Weekend Announcements January 25th-27th: Evoland, Omensight, RIOT, and More

By Rebecca Smith,
Like last weekend, we have ten new titles to meet today. Not all of them are confirmed for Xbox One, and some are still in the early days of development. Still, you can find a bit about each of them below, so take a look at the list and see if there's anything you fancy.

American Ninja Warrior: Challenge

Platforms: Xbox One
Release Window: March 19th, 2019
GameMill Entertainment's latest title is focused on the American Ninja Warrior competition, itself a spin-off of the Japanese TV series Sasuke. Players face difficult obstacle courses, such as the Salmon Ladder, Warped Wall, and Log Grip, as they race to hit the buzzer in the quickest time, all while commentary is provided by TV show hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila. The career mode will take players from the easier city courses to the far more challenging finals where there's a four-stage course inspired by Japan's Mt. Midoriyama. There's also a couch multiplayer mode where players can take on their friends and family. If you tire of the courses provided by the game, the course editor lets you create your own fun too.

Angry Video Game Nerd I & II Deluxe

Platforms: Consoles
Release Window: TBA
FreakZone Games and Screenwave Media have teamed up to bring the AVGN and friends to unspecified consoles in a single bundle. Inspired by retro classics such as Mega Man and Castlevania, the first 2D action title focuses on the adventures the AVGN gets up to in his online series and promises to appeal to fans of "old school difficulty, fart jokes, The Nerd and/or old school platformers". The second title sees the AVGN take to video game screens once again after a beam from space turns the world into a game, and he's forced to "put the "ASS" in ASSimilation".

Blanco: The Color of Adventure

Platforms: Xbox One
Release Window: 2019
51Pegasi Studios' "voxel 3D platformer" puts players in control of the titular Blanco as he explores the game's many worlds. Thanks to a freak accident, his scientist mentor has disappeared and it's up to Blanco to find him. He's going to collect as many gems as he can find along the way too. The title will be coming to Xbox One thanks to the ID@Xbox programme.

Clan N

Platforms: Xbox One, Windows 10
Release Window: Early 2019
Creamative's beat 'em up promises to combine elements of gameplay from both modern brawlers and classic arcade titles. Like most titles of this ilk, the gameplay will be to be easy to pick up but hard to master as players combine dodges, blocks and heavy/special attacks with normal attacks to defeat their enemies. Players need to conquer seven levels set in the ancient far east, each of which will have a wide range of enemies, bosses in the middle and at the end, and some "casual mini-games".

Evoland Legendary Edition

Platforms: Xbox One
Release Window: February 8th, 2019
Shiro Games will be bringing their Evoland series to consoles as a bundle. Players begin in Evoland as they make the journey from a turn-based 8-bit action-adventure title to real time action in 3D graphics more representative of the modern day. Along the way, players will unlock new technology, new gameplay elements, and graphical upgrades, of course. Evoland II then expands on the elements of its predecessor, this time in the form of an "RPG adventure" complete with "epic" story, a deeper combat system, and plenty of characters, locations, and customisation options. Gameplay includes beat 'em up fights, solving puzzles, challenging platforming, and even shoot 'em up.

Fission Superstar X

Platforms: Xbox One
Release Window: Spring 2019
Turbo Pelvis 3000's "space roguelite" chucks players into the middle of a strange solar system full of enemies as varied as "scavengers, fascist space cats, and giant insects". To take on these enemies, players will have a choice of nine ships and over 100 crew members, not all of them human. Both can be equipped with a choice of 64 weapons that can suit ranged or close-range attacks as they hunt down their enemies, including giant bosses, across more than 20 varied environments. You'll have to manage your resources, though, and it might mean the decision between repairing the ship, healing a crew member or upgrading your stats.

The Indie Gamer Chick Collection

Platforms: Xbox One
Release Window: Late 2019/Early 2020
Who remembers the Xbox Live Indie Games? Well, despite that section of the Microsoft Store being discontinued in September 2017, they're not forgotten. Well, at least some of them, anyway. Indie Gamer Chick has teamed up with serial porter Ratalaika Games to bring a compilation of more than a dozen of the most well-known XBLIG titles. The full lineup hasn't been confirmed yet, but that news is promised in a few months' time.

Indie Gamer Chick Collection


Platforms: Xbox One
Release Window: TBA
The creators of Tiny Brains are back with their latest title, "an action-adventure murder mystery game". As The Harbinger, you'll become both a warrior and a judge as you attempt to prevent the destruction of the world of Urralia. You'll identify the people responsible for its downfall and understand the events that occurred along the way. By manipulating time and circumstances with the power of Omensight, will you prevent the inevitable catastrophe? This isn't the only title Spearhead Games is bringing to Xbox, and you'll meet the other in a minute.

RIOT - Civil Unrest

Platforms: Xbox One
Release Window: February 6th, 2019
We get a simulation for just about everything these days, so IV Productions has created a "real-time riot simulation experience" that recreates some of the more recent flare ups in more than 30 different scenarios, such as Oakland in California, Tahrir Square in Egypt, and Caracas in Venezuela. Players can assume control of either the protestors or the law enforcement as they tackle objectives for each scenario and search for the best outcome. Aggression will mean a quicker resolution, but being more gentle won't affect public opinion. The title is coming to console thanks to publisher Merge Games

Stories: The Path of Destinies

Platforms: Xbox One
Release Window: TBA
Spearhead Games' second title is an action-RPG that puts players in the shoes of Reynardo, an ex-pirate who suddenly finds himself an unintentional hero when he becomes the world's only chance against the mad Emperor and his ravens. The Lovecraftian universe features floating islands, airships, and magic, but the journey won't be easy. Decisions need to be made and they won't always have a positive outcome. Retrieving a weapon might mean the life of a friend is sacrificed instead. Will you "learn from your mistakes and find the one true path?"

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.
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