, more things are…

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Fear Effect Sedna revives old PlayStation horror today

Square Enix's experiment in licensing fan-made, crowdfunded sequels to old games they own today emerges from its bunker for the first time with the launch of Fear Effect Sedna. It's a supernatural stealth shooter following up on Kronos Digital Entertainment's old Fear Effect games from the PlayStation. Sedna is actually a sequel to the original Fear Effect from the year 2000, though it does tinker…

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Explore an underworld mystery in Tokyo Dark

Crowdfunded murder mystery game Tokyo Dark [official site] launched this week, and looks pretty gorgeous. Publishers Square Enix describe it as "somewhere between a point-and-click adventure and a visual novel", and it follows Detective Ito, who is trying to find her missing partner in the Japanese capital. You'll delve into Tokyo's underworld, solving puzzles and making decisions that lead you towards one of 11 endings. I'm a…

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Fear Effect remake coming to PC next year

Sony scallywags might remember Fear Effect, the horror shooter that came out on the PSone a full 17 years ago. Quite good, it was, and now it's getting a remake. Named Fear Effect Reinvented, it's coming to PC in 2018. If you never played the original, I'll explain you control three mercenaries shooting and rolling their way through Hong Kong in search of a triad boss's…

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Battalion 1944 is bringing the fight to EGX Rezzed

Battalion 1944 [official site] managed to get onto my good side within seconds of poring over the website for details. It does that by dispensing with buffs and unlocks, in an attempt to deliver a purely skill-based multiplayer shooter. It looks cracking too, with tight maps based on actual WWII locations. The proof, as ever, will be in the pudding though, and you'll be able…

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Square Enix Collective bringing seven games to Rezzed

The Square Enix Collective, Squeenix's crowdfunding support and indie publishing arm, is bringing seven playable games to Rezzed. Three will be playable for the first time and all are set for release this year. There's Inside-like communist dystopia, Black the Fall [official site], head-capturing multiplayer arcade game Oh My Godheads [official site], the new Fear Effect game [Steam page], and more. Four more to be…

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Feature: Artificial intelligence

The Turing Test review

Oh my goodness, if The Turing Test [official site] could have existed in a world that had never seen Portal nor The Talos Principle, it would be lauded, famous beyond belief. Then again, in a world without Portal and The Talos Principle, Bulkhead Interactive would never have made The Turing Test, so it’s a little academic. As it is, we’ve got here an often smart,…

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Dungeons And Debtors: Moonlighter

Do you remember Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale? Released in Europe and North America in 2010, it's a dungeon-crawling RPG combined with shop management. You're the person adventurers turn to when they need an upgrade on that rusty sword and battered leather armour. Moonlighter [official site] looks like a fresh version of the same idea. In the daylight hours, you manage your shop and at…

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Shine A Light On The Past: Goetia Out Now

Goetia [official site] is a point and click adventure game that follows the spirit a deceased teenage girl, risen from the grave and keen to uncover the events that led to the downfall of her family estate. (It's pronounced go-et-eh-ya and not go-ee-sha.) I had a wee bash at Rezzed and really enjoyed it. And it's out now, so you can too. Here's how it…

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Square Enix Collective Is Bringing 5 Games To Rezzed

The Square Enix Collective [official site] is an initiative whereby indie developers can submit game ideas for users to vote on and then the winners get Square Enix's feedback and help with marketing the game and, if desired, launching it through a crowdfunding service. Now they're bringing five of the project's games to Rezzed next month, including three that were previously unannounced.

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Squeenix Seek Anachronox Pitches (If You Fund & Make It)

Square Enix want indie developers to make a new Gex game! Wait, no, that's not exciting. Let's go again. Square Enix want indie developers to make a new Fear Effect game! Alice, look, come on. Buck your ideas up. Square Enix want indie developers to make a new Anachronox game! Lawks! As planned, they've had a root around in the Eidos back catalogue and pulled…

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Make Your Own Myth: Moon Hunters

There was a time when I thought Puzzle Quest and the like formed a signpost pointing to a bright future, in which themes and genres would become the bricks in a huge architectural toy chest. Who wouldn't want to play a pinball game in which highscores and skillshots translate into the bank balance and item unlocks for a family of Sim-like Little Computer People? Or…

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Robots Fight Robots: World War Machine Now Crowdfunding

A small tip for games developers consider crowdfunding: if your video game is about big stompy robots gallivanting around blowing up other, even bigger robots, your pitch video should probably skip straight to that. Don't, say, open with some logos, a quote from Carl Jung, and slow footage of a robot ambling about while orchestral music plays. Stompy robots. Guns. Go. So! World War Machine…

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