The Walking Dead: 400 Days coming this summer

400days_keyart_with_infoThe next episode in Telltale’s award winning The Walking Dead game is subtitled 400 Days and will be heading to pretty much everything this summer.  Choices players made in previous episodes will carry over into the new game which will feature five new characters in their very own stories.  Telltale suggested that some of the characters the player meets in 400 Days might show up in Season Two with all the choices they make in the new episode also impacting that storyline.

 

Source:  Joystiq

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

 

XSEED Releasing Several Titles Stateside in 2013

Confirming the rumors that XSEED would localize Killer is Dead for North American audiences is a press release from Kadokawa Games.  The press release states, “KADOKAWA GAMES today announced a partnership with XSEED Games to bring ‘KILLER IS DEAD’ to North America… ‘KILLER IS DEAD’ is expected to launch worldwide in Summer 2013 for PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360.”  Killer is Dead will be released in European territories by Deep Silver.

In addition to Killer is Dead, XSEED will be releasing Pandora’s Tower (the last of the three “Operation Rainfall” games) for Wii, Rune Factory 4 for Nintendo’s 3DS, Ys: Memories of Celceta and Valhalla Knights 3 for PlayStation Vita, and remakes of the first two Ys games for PC this year.

Source:  Joystiq