Telltale announces The Wolf Among Us season two, final season of The Walking Dead, Batman!

Take a deep breath… Ok. Right. The Wolf Among Us is actually getting a second season. No, this isn’t a joke or a fantasy.

Takeaways:

  • New episodes of The Wolf Among Us are coming in late 2018 – the story will be “standalone” however. Meaning that it will not explore the first season’s finale ‘tease’. Bit of a shame that.
  • But Adam Harrington and Erin Yvette are returning as Bigby Wolf and Snow White, which is great!
  • Telltale’s The Walking Dead series will also return in 2018 for a final season. After the previous three seasons, the story follows Clementine and will wrap up her story once and for all. Voice artist Melissa Hutchison is returning.
  • If that wasn’t enough, Telltale confirmed a second season of Batman. It’s called ‘Batman: The Enemy Within’ and will consist of five episodes. They’re coming on the 8th August.

New trailers can be found below for all of these lovely announcements:

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Trailer: The Evil Within 2 – “Survive”

“It’s all your fault…”

That’s the mantra running through Sebastian Castellanos’ mind. Plagued by memories of the daughter he couldn’t save and a mystery he could never solve, he begins to lose himself in his past mistakes. Sebastian lives out his nightmares every day, unable to pull himself from his downward spiral. Until an old friend-turned-traitor re-enters his life with an offer: Return to the nightmare and save your daughter.

Damn, that sounds pretty good to me. Shinji Mikami, I have faith yet! You can check out the new trailer below.

The Evil Within 2 releases worldwide Friday the 13th October for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Trailer: Children of Zodiarcs out now on PS4 and PC

Cardboard Utopia’s tactical RPG, Children of Zodiarcs, is out now on PS4 and Steam folks. The game saw huge success with a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than a quarter of a million dollars.

Children of Zodiarcs looks to recapture the tactical RPG magic that was just a little bit popular during the 16-bit and 32-bit eras. It’s set in the fantasy realm of ‘Lumus’; a world divided by affluence and poverty – sounds like our world…

Jason Kim, Creative Director at Cardboard Utopia, said:

“The game tells the story of a band of professional thieves on the hunt for an ancient relic. Their adventure sees them infiltrating the private chambers of one of the realm’s corrupt nobles, alerting Toran’s authorities and sending them on the run to stay alive.”

Children of Zodiarcs is available now for €17.99/£14.99 on PS4 and Steam for PC.

Game Quote of the Month: Dear Esther

In my sudden exploration of indie games, I found a real gem. A game that I was enchanted by – it just kept drawing me in.

That game was Dear Esther.

“I’ve begun my voyage in a paper boat without a bottom, I will fly to the moon in it. I’ve been folded along a creasing time, a weakness in the sheet of life. Now you’ve settled on the opposite side of the paper to me. I can see your traces in the ink that soaks through the fiber, the pulped vegetation. When we become waterlogged and the cage disintegrates we will intermingle. When this paper airplane leaves the cliff edge and carves parallel vapor trails in the dark, we will come together.”

What’s it from? Dear Esther

Year: 2012

Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Gaming context: The game’s trailer as well as the narrative in the story.

I understand most haven’t even heard of this game, but please stick with me here. Dear Esther is a masterpiece among the indie game community.

I can’t give away too much, but all I can say is that you are a ship-wrecked man on an island, simply exploring…

There are no guns, no action buttons, it’s just walking for two hours. Don’t let that scare you away, the narrative in this game is simply brilliant, and I highly recommend buying it off Steam.

You can hear the quote below. Wonderful!

‘Nintendo Switch Online’ smartphone app launches for Android and iOS

Nintendo has released its mobile app for Switch owners on both iOS and Android devices. It’s part of their new online service called… wait for it… ‘Nintendo Switch Online’. Straight to the point.

Takeaways:

  • The app provides specific information about the game you’re playing. SplatNet 2 is the first of these, created specifically for Splatoon 2. It allows you to see gear, battle stats and more.
  • You can also send online play invitations with the app to people on your Switch’s friend list. From there you can voice chat with them.
  • The app allows you to send invites via social networks too.
  • The app is available for download but you can’t yet sign in. Nintendo is most likely still getting it ready for Splatoon 2 this Friday.
  • Online play for the Switch will be available for free until 2018.

It’ll be interesting to see if the service holds up with the rush of new Splatoon 2 players. Also, will gamers appreciate using their phone for voice chat instead? Time will tell!

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A Closer Look at the Action-Adventure Indie Title ‘Knights and Bikes’ by Foam Sword

Set on a fictional British island, Knights and Bikes, from developers Foam Sword – a small team made up of creative artists who’ve worked on titles such as LittleBigPlanet, Tearaway and Ratchet & Clank – takes the player back to the late 1980s. Venturing across the island on bikes, Nessa and Demelza scavenge the lands to discover treasure and mysteries covering the intriguing island, only to find themselves determined to save the lands from inevitable destruction.

Inspirations from ’80s classics like ET to the Goonies, the developers at Foam Sword look to give gamers everywhere a true taste of nostalgic childhood memories, letting the imaginative world around them take them on an unforgettable journey. Battle your way through enemies with charming child-like “weapons” including frisbees, water balloons and puddle/mud stomping – only to name a few viable battle tactics.

Making your way across the island, besting your foes and rescuing fellow islanders, the child-duo will learn new abilities, taking them further into the island, giving players a vast and wonderful land to explore. Using curiosity and friendship, you’ll journey across unknown lands and will make discoveries only touched by a child’s imagination.

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The co-op experience in Knights and Bikes allows you to experience the game with another player controlling the other party member. Played locally or online, teaming up with friends (or AI) while you explore on your bikes is sure to leave a sense of wonder and mystery comfortably in your imagination.

While exploring the island you’ll be looting for treasure, then trading your items in to upgrade your bike and learn game-changing abilities. Freely roaming the land or solving mysteries and saving loved ones and islanders are other important options to help gather more info and explore the island.

With the cutesy hand-painted graphics, to the charming characters, weapons and battle system, Knights and Bikes looks to bring ’80s fans and gamers everywhere a solid and wonderful dose of nostalgic adventure. Being developed for PS4 and Steam users, Foam Sword is keeping the release date tightly sealed for now. Be sure to stay tuned for more on the exciting new indie game, Knights and Bikes.