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Detective Stoner Noir STONE Coming to iOS Next Month

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Convict Games has announced the iOS release date of its debut title STONE.

The stoner noir will be making its way to iOS on April 8, 2019, as Convict Games revealed in January. The game will be available for iPad Pro and iPhone models 6S and above. Pre-orders are now open on the iOS App Store.

The mobile version adds new touch controls, and minor tweaks and updates for more casual players.

STONE‘s episodically told,” said writer and director Gregory Louden. “So iPhones and iPads are a perfect match as you can play it in chunks like a TV series on the go or at home.”

STONE will be available for USD$3.99 USD / €4.49 / ¥480 / £3.99 / AUD$5.99, and will feature Australian English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese subtitles.

Check out the new trailer for the port below.

OnlySP’s Dominic Galeano spoke to Louden last year about the literary influences behind the game, including The Big Lebowski and Post OfficeOnlySP’s Ben Newman enjoyed his time with the game, stating that “STONE, and its protagonist, have a lot of heart, and that shines the most.” The game received a free demo in November, allowing players to experience the opening three chapters of the game.

For more on STONE and the world of single-player gaming, be sure to follow OnlySP on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube. You can also join the discussion in our community Discord server.

Rhain discovered a long time ago that mixing one of his passions (video games) with the other (writing) might be a good idea, and now he’s been stuck in the industry for over four years with no way of escaping. His favourite games are those with deep and captivating narratives: while it would take far too long to list them all, some include L.A. Noire, Red Dead Redemption, Wolfenstein: The New Order, The Last of Us, and the Uncharted series.

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How Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Creates a Living World

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The long-awaited Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 aims to buck the trend of bloated open worlds by giving the world a sense of dynamism.

Speaking to Polygon recently, the game’s narrative lead Brian Mitsoda and senior writer Cara Ellison explained how the team at Hardsuit Labs is bringing the Seattle nights to life.

One of the tropes that the developer is attempting to avoid is that where, in RPGs, “everybody is kind of waiting around for the hero to get there,” according to Mitsoda. Instead, he says that “you have to have characters that feel like they’re part of a world, that they’re not just there for the player’s benefit.” Details on how that will be handled, however, were not forthcoming.

Beyond the characters, though is the world, which Ellison says will be affected by the player’s actions: “[O]ne of the ways that we look at our world is that we are trying to make it really reactive to the way that you play and how you act as a vampire. The more that you break the Masquerade, the more consequences are going to come your way.”

That feedback loop will be important, as feeding on NPCs is the primary method through which the player gains strength. The blood of NPCs carries what the game terms emotional resonance, which is used to power up both active and passive skills.

Speaking about how that plays into the wider world, Mitsoda explains that “You’re always kind of on the hunt, and it’s one of the big parts of the side activities in the game. You’re skulking around on the tops of roofs and looking around for people with strong resonance and figuring out how to best get them in a position where you can feed on them without breaking the Masquerade.”

Since the game’s unveiling back in March, Hardsuit Labs and publisher Paradox Interactive have been releasing details on the game’s factions, the latest of which is the Ventrue. Meanwhile, a narrative RPG based on Vampire: The Masquerade from The Council developer Big Bad Wolf is also in development.

For all the latest on Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 and much more from the world of single-player gaming, be sure to bookmark OnlySP and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube. You can also join the discussion in our community Discord server.

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