VGamingNews Headlines 23rd March 2021
Today we’ve seen the comeback of a dormant Nintendo franchise, a new studio from THQ as well as a few release dates of games that we think you should keep an eye on. Let’s have a look at the news headlines from the world of video games.
Here’s the day’s headlines in brief. Click to be taken to the relevant article or keep on scrolling.
- A new Pikmin game is in development
- Xbox Live has had a name change
- Say No! More has you saying No around the office
- Forgotten Fields gets an April release date
- A May release for Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster
- Where’s Samantha? releases on Thursday
- New studio from THQ Nordic
Pikmin comes to mobiles courtesy of Nintendo & Niantic
Despite rolling back on mobile games, Nintendo have announced they are working with Pokémon Go developers Niantic on an Augmented Reality Pikmin game. This is the first time the two teams will work and develop a game.
There are no firm details on the game except that it’ll be releasing this year and will feature the tiny Pikmin in our world to encourage walking and exploring the great outdoors. After the success of Pokémon Go, it seems like a no brainer to explore further options in the mobile market, and we’re interested to see how Niantic approach the Pikmin series. You can register your interest for the app on Niantic’s website.
Microsoft Rebrands Xbox Live For First Time In 18 Years
Xbox Live will be no more going forward. Instead, the service that has been providing online multiplayer and access to the Xbox Store will be renamed to Xbox Network. Despite having no other changes, the internet has mocked the decision as it has brought Team Green in line with the PlayStation Network. Now if Nintendo could only change back to Nintendo Network, we’ll have a complete set.
Say No! More Teaches You How To Say No To Colleagues
Are you tired of being the whipping boy/girl of your office? Well Say No! More from Thunderful Games & Studio Fizbin has you covered. This office simulator puts you in a nineties inspired workplace where the sole aim of the game is to decline every ridiculous request with the power of “No”.
As you charge up your No, you can blast workers into walls and filing cabinets, or make your managers cry at your defiance. Fancy saying more than no? Well you’ll be able to say No in 17 different languages. We can’t wait to get stuck into Say No! More when it launches on iOS, Steam & Nintendo Switch on 9th April. You can even start your training early by calling the number at the end of the trailer.
Forgotten Fields Is Coming To Steam In 14th April
If you’re in the mood for a story driven narrative, then Forgotten Fields might be right up your street. In Forgotten Fields you are tasked with helping struggling writer Sid in completing his latest work. Taking a tour around his childhood home, he comes across puzzles that need solving, rekindling memories and meeting old friends as you help Sid work through writer’s block.
Locations within the game are based on Goa, India and the game follows in the footsteps of titles like What Remains of Edith Finch & Life is Strange, which will hopefully leave an impression on players when it launches for Steam on 14th April.
Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster Secures A May Release
Sega and Atlus have announced that on 25th May, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC players will be able to play Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster. Atlus have also confirmed the changes we can expect to the classic 2003 RPG. As the name suggests, there will be the standard visual upgrade to both backgrounds and the character models. What’s new about this version is the fact you can now quick save at any point and there’s a new difficulty, for those who like brutal gameplay. Story wise, Atlus have created an new alternate branch featuring Raidou Kuzunoha and the game has either English or Japanese voice overs.
That’s non-too-shabby for a HD remaster and we’re looking forward to getting out hands on it. The Shin Megami series did birth the Persona series so it’s good to dive in and see where it all began. Topping off all of this goodness is a digital deluxe edition. This gives you access to the game four days early as well as unlocking Dante from the Devil May Cry series as well as soundtracks from other SMT series.
Where’s Samantha? Launches On Steam This Thursday
We make no secret of loving Indie games. Where’s Samantha? Is a cute, wool inspired 2D puzzle platformer that has you in the role of George, a piece of denim looking for his soulmate. How does he know she’s his soulmate? Because Samantha and George were cut from the same cloth.
The game itself looks like Yoshi’s Woolly World crossed with LittleBigPlanet, which isn’t a bad thing at all. As you progress through one of the 45 hand drawn levels you collect letters of the alphabet in order to progress and the whole game is narrated by Rufus Hound. Just look how cute it is!
THQ Nordic Opens Another New Studio – Ashborne Games
We’ve been fans of THQ Nordic since they were THQ & Nordic. Although we’re a little worried about just how many studios they now have under their belt it was refreshing to see that last week they’ve opened a new development office to tackle a remake of Gothic. Today they’ve announced that another new studio has been incorporated in the Czech Republic known as Ashborne Games who’ll be working on a new unannounced game.
Currently Ashborne Games already have around 35 staff and are on a recruitment drive for more. The studio will be focused on RPG and Strategy games and while we have to wait on details about this new game, it’ll be interesting to follow their progress.