Australian Gaming News Digest for 16 November 2017
All the day's biggest news in one easily-digestible roundup.
Disney is killing the brilliant free-to-play RPG Marvel Heroes
Terrible news for fans of the excellent Diablo-like action RPG Marvel Heroes today, with Disney deciding to end its relationship with the game's developer Gazillion Entertainment. In a statement released to Kotaku, the now Disney-owned Marvel confirmed that the online game will be completely shut down in the near future, despite its critical acclaim as one of the most entertaining and consumer-friendly free-to-play games around.
"We regret to inform our Marvel Heroes fans that we have ended our relationship with Gazillion Entertainment and that the Marvel Heroes games will be shut down," wrote a Marvel representative in an email to Kotaku. "We would like to sincerely thank the players who joined the Marvel Heroes community, and will provide any further updates as they become available."
This is incredibly disappointing news, especially since the game only recently made the leap to PS4 and Xbox One after years of success on the PC. Our best wishes go to the folks at Gazillion Entertainment in what will surely be a tremendously rough time.
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thatgamecompany reveals new details for its Journey follow-up Sky
Following its surprise reveal at Apple's iPhone X event earlier this year, thatgamecompany's Sky has received a comprehensive gameplay video (embedded above) showing off what players can expect from the spiritual successor to the critical darling Journey. As studio head Jenova Chen explains in the video with IGN, Sky leans more heavily into the social elements of exploration than Journey did, with players starting the game alone but gradually encountering other people they'll need to team up with to progress.
Sky looks to feature more puzzle elements than thatgamecompany's previous games, too, with each player having the ability to spread light and banish darkness using the candle they carry. Certain puzzles will require players to band together to find a solution, and this theme of co-operation is something Chen and the team emphasise throughout the entire game.
Sky is due for release on iPhone and iPad later this year, with console releases following at an as yet undisclosed date.
Final Fantasy XV's multiplayer expansion is now live
A month on from its original release date, Final Fantasy XV's online multiplayer expansion Comrades is finally here. Available to anyone who bought the game's season pass on PS4 and Xbox One, or purchasable separately for $29.95 through Microsoft Store and PlayStation Store, Comrades puts you and up to three friends in the boots of customisable Kingsglaive warriors tasked with restoring peace to the world of Lucis during Noctis' absence in Chapter 13 of the original game.
The expansion brings a whole slew of new quests for players to embark upon, both multiplayer-focused and an entire single-player campaign for those more interested in going it alone. Characters from the base game will show up during the course of your new adventures, too, with Noctis and his pals becoming playable in future updates to the expansion.
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Stardew Valley is getting more single-player content
Stardew Valley, the indie farming simulator that has charmed players around the world, is set to draw even more people to its adorable 16-bit world when its hotly-anticipated multiplayer mode launches early next year. Contrary to earlier claims, though, multiplayer isn't the only feature coming to the game in the near future. Lone developer ConcernedApe rolled back his earlier plans to release no new single-player content in a tweet last night, revealing that he's currently working on additional solo content to be released alongside the multiplayer update in 2018.
The tweet is unsurprisingly light on details, but the accompanying image shows off a boat, hinting that the new content could involve sailing to a new map for more farming shenanigans. Whatever the update brings, it'll be coming to PS4, Xbox One and the recently-released Nintendo Switch version of the game alongside the original PC one, too.
I'm working on some new Stardew Valley content, to be released with the upcoming free multiplayer update. This will affect single-player, too! I'll share more when the release gets closer. Though I'll keep some things secret (more fun) pic.twitter.com/rgWCt8IIRi
— ConcernedApe (@ConcernedApe) November 14, 2017
Online team battles are now available in Pokken Tournament DX
The Nintendo Switch Pokémon fighting game Pokken Tournament DX has just received its latest update, adding in an online team battle mode where players pick a crew of three Pokémon to duke it out with their friends over the Internet. The update also adds in a whole bunch of unique titles players can earn by taking part in official Group Matches, plus a recording feature in the game's training mode for practicing against specific enemy attacks and combos.
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