Welcome to the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind for November 7, 2020 where we cover stories and events that we missed over the past week.
This past week saw the release of several games. Two of those releases that NGN would like to highlight are SteamCity Chronicles: Rise of the Rose a turn-based strategy game from FeelThere and the remastered release of a classic, Swords and Sandals Crusader Redux from Whiskeybarrel Studios and eGames.com. Lastly Epic Games is giving V-Bucks to some iOS and Mac device users plus Fortnite might be reappearing soon on those devices with the help of Nvidia.
Here is a quick recap of a few stories Nano Gaming News covered over the previous week. Ever since Cyberpunk 2077 was delayed many titles have pushed back their release which now includes The Medium. This weekend is a free to play weekend for the pirate themed battle royale Blazing Sails. Next week the Clinical Trials challenge takes place in Bossa Studio’s Surgeon Simulator 2. A new Kickstarter is underway for Toko Midori’s Die by the Blade sword fighter from Triple Hill Interactive and Grindstone. Blinkclick Games gave a tease of their upcoming colorful aquarium sim management game Fishkeeper.
SteamCity Chronicles: Rise Of The Rose is Out on Steam
Indie developer and publisher FeelThere is letting every gamer know that their turn-based strategy game SteamCity Chronicles: Rise of the Rose is available on Steam. The game follows a story of rebellion spearheaded by Sophie von Eschenbach, the Rose of Freedom, who fights against the Yamagami corporation.
Set in the dystopian nightmare of Kolonenberg where the citizens have endured 80 years of oppression, players can join the rebellion and liberate the city or side with the faceless corporation. A combination of steampunk environments and heavy Japanese influence sets the overall tone of both the environments and the story.
Once a player selects their character they will venture out into the world looking for those to help their cause. Players will move their character through 8 levels and develop their skill tree to train and assemble their team. Missions are varied units have different abilities. With 20 different playable characters and no time limit during turns, one will have plenty of decisions making each game different.
Swords and Sandals Crusader Redux Out on Steam
Whiskeybarrel Studios and eGames.com have released a remake of a Flash classic with Swords and Sandals Crusader Redux on Steam. Originally released in 2007, this reforged and remastered from the ground up edition features some new additions.
All of the classic fast paced action of the original with raising armies, fighting battles, and conquering lands is still there. Adding to the strategic wargame are tournaments, mini-adventures, and survival mode. The turn-based tactical 2D combat takes place across 9 chapters and 41 missions. Players will follow the journey of eight factions who all fight for control of Brandor in Campaign mode.
Survival mode is the standard endless onslaught with the ability to level up powers in between rounds. Quick Battle Mode lets players set up a battle and jump right into the combat action. Conquer the Realm Mode lets players have customization over the whole game and even allows permadeath. In addition players can joust in tournaments, duel against other heroes, go cliff diving, have a grand mini-adventure, and defend their castle from epic sieges.
Epic Games Gives Some Apple Users V-Bucks
Week 13 of the Epic Games versus Apple went by with very little development in the ongoing court battle. However, Epic Games did make an attempt to appease some Apple Fortnite players with V-Bucks. Since there has been a complete lack of updates for those who play on Mac or iOS devices, Epic is doubling the number of unused V-Bucks that were purchased on the platform. The V-Bucks should appear by November 9 in the player’s accounts according to the Fortnite Status Twitter account.
Elsewhere in the gaming universe Nvidia’s GeForce Now might allow Fortnite to be playable on iOS through the cloud. Possibly later this year, according to BBC Reports, with a more official announcement is expected before the holidays. The idea is that GeForce Now will run inside of Safari and not as a standalone app. This will be a paid service and should be workaround for those who really want to play Fortnite on their Mac or iOS devices until the conflict between the two companies is resolved.
Currently there seems to be few developments in the situation between the two companies, however with court dates set for 2021 one can place a bet on lawyers for both parties being busy. According to a court filling from this past October confirms that the case is heading to a bench trial rather than a jury trial as requested by both parties with the date set for May 3, 2021. A pretrial conference will be held on April 21, 2021. Continued development on this story is expected as next year’s court date approaches.
Thank you for reading the November 7, 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.