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Tiny handheld Playdate preorders open next month for $179, with 24 charming monochrome games to start

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Playdate, app and game designer Panic’s first shot at hardware, finally has a firm price and ship date, as well as a bunch of surprise features cooked up since its announcement in 2019. The tiny handheld gaming console will cost $179, ship later this year and come with a 24-game “season” doled out over 12 weeks. But now it also has a cute speaker dock and low-code game creation platform.

We first heard about Playdate more than two years ago, were charmed by its clean look, funky crank control, and black and white display, and have been waiting for news ever since. Panic’s impeccable design credentials combined with Teenage Engineering’s creative hardware chops? It’s bound to be a joy to use, but there wasn’t much more than that to go on.

Now the company has revealed all the important details we were hoping for, and many more, to boot.

The Playdate handheld with a person playing a game on it.

Image Credits: Panic

Originally we were expecting 12 games to be delivered over 12 weeks, but in the intervening period it seems they’ve collected more titles than planned, and that initial “season” of games has expanded to 24. No one knows exactly what to expect from these games except that they’re exclusive to the Playdate and many use the crank mechanic in what appear to be fun and interesting ways: turning a turntable, opening a little door, doing tricks as a surfer, and so on.

The team hasn’t decided how future games will be distributed, though they seem to have some ideas. Another season? One-off releases? Certainly the presence of a new game by one-man indie hit parade Lucas Pope would sell like hotcakes.

Screenshots of the Pulp game creation tool.

Image Credits: Panic

But the debut of a new lo-fi game development platform called Pulp suggests a future where self-publishing may also be an option. This lovely little web-based tool lets anyone put together a game using presets for things like controls and actions, and may prove to be a sort of tiny Twine in time.

A dock accessory was announced as well, something to keep your Playdate front and center on your desk. The speaker-equipped dock, also a lemony yellow, acts as a magnetic charging cradle for the console, activating a sort of stationary mode with a clock and music player (Poolsuite.fm, apparently, with original relaxing tunes). It even has two holes in which to put your pens (and Panic made a special yellow pen just for the purpose as well).

Playdate attached to its little cubical dock.

Image Credits: Panic

The $179 price may cause some to balk — after all, it’s considerably more than a Nintendo 3DS and with the dock probably approaches the price of a Switch. But this isn’t meant to be a competitor with mainstream gaming — instead, it’s a sort of anti-establishment system that embraces weirdness and provides something equally unfamiliar and undeniably fun.

The team says that there will be a week’s warning before orders can be placed, and that they don’t plan to shut orders down if inventory runs out, but simply allow people to preorder and cancel at will until they receive their unit. Shipping will begin in late 2021, and if the 20,000 units in the initial run don’t cover it, they’ll make more and ship as they come in.

We hope to get one ourselves to test and review, but since part of the charm of the whole thing is the timed release and social aspect of discovery and sharing, it’s more than likely we’ll be experiencing it along with everyone else.

(This article originally stated Playdate ships next month, but it will actually ship later — preorders begin next month.)

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Source: https://techcrunch.com/2021/06/08/tiny-handheld-playdate-ships-next-month-for-179-with-24-charming-monochrome-games-to-start/

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Bullet-hell Shooter Demon Throttle Announced By Devolver Digital

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It’s just the first day of E3 2021, and announcements have been flooding in rapidly. Following the Guerilla Collective Showcase and Ubisoft’s Forward conference, Devolver Digital announced a bunch of new games during its Devolver Max Pass Plus event- that’s certainly a mouthful. One such game is Dionksoft’s upcoming Demon Throttle.

Demon Throttle is a bullet-hell shooter with stylized 8-bit graphics. The trailer, which you can check out below, shows some incredibly stylish cinematics, reminiscent of Hideo Kojima’s Policenauts. The game’s story revolves around a vampiress and a gunslinger on a revenge mission against a demon.

Demon Throttle will be a physical-only game, releasing exclusively for the Nintendo Switch in 2022. Pre-orders are live on Special Reserve Games’ website. With the games industry steadily moving into an all-digital era, Doinksoft and Devolver Digital’s decision to go the physical-only route is certainly questionable, particularly in light of scalpers selling consoles and physical games at extraneous prices.


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Source: https://gamingbolt.com/bullet-hell-shooter-demon-throttle-announced-by-devolver-digital

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Devolver Tumble Time Is A Free-to-Play Mobile Game Coming Later This Year

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Devolver Digital has finally pulled the curtain for many of its upcoming titles during its Devolver Max Pass Plus event. The event itself was a parody of microtransaction-laden game releases as well as the increasingly popular subscription services and live-service models, but developer Npopo has plans of entering the mobile space through its upcoming game called Devolver Tumble Time.

The hilariously self-aware trailer for Devolver Tumble Time showcases some of Devolver Digital’s most popular mascots, such as Shadow Warrior‘s Lo Wang and Serious Sam in a “physics-based puzzle” game. While the gameplay looks quite simple, the character designs are incredibly adorable. The game will be coming to mobile platforms later this year, and pre-registrations for the game are now live.

The Tumble Time trailer is an accurate representation of everything predatory about free-to-play experiences. Devolver Digital seems to embrace the fact, with the game’s website making fun of itself with trash can loot boxes. Check out the full trailer below.


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Source: https://gamingbolt.com/devolver-tumble-time-is-a-free-to-play-mobile-game-coming-later-this-year

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Inscryption is a Twisted New Horror Deck-Builder, Launching Later This Year

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Devolver Digital have announced Inscryption during their E3 2021 stream. It’s the next game from Daniel Mullins, developer of acclaimed indie hits Pony Island and The Hex.

Inscryption is a blend of several genres, in true Mullins fashion. It will combine elements of the roguelike deck-building genre with with puzzles styled like escape room challenges, with a healthy dash of psychological horror thrown in there. Players will “acquire a deck of woodland creature cards by draft, surgery, and self mutilation,” which sounds all kinds of twisted (and more than a little intriguing). Check out its announcement trailer below.

Inscryption will launch some time later this year for PC. An exact release date hasn’t yet been announced, and there’s no word yet on whether it will also launch for other platforms.

During their E3 2021 stream, Devolver Digital announced several new games, including Trek to Yomi and Wizard with a Gunwhile also providing updates on previously announced upcoming releases like Shadow Warrior 3, Phantom Abyssand Death’s Door. Stay tuned to GamingBolt for more E3 coverage.


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Source: https://gamingbolt.com/inscryption-is-a-twisted-new-horror-deck-builder-launching-later-this-year

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Godfall’s Fire & Darkness Expansion to Release in August, PS4 Version Revealed

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During the Gearbox E3 presentation today, it was revealed that the brand new Fire and Darkness expansion for Godfall is set to be released on August 10. We got to see a trailer today showing off the new enemies and areas, which you can check out down below:

The expansion will release alongside the Lightbringer update, which will also add new activities and revolve around the Valorian Knights wielding new weapons to fight back the shadows.

In addition to that, it was also announced that Godfall is coming to PS4 as well. The game was originally a PS5 console exclusive, and was also available on the Epic Games Store, but not anywhere else. If you purchase the PS4 version of the game, you’ll also be entitled to a free PS5 upgrade.

Godfall is now available on PS5 and PC.

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Source: https://twinfinite.net/2021/06/godfalls-fire-darkness-expansion-to-release-in-august-ps4-version-revealed/

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