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Various Video Game Stories from the Week of January 16

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It is Friday once again, and time to go through the press releases that have collected during the week. First up is some time sensitive news as GOG has begun its New Year Sale 2023. Running until January 30, it features a giveaway already live on GOG's homepage, over 3200 discounts, exclusive GOG bundles, and Build Your Own Bundle of some of the games on sale. If you are looking to expand your game library for the new year, this may be a good way to do it with newer titles such as Horizon Zero Dawn and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor discounted, and classics such as the Mortal Kombat Trilogy and Diablo.

Source: GOG (New Year Sale 2023)

Publisher Kepler Interactive and developer Awaceb have begun a new series of gameplay trailers for upcoming adventure title Tchia. This first one gives us a look at the world, story, and music of the game and how some of the game has been inspired by the studio founders' experiences growing up in New Caledonia. While the game is fictional, some elements of the real location have been used to construct it, from landmarks to traditions, including the language and music.

In Tchia you will play as the titular character after her father is taken, leading her on a quest to rescue him. Helping you achieve this is a soul-jumping mechanic allowing you to possess over 30 animals and hundreds of objects, so the environment itself can become a tool. The game is to release this Spring for PC, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5.



Source: Press Release (Kepler Interactive – Tchia)

Modus Games announced this week that the first opportunity to try Teslagrad 2 will be from February 6 to 13 as a demo for the game will be available during the Steam Next Fest: 2023. In the decade since the original title released, Rain Games has been cultivating ideas for this highly anticipated sequel. It will be staring Lumina, a character previously seen in the studio's earlier title World to the West as she was on an airship travelling home. The upcoming title starts after she is shot down in an unknown land, where she must harness the power of Teslamancy to solve the physics-based puzzles she encounters and get past the enemies and traps she finds as well.

Teslagrad 2 is to release this Spring for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch.

Source: Press Release (Modus Games – Teslagrad 2)

Next up we have some news from Motion Twin and Evil Empire as a teaser trailer has been released for Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania. As this expansion's name suggests, this is a special crossover between Dead Cells and the Castlevania franchise that will see you not only visit Dracula's castle, but with some the series' weapons. The Vampire Killer, Throwing Axe, and Holy Water are among the 14 weapons arriving with the DLC, along with two new biomes. The adventure starts after you are approached by Richter Belmont following the appearance of the castle likely filled with loot. To maintain the mood, some 51 original Castlevania tunes as well as 12 iconic tracks reimagined in the Dead Cells style can play as an alternative soundtrack to accompany your fights.

The Return to Castlevania DLC is to release Q1 2023.



Source: Press Release (Motion Twin – Dead Cells)

Forespoken from Square Enix is arriving just next week so the company has released a PC Features Highlight trailer, as it will be coming to PC with various features. Among these is support for various AMD FidelityFX technologies including FSR 2 for improving gameplay performance, and enhanced load times with a supporting Samsung SSD. You will also have a selection of resolutions, aspect ratios, and other graphics features, including support for 32:9 during gameplay sequences and a full HDR experience. It will also support keyboard and mouse controls, as well as controller inputs.

Forspoken launches January 24 for PC and PlayStation 5.



Source: Square Enix (Forespoken: Everything you need to know)

Coming to THQ Nordic now, it had a couple announcements this week with one being a Legacy trailer for Jagged Alliance 3. Being a successor to the classic series, getting it right was important, so the company went back to the original creators and kept involved Ian Currie, who designed and is responsible for the original concept of the series. It also helps when the developers at Haemimont Games are huge fans of the series, and so have a special interest in getting it right.

Jagged Alliance 3 is still in development but expected to release this year.



Source: THQ Nordic (Jagged Alliance 3)

A faster approaching THQ Nordic title is SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake and this week the company shared a new trailer featuring the true experts of the IP sharing their opinions on the upcoming game. That is right, we got a Kids Explain trailer and can hear about the story, favorite worlds, favorite costumes, and more from a number of children.

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake is to release on January 31 and is priced at $39.99. If you pre-order it you get the Costume Pack for free, but starting on launch day it will be priced at $9.99.



Source: THQ Nordic (SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake)

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