One of the big announcements made by Limited Run Games this afternoon was the formation of a subsidiary devoted solely to remastering and reissuing older games for the new market. They’re calling this company “Carbon Engine” and they revealed some pretty big titles to start off with.
Limited Run Games presented its Not-E3 Conference this afternoon, and several bombshells were dropped (some of which we’ll get to in other articles), but there was one revealed item that says a lot about the market this company caters to. They were founded for the purpose of creating physical copies of good games, but they’ve found there’s an equally hungry and lucrative market for physical copies of BAD games.
Even though there’s no E3 this year we figured at least one company would move ahead with their big splashy presentation anyway. We didn’t think it would be Limited Run Games, but so far, they’re the only ones who have shown up. During a special presentation broadcast at 1 PM Pacific today, over 30 upcoming games were announced for release from the physical publisher, most for the first time.
Chucklefish Games and Robotality have announced a physical edition of their strategy game Pathway is now under production with the folks at Limited Run Games. The physical will come with a LRG trading card and an Adventurers Field Guide manual.
Since Microsoft isn’t willing to do anything with Banjo and Kazooie beyond license them out for Smash games, it falls to their creators to carry on with two knockoffs, Yooka and Laylee. So far, Playtonic Games — a game studio made up of ex-Rare employees — has whipped up two tributes in the form of Yooka-Laylee (the 3D Banjo games) and Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair (the 2D Donkey Kong Country games). We hoped we’d hear about a third game starring Yooka and Laylee during E3, but there was no such announcement yet. They will, however, be starring in a game of a different kind.
It’s that time of the year again….the time when Limited Run Games reveals everything they’re planning to publish in physical form over the next few months. This time there were a few surprises, but nothing as earth-shattering as in years past. Maybe Limited Run peaked with Scott Pilgrim.
Ask any collector of physical games and they’ll tell you: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game is the one title that should have been given a physical release when it came out on the PS3 back in 2010. Viewed by its publisher as a mere promotional tie-in to the movie (which came out at the same time), the game was digital-only back when that meant certain doom by deletion. After its removal from online merchants in late 2014, it not only became impossible to buy, but impossible to re-download. The only way anyone could play it was if they owned a console that already had the game installed on it.
Even though there’s no E3 this year, that didn’t stop Limited Run Games from holding their usual mega conference in a fake coliseum, with cheesy green screen effects aplenty. This year’s video was the longest ever, running over 40 minutes long and containing over thirty announcements.
Limited Run has had a presence at Portland Retro Gaming Expo for several years, pretty much since their inception, but this year they looked a little different. A LOT different, actually.
PM Studios and acttil announced today their strategy RPG Mercenaries Wings: The False Phoenix, now on the way for Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch, will be getting a physical release via Limited Run Games later this month.
Idea Factory is publishing Mary Skelter 2 on the Switch next month. And today they revealed there WILL be a physical version, published through Limited Run Games. The physical will not go on sale until November 26, a month after the digital version, and it won’t actually mail to customers until 2020, but it will exist in solid form eventually.
Limited Run Games held its E3 presentation at noon Pacific today and revealed much of its planned release schedule for 2019. The entire remainder of their Vita list was revealed and their first title for the 3DS was unveiled. MIA from the list was VAL-HA11-A for Switch, which was promised earlier…its absence is curious and we hope it’s not a bad sign.