What's Next? Sep 21, 2021

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We often find ourselves asking this after finishing a game for the first time. We're always craving that next adventure even if realistically we know that it won't be out for quite a long time. What game is next up on your list?

Today's Drop is a ~5 min read!


INDUSTRY NEWS

New Online Pokémon Trading Card Game Client Announced

Source: The Pokémon Company

It is still the 25th anniversary of Pokémon, and the announcements keep coming. The Pokémon Company International presented a new app for their card game. With the lack of in-person tournaments, the online card community looked like they needed some more support.

This was a revamp the community asked for. Before this, there is a current client for the playing the card game online. It has been used for official tournaments too. The current Pokémon Trading Card Game Online is old, and does not have good support on the app store. With the new Pokémon Trading Card Game Live, many new features are added and old ones return. Players can still use real booster packs to upload them to the Live and transfer most of their old cards from Online. Some of the new features include card logic to provide players feedback, a ranked ladder, a battle pass, and 3D avatars. All with improved graphics and gameplay.

There is no expected date for the new Pokémon Trading Card Game Live to be released, but one would assume by the end of this year. There will definitely be a soft launch in Canada and a global open beta this year. Either way, the 10 year old Pokémon Trading Card Game Online will be reaching the end of its time very soon.


ESPORTS

Extra Salt Wins CS:GO ESEA Cash Cup

Source: ESEA

Extra Salt managed to win against  in the grand-final of CS:GO ESEA Summer 2021 Cash Cup 7 North America. Party Astrounats crushed their opponent in the first half on Inferno, leading 11:4, but in attack, Extra Salts had a reversal of fortune and managed to close the gap. But because Party Astrounats won five clutches on Inferno and Extra Salt won zero, it was Party Astrounats who emerged victorious, winning the first map at 16:14.

The second map was played in an absolutely equal fight. Either team was capable of taking series of several rounds before the other would reciprocate. The game went to overtime, where Extra Salt won three rounds in a row on defense, and equalized the score in the grand-final.

The third map was started more powerful by Extra Salt, who managed to win the first half 10:5 for the defense. Party Astrounats won the second half with a similar score, and the fate of the map was decided again in overtime. Realizing the opponent's defense, Extra Salt won the first half in the first overtimes, and then stopped the opponent from entering the A site, and won the third map at 19:16.


EVENTS

Steam's Next Fest Is Coming Up, and Here's What You Can Look Forward To

Source: Steam

Steam Next Fest (aka Steam Game Festival) is running from October 1st through the 7th. Players are able to demo tons of new games and even chat with the developers as they play. Feedback giving is also an option that will be available during the event. Here are some of the demos you can look forward to for the event:

  • The Last Campfire, developed and published by No Man’s Sky creators Hello Games, is a un upcoming game full of adventure and puzzles already released on other platforms before. The Steam release is scheduled for October 7th.
  • Starship Troopers: Terran Command, developed by The Artistocrats, is a strategy game that was based mostly off of the movie's world. You command a large mobile infantry of insects and travel through the world defeating enemies.
  • Tunic, developed by Andrew Shouldice, is an indie action game where a sword-wielding fox combs through ruins and battles all sorts of creatures on his adventure.
  • Airhead, developed by Octato Games, is a platforming puzzle game where you actually save a mysterious organism from leaking air while battling enemies of all kinds. A little out of the box, but intriguing!
  • Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy, developed by Ludomotion, is the sequel to their roguelike action role-playing game Unexplored. After finally defeating the Dungeon of Doom, you now are on a new quest: destroying the Staff of Yendor.  
  • ANNO: Mutationem, developed by Thinking Stars, is a cyberpunk role-playing game where you bolt through a lovely pixel city and slash through mech monsters with your laser sword. There's both 2D and 3D art styles and of course it's mixed with an interesting plot and cyberpunk feel, it'll be a real unique work.
  • Biwar Legend of Dragon Slayer, developed by Devata Game Production, is a third-person action-adventure in which you battle fantasy creatures from Indonesian mythology. With great graphics and a fun, interesting combat style, it's something that definitely has our attention.
  • Mahokenshi, developed and published by Game Source Studio, is a deck-building, turn-based strategy board game in which you play as a Mahokenshi, a samurai mage, as you battle forces of corruption that threaten the Celestial Islands.
  • Decoherence, developed by Efecto Studios, is a turn-based top-down strategy shooter that lets you build and design different robots that will fight with you in battle. The game is set to be released in October.
  • Inscryption, developed by Daniel Mullins Games, is a horror-themed card game escape room. A lot of elements? Maybe. But it's definitely interesting!
  • Negative Nancy, developed and produced by FEED is something called an “interactive sitcom”, where you play as a store clerk who only says no to everything in their life, allowing them to take control. It's something we all wish we could have done in our retail jobs.
  • Life of Delta, by Airo Games, is a sci-fi point-and-click adventure game were a robot goes on a quest for their friend in a post-apocalyptic space (Walle, anyone?)

Not all of these games have confirmed or set release dates, but all of them will have demos during Steam's event. There will also be more games coming up to play, however they have not been announced yet. Which one are you most excited for?

Top of the Tuesday to you all!

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