Weekend Announcements January 5-7th: Earthlock, Kerbal Space Program and More

By Rebecca Smith, 3 months ago
The holiday season is a time that people spend with their family and friends, a time to relax and enjoy some time off. Despite this, several developers decided it was an appropriate time to announce their latest titles that will be heading to the Xbox One in the future. The list also includes a handful of titles that were announced over the last weekend, so below are 13 games that may have escaped your attention.

Albert and Otto

You won't have long to wait for this first title as it's releasing on January 10th. Intended to be the first of four episodes, this title was released on PC two years ago, but further instalments never appeared due to a lack of funds. Now the developer has teamed with publisher Digerati to bring the game to consoles in the hope that those funds can be raised. The puzzle platformer tells the story of a boy and a magical bunny previously owned by the boy's abducted sister in an alternative Germany that's in the grips of Nazi occupation. The pair attempt to track her down while defeating monsters and solving puzzles that involve levitating sheep, wolves and piranhas.


Catherine: Full Body

While only confirmed for Playstation 4 in Japan, Atlus is yet to confirm the platforms for the sequel to 2011's Catherine when the game is released in the west, so there's still hope for an Xbox version. Protagonist Vincent Brooks and his disastrous love life returns, as well as Catherine and Katherine. However, there will also be a new love interest called Rin who will help to complicate things even more. All chaarcters have new storyline elements and new puzzles are promised. Atlus has also refused to confirm a release window or pricing, promising to reveal that information later and "slowly", so look out for the title in the future.


Earthlock

Many players have tried Earthlock: Festival of Magic since it was Games With Gold upon its release in September 2016. When the game was released on Playstation 4 in January 2017, the developer was going to move on to their next game. Then they realised they weren't happy with the state of their current game as it was, so they decided to create a new version that has become known as the "shouldhavebeenedition". It includes a "massively changed" story, side quests, mini games, new scenes, new characters, better animation, improved cut scenes and crafting. Unfortunately the changes are so big that they were no longer compatible with existing versions of the game, so this version of the title will be released as a new game. The good news is that players who own Earthlock: Festival of Magic already will receive the new version for free when it is released in Q1 2018.

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Feudal Alloy

Attu Games' upcoming "metroidvania-style action RPG" puts players in the role of Attu, a medieval robot powered by a fishbowl. He was an ordinary farmer who lived in a cottage in the midst of the sunflower fields, but when outlaws attacked his village, his house was burnt down and his oil supplies were stolen. Having fled to nearby woods and armed with his sword, he now needs to rid the world of all of the invading mechanical creatures as well as helping the village's inhabitants, who have scattered across the nearby area. The title and its rather unique art style will be released on Xbox One in Q3 2018.


Grave Danger: The Ultimate Edition

Spotted Shark Studio's upcoming title is described as "the nearest potential spiritual successor" to The Lost Vikings. Players take on the role of three unlikely heroes - Dante the cowboy, Elliot the wizard, and Malice the reaper - as they use their different abilities to solve puzzles and escape from danger. The Ultimate Edition version of the title, the only version to appear on Xbox One, will include more levels and new dangers to conquer, such as tipping platforms and firewalls, as well as a new gameplay mechanic in the form of a rideable robotic bird. Take on the campaign solo or with up to three players locally when the game is released in Q3 2018.


Kerbal Space Program Enhanced Edition

It's fair to say that Kerbal Space Program has had its fair share of problems, so much so that the game was removed from the Xbox marketplace several months ago. Together with Blitworks, developer Squad has built a new version of the title that includes a user interface optimised for consoles, a new control scheme for manouevre nodes and new controller presets. It also includes the KSP 1.2.2 “Loud and Clear” update that includes CommNet, KerbNet, the option to tweak more parts, an overhauled fuel system and more. Like Earthlock, this version of the title will be completely separate to the existing version, and players who own Kerbal Space Program will receive this version for free. It releases on Xbox One on January 16th.

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MY HERO Game Project

The manga/animation series My Hero Academia will be getting its own spin-off title in the form of the tentatively named MY HERO Game Project. Few details about the action adventure title are known, but the Quirks superpowers will feature prominently in a battle between Super Heroes and Super Villains. Players will be able to destroy stages both on the ground and in the air using the walls and buildings they find. The title will be released on Xbox One this year.


My Time at Portia

Pathea Games has teamed up with publisher Team17 to bring their 3D sandbox simulation RPG title to unspecified consoles later this year. Players sail to the town of Portia where they find a workshop that their Pa has left behind. With his handbook and workbench, you will gather resources, mine and farm the land, and craft the number one workshop in the town. Along the way you'll meet a variety of characters, each with their own lives to lead and stories to experience as you forge relationships. The game cites inspiration from Animal Crossing, Harvest Moon, Dark Cloud 2 and Studio Ghibli — only time will tell if the title will live up to those aspirations.


Rogue Islands

When first looking at Big Fat Alien's upcoming title, you'd think it was a Minecraft clone, but it isn't. Instead, it's a fantasy first person shooter where players battle waves of foes that belong to the forces of darkness, including dragons, demons and the Lords of Torment. The game is procedurally generated to adapt to the player's skill level so that it will test them. Craft magic spells, brew potions and scavenge health-restoring Gurgleweed to help in your fight for survival. Currently available on Steam, the title will be coming to Xbox One "soon".


The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human

Y/CJ/Y's title tells a story after the extinction of humanity. Well, except one. The last human returns from a disastrous mission in space to find the world underwater and now inhabited by giant beasts and hostile wildlife. Players must explore their environment and take down the giant bosses that lurk in the depths of waste and sewage that humans have left behind. Upgrade your spaceship/submarine-hybrid with new weapons to access different areas of the world and take down new creatures when the game comes to Xbox One on January 23rd.


The Council

Developer Big Bad Wolf promises to bring "an episodic game like no other" to the Xbox One. It's 1793 and players assume the role of Louis de Richet, a member of a secret society. Lord Mortimer has invited him to a private island alongside a number of high profile guests, like Napoleon Bonaparte and George Washington. While there he hopes to investigate the disappearance of his mother who vanished from the same island, but it seems like all of the other guests have their own motives for being there too. The game's Social Influence system allows players to explore, investigate and discover the other characters' psychological vulnerabilities and immunities to gain the upper hand in confrontations. The consequences of an action is permanent and could result in physical injury or mental traits that affect the rest of the adventure. The first episode of this five-part game, "Episode 1: The Mad Ones", will arrive in February.


The Messenger

The trailer for this next title may declare it an 8-bit action platformer, but Sabotage Studio's ninja hero moves into the 16-bit era for more advanced metroidvania gameplay mechanics and a different visual appearance. The ninja must transport a scroll through the cursed world. If he fails, his clan will die. Along the way he must defeat the demons that have taken over the village. Will he succeed? Hopefully we'll find out when the game comes to unspecified consoles later this year.


TUNIC

Originally announced at E3, this title flew under the radar and few details are still known about it. The action adventure title puts players in the role of a small fox who has to navigate a world in which he doesn't belong. Players must explore the environment, discover the ruins that have been left behind and defeat the creatures that now inhabit them. Andrew Shouldice is the one man developer behind the title that's coming to unspecified consoles this year.


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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.