“Moon” rights revert back to Renegade Kid next year

Moon

I’m not going to lie, I loved Renegade Kid’s DS outings.  The Dementium games were refreshing and terrifying handheld experiences and Moon demonstrated that Samus isn’t the only character capable of starring in a captivating first-person adventure.  Both properties demonstrate the kind of quality on a Nintendo console uncommon in third-party developers, so I’m all for seeing more.  With Moon being one of the few games out there to successfully replicate the feel of a Metroid Prime game, the idea that there might be more in the future is certainly exciting.

Renegade Kid had a five-year contract with publisher Mastiff for Moon, those five years are up in 2014.  Jools Watsham, the co-founder of Renegade Kid, has hinted that with the property being back in the hands of its creators, that there might just be more in the future.  In a conversation with Polygon, Watsham stated, “We… are very fond of Moon, and have always wanted to continue the story of Major Kane…. We purposely left it open-ended at the end of the first game for this reason…. [W]e absolutely intend to support Moon with future development efforts. We’ll have more news on our plans soon.”

 

Source:  Polygon

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze coming in November

Developer Retro Studios is bringing back the beloved Donkey Kong Country franchise again with a new title in the series:  Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.  The developer is well-known for the Metroid Prime franchise as well as their revival of the DKC franchise with Donkey Kong Country Returns which released on the Wii in 2010.  I’m excited to see this next installment as Retro never disappoints.  DKC: Tropical Freeze is set to release on Wii U this November.  Trailer below:

Batman: Arkham Origins Announced

It’s official:  a prequel to the Arkham games has been announced.  The game is set to take place before both Arkham Assylum and Arkham City and is being developed by Warner Bros. Montreal.  The first two installments of the franchise were developed by Rocksteady Games.  This change shouldn’t drastically change the property as WB Montreal is familiar with the Arkham franchise having ported Arkham City to the WiiU.  Batman: Arkham Origins will be released on current-gen home consoles and PC on October 25, 2013.

In addition to Arkham Origins, an additional prequel game is being developed for 3DS and Vita.  Titled Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, this portable entry in the franchise will take place after the events of its home console counterpart.  Blackgate is being developed by Armature Studios, which was formed by staff from Nintendo’s Retro Studio (developer of the Metroid Prime series and Donkey Kong Country Returns).  The game will be a 2.5D Metroid-vania style game and is set to release alongside Arkham Origins.

 

Sources:  Game Informer, Joystiq