First announced exactly one year ago (to the day!), Human Head Studios’ open-world viking-themed RPG Rune: Ragnarok is about to see the light of day. The beta version is scheduled to reach Steam Early Access next month.
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles, an open-world adventure across a beautiful, vibrant island, will plant its roots on PlayStation 4 and PC in Q2 2017. Developed by Prideful Sloth, a veteran team led by a trio who were formerly an Activision producer, a Rocksteady artist and a Rocksteady senior programmer, Yonder will make its public debut at PlayStation Experience 2016 in booth B2502. You can watch the new teaser trailer for the game below. Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is set on the massive island of Gemea, a lush frontier with eight distinct environments ranging from sunny tropical beaches to frigid snowcapped summits. Each location has its own flora and fauna, along with changing seasons and a day-night cycle. Gemea, once a paradise, still maintains the appearance of one, yet an evil murkhas enshrouded the land and its people in despair.
The hero of Yonder will explore the island, uncovering its secrets and the mysteries within them self as they embarks on a journey of self-discovery, while saving Gemea and its people. On the quest to become the island’s champion, he or she will join forces with natives and Sprites, ethereal creatures whom are the only thing capable of dispersing the murk. The towns of Gemea are filled with kind-hearted residents who have faced many difficulties since the arrival of the murk. By contributing to the island through talents like farming, crafting, cooking, fishing and brewing, relationships can be built with the locals, who offer everything from resources to a new farm as rewards. Cheryl Vance, co-founder and lead designer at Prideful Sloth, spoke about the game, saying:
“Yonder features exploration and adventure inspired by classic fantasy franchises, and blends them with fully fleshed out but entirely optional farming gameplay. Adventure fans will instantly recognize Yonder’s mechanics, which are unified in a wholly original way, while finding themselves enraptured in the gorgeous animated world.”
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is set to be released for PlayStation 4 and PC in Q2 2017.
EA has made it clear in the past that they haven’t really catered to the open-world genre in the same way that some of their rivals have. Instead, they have focused on titles that involve large multiplayer experiences, making popular franchises such as FIFA, Madden, Battlefield and Dead Space. While they have had open-world games, these have generally been RPG titles from BioWare.
At Nintendo’s digital E3 event today they confirmed what gamers worldwide have been pining for – an open world Zelda on Wii U for 2015 release! There was a short 2 minute video during the event showcasing the game and it looks gorgeous – if that is indeed how the final Zelda game will look like upon release then this could be an absolutely huge release for the Wii U, possibly even the game to turn its fortunes around.
Insomniac Games have released a first look trailer for Sunset Overdrive. The video gives an initial glimpse at actual gameplay rather than simply pre-rendered footage. Revealed are a number of weapons, abilities and locations that players will get to encounter or use throughout their experiences.
Square-Enix’s Sleeping Dogs has finally come up with a firm North American release date along with some cool pre-order bonuses from a few participating retailers.
Activision showed of a teaser trailer behind closed doors for their new Spider-Man game, developed by Beenox set to coincide with the movie reboot next year.
Job Postings, not somewhere you’d expect to find news, however it seems that that’s exactly what was stumbled upon today.