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Guacamelee devs cut loose with Severed

Posted by Erin Marcon On Wednesday 16 April 2014ADD COMMENTS

Lend me a hand?

The team responsible for diabolically challenging action platformer Guacamelee is working on a new fantasy action project. While the developer’s previous releases have been more traditional in nature, Drink Box Studios is focusing its attention on the mobile arena this time around.

The new game will carry the rather grisly sounding title of Severed. We can only hope that the players will be doing most of the severing. Believe it or not, the hero of the piece will be expected to retrieve the disembodied limbs of fallen foes and attach them to his own body. That can’t be hygienic.

In a recent discussion with Destructoid, Lead Designer Greg Lesky described Severed as a blend of Mega Man (in terms of structure), Infinity Blade (swipe based combat) and Punch-Out (identifying each enemy’s ‘tells’). The action will take place in an open world and from the first person perspective.

Severed is due for release in 2015.

Civ prepares for lift-off

Posted by Karen Jacobson On Tuesday 15 April 2014ADD COMMENTS

A new Civilization game has been announced. Civilization: Beyond Earth will challenge you to create a new society after the collapse of the old one. According to the Civilization website, you will “colonise an alien planet, research new technologies, amass mighty armies, build incredible Wonders and shape the face of your new world”. (That’s a lot of responsibility).

Every decision you make has consequences and you’ll be trudging through political and corporate minefields as you attempt to build a new world. The announcement trailer provides a brief idea of just how we got ourselves into this mess in the first place with the poignant voiceover stating that “our time on Earth is ending”. There is also an overt (and ironic) warning about the dangers of progress. Essentially, it seems that long-time fans of the series are to blame for this dystopian future.

Of course fans of Sid Meier’s work would not be unfamiliar with a futuristic setting, given that Beyond Earth is seen as the spiritual successor to Alpha Centauri. This critically acclaimed 1999 release saw players hold the future of mankind in their hands as they colonised a new planet.

If you’ve been waiting for 15 years for this unofficial sequel, you’ll only have to wait a few more months. It should be hitting shelves in spring of this year.

Sony wants your brains (and probably your money too)

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Sunday 13 April 2014ADD COMMENTS

“We can transform your silhouette from mild to menacing in just 10 days!”

Why should Day Z have all the fun, or for that matter, make all the money? These could very well be the questions that led to the creation and subsequent announcement of H1Z1. Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) this week announced its own entry in the booming (seriously, there is still no end in sight) zombie subgenre, and its latest offering is certain to draw comparisons with the industry’s favourite mod.

In an announcement post on Reddit, SOE president John Smedley described H1Z1 as “a massively multiplayer game in which players fight for survival in a world where death is the only sure thing.” In addition to fending off “the infected”, players will need to contend with “all kinds of wild animals and the brutality of other survivors, as well as finding your next meal and a safe place to sleep.” Becoming adept at the game’s crafting system will also be important to success.

A release date is yet to be announced.

Borderlands goes down under

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Thursday 10 April 2014ADD COMMENTS

As more and more games seek to confuse us with sequel names, I think at this point in time it is safe to say that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel probably takes the cake. I must say it is a very “Borderlands” way of saying that the next game in the series will be set between the time periods from the first and second games. Confused yet?

Series creator Gearbox is also playing second fiddle behind 2K Australia in developing the game. I didn’t see that coming, after all Gearbox hasn’t been exactly setting the world on fire with any of its games that aren’t called Borderlands (*cough* Aliens *cough*) but after a little thought it does make some sense, because the third and perhaps most perplexing detail in regards to Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is that it is coming to last gen and PC only. No PS4 and no Xbone looting, which leads me to believe that Gearbox is hard at work on next gen Borderlands and publisher 2K really wanted an entry in the series this year (Borderlands 2 sold a squillion copies after all) so it got farmed out to another studio.

Along with the game announcement, there has been some gameplay and setting detail released. This entry will be about Handsome Jack’s rise to power, it will be predominantly set on Pandora’s moon, low gravity is an important gameplay mechanic and Claptrap will be a playable character… yes, Claptrap. The annoying little toaster will be one of four all new characters to play as on the Pandoran Luna landscape. Oh and as for a release date? Well, waiting won’t be too hard as it is due Spring 2014.

So are you ready get looting again? Will you feel the urge to punch Claptrap when you see him? Is Borderlands 3 actually going to be called “Borderlands: The Sequel to Sequel to the Pre-Sequel”? All this and more will be answered later in the year.