The inbox of a videogame news website gets some pretty weird stuff ranging from tangentially related comic books to press releases about “gamer” snack foods of dubious nutritional value that will improve response times in first person shooters.
Today, we at Pixelitis got one of the weirder ones in recent history from Ubisoft of all places. Apparently, a new title called Tetris Ultimate is coming to the Nintendo 3DS version this fall.
Tetris Ultimate is apparently an updated version of an obscure Russian game from 1985. I’m sure no one’s ever heard of it.
For a more in-depth look at the game according to Ubisoft, hit the jump.
There’s just one more left. After tomorrow’s release of “Amid the Ruins,” the fourth episode in the second season of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead, there will be just one more chapter in Clementine’s current journey.
And while our favorite little asskicker is getting close to the end of this season’s story arc, it looks from the latest story trailer that it’s not going to end quietly. As expected, things get hairy, alliances will be made and it looks like everything will reach a fever pitch when everything comes to a close.
“Amid the Ruins” hits PC and Mac, as well as the North American PlayStation Store for PlayStation 3 and Vita tomorrow, July 22.
Xbox 360 users and European Vita/PS3 users will be able to get their hands on the episode on the following day, while iOS users will get the episode as an in-app purchase in The Walking Dead Season Two on July 25.
The official trailer is available after the break and I cannot stress this any harder: THERE BE SPOILERS ABOUND IN THE TRAILER.
It may be 17 years since the release of Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee on the original PlayStation, but Just Add Water’s “modern conversion” of the title is bringing more than the game’s music and visuals to today’s standards – it’s now got preorder bonuses.
Slated for a July 22 release, the PlayStation versions of Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty will not only feature the original score and new visuals, but also a special costume (pictured above) and a brand new character to play as named Alf for those that preorder.
While costumes in an Oddworld game are certainly a new addition to the series, those that played Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus will remember Alf as the tea drinking, fez wearing modokon that helps his fellow former slaves kick their alcoholism.
Playing as Alf will let players experience a new section of Rupture Farms, replete with new dangerous areas to escape from. Unique dialogue has been recorded for the new character and a special leaderboard will be in place to see who can keep the quirky modokon from becoming a packaged food product the fastest.
According to a PlayStation Blog post by Just Add Water CEO Stewart Gilray, the bonuses will be primed and ready to unlock at midnight on July 22.
Gilray also said that when the game comes out on PlayStation 3 and Vita later this year, both the preorder bonuses and the game itself will be Cross-Buy and Cross-Save enabled. There is no release date for those versions at this time.
Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty will release for the PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One and Wii U on July 22.
It’s been a while since we last heard of Iridium Studios‘ second title, There Came an Echo, but a nearly two-minute video was released yesterday that gives a quick glimpse into the game’s “War Room” mode.
The video, which you can find after the break, features Iridium Studios CEO Jason Wishnov running through a bit of the mode, which serves as a practice area for players to become more acclimated with the game’s commands, weapons and tactics while fending off waves of enemies.
For those not in the know, There Came an Echo is a real-time strategy game that primarily utilizes voice commands to control the characters on screen. Almost all of the commands, as well as the character names themselves, are customizable, making the experience unique to each player. Support for other languages will be available as well.
Wishnov boasts that the game will be a “massive step forward for voice interfaces in games,” though the game will also allow players to use traditional control schemes like controllers or keyboard and mouse if they so choose.
Last March, the game was successfully funded on Kickstarter, raising more than $115,000 from 3,906 backers. It has since been supported by Intel’s RealSense.
There Came an Echo is slated to release for PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later this year.
In a blog post today, Double Fine announced that Grim Fandango will be headed to PC, Mac and Linux platforms. Though it was originally announced for the Sony PlayStation 4 and Vita last month at E3, all versions will be available to play upon release.
Double Fine has yet to make clear which aspects of the game will be remastered, but I am hoping that the imagery will be made much sharper and backgrounds re-rendered, at least. If Broken Age is any example of the artwork that we can come to expect, everyone should be even more pumped than I originally suggested.
Despite the platform announcement, no release date has been set for the game just yet.
With just days left standing between us and the release of Shovel Knight, we at Pixelitis have been chomping at the bit to finally get our eyes on both the game and Patrick’s review.
Since both won’t be reaching our eyeballs until at least 72 hours from now, we’re just going to have to make do with the launch trailer that released earlier today.
For those that don’t remember, Shovel Knight is a Kickstarter funded “love letter to 8 bits” created by Yacht Club Games (YCG), a fledgling indie development company formed by ex-Wayforward employees.
At the time the game’s Kickstarter campaign began last March, YCG was hoping to raise $75,000 to fund the game’s brand of “shovel justice.” Thirty days later, however, they managed to amass more than four times that goal, yielding more than $311,000 in funding.
Since then, the game has been adapted to the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS along with the originally planned PC, Mac and Linux releases.
Though many people around the world backed the game, YCG said this week’s release on 3DS and the Wii U is currently only for North American users. Those looking to dig into the game on PC or Steam, however, will be able to do so right away no matter where they are.
Shovel Knight will officially release this Thursday, June 26. Check out the release trailer after the break or watch this 60 FPS version.
Boom! Headshot! If you’ve been following the Sniper Elite series, you know that the up close and anatomically correct destruction of Nazi heads by way of high caliber sniper rounds is pretty much its staple.
In a recent video posted by YouTube user GamesHQMedia, which you can watch after the break, it looks like at least the first 15 minutes of Sniper Elite 3 will continue that trend.
Developed by Rebellion Oxford and published by 505 Games, Sniper Elite 3 is the sequel to the 2012 release of Sniper Elite V2.
Sniper Elite 3 is slated for a July 1 release on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.
Earlier this week, Ubisoft officially revealed the next game in the hyper-popular Assassin’s Creed franchise with Assassin’s Creed Unity. Set in Paris during the dawn of the French Revolution in 1789, Assassin’s Creed Unity will release for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on Oct. 28.
Like other titles in the series, the game will feature an open world rife with bad guys to get all stabby on. What sets it apart, according to Ubisoft, is a set of new combat mechanics that allow the player to choose between “brute force, agility or stealth” to take their enemies down.
And while that’s all fine and dandy, there are many that feel the game’s lack of a female protagonist, either in single player or the new four-player co-op mode, is troublesome, to say the least.
Ubisoft has gone on record as saying that adding a female role to the game was “a workload issue” that resulted in the plans for a female protagonist being cut from the final game.
The company has since released the following statement:
“We recognize the valid concern around diversity in video game narrative. Assassin’s Creed is developed by a multicultural team of various faiths and beliefs and we hope this attention to diversity is reflected in the settings of our games and our characters. Assassin’s Creed Unity is focused on the story of the lead character, Arno. Whether playing by yourself or with the co-op Shared Experiences, you the gamer will always be playing as Arno, complete with his broad range of gear and skill sets that will make you feel unique.
With regard to diversity in our playable Assassins, we’ve featured Aveline, Connor, Adewale and Altair in Assassin’s Creed games and we continue to look at showcasing diverse characters. We look forward to introducing you to some of the strong female characters in Assassin’s Creed Unity.”
It’s worth noting that only one of the four assassins referenced by Ubisoft in their rebuttal is a woman, though it does also include a half-English, half-Native American bastard child, a freed slave from the West Indies and a (presumably) Syrian orphan.
Does Ubisoft’s response suit you? Do you think it’s not enough to address the lack of a female assassin? Let us know in the comments. We’ve also got some screenshots from the reveal after the break.
Capcom’s got at least a few things up their sleeves for this year’s E3. Just surprising that they fit them all in there.
As part of their announcements, they packed in a new Dead Rising 3 for the PC, as well as an eShop version of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy for the 3DS. They also snuck in the iOS version for Monster Hunter Freedom Unite.
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will also be debuting at the Capcom booth this year, alongside the PS3 version of Ultra Street Fighter IV.
While no hard release dates are set just yet, the PC version Dead Rising 3 is scheduled for later this summer around the world on Steam. Phoenix Wright is also set to release in winter of this year.
Color me excited. It’ll be nice to play Phoenix Wright with better text (thanks Patrick) on the 3DS.
A glimpse into the penultimate episode of The Wolf Among Us was revealed earlier today by Telltale Games, giving us a look into the seedy underbelly of Fabletown.
Entitled In Sheep’s Clothing, the fourth episode follows Sheriff Bigby Wolf (Big Bad Wolf) after the harrowing events of the previous episode.
For those unfamiliar with the series, The Wolf Among Us is the story of a small neighborhood in New York City during the ’80s that’s populated with characters from popular fables and fairy tales.
The game series by Telltale Games is considered canon and serves as a prequel to the Fables comic book series by Bill Willingham .
The second-to-last episode in this critically-acclaimed series doesn’t have a release date just yet.
The Wolf Among Us is available for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, Mac, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and iOS devices.
You can check out the latest batch of screenshots after the break.