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Rime Becomes Multiplatform Title



Originally a PlayStation 4 exclusive, Tequila Works’s Rime has gone multiplatform as a result of a publishing deal with Grey Box.

The title will now arrive on Nintendo Switch, PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One. IGN recently released the game’s re-reveal trailer (embedded below), confirming the game’s now-multiplatform status.

Rime features a young boy who is shipwrecked on a desert island after a storm. The trailer shows him traversing crumbling ruins, tackling various different puzzles, and interacting with the world’s bizarre yet intriguing wildlife. The footage also encapsulates the magical side of Rime by showing off some of the game’s puzzles, including one featuring sentient rays of light and mirror-like spheres all moving as a part of large mechanisms.

One part of the trailer shows the hero pushing a golden sphere along a grooved circular path, causing the day and night cycle to advance, and revealing the wonder of Rime’s world once more.

This focus on the environment means that little is shown in the way of other human NPCs, other than the appearance of a mysterious character in a red hooded robe. The player character pursues this mysterious figure in a few shots during the trailer. The relationship between the two characters, however, is not explained.

Initially targeting a 2016 release, Rime was pushed back to 2017 in August last year when the new publishing deal was announced.

TTaking inspiration from games such as Ico and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Rime will feature a subtle narrative, coupled with an enticing cel-shaded art style.

The game’s over-world also seems to have had some real-world influences. The developer  has stated that the game’s environment has been inspired by “the rugged, sunbaked terrain of the Mediterranean coast”.

Rime is currently scheduled for a May release, and today’s news means that it will be available on Nintendo Switch, PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.


Report: Game of Thrones Creator Collaborating With FromSoftware



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The writer of A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series behind the popular television show Game of Thrones, has reportedly been consulting on a FromSoftware title.

In a blog post on his official website, George R. R. Martin stated that he has “consulted on a video game out of Japan.”

Gematsu has reported that a contact familiar with FromSoftware—the Japanese development studio known for Dark SoulsBloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice—has shared that Martin is working with the studio on a project known internally as “GR.”

According to Gematsu‘s contact, the project, which has been in development for three years, is an open-world game and will feature horse riding. The player will be able to visit several kingdoms and obtain abilities by killing their leaders. Hidetaka Miyazaki, director of some of FromSoftware’s most acclaimed titles, is reportedly working on the game.

Gematsu reports that the title will be officially announced at Microsoft’s E3 press conference later this year.

YouTube channel Spawn Wave reported in March about a rumour regarding a potential collaboration between Martin and FromSoftware, so this recent report gives even more validity to the speculation. However, without any official word, the news should be taken with a grain of salt.

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