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Posts tagged “Sumo Digital”

Feature: Faster than the speed of friendship

On British wackiness and cooperation in Team Sonic Racing

I'm no Sonichead, but I still got a kick out of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. Instead of making you turn into planes and boats, Sumo Digital's new upcoming kart racer makes you turn to your friends. You race as a team of three, passing power-ups between you while boosting behind each other's bottoms. I sat down with Team Sonic Racing design director Derek Littlewood…

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Dear Esther studio The Chinese Room bought by Sumo

Things are looking up for The Chinese Room, the studio behind Dear Esther and Everybody's Gone To The Rapture, as they've been bought by a group who also own Snake Pass devs Sumo Digital. It seems like a big reversal of fortune, letting The Chinese Room get stuck into work again. Around this time last year, the English studio laid off their development team and…

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Dead Island 2 rises from the grave with tower defense tide over

Dead Island 2 is one of my favorite trailers of all time for a game I'd all but given up on seeing. Back in 2014, the studio Yager was developing the then announced title for Deep Silver, and in 2016 the production was moved to Sumo Digital. As a reminder, it is now 2018, so Dead Island 2 and its Santa Monica-ish muder-setting seem like…

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Team Sonic Racing breaks the sound barrier in trailer

Mr. Sonic the Small Blue Animal Guy With Good Rings is back into the racing circuit. It's certainly one of the lesser beloved game franchises, and I can't help but think that's because it would be ridiculous for a character whose super-power is being super-fast to trade that power for driving cars that are equally fast to all of his competitors. It just doesn't make…

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Bang to rights: Crackdown 3 officially delayed into 2019

Another year, another delay for super-powered futurecop sandbox Crackdown 3. Following rumours, publishers Microsoft have confirmed that it's now due to arrive in February 2019. Better a good game later than a wonky one now, yeah? Though I wouldn't start getting excited for February just yet, given how many times the game has been delayed. It was originally slated to launch in 2016, then it…

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Team Sonic Racing coming from Sonic & All-Stars devs

Sonic is trading in his power sneakers for driving brogues again with a new kart racing game, Team Sonic Racing. Sega today announced the racer, which is coming this winter from Sumo Digital - the folks behind the unreasonably good Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. Sadly, it seems Team Sonic Racing probably isn't another big wacky Sega crossover but hey, it is more racing from…

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Feature: New Testaments

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed turned the mascot racer into serious competition

New Testaments is a monthly retrospective in which Amr Al-Aaser presents an overlooked modern game and champions its best ideas. Sonic the Hedgehog might be fast, but he’s probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of top tier arcade racers. So it might catch you by surprise to find out that Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed manages to not only…

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Eve Online FPS spin-off Project Nova is still coming

Since the final death of CCP's World Of Darkness MMO, whenever the Eve Online studio go quiet about other in-development games I start to suspect they've smothered them too. They had been slipping into a similar pattern with Project Nova, the multiplayer first-person shooter set in the world of Eve, but now say "we're looking forward to unveiling the game properly" later this year -…

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Snake Pass adds a juicy new high-pressure arcade mode

Last year's Snake Pass was a truly lovely thing. What happens when you take the platformer genre, and remove jumping, running, or even legs? Good times, that's what. Alec reckoned it was rather brill, too. A year on, and Sumo Digital haven't forgotten their beautiful little experiment, even if it didn't sell quite as much as it should have. Today, all versions of the game have…

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EVE: Valkyrie studio joins Sumo Digital

Here's a little good news to start the year: CCP Newcastle, the studio behind EVE Online's spin-off shooter EVE: Valkyrie, have found a buyer. Their fate had seemed uncertain since October 2017, when CCP announced they would try to sell the Newcastle studio as part of stepping away from making VR games. But the news sounds good, as the Newcastle mob are being picked up…

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Crackdown 3 delayed into 2018

The open-world supercop superfights of Crackdown 3 [official site] need a little more time to become more super, and so has been delayed. It was due on November 7th but has been pushed back into spring 2018. Before then, it was due in 2016. The delay is because the makers want Crackdown 3 to be a good game but it needs more time, yeah? The…

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Crackdown 3 trailer brings the boom, Terry Crews

Confession: I haven't played any of the open world action-adventure Crackdown series and the Crackdown 3 trailer (which you can watch after the jump) left me none the wiser on a lot of different fronts. That's why I went to Wikipedia. However that was about 7 minutes ago so obviously I'm now reading about the ancient belief in swan songs being this beautiful song a…

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Feature: Exsssssploring the controller

Snake Pass and the unexplored territory of the game controller

When we put up our review of Snake Pass [official site] I remember one of the comments asking about whether you can play the game on mouse and keyboard. It's an interesting question. The short answer is yes, but the longer answer is about how the developers, particularly Seb Liese whose tech prototype for snake movement started the whole ball rolling (or snake slithering), saw…

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Feature: Teach yourself python

Excellent physics-puzzler Snake Pass review

Smarter than half a dozen BioShocks despite looking a bit like it fell from a lost GameCube promotional disc, Snake Pass [official site] is an animal physics game without the slapstick comedy that often entails. (Tail, like a snake has). I'm not sure if it's best referred to as a platformer or a puzzle game. The main activity in Snake Pass is progressing from one…

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Ssserpentine platformer Snake Pass releasssed

Most platformers take movement for granted. Sure, it might be tricky to nail precise timings and pull off complex chains but you have move buttons and jump buttons and they do your moving. That's certainly not the case with Snake Pass [official site], which launched today. Sumo Digital's platformer gives players a snake to wind, coil, and wrestle with to make him move and climb.…

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Snake Pass’s serpentine platforming coming this month

I'm sssurprised we've not yet mentioned that Snake Pass [official site] will launch at the end of March. It's an interesssting-looking physssicssss-bassssed puzzle-platformer ssstaring a sssnake who, unlike mossst animalsss in platformersss, actually movesss a fair bit like a real sssnake. To move Noodle the Snake, playersss need to expand and contract hisss body, laying down coilsss and winding in that ssserpentine motion to build…

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Help: The Game Collection Benefits War Child Charity

Eleven developers, including familiar names like The Creative Assembly and Rovio, have teamed up with War Child to help raise money for children in areas of conflict. The bundle includes 12 unique games for £9.99/$14.99 and all proceeds go to the charity. It's an excellent chance to do good while playing some fine games.

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Snake Pass Offers Super-Slithery Movement Syssssstem

I didn't spend much time in the indie room at Rezzed simply because it was crammed full of people and I don't do well in crowds. I'm too small so I get hemmed in and can't see where everything is over the crowd. I did manage to elbow my way over to Sumo Digital's Snake Pass [official site], though, and proceeded to check out its…

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Tuning Up: Rock Band 4 Crowdfunding PC Port

Plastic-bashing rhythm game Rock Band 4 [official site] may roll on over from consoles to PC, if creators Harmonix can raise $1,500,000 (£1.1m-ish) from would-be shredders. Today they launched a crowdfunding campaign through Fig to fund a PC port, which they hope to release in autumn 2016. If they make it, they'll add one big feature not on consoles: they'll bring back the Rock Band…

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