While Bravely Second: End Layer continued the story of the original game, Bravely Default 2 is now hoping to continue the story of the franchise some six years later. The third (and slightly confusingly named) installment of the series will launch on Nintendo Switch this Friday, February 26, and producer Masashi Takahashi hopes to see it establish Bravely as a full-fat series home to independent but thematically connected stories and games. He and character designer Naoki Ikushima have also worked to marry the best parts of Bravely with lessons learned from Octopath Traveler, the last Switch JRPG that the two worked on, and player feedback has shaped that process at nearly every level. A return to form "While I am really proud that so many people have played the games and like the series, at the same time I also feel with each game we had a lot of points to reflect on," Takahashi says of the series thus far. "With Bravely Second: End Layer, we received a lot of comments mainly … [Read more...] about The making of Bravely Default 2, a return to form built on demos, mistakes, and Octopath Traveler
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Artist Mark Bagley is lending his hand to Marvel's upcoming seven-issue Heroes Reborn event - in which machinations by the Phoenix Force create an alternate reality where the Avengers team never existed and were supplanted by the Squadron Supreme, Marvel's Justice League analogs. The main series is written by Jason Aaron and the lead artist is Ed McGuinness. Bagley will draw trading card variant covers in May featuring members of the Squadron Supreme. "Featuring all the major players of this upcoming saga including Hyperion, Doctor Spectrum, Whizzer, and Blade, this extraordinary collection of covers will allow fans to further immerse themselves in the new world of Heroes Reborn with cover designs modeled as '90s style trading cards," reads Marvel's announcement. "A series of 9 covers, the Heroes Reborn Trading Card Variant Covers will connect to form one epic image." These nine variant covers will be spread out over what Newsarama can now confirm are all seven issues of the … [Read more...] about Heroes Reborn to feature throwback trading card covers by Mark Bagley
It's a little-known fact but the sight of a wobbling aspidistra plant can bring on quite powerful flashbacks for anyone who grew up in the first flushes of the early 80s home computer era, and it's all thanks to a kids TV show called The Adventure Game. A selection of episodes of this almost-forgotten oddity were recently added to the Britbox streaming service, while there's also a DVD boxset containing all the surviving episodes. If you have any interest in how gaming evolved it's a fascinating case study. The Adventure Game was created in 1979 by veteran BBC children's producer Patrick Dowling, who had previously delivered such era-defining shows as the summer holiday staple Why Don't You...? and brought genteel artist Tony Hart to our screens in Vision On and later Take Hart. The idea came from his interest in Colossal Cave Adventure, the genre-defining computer game written by Will Crowther in 1977 for hulking mainframes, and the rising popularity of Dungeons & Dragons in the … [Read more...] about Evil aspidistras and Noel Edmonds – how an obscure quiz show helped shape gaming in the 80s
Video game subscriptions are all the rage. Or, maybe that's not quite right. It looks like video game subscriptions will be all the rage, in the not too distant future, if things carry on in the direction they're going right now. Right now, of course, people are getting their games in more or less the same ways they always have - buying them outright, or downloading them as initially free-to-play - but right now, too, the biggest tech companies around are toying with their own, subscription-based alternatives. Google has Stadia Pro, Amazon is rolling out Luna (alongside Prime Gaming, formerly Twitch Prime), Apple has Apple Arcade, and more internally to the industry itself there are plenty more, from EA Play and Ubisoft+ to PlayStation Now and, sitting atop the monthly payment pyramid above all, Xbox Game Pass. Game Pass is, officially, big. Subscribers jumped a whopping 50 per cent, from 10 million to 15 million, between April and September 2020 - before the Series X and S … [Read more...] about Is Xbox Game Pass too good to be true?