Gaming News of the Week: 8th-15th January


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Here’s everything newsworthy from the week starting 8th January. We’ll be updating throughout the week with new news, so keep checking back.

>> Last updated 4.00pm GMT on 12th January

Friday 12th January

A new trailer for Bandai Namco’s The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia has been released. Watch it here.

The Dissidia Final Fantasy NT open beta is now live. Read more about it here.

A Yume Nikki Dream Diary teaser trailer has been released. You can watch the whole eight weird minutes of it here.

Retro-platformer Rad Rodgers is making its way to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It’ll be released on 21st February, and the PC version will receive a patch on the same day to add in additional features found in the console release.

Azkend 2: The World Beneath is now available on Nintendo Switch.

An extra day has been added to the Dragonball FighterZ launch party event. The event will now cover the 26th & 27th of January, so if you missed out on tickets before, why not try again. You can book your tickets for free here.

Thursday 11th January

Zwei: The Arges Adventure has been dated for a 24th January release on PC.

Space Invaders Extreme is coming to Steam this February in order to celebrate the franchise’s 40th anniversary.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is set to release on 1st February on PC. A physical collector’s edition is available from the Square Enix store.

The King of Fighters ’98 is now available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, priced at $7.99/£6.39.

Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 2oth March. It includes all the DLC content as well as enhanced graphics. Check out the trailer.

Of Mice and Sand Revised is a strategy sim about building a desert vessel. It’s available now on the Switch eShop for $9.99. Here’s a trailer.

Neogeo game Art of Fighting 2 lands on Switch today, priced $7.99.

Beautiful looking platformer Fe is coming to PC and consoles on 16th February. Watch the trailer.

Atlus has released a new combat trailer for The Alliance Alive, a JRPG coming to 3DS on 27th March.

Trailmakers is a ‘vehicle building adventure’ from ex-Rare, IO and Press Play devs. It’ll be in early access from 31st January. Check out the trailer.

Lovely, lovely platformer Shu gets its new home on Nintendo Switch on 23rd January. Here’s our PS4 review.

Stingbot Games’ action adventure platformer The Forbidden Arts hits early access on 7th February, ahead of its scheduled 2019 console launch. Here’s a trailer.

Dark Souls Remastered is coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch on 25th May. Get ready for YOU DIED all over again.

Nintendo stealth-released a mini Nintendo Direct packed full of updates. Hyrule Warriors, The World Ends With You, Mario Tennis, Ys VII, Fe, Celese and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze are all getting Switch ports. There’s new DLC for Payday 2, Mario + Rabbids, Mario Odyssey and Pokken, and a release date of 16th March for Kirby: Star Allies. You can see everything from the Direct right here.

Massive space exploration strategy game Stellaris is getting a new expansion, Apocalypse, coming in early 2018.

Striker’s Edge, a ‘dodgebrawl battle’ is coming to PC and PS4 on 30th January. Here’s a trailer.

10tons’ newest game, Tesla vs Lovecraft is coming to Steam on 26th January, following on PS4, Xbox One and Steam later this spring. It’s a top-down twin-stick shooter that looks pretty fun – check out its Steam page.

Shoppe Keep 2, the RPG shop simulator, is landing in Early Access on Steam on 26th April. Here’s a trailer.

Classic adventure Yume Nikki is available for free on Steam, and a new Yume Nikki project has been announced. More details here.

Furi is now available on Nintendo Switch, priced £18/$20. Here’s our review of the PS4 version.

RPG Xuan Yuan Sword: The Gate of Firmament is coming to Xbox One on 24th January. Watch the trailer.

The Escapists 2 is now available on Switch, priced £20/$20.

Wednesday 10th January

Total War: Three Kingdoms has been announced, coming to PC later this year. Here’s a trailer.

A new podcast series has started that explores the fascinating story of the indie game Yume Nikki. Give it a listen here.

Cooperative sci-fi physicsvania Planetoid Pioneers will leave Steam Early Access on 8th February. Check out the trailer.

Super Cane Magic ZERO, previously announced for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, will also be coming to Nintendo Switch. It’s due for release this spring. Check out the trailer.

If you’re into Overwatch or eSports — even better, both — the Overwatch League Inaugural Season begins today. Check out the full schedule.

Nantucket, a seafaring strategy game, is launching on PC on 18th January, priced £14/$18. Here’s a trailer.

The Raven Remastered is coming to PC, Xbox One and PS4 on 13th March. Watch the trailer.

Attack of the Earthlings, a “turn-based alien adventure” from Scottish indies Team Junkfish is releasing on 8th February. Here’s the Steam page.

Kemco has announced Dragon Sinker, an 8-bit old-school RPG, is coming to PS4 and Vita soon.

Axiom Verge, the excellent metroidvania made by Tom Happ, is getting a UK physical release on 26th January. There’s also a deluxe Multiverse Edition that includes an art book, poster, soundtrack and making-of CD. Pre-order it now.

Heroes of the Storm player? Blaze, a veteran Firebat, is now live. More information here.

Tuesday 9th January

The latest ACA NeoGeo Arcade Archives game to come to PS4 is Front Line, an action game from 1983. It’s available now for $8 — check out a trailer.

Indie metroidvania After Death, available on Steam, has been updated to include a CRT mode, along with other enhancements. It’s a nifty little game.

Nemesis Realms, a local party game that combines VR with regular play is coming to early access on 22nd January. It’ll put one player in VR to fight a boss while everyone else plays as secondary heroes to assist. Here’s a trailer.

We Were Here Too, a follow-up to the co-op adventure We Were Here, launches on Steam on 2nd February. More information is available on the Steam page.

Azkend 2: The World Beneath, a match-three puzzle game from 10tons, lands on Switch on Friday.

Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced that 5.9 million PlayStation 4 units were sold worldwide over the Christmas period. That’s 73.6 million units sold since launch. Good going, Sony!

If you’re in London on 26th January, Bandai Namco is holding a public Dragonball FighterZ launch party including a tournament. Reserve tickets here.

public DBFZ invite

A remastered version of de Blob 2 is coming to Xbox One and PS4 on 27th February. Check out the trailer.

Point and click cyberpunk thriller The Red String Club launches on 22nd January. Check out the trailer.

Enchantress has made her way to Injustice 2 for those who own Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition, Injustice 2 Ultimate Pack or Injustice 2 Fighter Pack #3. Watch the official Enchantress gameplay reveal trailer here.

First-person puzzler ChromaGun is coming to Nintendo Switch on the 22nd January. Check out the trailer.

Intergalactic roguelike twin-stick shooter Last Encounter by Exordium Games is set to arrive in Q2 2018 on Steam and a little later on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Check out the trailer.

Spearhead Games has unveiled Omensight, a narrative puzzle adventure game. Check out the trailer.

Action adventure platformer The Forbidden Arts is set to arrive on Steam Early Access on 7th February. Check out the trailer.

Episode 4 of Telltale’s Batman: The Enemy Within arrives on 23rd January.

Monday 8th January

Fat Dog Games are publishing Ignis, a skill-based battle arena game developed by Deusald Studio due to release in Q4 this year. Check out a trailer and more information here.

Independent UK developer Rebellion has acquired Radiant Worlds, the UK development studio founded by Andrew Oliver, Philip Oliver and Richard Smithies. They will become Rebellion Warwick.

Fully Illustrated’s brilliant Wulverblade is coming to Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One “stupidly soon”.

The Station, a first-person sci-fi mystery, launches on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 20th February. Find out more on the game’s website.

Nindies New Year Sales reduces nine Switch games by 35% until 15th January. The titles on offer are: Death Squared, GoNNER, Graceful Explosion Machine, INVERSUS Deluxe, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, Semispheres, Severed, Thimbleweed Park and Thumper. Head on over to the eShop to check them out.

Medieval warfare sandbox game Conqueror’s Blade is getting a beta later this month. From Booming Games, more information is available on its website.

Old World Studios has fully funded its Kickstarter project, Riddle of the Sphinx, an “archaeology-based adventure”. More info here.