Indie games continue to find success on the mass market. It’s a double-edged sword for indie developers. On one hand, gamers are actively seeking new indie games to try but on the other, it means a more competitive landscape. CI Games, developer and publisher, known for the Sniper Ghost Warrior and The Lords of the Fallen franchises announced a new publishing label dedicated to indie developers.
Known as United Label, it will bring on indie developers together and offer them the support they need to succeed. CI Games will kick the project off with 4 new indie games: Roki from Polygon Treehouse, Eldest Souls from Fallen Flag Studios, Tails of Iron from Odd Bug Studios, and Horae from Lunaris Iris. United Label is eager to expand and grow. They are actively seeking creative talents to offer them a “structure to success” and building meaningful long-term business relationships with their developers.
United Label Looking for Indie Developers
“We are bringing out existing publishing capabilities to talented developers. We started this process with one of our own IPs, by giving the entire project of Lords of the Fallen 2 to Defiant in New York.” says Marek Tyminski, CEO of CI Games
CI Games isn’t a Bethesda or EA, however, they’ve carved out a sizabe space for themselves in the market. In 2002, CI games made their existence known after selling over 7 million units of the Sniper Ghost Warrior franchise and 2 million units of Lords of the Fallen. Now, this developer / publisher is ready to lend a helping hand to other gamers and independent video game developers.
The massive success of Cuphead, Celeste, and countless other indie games prove there’s a hunger from the community to experience more independent titles. There are thousands of individuals with a passion for creating video games that have the chance to see their game played by millions. Climbing the mountain to the top alone is a treacherous journey. Organizations like CI Games wants to give creators the support they need to reach their goals. Sometimes, a little helping hand is all a talented person or team needs to achieve their vision.
For aspiring or long-time game developers looking for a strategic partnership with United Label, contact information can be found their website. It’s a big world of indie games out there, having the right team behind a project can mean the difference between success and a game that gets lost in the crowd.
City of Brass, the rogue-like adventure created by Bioshock veterans is now coming to the Nintendo Switch. This February 8th, Switch gamers will have the opportunity to enjoy this treasure filled journey on the portable console. Uppercut Games announced in a press release that the Switch version will launch with much of the newly developed content added since its release on May 4th, 2018.
City of Brass PC and PlayStation 4 Gameplay
Immediately upon release, Switch gamers will be able to get started unlocking the three new characters; the knife-fighting Brigand, spear-wielding Soldier, and lumbering Hellion genie. The original Fool and Traveler duo will also be available for new adventurers just starting out.
Along with the characters, all the new relics, weapons, enemies, and bug improvements are included in the Switch version as well. The move to bring the game to the Switch has fans excited about having the ability to bring City of Brass on the go (in bed, bathroom, or anywhere else).
It's a Shiny World Out There
Uppercut Games developed an exquisite world filled with mystery, action, and treasure. The procedurally-generated environments ensure every attempt to escape the cursed City of Brass with as much gold in players pockets as possible feels fresh and different . All the characters and items players can find add so much to create individual and unique experiences. Collecting treasure, finding creative ways to avoid or slay enemies, experimenting with all the modifiers, and working through each level is absolutely addicting.
Now that City of Brass is going to be available on Switch, the audience for Uppercut Games creation is only expected to grow. Nintendo Switch has had incredible success with indie games and City of Brass is a perfect fit for this versatile console. If the game performs like many of the other indie games to find glowing success on the Switch, it could encourage the developer to pour even more resources into the game. Only time will tell if Uppercut Games will keep adding to this exhilarating treasure-hunting roguelike but adding a Switch release is a promising development.
The Gigamax Games crew are big fans of City of Brass. There is sure to be even more gameplay available to see how the game stacks up against the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 versions. With its upcoming release on the Nintendo Switch, be sure to keep checking back on GigamaxGames.com for the latest on Uppercut Games.
Metro Exodus crawls out from beneath the streets of Russia on February 15th, 2019. Deep Silver and 4A Games gave audiences a taste of what’s to come with a brand new Story Trailer, yesterday 1/8/19. New characters, environments, challenges, and dangers await anyone that picks up a copy of Metro Exodus. Players will venture across the nuclear Russian wasteland and embark on a journey that will take them from Moscow to the Summer sands of the Caspian desert.
Metro Exodus will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows.
Metro Exodus Story Trailer - Escaping the Metro
Anna, the protagonist’s Artyom’s wife can be heard narrating the intense trailer. The short, 2 minute thirty second clip was enough to instill the massive amount of stress Artyom’s team of Spartan Rangers face as they explore the decolate Russian wasteland. A broken landscape trying to recover after nuclear devastation is at first all people may see. However, the struggle of this determined crew highlights the importance of searching for some peace in a time of war. Taking solace in a breath of fresh air will still not be enough to protect the Spartan Rangers from the evil that lurks beyond the Metro.
It's a Rough Life Above Ground
Gamers will board the Aurora, a weaponized steam train as Artyom, Anna and Spartan Rangers move East. Searching for more survivors and some kind of civilization, players will need to scavenge, craft, and fight in order to survive.
The press release emphasized that the “gripping story” will elevate classic Metro gameplay with massive, new, non-linear levels. Dynamic weather and day/night cycles are included, expected to enhance the immersion level. The developer also added a “choose your fate” mechanic, allowing players choices to determine if some comrades will live or die.
Pre-Order Bundle Incoming!
Along with the Story Trailer reveal, Deep Silver and Microsoft showed off the Xbox One X Metro Saga Bundle. The bundle is currently available for pre-order and it includes a 1TB Xbox One X Console, all three Metro games; Metro 2033 Redux, Metro: Last Light Redux, and the new Metro Exodus. MSRP for the bundle comes in at $499.00, the usual cost of a 1TB Xbox One X on its own.
The last Metro game to come out, Metro: Last Light released in 2013. Metro Exodus is positioned to be a massive upgrade from the previous title. If the trailer is any indication of how the full game will turn out, Metro fans are in for a thrilling and unforgettable adventure.
It’s the New Year and that means taking a look at the most anticipated videos games coming out this year. 2019 is promising to bring gamers new classics and unforgettable video games. It will be hard to live up to the hype of 2018 with hits like God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2, Monster Hunter: Worlds and so many more. The question remains if 2019 can offer up even more incredible games to people around the globe.
Below includes the Top 7 Most Anticipated Video Games of 2019. Tell the Gigamax Games crew which game you think will rain above them all in the poll at the bottom of the article! Also, be sure to leave a comment if you think there is a game that should have been included.
Kingdom Hearts 3
Devil May Cry 5
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Possible: Last of Us 2
Possible Death Stranding
Kingdom Hearts 3
Kingdom Hearts 3 might not only be the most anticipated video game of 2019, but it may well also be the most anticipated video game of the decade. Kingdom Hearts 2 released in 2005 and fans have been not-so-patiently waiting for the final entry in the trilogy. Gamers were able to get their Kingdom Hearts fix with games like Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep 0.2, but these games were only enough to hold them over. Now, 2019 is here and Kingdom Hearts 3 has an official release date, January 25th, 2019. Disney and Square Enix fans are nearly ending their 13-year long wait.
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep 0.2 Full Playthrough
A new franchise, Anthem made an impact on the world when it was first announced. Flying through an alien planet with friends in iron-man like suits, laying waste to extravagant enemies in beautiful, detailed environments. Built around multiplayer and cooperative play, Anthem is expected to offer a similar experience to Destiny, only in a different package It is promising to be everything Destiny wasn’t, and more of what the game should have been. Being developed by BioWare, Anthem is expected to hit stores on February 22nd, 2019. This newcomer might have people excited but some gamers are skeptical if it will actually deliver.
343 Industries is keeping their lips sealed for the most part regarding their upcoming project, Halo Infinite. A sequel to Halo 5 and bringing back couch co-op, the developer is looking to make a splash with their latest Halo release. PCgamer expects a November 2019 release but this remains uncomfored. Right now, sometime a 2019 release is all the information available. There will be a bit of a wait before there is an official announcement. Furthermore, only after fans have a chance to play will the world know if 343 Industries was able to refresh a game that has grown stale in its old age.
Devil May Cry 5
Devil May Cry, the classic action-adventure hack-and-slash experience is making its return on March 8th, 2019. Coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows, nearly every gamer will have the chance to see how Devil May Cry 5 holds up. Fans of the Devil May Cry franchise are itching to get their hands on this long-awaited title. Promising a thrilling, exciting, and unforgettable time, filled with gore and excessive violence, there’s no doubt Devil May Cry 5 will have at least a few redeeming qualities.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was supposed to release in 2018 but producer Koji Igarashi, former series producer for the Castlevania series announced on the Kickstarter Page it will be pushed back into the New Year. Anticipation is high for this Castlevania spiritual successor developed by ArtPlay, WayForward Technologies, Inti Creates, Monobit, and Dico Co., Ltd. It’s always great to see an indie game whip up the gaming community but it will be interesting to see if Koji Igarashi and the BloodStained: Ritual of the Night team can live up to expectations.
Possible: Last of Us 2
Naughty Dog still hasn’t put forth a solidified release date for Last of Us 2. However, speculation is leading many to expect a 2019 release date. Branching off from Last of Us which released in 2013, Last of Us 2 will follow Ellie’s story as she tries to thrive in her diseased world. The Gigamax Games crew will continue to keep a lookout for any rumors, leaks, or official word about a release date for Last of Us 2. Don’t forget to check back on GigamaxGames.com for the latest video game news and announcements!
Possible: Death Stranding
Rumors, speculation, and “leaks", nothing has provided an actual release date for Death Stranding. The latest project by Kojima Productions is cloaked in mystery. Death Stranding was included on this list of most anticipated video games of 2019 simply because of the curiosity factor. Walmart Canada leaked a June 2019 release date but that was later explained to be a mistake and a placeholder. Not much is known about the game besides the inclusion of Walking Dead star Norman Reedus, and an important baby, but the notable studio working on this unique project has gamers interest.
Only time will tell if 2019 will live up to the massive amount of amazing games released in 2018. There’s even a chance this year will be even greater. As of now, the line-up of new, interesting, and unique games releasing in the new year is enough to have gamers excited. However, there are sure to be a few surprises, so don’t go anywhere and remember to keep checking back on GigamaxGames.com for all the latest reviews, news, and video game industry announcements all throughout 2019!
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With the Pokemon Let’s Go games releasing about a month ago, we have had time to analyze the changes to the series. While the changes for these titles are pretty massive, the core gameplay of the Pokemon series still shines through. To celebrate the massive success of these titles we have made up a list of changes that we fell in love with. With beautiful graphics and redesigned assets, these games pull in fans both new and old. These changes help make Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee the Kanto remakes we have been desperately hoping for.
Chaining Pokémon Gets Insane
A totally new feature to the series is chaining catches. Once you catch a Pokemon it starts a chain. The more you catch of the same Pokemon the higher the chain gets. Chains make rarer Pokemon show up, including evolutions you wouldn’t normally see wandering around.
You can also use chains for mass leveling. The experience you can get from a chain can even rival that of what you would get running through the Elite Four with your team multiple times. Things get even crazier if you use lures to make Pokemon pop up faster. The only way to break a chain once it starts is by catching another Pokemon or having a Pokemon run away.
Catching Shinies is Easier
Catching shinies is one of the most tedious parts of the video game. To get a shiny it takes hours of searching, resetting your game, and hatching eggs. Let’s Go has made this easier by adding in the shiny charm and making chains raise the chance of encountering a shiny.
You can also see the Pokemon walking around the environment, this saves you time by letting you only willingly encounter the Pokemon you are interested in. The Shiny charm makes your odds go from 1 in 4,096 to 1 in 1,365 and chaining makes the odds go up to 1 in 315. Combining the methods makes your chance go up to 1 in 273 with the odds capping when you chain exactly 31 Pokemon. While this won't make catching a shiny a breeze, Let’s Go gives you a far better chance than any other title in the past.
They Kept Away From HM Slaves
If you have played the original Blue, Yellow, or Red versions of Pokemon, then you had an HM slave. HM slaves are a Pokemon you select to put a permanent terrible move set on just to progress through the game.
In the first Pokemon games this included moves such as rock smash, flash, and cut. These moves were weak in attack power and made you have a near useless Pokemon taking up one of your six slots. Let’s Go teaches HM’s to your Pikachu who is permanently with you. HM’s are no longer count as Pokemon moves, but instead, they are used only outside of battle and happen automatically when you press A on an area where a special move is needed to progress.
While Pokemon is a fantasy game, the fans are hardcore about the portrayal of the in-game monsters they love. These games do a perfect job at realistically portraying the size of your Pokemon partners.
Even going so far as to have Onix’s head cut off inside of some homes you visit. Bigger Pokemon such as Persian are also rideable. Each individual Pokemon is size-adjusted when out of the Pokeball to give you a better feel for the proportions of each different monster in the game. This makes us curious to see how the team would handle the portraying the massive Pokemon Wailord.
The Gyms Are Redone
Let’s face it, the gyms in Gen. 1 were pretty limited thanks to both developer budget and the graphical limitations of the original Gameboy. While some gyms like Vermillion cities trash can puzzle where a little bit more interesting, by today's standards things were bland.
To spice things up, the gyms have been completely re-dun and the puzzles you face to get to the gym leaders have been touched up. This gives the game a fresh twist for those who have played the originals or the remakes for the Game Boy Advance.
Trading Is More Prominent
To be honest, trading with NPC’s in most Pokemon games was a joke, unless you really are into getting common Pokemon you could catch elsewhere.
Let’s Go actually breathes more life into trading by placing trainers around the map that have hordes of Alola Pokemon. Best of all, no matter how many times you trade them, they never seem to run out. If you prefer nostalgia though don't worry, there are still some pretty horrible “trades” left in the game that can score you a Magikarp for just 500 pokedollars.
Gym Leaders Aren’t Cardboard
Outside of the comics and anime series gym leaders are pretty flat characters. While this was worked on after the first games, even the Fire Red and Leaf Green reboots didn’t breathe too much life into the characters.
While the leaders don’t have their own story arcs, you can now find them wandering around areas of the map. Gym leaders now pop-up in other towns and have pre-recorded events. You even encounter Brock later in the game who is sad that leader Erika turned him down. These little interactions just give a little bit more life to the world and are a delight for old time fans.
Pikachu and Eevee Aren’t Required
Both Pikachu and Eevee can’t be evolved and that’s completely fine since they don’t need to stay in my party. In fact, removing these Pokemon from the party doesn’t really affect much.
They still hang out on your shoulder/hat and anytime an obstacle pop-ups they will happily remove it. Unlike in Pokemon Yellow though you can’t trade off or get rid of your starter. This means that no matter what you do neither Pikachu or Eevee will ever leave your side or free up space in your box. On the bright side, they are made to be stronger than a normal Pikachu or Eevee making them pretty useful in battle if trained up.
Atlus officially announced Persona 5 R, the latest version of its critically acclaimed RPG. So far, only a teaser video and website have been released, but neither of them reveal what the new title will contain.
Persona 5 R, What Is It?
Both the website and the teaser trailer indicate that Atlus will have more to reveal on Persona 5 R in March 2019. The video shows off a PlayStation Logo in the beginning, which means whatever the developer has planned will be on the PS4. "New Projects" can also be heard throughout the teaser, leading many to believe Atlus will have a lot more to reveal in the next couple of months.
Much like Capcom, Atlus has been known to release enhanced secondary editions of their popular titles. Both Persona 3 FES and Persona 4 Golden are examples of Atlus remastering and expanding an already lengthy game and Persona 5 R could potentially follow the same path.
Bring It To The Switch!
Many fans are hopeful that this means a version of Persona 5 will finally appear on the Nintendo Switch. Speculation has also been increased by the recent reveal that Joker (Persona 5's protagonist) will appear in Super Smash Ultimate's first Character DLC. This wouldn't be Atlus' first portable Persona as both Persona 3 and 4 got handheld adaptations.
Persona 5 initially launched in March of 2017 and was well received by critics and fans alike. We'll be sure to keep a close eye on Persona 5 R so be sure to keep checking back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest information.
The upcoming side scroller Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, from the producer of Castlevania, Koji Igarashi, removed their support for Mac and Linux based operating systems. This news follows the developers' cancellation of the PlayStation Vita version, a delay into 2019, and adding resources from the developer behind the Shantae series, WayFoward.
Igarashi Breaks the Bloodstained News
This news was revealed by Igarashi himself on a post made through Kickstarter.
“Bloodstained will no longer be supported on Mac and Linux,” he wrote. “We have made this tough decision due to challenges of supporting middleware and online feature support and making sure we deliver on the rest of the scope for the game. We will be offering backers who planned to play the game on Mac and Linux the option to change the platform of their order.”
The post also included instructions on how backers can switch the platform they selected. Currently, the development team is set to produce versions of Bloodstained for PS4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.
Kickstarter and Fans Made Bloodstained Possible
Bloodstained's journey began with a Kickstarter request that was able to secure over $5 million from 65,000 backers. The game was ranked 16 on the all-time top earners of the donation platform, grossing even more money the Dark Souls board game. Initially the game was supposed to release in March 2017, but delays have set it back to sometime 2019.
Unfortunately, the failure of Kickstarter video game projects to meet their own deadlines has led to a sharp decline in people donating money to projects. Funding fell from $42.5 million in 2015 to $17 million in 2018.
We'll be keeping a close eye on the status of Bloodstained so be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest on this controversial indie project.
Gamers searching for a sea-fearing adventure will want to pick up Subnautica. This survival-sandbox developed by, Unknown Worlds Entertainment , was just enhanced by a talented modder with a co-op mod. The mod, Nitrox, allows friends on PC to play together. Subnautica is a spectacular single-player experience but the massive ocean planet is absolutely big enough for two.
Subnautica Co-Op [Nitrox] Gameplay
Going by Sunrunner, the developer leading the project was given the blessing by Unknown Worlds Entertainment to pursue the project. Sunrunner did say that the mod is still in the very early stages of development but it is available now. Sunrunner ensures gamers can now play co-op Subnautica, but it will still be some time before the mod is complete. The foundation for co-op play has been created. Synced player movement, basic animations, base building, and item drops have all been squared away. Currently, the game is prepared for casual play. Those that are looking for a polished, uninterrupted experience might want to wait.
Co-Op Subnautica So Far…
Client / Server Communication
Player movement, picking up, and dropping item syncing
The co-op mod for Subnautica is available now on the developers' Nexus page. Nitrox is open-source and Sunrunner is actively inviting interested individuals to get involved with the project. Those that want to help bring a stable, complete, co-op Subnautica experience to the world can learn more on Sunrunners Nexus Page and join the Discord server.
Subnautica is a world filled with terror, adventure, and challenges. Beautiful on its own, any experience is enhanced when friends join the party. Subnautica in its original form is now available on PS4, Xbox One, Windows, and MAC. Nitrox is only available on PC. The Gigamax Games crew are huge fans of this indie masterpiece. Be sure to check back on GigamaxGames.com for the latest video game news, reviews, and updates. Expect some Subnautica gameplay videos coming, soon!
The developers behind the Halo series, 343 Studios recently announced a few more details for Halo Infinite. This will be the sixth entry in the long-running series and based on what was said over the course of the stream, the title is still quite a ways off.
Halo Infinite Brings New Game Engine
Halo Infinite is utilizing a new engine 343 created specifically for the game and it could push back the release date into 2020. Fans can expect a return to four-player split-screen co-op as the developer announced that it was working on the system for the new engine right now. 343 also mentioned that the armor customization feature in Infinite will resemble the one used in Halo Reach. Additionally, players that have reached level 152 in Halo 5: Guardians will receive an additional reward in Halo Infinite when the game is released.
Some details about Halo 5 were also revealed during the stream. It was said that 343 did not have many things left to add to the shooter when it comes to armor and emblem customization. It was also implied that post launch development of the title has slowed down as members of the Halo 5 team are moved to the Halo Infinite team.
343 previously mentioned that Infinite will feature Master Chief's coolest design yet. Although, not much else has been revealed as the studio remains tight-lipped on details regarding the game's development. The studio hasn't even decided whether they're reaching for a Mature rating like the previous generation's Halo titles or Teen like Halo 5.
Halo Infinite is currently being developed for the Xbox One and PC and we here at Gigamax can't wait to see what 343 has in store. Be sure to check back with us here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details on the title!
Kingdom Hearts 3 get another tease before its January 29th, 2019 launch. Square Enix released what is most likely their final trailer until the game becomes available. It’s been nearly 12 years since Kingdom Hearts 2 and the wait is finally coming to an end. This Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer marks an important milestone for both the developer and fans. Gamers excited to dive into the world of Disney and Square Enix don’t have to wait long.
The trailer below is filled with gameplay and story details that will make any Kingdom Hearts fanatic start shaking with excitement. Its spectacular visuals don’t outshine the direction the developer took when creating one of the most highly anticipated games of the decade.
Kingdom Hearts 3 Final Trailer
Overall the trailer indicates Kingdom Hearts 3 will be the darkest, grittiest Kingdom Hearts to date. It looks as though the series grew up as their original audience became adults.
The excitement doesn’t end with the english version of the Kingdom Hearts 3 Trailer, there is also a Japanese version. It includes the Japanese soundtrack and voice acting. Anyone that wants as much Kingdom Hearts 3 as possible before 2019, the Japanese Kingdom Hearts 3 Trailer is below.
Being the last part of the Kingdom Hearts Trilogy, it will be the end of Sora’s adventure. All the characters that play a vital role in the main story show up in the trailer. Just from the short, three minute and forty-one second trailer is extraordinary and there’s no telling to what lengths the game creators went in order to send Sora off. With over 10 years since the second installment, anything less than an unforgettable, larger-than-life conclusion would be a massive disappointment.
Kingdom Hearts 3 will take place after the latest Kingdom Hearts title, Birth by Sleep. To catch up on the story and get ready for January 29th, the entire playthrough of Birth by Sleep is available below.
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Playthrough
Monsters Inc, Frozen, Toy Story, Winnie the Pooh, Pirates of the Caribbean, the list goes on. Disney had years to create new stories and the partnership between this world-renowned multinational media and entertainment conglomerate and prominent developer, Square Enix is ready to bring those tales to life once again. Disney already takes imagination and puts it on the big screen, however, melding these narratives together elevates the entire experience. All the new characters, environments, and adventures are sure to resonate with audiences all over the globe.
Indie games continue to find success on the mass market. It’s a double-edged sword for indie developers. On one hand, gamers are actively seeking new indie games to try but on the other, it means a more competitive landscape. CI Games, developer and publisher, known for the Sniper Ghost Warrior and The Lords of the […]
Diablo 3 has officially started its 16th season, which allows players to earn a number of new items upon the completion of specific tasks. The new event is being called "The Season of Grandeur" and along with unique loot, it also brings a host of quality of life upgrades. Season 16 began on January 18th […]