Welcome to the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind for February 6, 2021 where we cover stories and events that we missed over the past week.
This past week saw the Steam Game Festival: February 2021 edition kickoff bring many unknown games into the spotlight. While there are several titles creating a buzz, Nano Gaming News wanted to pick out a couple of gems that deserved more attention. The first game is a music festival empire builder sim titled Festival Tycoon from the indie solo developer Johannes Gäbler. Devolver Digital and indie developer Four Quarters plays with time, a lich and cards in Loop Hero. In other news Epic Games is making moves against Apple down under in Australia.
Other stories posted this past week on Nano Gaming News include the release of Quadrivo Software’s shoot’em up space arcade bullet storm Astrokicker. A small roadmap from the 3D open world sci-fi automation title Dyson Sphere Program has been released from Youthcat Studio ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday. A new puzzle platformer from Blinkclick Games called My Father My Son dropped an announcement trailer. The first details for T-Bull’s latest automotive title, Emergency Road Services Simulator have been revealed.
Festival Tycoon Builds Music Festival Empire
Indie solo developer Johannes Gäbler released a demo for their music festival empire builder sim titled Festival Tycoon at the Steam Game Festival. In addition to the demo, an AMA for the game took place Saturday, February 6, via the Festival Tycoon Discord. All answered questions can be found in the #ama-answers channel.
The game features all the elements of building a music festival. Players are put in charge of booking bands, setting up stages, organizing the line-up, designing the tent layouts, and figuring out the right spot for the portable toilets. From humble beginnings of a simple music festival in an open field to creating a Coachella-sized event Festival Tycoon aims to create a colorful voxel-filled festival of fun.
Festival Tycoon has a yet to be determined 2021 release date for its Steam PC early access release. A demo is currently available to play during the Steam Game Festival. For more information visit the game’s website at festivaltycoon.com.
Loop Hero Plays with Time in Demo
Devolver Digital and indie developer Four Quarters is bringing a pixelized old school adventure to Steam in Loop Hero this March. Before the launch and along with the Steam Game Festival, the developer and publisher wanted to give players a sample taste of the roguelite action.
A Lich has thrown the world into a timeless loop creating endless chaos. To stop the madness a brave hero must restore their memories using an expanding deck of mystical cards to take on enemies and terrain in unique expeditions. No two expeditions will ever be the same. As powerful equipment is recovered and equipped for the different class of heroes one will work to unlock and expand the survivor’s camp reinforcing each adventure through the time loop.
Loop Hero is coming on March 4 to PC through Steam for $14.99 USD. Players can pre-purchase the game at a 15% discount that will run until March 11, 2021. For more information about Loop Hero visit the game’s website at loophero.com.
Epic Games Submits Complaint in Australia
Each week seems to add another element to the every growing Epic Games versus Apple story. This week is no different.
In the land down under, better known as Australia, Epic Games is now appealing to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The complaint claims that Apple uses anti-competitive practices with respect to the App Store via means of unrestrained market power that results in harm to consumers.
Previously Epic Games has already filled suit against Apple in Australia for the removal of Fortnite from the App Store. While the trail has yet to take place, Epic Games is taking an additional step to warn the ACCC about Apple and pressure the agency into taking action against Apple.
According to the ACCC, the agency has been looking into the use and sharing of data by apps along with the extent of competition between the Google and Apple App stores. The agency has taken submissions for developer and consumer surveys which were collected at the start of last October. The final report on these opinions will be released in March 2021. All of this work is being conducted as an examination into digital storefronts and any antitrust behavior.
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