The Iterative Digest #96
Ubisoft Forward, ID@Xbox Showcase, Steam Curators and more!
Hello and welcome to issue #96 of the Digest! This week we discuss Ubisoft Forward, Steam Curators, some awesome upcoming indies, and more!
So without further ado, sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s latest - curated by yours truly! Remember, if you like what you see, don’t forget to share and subscribe. Have a great week!
Ubisoft Forward saw a number of new announcements, including Assassin’s Creed Mirage, new Assassin Creed mobile games, Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope getting Rayman DLC, Trackmania heading to consoles, Just Dance 2023 getting online multiplayer, and updates to a number of titles (Riders Republic, The Crew 2, Brawlhalla).
Xbox and Twitch will be hosting an indie games showcase this week on Wednesday, September 14th from 10 am PT / 1 pm ET / 6 pm BST. The showcase will feature updates for Metal: Hellsinger, You Suck at Parking, and more.
Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal have officially taken control of the Tomb Raider, Legacy of Kain, and Deus Ex franchises from their previous owner Square Enix.
A Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Switch OLED model has been revealed alongside a new gameplay trailer. The Legendary Pokémon Koraidon and Miraidon are featured on the glossy front side of the white system’s dock, and a design inspired by the series’ iconic Poké Ball is featured on the back.
Microsoft are reportedly refunding players who had pre-ordered Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl as the game’s release has been postponed to an “unconfirmed date in the future.” Developed by Ukrainian studio GSC Game World, the studio has partially been working from the Czech Republic as well as Ukraine, where their lives have been affected by the war.
The Tokyo Game Show is nearly upon us, with the event returning to an in-person show while still presenting a virtual one and a packed schedule of live-streamed showcases. A massive number of publishers, developers, and other organizations plan to be involved including Microsoft, Capcom, Bandai Namco, 505 Games, Square Enix, Sega, Konami, and more.
Check out this post with Advice for Indie Devs about Steam Curators: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, detailing why Steam Curation has value and how there are some good curators as well as curators who are scammers looking to make a quick buck. There’s a ton here to help you find trustworthy curators and protect yourself.
The Wandering Village
The Wandering Village is a city-building simulation game on the back of a giant wandering creature. Build your settlement, live on the creature’s back, discover different biomes, research new technologies, and survive the wastelands.
Coming to PC on September 14th.
You Suck At Parking
You Suck At Parking is the only racing game where your goal is to stop where driving skills aren’t as important as your parallel parking skills. Race against the clock to yank your handbrake in over 100 wild levels with ever-increasing difficulty.
Coming to PC, and Xbox on September 14th.
Guide puny humans through Despot’s Game—a rogue-like tactics army battler. Equip your team and sacrifice them through procedural dungeons as you fight enemies and other players.
Coming to PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch on September 15th.
Metal: Hellsinger is a rhythm FPS, where your ability to shoot on the beat will enhance your gameplay experience. The more in sync you are with the rhythm, the more intense the music will become and the more destruction you will cause. Set out on an infernal journey in order to achieve the purest of goals: Vengeance.
Coming to PC, PlayStation, and Xbox on September 15th.
Interested to find out how Runescape dev Jagex has been working with players to help the MMO adapt and thrive? Check out this article that covers them welcoming a ton of players back during the pandemic, changing how they approach content updates, and keeping player’s attention.
Looking for a fun, relaxing collectathon to lose a few hours in? Then check out Cameron’s thoughts on Tinykin, a cute platformer where you use hundreds of tinykin and their unique powers to explore, solve and collect!
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