A recent survey posted by the developer of the Rock Band series may indicate plans for a new installment in the franchise.The survey (found here) focused on the peripheral based music series that dominated living rooms, and asked for feedback on consumer preferences and pre-orders of a possible new one.Harmoix Music Systems hasn’t developed a Rock Band game since the last installment, Rock Band Blitz, released in 2012. Harmonix’ recent push on social media for consumers to fill out a survey may be pointing to a current-gen installment. The posts on Twitter and Facebook gave a call to action to fill out the “important” survey and share it across networks. The next day Harmonix’ Facebook page posted a link to another gaming website’s story about the possibility of a new Rock Band game, which at the very least acknowledges the team is aware fans could take the survey as an indication for a new game in the franchise.The survey also touched on … [Read more...] about Is Harmonix Planning a New Rock Band Game?
Songs for a new world
The Kickstarter page for Dejobaan’s Elegy For a Dead World gets straight to the point – “A game about writing fiction”, reads the subtitle – and the pitch video is short and sweet. It’s also captivating, bringing to my tired mind a vision of a single player take on Jason Rohrer’s Sleep is Death. The worlds of Elegy are pre-constructed and even the names of the worlds – Shelley, Keats and Byron – might well suggest themes and feelings. Your input will be to decide how every theme, sight and sound translates into worlds, as you construct a fictional history of each place based on your discoveries. The video explains all of this rather well.I’m intrigued by the idea of the textual input being explicitly taken as future output – that is to say, your words won’t change the game but the process of reading them might change another player’s view of the game. You’re writing onto the game rather than interacting … [Read more...] about Ghost In The Shelley: Elegy For A Dead World
The former Sony Online Studios boss, John Smedley, has launched a Kickstater, with his new studio, Pixelmage Games, for their first game, Hero’s Song. A 2D, pixel art rogue-like action RPG, Hero’s Song promises to work as a single player game, but also as an MMO.Styling its gameplay after action RPGs such as Diablo and Path of Exile, the game seems simple, but throws in the added wrinkle of giving you only one life to live. This wrinkle then explodes into an entire mountain range as, with player-hosted servers, each world is entirely procedurally generated, and can hold thousands of players. And yes, friendly fire is defaulted to be always on.With everything from the land to the lore and history of every world procedurally generated at the onset, no two worlds will be exactly alike. “The backstory to Hero’s Song changes each time you create a new world, but it still has elements of the backstory we created woven into it,” the Kickstater explains.To help … [Read more...] about Ex-CEO of Sony Online reveals a new rogue-like MMO action RPG
TOKYO--Today in Square Enix's Closed Mega Theater, a long trailer for a new Nintendo DS game was revealed to the assembled throng. We haven't heard much about It's a Wonderful World before now, but with the extended trailer on display, it's a sure bet that Square will be talking more about it in the coming months. Since the trailer was exclusively in Japanese, it's a bit difficult to get a feel for how the game's plot will play out. It appears to revolve around a boy, Neku, and a girl, Tsuki, dressed head to toe in exaggeratedly hip clothing; the fashions are somewhat reminiscent of Sega's old Jet Set Radio games, with huge headphones topping an outfit consisting of a sleeveless bodysuit. There are other characters involved in the plot, each with a somewhat similar sense of fashion. From the cutscene, it appears there's a seven-day countdown that the characters are working under as they attempt to save the city they live in from what seems to be a demon invasion. The demons, … [Read more...] about TGS 06: It’s a Wonderful World Impressions
Before I outline just how important a modern entry in the ToeJam & Earl franchise would be, please do one simple favor for me. Open this link in another tab, crank up the volume, and let the most funky of musical scores set the tone as you imagine the glorious return of this endearing duo.If you've been paying attention to gaming trends the last few years, you might have noticed one experience becoming so common that it's almost impossible to ignore. Roguelikes have risen dramatically in prominence--from niche distraction to ubiquitous trendsetter--ushering in an era of abject punishment and endless rewards. Spelunky is the foremost example of this phenomenon. A community of devotees has formed to learn the many secrets buried within its inhospitable caves, and reached heights unknown to even the masterminds who created this landmark achievement. Once that path was carved, countless other roguelikes flooded the landscape, and every one of these encouraged utter devotion to master … [Read more...] about We Need a New ToeJam & Earl As Soon As Possible