Rising Star Games and Portuguese developer Amplify Creations have announced a new action-RPG called Decay of Logos. It’s set to arrive on ‘all major gaming formats’ in Fall 2018. “It…
One of the best indie game releases of 2017 is getting a physical retail release this year. Rising Star Games has announced SteamWorld Dig 2 will receive boxed editions for PlayStation 4 and Switch. This retail-friendly version is currently scheduled for a Spring 2018 release.
The SteamWorld series is developed by Swedish developer Image & Form. “We’re totally humbled by the community’s reaction to SteamWorld Dig 2”, said Brjann Sigurgeirsson, CEO at Image & Form. “This latest SteamWorld adventure is a milestone, and we’re naturally very proud of it. Many fans are now asking for a physical release, so it makes me very happy to be able to partner up with Rising Star Games for a boxed version. We’re also excited that additional exclusive items will be included as well!”
The upcoming boxed editions will feature an exclusive double-sided poster featuring artwork from the game as well as a reversible inlay.
SteamWorld Dig 2 is the sequel to 2014’s SteamWorld Dig. SteamWorld Dig featured action-platformer gameplay in a cavernous world of mines and treasure. A spin-off, SteamWorld Heist, released in 2015 and shifted gears to tactical 2D strategy. SteamWorld Dig 2 expands on the original platforming adventure, this time starring a different steampunk robot hero named Dorothy.
SteamWorld Dig 2 retail versions will launch Spring 2018. It’s available now on digital shops for Steam PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Switch. It’s been rated E for Everyone.
Available On: Nintendo 3DS
The Cooking Mama series has been around since the days of Nintendo DS and Wii. Touchscreen mobile games were burgeoning into a dominant gaming genre for many kids and adults. These days playing a game on the Nintendo 3DS that could be almost entirely replicated on a phone feels quaint. Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop doesn’t offer enough new gameplay or progression to warrant yet another installment in the franchise.
The Harvest Moon franchise turns 20 this year. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Natsume Inc. and Rising Star Games have announced Harvest Moon: Light of Hope. No release date was announced, but Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will be playable at E3 2017 in June. It’s coming to PlayStation 4 as well as PC (Steam) and Nintendo Switch, making the first time a Harvest Moon game will be playable on PC and Switch.
“Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will set itself apart from other Harvest Moon titles with its depth, including a robust story and clear-cut goals,” said Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO of Natsume. “We set out to create a SNES-style nostalgic game with deep and meaningful characters and events, and we are excited to have our fans play it at E3 and tell us what they think!”
Light of Hope begins as you survive a shipwreck and wash upon the shores of a small harbor town, destroyed from the storm. Your job will be to help rebuild the town and restore the lighthouse by farming, gathering resources, and making friends.
There’s a lot more Harvest Moon content coming this year as part of the 20th anniversary. Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition and Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland are coming for PS4. Harvest Moon 64 is coming to Wii U. The first Harvest Moon mobile app, Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers is also arriving this year, and is geared toward younger kids.
Considering how incredibly well indie farm sim Stardew Valley sold last year, this could be the perfect time for Natsume to go all in with Harvest Moon.
Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will be coming to PS4, PC, and Switch.
A new mobile spin-off title from the Harvest Moon series is being aimed directly at younger children. Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers is being developed by Daredevil Development, who previously created kid franchise apps like Bob the Builder and Paddington Bear. It is published in cooperation with Rising Star Games and Harvest Moon owner Natsume. It’s coming worldwide on May 25 for iOS and Android mobile devices.
“We are thrilled to enter the app market with a title based on Harvest Moon, a series whose name has been synonymous with family-friendly gaming for 20 years,” said Martin Defries, Managing Director at Rising Star Games. “We worked in close partnership with the series’ originator Natsume for complete authenticity, and partnered with developer Daredevil for its impressive experience in delivering engaging and kid-friendly experiences based on trusted children’s brands.”
Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers uses simple tap and swipe controls to farm and raise animals. Activities include collecting eggs, milking cows, planting seeds, and providing your produce to the locals. There’s no on-screen text as the game is aimed at the preschooler crowd.
Recently the Harvest Moon series went through a confusing name change with Story of Seasons and publisher Marvelous Entertainment. The Harvest Moon series of the 90s evolved into Story of Seasons. Natsume would retain the rights to the name “Harvest Moon,” however, and would publish their own Harvest Moon games beginning in 2014. Thus far Story of Seasons has been more well-received by fans and critics.
Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers launches on May 25 for iOS and Android.