Welcome to the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind for September 19, 2020 where we cover stories and events that we missed over the past week.
Two new games are on the the horizon. The first is Breakpoint from The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild and Studio Aesthesia that takes the twin-stick genre in a whole new direction. Kingshunt, the second title, from Vaki Games is currently taking sign-ups for their October Closed Alpha. And of course NGN is covering its weekly rewind of the ongoing Epic Games and Apple story as it entered week six.
Here is a quick recap of a few stories NGN covered over the previous week. This past week was a busy one with multiple digital events taking place such as the Digital Dragons Indie Showcase. Multiple games released on PC over the week including Redneck Ed: Astro Monsters Show featuring loads of pop culture, BPM: Bullets Per Minute an indie rhythm FPS, Fantasy Expedition a roguelike RTS RPG hybrid, Battle Jacked a tactical battle sim, Forge and Fight! a multiplayer arena battle, and Medieval Dynasty surviving the middle ages. In addition Against the Storm roguelite city builder and Viking City Builder, a RTS city builder, both released gameplay trailers.
Breakpoint Twin-Stick Melee Action Next Week
Publisher The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild and developer Studio Aesthesia are getting ready to release their twin-stick melee slasher Breakpoint next week. The game will be available on Steam for PC and the Nintendo Switch at launch.
Unlike other twin-stick games that are often ranged attack shooters, Breakpoint takes a different approach with melee action. The game is still filled with all the chaos of a bullet hell, however bullets are replaced with slices, slashes, smashes and bashes. Players will need to control the battlefield with a range of physical attacks to defeat the swarm. Each weapon has a skill tree that builds up to powerful area of effect attacks creating maximum digital carnage. Weapons can take damage and when they hit their breaking point, they will explode.
With Breakpoint, we wanted to make a game that feels intensely satisfying to play. We love games with great moment-to-moment gameplay; we’re unabashedly influenced by titles with great game-feel like Nuclear Throne from Vlambeer, and we’re highly influenced by games like Geometry Wars or Devil Daggers, where the player can turn a tense predicament into a huge comeback with knowledge and skill. We really enjoy those moments, and we think players will too.Edward Lu, Studio Aesthesia
Breakpoint will be available on September 24 for PC through Steam and on the Nintendo Switch. Currently the game is listed for $4.99 USD on the Nintendo Switch site. For more information about Breakpoint visit the developer’s website at studioaesthesia.com.
Kingshunt Third-Person Team Combat Closed Alpha Sign-ups
Finnish developer Vaki Games has released their first gameplay trailer for their upcoming third-person team combat game Kingshunt. The game combines aspects of tower defense combat with the tactical requirements of RTS games.
Heading to closed alpha on October 23 players who sign-up on the game’s website will have a chance to sharpen their weapons and hone their skills for the battlefield. In Kingshunt two teams of five filled with heroes face off against each other in intense combat situations.
One group, the Defenders represent the forces of the Light while the Attackers represents the forces of Undead. Each game has two phases with changing objectives. At the end of each step, a powerful Guardian controlled by an AI appears. Teams of attackers must face off against their foe and eliminate it before they can progress.
When we set out to create Kingshunt, we knew that it would not be easy. Nothing worth doing is ever easy! Hard work and dedication are key ingredients to success. Still, when you surround yourself with passionate people, like so many in our community and those in our studio, you make the journey one worth taking.Teemu Jyrkinen, CEO and Founder, Vaki Games
Kingshunt is coming to PC and consoles in 2021. Players who wish to participate in the Closed Alpha can sign-up on the game’s website at kingshunt.com.
Epic Games & Apple Week 6 Was Almost Quiet
It is now past the middle of September and the Apple and Epic Games rivalry was almost quiet this week. On Friday Epic Games took another step with more court action.
In a set of new court documents filed Epic Games decided to double down on its request for a preliminary injunction to get Fortnite reinstated on the App Store. On Tuesday Apple had responded in an opposing court document in response to the September 4 filing from Epic Games that argued they would suffer irreparable harm if Fortnite wasn’t allowed back on the App Store and made monopolistic claims.
Apple fired back against the monopoly claims and went on to say that “Epic started a fire, and poured gasoline on it, and now asks this Court for emergency assistance in putting it out, even though Epic can do so itself in an instant by simply adhering to the contractual terms that have profitably governed its relationship with Apple for years.”
Currently Apple blames Epic Games for this whole mess while claiming the gaming company is “responsible for harming the very community it purports to be protecting.”
Epic Games however disagrees and went on to challenge Apple’s claims on Friday where they accused the company of using misleading data to confuse the courts and even claimed that the papers contained “a number of half-truths and outright falsities intended to paint Epic as a bad actor.”
With week six of this unfolding drama one can expect it to become even more heated as the full hearing on the matter is scheduled for September 28.
Thank you for reading the September 19, 2020 Edition of the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind. Don’t forget to check back with us next Saturday for the next edition of Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind and until then, keep on gaming.