Indie outfit Chucklefish has unveiled a new isometric artstyle for its supernatural life-sim Witchbrook, and it’s quite a looker. The game previously featured a more-standard top-down style in early screenshots. Here’s a side-by-side comparison:
Chucklefish is arguably best-known for publishing the farming sim mega-hit Stardew Valley, but its also developed some notable games, such as 2016’s Starbound. The developer first announced Witchbrook back in 2018, and few details have emerged in the intervening years. Recently, it revealed an official website with some more information on the game.
There’s still no release date in sight yet, and we still don’t know what platforms the game is going to come out for. According to Chucklefish, the game will allow you to immerse yourself as a witch-in-training, complete with a social schedule and classes. It all sounds very Harry Potter, with a bit of Persona and Fire Emblem: Three Houses thrown in.
Avalanche Studios is running a huge sale on all their titles on Steam, with games up to 90% off. Avalanche is best known for the Just Cause series, published by Square Enix, as well as Rage 2 from early last year.
This sale is a part of the studio’s announcement to rebrand as Avalanche Studios Group, a studio comprising three developer companies: Avalanche Studios, Expansive Worlds, and Systemic Reaction. The sale also includes titles from Expansive Worlds and Systemic Reaction, known for games like theHunter: Call of the Wild and Generation Zero respectively.
A teaser trailer for an all new game was also released with this announcement.
Bethesda has pulled most of its games off Nvidia’s GeForce Now, a move that follows Activision’s recent removal of all of its titles from the streaming service.
GeForce Now allows users to play games they’ve already bought from the Steam and Epic game stores. While most games from Bethesda will be going off the platform, Wolfenstein Youngblood will be staying on for all members.
“Please be advised most Bethesda Softworks titles will be removed from the GeForce NOW service today,” a spokesperson said on the weekend, via Nvidia’s forum. “Wolfenstein Youngblood will remain for all members. Founders members can continue to experience the game with RTX On.”
Last week, GeForce Now’s general manager Phil Elser claimed game removals would become less frequent as the service steadies, also revealing over a million new gamers had signed up, either for a free plan or the Founders membership.
“Over 1 million new gamers have taken to the cloud by signing up for a free plan or upgrading to the Founders membership, which includes a 90-day free trial,” he said in a statement.
“This trial is an important transitional period where gamers, developers and publishers can try the premium experience with minimal commitment while we continue to refine our offering.”
Elser did admit publishers have control over GeForce capabilities and may choose to take their games off after the 90-day free trial on paid accounts expires.
“Ultimately, they maintain control over their content and decide whether the game you purchase includes streaming on GeForce NOW,” he explained. “Meanwhile, others will bring games back as they continue to realize GeForce NOW’s value (stay tuned for more on that).
“As the transition period comes to completion, game removals should be few and far between, with new games added to GeForce NOW each week.”
Sonic the Hedgehog designs seem to be a popular topic among people. From his transition to 3D to the highly criticized original movie design, the look of the Blue Hedgehog has been under a strange microscope for quite some time. Many have voiced their opinions on the topic, but the artist of God of War went as far as to show his Instagram followers how the Sonic characters would look under his jurisdiction.
God of War‘s artist, Raf Grassetti, previously showed his Instagram followers how he would have designed the likes of Metroid‘s Samus Aran, The Legend of Zelda‘s Link, the plumber-terrorizing Bowser, and more. Now, he’s taken the opportunity to illustrate his version of Sonic and friends.
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🦊 💫 Tails —— For those who have brothers and sisters know very well Tails and had to play him a lot 😅 One more added to the group! Swipe left for more. . . #sonic #sonicthehedgehog #sega #nintendo #tails
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Above is Sonic’s two-tailed pal, Tails. Similar in style to Sonic, the Tails above boasts a very innocent expression while maintaining a grounded-as-possible design for the flying fox.
💫 Knuckles I think that’s it from Sonic for now i think. I had a great time with my son this past week with the release of the new movie so these are for him. I’ll do everything I can to help support this movie as I do want to see more game adaptations in the future. 🙌🏻 Hope you guys like them. Expect some more dark comic stuff next. I’ve got some ideas I wanted to do for a long time that I feel that I’ll get to them now. 🤘🏼 Thanks for all the love, always appreciate it. These are really quick and fun 🙏🏻 . #sonic @sonicmovie #tails #sega #nintendo @nintendomag
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Knuckles the Echidna appears somewhat menacing in the above picture. With his spike-bearing gloves, he coldly stares at onlookers with a smirk.
Grassetti notes in the post with Knuckles that he enjoyed the Sonic movie and hopes that producers will be more hip to game-to-movie adaptations going forward. Grassetti also gives followers a preview at what is next to come by stating that we will see “more dark comic stuff next.”
The designs above are very impressive and directly in line with what he published on Instagram at the time of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate‘s release. As well, it would be unsurprising if Knuckles ended up looking like Grassetti’s incarnation in the Sonic sequel.
The Sonic the Hedgehog movie debuted very successfully last weekend, garnering $57 million in revenue at the U.S. box office within the first three days of release. This will likely send a signal to producers about the reemerging appeal of video game movies. However, they should be wary. For every well-liked Detective Pikachu, there has been an equally disdained Hitman: Agent 47 and Super Mario Bros. movie.
In other words, it’s important to cautiously optimistic going forward.