News doesn’t stop just because a storm knocked my internet out and, as with any day, we missed quite a bit of news yesterday. Here’s a quick recap to get you all caught up on what happened while I was stuck offline.
Hyper Universe Launched on Steam Early Access
CWAVESOFT’s side-scrolling MOBA Hyper Universe launched on Steam Early Access for $15.99, temporarily discounted to $9.91 for the week of release. I’ve personally put somewhere between 20 and 30 hours into the Korean version and can say with certainty that this game is awesome, offering a unique take on the traditional MOBA formula. Unfortunately, a few Hypers are missing—including two of my favorites, Han and Keojeuai—but buying into Early Access gets you at least every Hyper that is released during Early Access.
En Masse Entertainment Announced That It Is Bringing Closers To The West
En Masse Entertainment officially announced that it is bringing the side-scrolling action MMORPG Closers to the West. The game offers a blend of classic arcade beat-’em-up and MMORPG gameplay. You take on the role of an agent of an organization called UNION, which is dedicated to destroying “interdimensional aliens” that are invading New Seoul by way of portals that have begun appearing all over the city. There will be five characters available at launch, each of which is a member of the Black Lambs team: J, a “grizzled veteran with a troubled past”; Misteltein, “a prodigious young boy with amazing support skills”; Seha, “a reluctant combat genius”; Sylvi, the team’s leader; and Yuri, a “skilled martial artist.”
Closers is set to enter Closed Alpha in September, with Beta following later this fall. Those who are interested can sign up for a chance to take part in both tests on the official website.
Muv-Luv Alternative’s Release Date Set For September 18th
The third and final part of the Muv-Luv saga, Muv-Luv Alternative, is set to launch on Steam on September 18th for $39.99. I am going to avoid detailing the plot, as a summary would spoil the events of the first two parts for anyone that has yet to read them. However, Muv-Luv Alternative is much more linear than the previous entries in the series; much of what occurs is based on the choices you made in the other two parts. It is also fairly lengthy, boasting 50 to 70 hours of content.
Lineage 2: Revolution Dominates the Japanese App Store
Lineage 2: Revolution is dominating another country’s local App Store. The game launched in Japan on Wednesday and became the top grossing app in the Japanese App Store within 18 hours of release.
Rule with an Iron Fish Launched On Steam
Acclaimed mobile fishing game Rule with an Iron Fish launched on Steam for $9.99, temporarily discounted to $8.49 for the week of release. The game lets players go on crazy adventures, fish for more than 100 “scientifically inaccurate” fish, expand their town, and more. The Steam version has been “rewritten and reworked […] to accommodate desktops and tablet PCs” and boasts twenty new fish, a cat bobber, and a pirate kitten.
Developer Kestrel Games had the following to say about the game: “We just felt that a world in which a game existed with a really tenuous reason for having an upside-down catfish in it would be a better world.”
Steam-exclusive Battle Splash Closed Beta Began
A Steam-exclusive Closed Beta for Dranya Studio’s non-violent competitive shooter Battle Splash. The Closed Beta introduces a new map that is made entirely of “raw paper” and two new modes: Team Tactics Mode, a round-based PvP mode in which players don’t respawn until the round has ended, and Team SBot Guidance, a round-based PvPvE mode in which players have to attack a big robot called the “SBot,” disable it, capture it, and then defend it as it returns to their base.
The Battle Splash Closed Beta is set to run until August 28th at 1: 30 AM PDT / 4:30 AM EDT. Those who are interested can sign up for a chance to take part on the official website.
Star Drifters Formally Announced 4X/RTS/god game hybrid Driftland: The Magic Revival
While Driftland: The Magical Revival was unveiled by developer Star Drifters some time ago, it was only formally announced yesterday. The game is a 4X/RTS/god game hybrid in which you “issue commands to your faithful army” instead of micromanaging it. It takes place on a “shattered planet” made up of floating islands that are held together by “powerful, ancient magic.” As with other games of its kind, the goal is to gather resources and use them to expand your kingdom. To expand your kingdom, you will have to “merge [islands] with bridges or portals,” using spells to bring together those that are too far apart to be connected. New units can be obtained by taming wild creatures and combining them with warriors in your army. Both single-player and multiplayer campaigns will be available.
Driftland: The Magical Revival’s release date has yet to be announced. You can find more information about the game on the official website.
Sky Rogue Left Early Access
Fractal Phase’s wonderful, low-poly aerial roguelite Sky Rogue has officially left Early Access. The version 1.0 update introduced a new bomber that is unlocked by beating the final boss, upgradeable specials, “detailed Aeropedia descriptions,” and new translations. It also changed the way landing before you have completed the current mission works; it will now repair and rearm your aircraft, but will not allow you to change your aircraft or loadout.
Cat vs. Corgis Brings Back On-Rails Platforming
Cat vs. Corgis jumped out at me because it is the only on-rails platformer that I’ve seen in some time, offering a nine-level experience similar to that of Crash Bandicoot. In it, you take on the role of a cat who is trying to take its castle from corgis that have taken it over. It seems fairly amusing!
Cats vs. Corgis is now available on Steam for $6.99, temporarily discounted to $6.29 for the week of release.