Weekend Announcements July 20-22nd: The Shapeshifting Detective, Cecile and More

By Rebecca Smith, 5 months ago
This weekend was very busy for games being announced. We have 12 new titles all clamouring for your attention. Not all of them are confirmed for Xbox One right now, but they're confirmed for "consoles" at the very least. Check out the long list below and see if there's anything that interests you.


CyberConnect2 has announced a new publishing project called C5, or CyberConnect Creative Challenge Competition in full. The idea is to create smaller titles with a lower price point that they can publish in-house, and the team has come up with three titles collectively known as the Trilogy of Vengeance. The first of these is a 2.5d side-scrolling boss rush title. Four sisters are summoned to a castle by their mother. Her wish is to get them to perform a ceremony that turns them into witches, but this strips them of some of their prized assets. Cecile is now mute, Carla is turned into a child, Rezalia loses the use of her legs, and Aristel is widowed. Now, their destiny is to rip out each other's hearts. The title will be arriving on Xbox One next year.


Dead or School

Studio Nanafushi's hack and slash RPG takes place in Tokyo after it has been infested by zombies. Humanity has taken to living in underground shelters. Hisako is a girl with superior athletic abilities and a strong mind who grew up in one such shelter. Her grandmother tells her about school, where children can play, learn and make friends. As she takes a train up to the surface, she aims to rid the world of zombies once and for all so she can go to this fabled school. Players will be able to customise weapons and skills to fit their own playstyle. The title will be arriving on Xbox One in the future.

Defenders of Ekron

In Vitro Games shoot 'em up adds aspects from the adventure genre to create their own gameplay experience. Players assume the role of Eneas, a young cadet trained to pilot an advanced mech known as an Anakim. The mechs are supposed to absorb surrounding energy and transform it into a special ability, but Eneas' Anakim can't do this. Despite this, he still has to help defend the Technocratic Republic of Ekron from civil war, but along the way, he might just uncover some of the nation's secrets that were best left undisturbed. Thanks to the ID@Xbox program, the Definitive Edition of the title (containing all content released for other platforms) will make its way to the Xbox One on August 7th.


The second of CyberConnect2's titles is an "action strategy RPG depicting hope and despair" that is being created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Little Tail Bronx series. When their village is attacked, 11 children are left behind. Together they set out in a gigantic tank, Taranis, to rescue their family members taken prisoner by the Berman Empire, an evil fascist warrior nation with plans to take over the world. The tank is armed with the ultimate weapon, but there's a catch. For the Soul Cannon to be loaded and fired, one of the children must be sacrificed. The title will be arriving on Xbox One next year.



Pro Social Games' "sci-fi Diablo-like indie" puts players in the role of a rookie agent on their first mission. It isn't just any old mission either — a veil is consuming the galaxy and it's up to you to stop it. The title promises to focus on "fast-paced combat, deep character customization and tons of loot" to keep players occupied. The game will be arriving on Xbox One later this year.


StickyStoneStudio's puzzle title is set in a picturesque world where players investigate a mysterious culture through diverse landscapes and artifacts. Tasked with exploring and bringing strange machines to life, the game centres around a single gameplay mechanic that develops and evolves throughout the game to create new puzzle types and bigger challenges. Those of you who love logic puzzles will be glad to know the title will be appearing on unspecified consoles during the first half of 2019.

One More Dungeon

Stately Snail's "first person shooter roguelike" is heading to Xbox One on August 1st thanks to publisher Ratalaika Games and the ID@Xbox program. As a nameless adventure seeker, you must conquer all of the procedurally generated levels that make up the dungeon while thwarting the evil forces that are invading the world. Destroying all of the obelisks to stop more enemies arriving while making sure you don't lose your sanity will be easier said than done.


Sobaka Studio has teamed up with Buka Entertainment to bring their "brutal brawler" to Xbox One next month. Players assume the role of Vasily, who was once an elite operative for the world's biggest Cybernetic Weapon Manufacturer. After he discovered their plans to turn him into a cyborg soldier, he escaped to a secluded monastery where he's been living as a fugitive for the last 20 years. Unfortunately, the corporation know where he is and they're closing in. If he's to find redemption, he must use weapons, his fists, and even the environment itself to take out his enemies using any means possible. The Enhanced Edition adds local co-op, two character classes, and other alterations like level balancing.

The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet of Chaos

The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk began life as an audio saga that made fun of pen and paper RPGs. It has since diversified to include comics, novels, a board game, and even a band. Now Artefacts Studios is bringing the franchise to Xbox One in the form of a fantasy medieval tactical RPG that stays true to its parody roots and draws inspiration from Baldur’s Gate, Divinity: Original Sin, and X-Com. Dubbed the "worst line-up of heroes of all time", the seven characters enter a dungeon looking for a dangerous artefact.

The Shapeshifting Detective

D'Avekki Studios returns with another FMV adventure. Players need to solve the mystery of the death of Dorota Shaw. The three suspects are tarot readers who can accurately predict murder. They're used to not revealing their secrets, and it'll take more than persuasion and interrogation to get to the truth. Luckily, players assume the role of a detective who has the ability to shapeshift into different characters, fooling suspects into giving details away and allowing access to otherwise forbidden areas. The murderer is randomly chosen each time, so multiple playthroughs are possible. The game arrives on Xbox One later this year.

Tokyo Ogre Gate

The last of CyberConnect2's titles features "high speed parkour style slashing action". Set in early 20th century Tokyo, the city is at peace until Genshu Kubizuka betrays Japan and opens a gateway to hell. Known as Ogre Gates, more and more gates appear throughout Tokyo, letting in swarms of hideously evil monsters. Towako Mutsu is the schoolgirl whose friends were murdered and who was left on the brink of death herself. Now equipped with the Ogre Engine, a mechanical heart made from unknown technology, she traverses the city to seek revenge and destroy every one of those gates. The title will be arriving on Xbox One next year.


Unexplored: Unlocked Edition

Ludomotion's roguelite dungeon explorer arrives on Xbox One this summer thanks to publisher Digerati. The appropriately titled Dungeon of Doom is home to a fearsome dragon and his prized possession: the Amulet of Yendor. You need to retrieve the amulet and make it out alive, but the dungeon is home to hundreds of enemies who won't be keen to let that happen. The Unlocked Edition includes all of the DLC that has been released on Steam, namely "Mithril Run", "Ripley Run", and "The Dark Ritual".

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.