Weekend Announcements July 21st-23rd: Demetrios, Brief Battles and More

By Rebecca Smith, 24 days ago
Over the past few days, we've seen the announcements of ten titles. Two are console exclusives to the Xbox One, while seven are multi-platform. The tenth is yet to confirm platforms. There's an underwear-fueled arena fighter, a new instalment in the BlazBlue franchise, a point & click investigation into a drunken robbery, a realistic gold mining simulator, a frantic party title, an exploration through space in search of precious materials, a tough as nails action arcade title, a fight to retrieve stolen river water, a top down arcade racer and a competition to build the tallest tower. Without further ado, here they are:

Brief Battles

Juicy Cupcake's upcoming arena fighter will see up to four players coming together locally in a fight to prove who has "the mightiest buns". By using their underwear's abilities to their full potential, players must defeat their opponents while surviving all of the perils offered by the arenas themselves, be it icy floors, acid pools or collapsing platforms. Modes include a single-player wave mode and target practice, as well as multiplayer modes like free for all and team matches. For example, Hold the Gold mode tasks players with surviving the longest in a heavy pair of gold pants, while Underpants Collector offers rewards to those with the most impressive collection of underwear at the end of the match. Other modes are yet to be announced, but we'll likely hear about them before the game is released on Xbox One in Q1 2018.


BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle

The latest instalment in the BlazBlue franchise will be arriving next year, although we're not exactly sure where. The game promises a "dream-team" of characters who have never before been seen together in a 2D fighting game. Arc System Works’ Konomi Higuchi will be assuming the role of lead character designer. Those that have already been confirmed to appear include Ragna the Bloodedge (BlazBlue), Yu Narukami (Persona 4 Arena Ultimax), Hyde (UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH) and Ruby Rose (RWBY). More characters will be confirmed as we get closer to the game's release.


Demetrios - The BIG Cynical Adventure

After a release on PC and PlayStation Vita, COWCAT's mix of Point & Click and Visual Novel will be appearing on Xbox One on August 2nd. Protagonist Bjorn Thonen is an antique dealer and all-around slob. After returning drunk to his Parisian home, he is robbed. Together with his neighbour, Sandra, he must conduct his own investigation into the robbery, but nothing is ever as simple as it seems. Citing inspiration from classics like Broken Sword and Runaway, the game promises an 8-12 hour adventure that will suit both genre beginners and experts.


Gold Rush: The Game

Code Horizon's realistic gold-mining simulation title was aiming for CA$10,000 in Kickstarter funding. With seven days still to go, it has smashed through that target and sits at nearly CA$110,000 at the time of writing, more than enough to bring the game to Xbox One in the future. Players begin as a wannabe gold miner who only possesses the most basic of equipment to enable them to find their first gold nugget. As time goes on, you'll get better equipment and find new claims. Eventually, you'll be able to dig multiple claims simultaneously and will find yourself as the richest man in Alaska. The game offers unique Alaska-inspired stories, realistic mining processes and machinery, deformable terrain, a day/night system and a four season cycle.


Marooners

Currently available on PC, M2H's party game pits friends and family members against each other as they run, jump and slap their way to victory. If a player dies, they can return from the grave to haunt the remaining players. Party Mode sees players take on a range of mini games that switch between locations and modes when you least expect it. Alternatively, there's the option to try a complete run where every game is played once to completion. When the game is released on Xbox One later this year, it will bring in AI bots to allow players to play on their own, too.


Morphite

Crescent Moon Games, We're Five Games and Blowfish Studios have joined forces to bring this "atmospheric exploration sci-fi shooter with platforming elements" to Xbox One on September 7th. In the distant future, humanity has colonised space. Myrah Kale is sent on a routine mission that turns into an adventure that reveals her mysterious past and her connection to Morphite, a substance coveted across space. She'll explore uncharted planets to collect biological information about its flora and fauna, information that can be sold to afford upgrades for her ship, weapons and suit. Other procedurally-generated planets contain side quests, while she'll also be able to trade with other space travellers. Beware, though, because not all of them will be friendly.


Next Up Hero

Digital Continue's twin stick old-school arcade action game is supposed to have "tough-as-nails enemies and levels that feel downright unfair". This is to try and make people work together. Will it work? Only time will tell. Every time a player dies, they leave behind an echo of their fallen hero. The next player to take their turn will encounter and be able to resurrect this echo, as well as those of everyone who has taken part in the game's session. While not as powerful as an actual hero, echoes can help to summon Ancients, who are a lot fiercer than their name suggests. The more players who die in your session, the more echoes you have to use... and you'll need them if you're to defeat the monsters of the Ceaseless Dirge. Players will win prestige for every session in which they take part, as well as a bonus if they're the one to deliver the fatal blow on the final boss. You'll get to try it for yourself when the game comes to Xbox One early next year.


Pressure Overdrive

Announced nearly five years ago as XBLA title Pressure, this title has been through development hell during which developer Chasing Carrots needed to wrestle back publishing rights from their previous publisher. The delay has meant that the newly revamped arcade vehicular combat title is coming to Xbox One this week on July 26th. Protagonist Morgan is on an adventure in his steam buggy. On behalf of La Resistance, he needs to cross the opening of an evil Uber Spa and retrieve the river water that has been stolen by Count Soap. That's as detailed as the story will ever get because the developer prefers to "leave more room for ramming and blasting" your way through countless bullets and enemies.


Race Arcade

Iceflake Studios top down arcade racing title aims to combine "all the best parts from the good old racing games with the most recent technologies". Offering 100 tracks across diverse environments, players need to contend with ice roads, molten lava and post-apocalyptic cities, as well as normal racing conditions. As well as an "extensive single-player mode", there will be individual races, time trials and a lengthy career mode. Up to six players can race locally when the game is released on August 4th exclusively on Xbox One.


Tricky Towers

When it comes to games like Tetris, you try to match blocks so that you can clear them away and prevent the play area from filling up. WeirdBeard Games' title is exactly the opposite; players need to build the tallest and most stable tower of them all by stacking bricks and casting spells. Stop your opponents from pushing your tower down while trying to return the favour. Up to four players can compete locally or online when the game is finally released on Xbox One later this year.


Will you be looking to purchase any of these titles?
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.