Surviving the Aftermath announced by Paradox Interactive, out late 2020
Haemimont Games’ colony management sim Surviving Mars will be getting a follow-up: Paradox Interactive has just announced Surviving the Aftermath, to be released next year.
The Surviving brand is turning into a proper series, and this time you’ll be put in charge of rebuilding civilization after some catastrophe; possibly a near-extinction event. So far all we know is that the teaser shows comets or meteors raining down on a planet following what looks like a failed attempt to intercept them with missiles.
Surviving the Aftermath
Primitive Earthlings need Martian know-how
It’s not clear exactly what kind of aftermath you’ll be managing your way through, so it’s anyone’s guess: Nuclear strikes, meteor impacts, a global pandemic, climate change … Haemimont and Paradox are staying mum.
Surviving the Aftermath is launching on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in late 2020, but Early Access versions will be available through Xbox Game Preview and Epic Games Store later this year. We hope we’ll be learning more about the game at PDXCON 2019 on October 19th, which we’ll be attending. Stay tuned!
Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?
Which actor did NOT return for Ghostbusters: The Videogame?
- Bill Murray
- Max Von Sydow
- Sigourney Weaver
- Annie Potts
The answer will be revealed at the end of this issue!
New PlayStation 4 update doubles party size, adds Android remote play
The latest operating system update for PlayStation 4 doubles the size of multiplayer parties, from 8 to 16 players. The party feature will also have improved network connectivity, audio quality and various new accessibility features. Remote Play now also supports streaming PlayStation 4 games to any device running Android 5.0 or higher.
Forever Entertainment confirms signing House of the Dead remakes
Two House of the Dead remakes are happening: Forever Entertainment confirms that the dotted line has been signed and that the ink is dry on a deal to remake the first two House of the Dead games. No platforms have been announced and no dates have been given, but Switch seems like a very obvious candidate – and then there’s VR, of course!
Konami kept Lords of Shadow from upstaging Castlevania Judgement
Mercury Steam’s quite excellent 2010 Castlevania: Lord of Shadows for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (and eventually PC in 2013) was originally just named Lords of Shadow. Why? Primarily because Konami didn’t want to steal any thunder from 2009’s Castlevania Judgement for the Wii.
This little deception also helped them keep the series’ major change in direction under wraps, and apply some retroactive continuity magic to add some new dramatic flair. How dramatic? Well, they cast Sir Patrick Stewart as the charismatic father figure Zobek, who also narrated the whole brooding affair.
Fortnite’s end of season event begins October 13, servers off shortly after
End of season events are usually not disruptive in Fortnite – you can usually play right through them. But this time, Epic Games will take down the servers afterwards to complete a big content update.
This has obviously caused some speculation about what kind of major change could warrant downtime: After all, this is the 10th season since the game’s launch, and since the update will be applied during the downtime, there are no preloaded files to mine for clues.
It’s the final countdown, for season 10 anyway
10 seasons is a big milestone for the world-dominating battle royale, and fans hope there’s something special in the works. Most of the speculation is about a major world update, since that would explain the scheduled downtime.
If you have any sentimental attachment to any of Fortnite’s landmark locations, you might wanna have one last look at them now – who knows what might happe nonce the Visitor’s rocket at Dusty Depot launches on October 13th?
Monster Boy creators Game Atelier and FDG “team up again”
Game Atelier and publisher FDG Entertainment and teaming up again for another project. Last time they produced Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom, a follow-up to Sega’s long-running Wonder Boy series.
Could it be a new side-scrolling adventure? Monster Boy was made in collaboration with Wonder Boy creator Ryuichi Nishizawa, who also worked on DotEmu and LizardCube’s Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap remake.
May we offer a drink while you wait?
While there’s no guarantee there’s a new Monster Boy on the way, both studios have talked about a game named (believe it or not) Wonder Boy: Monster Boy and the Wizard of Booze, until some killjoys complained about it.
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom launched for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch on December 4th last year, and shifted 50,000 copies in less than a week. The vast majority of sales were for Switch, according to publisher FDG: More than eight times the sales on PlayStation and Xbox combined.