Isometric RPG fans rejoice as 5 classic CRPGs are confirmed for Switch
Beamdog and publisher Skybound have announced that consoles, including the Nintendo Switch, will be receiving ports of 90s-00s CRPG titles Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II, Planescape Torment, Icewind Dale and Neverwinter Nights later this year.
The five titles will be released as a Baldur's Gate bundle, a bundle of Torment and Icewind Dale, and a solo release of Neverwinter Nights. The latter will release on the 6th of December, while the former two bundles will release on the 27th of September.
All of these titles will be the enhanced, or ported, editions, of the game as previously released by Beamdog. This means that the Baldur's Gate package will include the connective chapter which the developer recently created, as well as restored content.
Mystical first person, point and click title, She And The Light Bearer, launches this week.
She And The Light Bearer is a point and click game built with concepts from fairy tales in mind. The magical world which you explore while playing is filled with quirky characters, rhythmic words and beautiful art, all coming together as a puzzle game stuffed with story. It's not all roses though, there's a darkness in the forest, as well as a little bit of backstory which you'll come to learn as you explore the woodlands.
I've played an extended demo of She And The Light Bearer, and really enjoyed my time with it. It managed to transcend expectations quite quickly. While I was pulled in by the storybook style artwork, I stayed for the fantastic writing.
It releases this Thursday, on the 6th of June.
Cadence of Hyrule confirmed for release this month
A new gameplay trailer for Cadence of Hyrule was released late last week. Not only did it showcase around a minute of gameplay, but it also (from about 54 seconds in) revealed that it will be releasing in June of this year.
Cadence of Hyrule, for the unaware, is a rhythm-based action game set in the Zelda universe. It's an adaptation of the Crypt of the Necrodancer mechanics, but skinned with SNES, Link To The Past, era visuals. It was only announced earlier on this year, so this is an extremely quick turn around for a very promising title.
Crypt of the Necrodancer, and as such Cadence of Hyrule, is a dungeon crawer-style roguelike where you need to move (and attack) to the beat in order to survive against increasingly hard odds. It's a fascinating fusion of two genres, although if you can't hold a beat then you might find it a bit of a challenge.
Raw Fury acquire rights to the Kingdom series
So, I'm trying to include a little bit of business news and speculation in our news coverage going forward; As with last week's THQ acquisition of Piranha Bytes. This week it's 'unpublisher' publisher Raw Fury's acquisition of the Kingdom series IP.
Raw Fury originally started back in 2015, and have gone on to publish an impressive selection of games over the four years since. The likes of Dandara, Bad North and Gonner are among their catalogue. It all started with Kingdom though, their first title. The publisher funded the title back in 2015, and since that time it has gone on to see several major updates as well as a multiplayer sequel.
The agreement comes as the series developer, Thomas van den Berg, intends to move on to new properties while Raw Fury seek to continue working on entries. The relationship between publisher and developer has been cited as formative in how Raw Fury deals with all other projects, specifically in that no IP rights sit with the publisher. There was an exchange of finances, although this was undisclosed.
As an interesting note, Kingdom: Two Crowns already featured heavy involvement from Raw Fury, with co-founder Gordon Van Dyke having a key role in the game. Van den Berg stated that "it was thought out almost entirely by Gordon, with great success."
So it is definitely a series in good hands.