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Streamline Games introduces more Buns for Bake 'n Switch at PAX East 2020

You've got buns, hon!

Streamline Games will be showcasing its staple favorite "Bun" but this time its brought a basketful of doughy friends along too.

"The dev team has made some vast improvements and additions to the game mechanics and content since we last showcased the game. Players can expect more Buns, more levels, and more challenges in this alpha version" said Streamline Games, Senior Production Manager, Reza Farahmandhia.

The Bake 'n Switch team will be located at booth #26046 for both media and consumer gameplay opportunities throughout the 4-day gaming convention. This highly anticipated 4-player couch co-op/PvP party brawler will be available for 30-minute appointment slots from Friday 27 February to Monday 1 March.

Official Bayonetta watch, bag, and wallet merch up for preorder

One of each, please

Grab your preorders here

SuperGroupies, a fashion brand offering products inspired by anime and games, has opened pre-orders for 3 new items based on BAYONETTA, a nonstop climax action game.

This collection includes a watch, bag, and wallet inspired by the Umbra Witch, Bayonetta. Get these limited edition items, as beautiful – and as lethal – as Bayonetta herself.

Product Information】

Bayonetta model watch

A mechanical watch featuring a gorgeous dial, sharply contrasting the black strap and red stitches. The design of the watch face is inspired by the Umbran Watch on Bayonetta’s chest, and features a shell material on the left side. BAYONETTA is embossed in demonic script on the strap.

Bayonetta model bag

A fascinating black rucksack capturing the Umbra Witch Bayonetta’s mysterious vibes. It features chain decorations inspired by her outfit’s details. The Umbran Watch motif is featured on the flap which is an essential point of this bag.

Bayonetta model wallet

This compact and handy bifold wallet is inspired by Bayonetta’s outfit. It features BAYONETTA embossed in demonic script, a chain motif, and an impressive red line as well. It also utilizes a printed lining, with a pattern of words in demonic script.

Portal Knights "Druids, Furfolk and Relic Defense" expansion pack coming to Switch soon

Fur real?

505 Games and developer Keen Games have debuted an action-packed expansion ‘fur’ the popular fantasy sandbox game Portal Knights, now available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC players worldwide for £7.99.

The ‘Druids, Furfolk and Relic Defense’ expansion pack offers Portal Knights players more adventure, discovery and gameplay styles than ever before.

Introducing a new Class to Portal Knights for the first time, players can now adventure through immersive and colorful 3D worlds as a shape-shifting Druid. Players who begin their Portal Knights adventure as a Druid can embrace their wild side and transform into a variety of forms with unique abilities and attacks, including: a ferocious bear, a spine-chilling spider and… a really gross slime. A new Race, the ferocious Furfolk, is also available, giving players an opportunity to create their very own member of this proud, new race with customizable fur colors, ears, muzzles and more!

Three new action-packed arenas debut in the latest expansion in which Druids and Furfolk players will defend ancient relics knowns as the Star Stones by crafting traps and magical bombardments to overcome waves of enemy onslaught to earn heroic rewards including mythical unicorn and dragon mounts. Each arena also features a Hard Mode, where only the most daring of players will conquer the toughest of enemies and claim victory.

For a limited time, players can purchase the ‘Druids, Furfolk and Relic Defense’ expansion pack from the Microsoft Games Store, PlayStation Store and Steam at 10% off but must be quick before this deal shapeshifts away!

A free content update has been made available to all Portal Knights players beginning today, with fun features including:

· Basic mounts now available for all players including horses, pigs and more – available at NPC merchants throughout the land of Elysia

· Musical pressure plates are now available for in-game purchase in Portal Knights adventure mode. Team up with friends and make beautiful music together!

· Creative Mode additions including waypoints set for enemies and new items to help players build their very own race tracks for newly earned mounts.

· PC ONLY: Players can edit the text of NPCs and create their own mini-adventures!

· Bug fixes and stability improvements throughout Portal Knights

This new game expansion and update will be making its way to the Nintendo Switch very soon!

In Portal Knights, players begin their journey as a Warrior, Mage, Ranger, then level up their character while gathering resources to craft powerful weapons, armor and spells to defeat formidable monsters and epic bosses in real-time combat.

Players can work cooperatively with friends or family to build structures, explore dungeons and combine the unique attack styles of all classes to overcome challenging perils together while traveling between expansive, imaginative 3D worlds.

Maneater Developer Diary 3: Evolution of a Shark

This bites

We're excited to bring you Chapter 3 in our ongoing series of Maneater Developer Diaries. Join us for a "unique" behind-the-scenes look at the mo-cap process behind shark evolutions in Maneater and more with the developers at Tripwire Interactive. Be ready to catch the details and learn more about the ShaRkPG where players eat, explore, and evolve!

Nintendo opens full North American site for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, new gameplay shared

A site to behold

The official North American website for Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been updated from teaser site to real deal, and it includes a bunch of content to check out. There's even another round of gameplay footage, which has been compiled into the video seen above.

Outside of that, you can check out screens, art, and gameplay details at the official site. Click over and check it out!

Nintendo to host "Creating a New Horizon: Bringing Animal Crossing to Switch" panel at GDC 2020

I love a good panel show

The Big N is making its return to GDC 2020 by putting together a special panel for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Check out the full details on this panel below.

Game Developers Conference organizers are excited to announce that GDC 2020 attendees will have the opportunity to learn, firsthand, how Nintendo developed Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the Switch!

Nintendo's Animal Crossing games are acclaimed for their characters, charm, and engrossing design, which is why it's so exciting that the GDC 2020 Design track will host an hour-long session on "Creating a New Horizon: Bringing Animal Crossing to Nintendo Switch."

Presented by producer Hisashi Nogami and director Aya Kyogoku, this talk will delve into the fundamental concepts and design philosophies that have been a part of the franchise since the beginning, and reveal how these ideas have evolved over time in response to changes in the world around us.

Attendees will gain fresh insight into the unique gameplay experiences that Nintendo developers create and see how these design concepts are realized in the latest entry in the Animal Crossing franchise, Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

It promises to be a rare look inside the Animal Crossing design and development process, so don't miss out -- register now for GDC 2020!

KATANA KAMI: A Way of the Samurai Story AVAILABLE NOW

Ready your sword

KATANA KAMI: A Way of the Samurai Story is now available for Playstation®4, Nintendo Switch™ and Steam® (PC)! Two free DLC for all platforms and a 10% launch discount for Switch and Steam available for 1 week!

About KATANA KAMI: A Way of the Samurai Story

The Way of the Samurai is forged in battle!
Play as a ronin during Japan's Meiji Restoration in the volatile Rokkotsu Pass. The swordsmith Dojima falls into debt and his beautiful daughter is taken as collateral. Help repay the debt by crafting swords by day and exploring the mysterious, twisting dungeons of the Ipponmatsu Cave for valuable materials at night.

Key Features

Hone Your Skills - Over 100 different weapons and 9 fighting styles means you can fight any way you please!
Mysterious Dungeons - An isometric hack and slash with randomly-generated dungeons to explore in a historical Japanese setting.
Two Swords are Better Than One - Explore dungeons with others.
Balance of Power - Ally, betray, or maintain neutrality in dealing with the town's three factions. The fate of Rokkotsu Pass is balanced by the tip of a blade!
Familiar Faces - Featuring fan favorite characters from the Way of the Samurai series!

Super Rare Games discusses how they pick games to release physically

A rare find

There's no shortage of boutique Switch retailers that focus on giving games physical releases, but there's no doubt Super Rare is among the biggest. The company has been going two years strong, and has put out a number of great physical titles on Switch.

In an interview with Nintendo Life Super Rare's George Perkins explains how the company goes about picking what games they want to help bring to the physical side of things.

"Our signing policy has become much more rigid than it was before. Back at the start, it was a very quick process where the only question was whether I liked the game or not. This quickly changed as we got more popular and I didn't feel that we couldn't just release genres and titles that I like! Now it's still very much down to whether I like the title, but now we spend a lot more time analysing each title and the demand it has for a physical version."

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout producer thanks fans for supporting the game, and discusses lessons learned

Gamers Ryza up

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout has been a phenomenal success for Koei Tecmo. The title has sold over 350k units in a short amount of time, making it the best-selling entry in the Atelier franchise so far. In an interview with Siliconera, producer Junzo Hosoi took a moment to thank fans for buying the game, and also talked about lessons learned during the game's development.

An extraordinary number of gamers played this game, and we are very grateful for this. The thing I learned the most from this game is that you need to keep challenging yourself.

In this game, we considered everything from scratch, from the theme to the production concept to the visual concept. Even within the company, there were various opinions about the scenario concept and use of the single season of summer.

But because we took on these challenges, I feel that as a result many gamers played this game.

And so, we will continue to create games without forgetting to always challenge things with a positive attitude.

Klaudia from Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout is getting a figurine

Move over, Ryza

Tokyo-based figure manufacturers Souyoku and Soulwing announced at the Hobby Maker Joint Product Exhibition 2020 that they're working on a figurine tied to Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout. Instead of Ryza, it's Klaudia Valentz who'll be getting the figurine treatment. This figurine will be 1/7 scale, but does not have a release date at this time.

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