Welcome to today’s Daily News! In the press today…

Jet-Combat With Swords: “Hyperspace Dogfights” Announced

Sleeper Games’ new air brawler has you blast, dodge and slice your way through waves of technologically inferior enemies, in ill-fated attempts to prevent planetary extinction events.

While making progress with their space-opera game “Hyperspace Admirals” and potentially securing third party funding in the process, the Germany based studio Sleeper Games has also been prototyping a side project. In their free-flowing 2d rogue-like “Hyperspace Dogfights” you’ll control the fast-evolving fighter jet, fighting against waves of air and ground-based enemies. As the game progresses, the player jet becomes stronger and weirder by acquiring some of the hundreds of items available in the game. Overall the game unifies elements from shmup games and hack-and-slash action, framed within a rogue-like system featuring permadeath and many unlockables.

For Hyperspace Dogfights, Sleeper Games wanted to focus on game feel and faster prototyping. The initial three month dev cycle for Dogfights resulted in a condensed but refined product, featuring fluid 2d movement of the player jet, various enemy types and weapons, as well as dozens of passive items and a final boss for the first zone.

First Video of Snow Moto Racing Freedom in Greenlight

From the makers of Aqua Moto Racing Utopia™ comes Snow Moto Racing Freedom™. An arcade Snow Mobile Racing game where you can roam around freely in the huge landscapes, compete in thrilling Snow Cross tournaments or just explore the maps to find those perfect spots to play around in.

Snow Moto Racing will be released during 2017, so far only announced for PS4 and now of course for PC. Snow Moto Racing Freedom features single player campaigns, split-screen and online multi-player racing for you to challenge your friends for the honor and bragging rights. We have developed a new tech for snow never seen before that will bring a new level of immersion to Snow Mobile Racing games.

Experience the thrill of high speed in a winter wonder land. Ride in open vistas or in Snow Cross venues where control, reflexes and pure gut determines your success or failure. String stunts together in fantastic combinations to get boost and points for that last push past the leader.

In Snow Moto Racing Freedom we let you choose your own path and carve through a snow laden landscape for fun, honor and the thrill of climbing up to the No:1 spot on the podium. Progress through challenging tournaments to unlock better, faster and more fun Snow Mobiles so you can take on the next challenge in style.

Compete online and measure your skill against other players and find out if you have the right stuff for wiping out spectacularly in the snow and still laugh about it.

Episodic Adventure ‘Knee Deep’ to Raise the Curtains this January on PS4 and Xbox One

Independent UK games publisher, Wales Interactive, have announced release dates, price and pre-orders for the episodic adventure game Knee Deep, developed by Prologue Games. Knee Deep will launch 31st January 2017 for PlayStation 4 and 3rd February 2017 on Xbox One for £11.99/$14.99. Starting today, Xbox gamers will also have the chance to pre-order their digital copy on the Xbox Store.

Visit the website or visit the Xbox pre-order page

When a washed-up actor hangs himself on location, a spotlight is cast on the backwater Florida town of Cypress Knee. Knee Deep is a crime thriller where choices matter as you investigate this mysterious suicide.

Your screen becomes a stage as you investigate as three distinct characters: cheeky blogger Romana Teague, down-and-out local reporter Jack Bellet, and cynical private investigator K.C. Gaddis. Use your skills of observation, deduction, and cleverness to pull back the curtain and reveal the true story behind this swampland conspiracy.

Experience a magical reality where characters are transported among scenes, set pieces moved into place, and music wafts from the orchestra pit. Knee Deep is about characters, storytelling, and the melodrama of swampland Florida.

Watch the trailer.

Hive Jump launches January 18th at 9am CST on STEAM (PC, MAC, Linux)

Grab your Backpack. The transponder backpack is our unique twist on permadeath. Jumpers are expendable, but the backpack is not. Keep it alive to keep receiving reinforcements in the hive! If the aliens destroy the backpack, you’re down to your last life!

Grab your Friends. Play with up to four players in local co-op, or online via Steam! Invite your Steam friends to play with you, or make new friends via matchmaking!

Nuke the Queen. Blast your way through procedurally generated hives full of hazards, swarms of aliens, and ferocious bosses. Do you and your friends have what it takes to deliver the payload and nuke the queen? Or will you end up as bug food like all the rest?

Guardians of Arcadia first trailer is out!

Months ago, FABULA EPICA embarked on their own quest to rediscover the genre of JRPG’s. During their soul-searching mission, they unearthed past consumer surveys, conducted new research, re-read every game review, listened to lots of passionate pleas and opinions from gamers and re-played through every well known products. From this introspection and open-minded search for a fresh perspective, Guardians of Arcadia was born.

Guardians of Arcadia is a single-player RPG with inspiration in the successes of the 1990’s. The game will incorporate popular elements of games on that decade. Some of those elements are the design of chibi characters, random battles, the combat system through menus, and a fully explorable world.

You can see the trailer here: https://youtu.be/0JjFPpx26nY

And more info on their Steam page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/456140/

Torn Tales Launch Date Announced!

Chilled Mouse and Twistplay are delighted to announce that Torn Tales will be released on January 17th 2017. The game will be available for Windows, Mac and Linux via Steam and the Humble Store.

Torn Tales will retail at $12.99, £9.99 and €12.99. The game will be available to pre-order with a 20% discount for one week starting on the 10th January. For the existing Beta players there is a final update live on Steam which mostly covers graphical improvements to the game, some performance improvements, some tweaks to the tutorial and a few more named grave stones!

Lead your party of 3 heroes on their quest to repair the torn pages of folklore. Evil has destroyed the tales you love. Hack monsters and slash enemies throughout the Torn Tales in this real time squad based RPG. You will wield the powers of Robin Hood, Snow White and Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde as they fight together in the dark landscape assembled by the evil Bookbinder. He has bound enemies from across the fabled lands to stop you, so be ready for the unexpected.
Master a rich tree of abilities to upgrade your characters. Choose load-outs that maximise your team’s total fighting potential. Swap lead character in combat to battle harder. Explore the lands of lore & fable, collecting loot with a vast array of variations from Geppetto’s Gold Ring of Shielding to Ahab’s Amulet of Fury. Hone your skills and try out new ability combos in the endless Arena mode. See how you compare to the best players in the world through the global leaderboards.