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Pixel Heroes: Mega Byte & Magic Out Today On Nintendo Switch

Time to set out for adventure in retro-inspired roguelike/RPG hybrid full of nostalgia, gags and quirky characters

05 November 2021

Headup & The Bitfather are delighted to announce that 80s-inspired roguelike/RPG, Pixel Heroes: Mega Byte & Magic, is out today (15 PM CEST Europe/ 9AM PST America) on Nintendo Switch for 14.99 USD/14.99 EUR/11.99 GBP, with a 15% discount in the US, bringing with it an exclusive mode, a new campaign and new heroes.

Pixel Heroes draws on retro-inspirations to deliver a mix of RPG and roguelike gameplay backed by a retro-pixel art style, an 8-bit soundtrack, or, new to the Switch version, the option of an orchestral soundtrack changing on the fly. The game features 33 unique hero classes to unlock, each with their own individual skills and attributes, four unlockable campaigns, including the new “The Legend of Hack Hammerson'' campaign, each with its own final dungeon and boss, and heaps of procedurally generated axes, spears, spells, crossbows and more to add to your arsenal.

In the new Arena mode, exclusive to Switch, players can freely choose a party from the entire hero pool and take them into a series of infinite battles that get harder as you progress. Special bonus effects can be selected to modify the next battle, making it easier, or more rewarding.

Aside from the deadly dungeons, expect plenty of fun, lots of irreverence, and tons of jokes in a world of weird NPCs and hilarious events. Be careful though! This is a roguelike, so it’s got permadeath! At least if you do bite the dust, you can visit a detailed graveyard to mourn your lost heroes and compare their statistics.

You can get a feel for the humour on offer in this classically-style adventure in the game’s tongue-in-cheek making of trailer (which seems to have been made on a VCR), where you will get a look at the “Unity Engine” like you’ve never seen before, as well as the studio’s innovative use of the “brand new” NES to help make the game’s 8-bit soundtrack.

“We’re delighted that Pixel Heroes is finally out on Nintendo Switch,” said lead designer Tom Hirsch. “The Switch has proved to be a fantastic platform for indie games and we think players are going to have a lot of fun with our retro RPG and roguelike mechanics”.

You will find the game now on the Nintendo eShop (Europe / America)!


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Mark Hamill To Host ‘Thunderful World’ Digital Showcase on November 10th

Expect unannounced new titles and updates on Thunderful’s anticipated lineup in debut event

28 October 2021 International developer and publisher Thunderful Games, creator of the multi-award winning and multi-million selling SteamWorld franchise, is welcoming everyone to a new digital games showcase, ‘Thunderful World’. The event will be taking place on November 10th at 11am PT / 2pm ET / 7pm GMT / 8pm CET, hosted by Hollywood and pop culture icon Mark Hamill. Tune in to the livestream on Twitch, YouTube and the thunderful.world website.

Tune in to see Mark delight us with a ton of exciting new game reveals and announcements from Thunderful. The event will deliver updates on exciting upcoming titles including the surprise indie hit of Summer Game Fest, Planet of Lana. There will also be more news on the highly anticipated Xbox, Windows Store and Game Pass exclusive The Gunk and other Thunderful titles like Firegirl, Cursed to Golf, Source of Madness, Tinkertown and White Shadows.

Alongside Mark’s headline hosting role, the event will also feature appearances from Thunderful Group CEO Brjánn Sigurgeirsson, Corporate Vice President at Xbox Sarah Bond, plus a few other surprise industry partners. 

Thunderful is proud to be partnering with Xbox and The MIX for Thunderful World. To sign up for the event and be the first to know all the important information ahead of the show on November 10th, head over to thunderful.world. As your one stop shop for all things Thunderful World, the website will be updated with new announcements and reveals as the event unfolds.

“Thunderful World is the perfect way for us to reach our existing fans and a global audience as we showcase our growing influence in the games development and publishing industry,” said CEO of Thunderful Group, Brjánn Sigurgeirsson. When we shared our plans with Mark, he instantly understood our vision and we are delighted he wants to help us share it with the world.”

“Thunderful World? I don’t remember agreeing to promote anything for Thunderful! Though Brjann did leave a book at my house that said something like that…,” said Mark Hamill on hosting the event. “In all seriousness though, when I saw the passion and artistry behind all the incredible games Thunderful are going to present, I was blown away.”  

“Bold, beautiful, and fun. Those were my first impressions of The Gunk when we first revealed it to the world,” said Sarah Bond, CVP of Game Creator Experience & Ecosystem at Xbox. “I’m so pleased to share more about it at Thunderful World and happy to work with the team to help bring the game exclusively to Xbox and Windows PC, day and date on Game Pass.”

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Pixel Heroes: Mega Byte & Magic Coming To Nintendo Switch With Exclusive New Mode On November 5th

Retro-inspired Rougelike/RPG hybrid takes you back to the 80s with a nostalgic adventure full of gags and quirky characters

28 October 2021 We are pleased to announce that The Bitfather’s nostalgic roguelike/RPG, Pixel Heroes: Mega Byte & Magic, will be making its way to Nintendo Switch on November 5th and will be available to preorder from today. The Switch version features the exclusive new Arena mode, a new campaign, new dungeons and new heroes. There is also a brand new Switch trailer, see below. Please find the game on the Nintendo eShop.

With a retro-pixel art style and an 8-bit soundtrack, Pixel Heroes transports you back to the 80s to deliver an old-school experience that draws on elements of the RPG and roguelike genres. The game features 33 unique hero classes to unlock, each with their own individual skills and attributes, four unlockable campaigns, including the new “The Legend of Hack Hammerson” campaign, each with its own final dungeon and boss, and heaps of procedurally generated axes, spears, spells, crossbows and more to add to your arsenal.

In the new Arena mode, exclusive to Switch, players can freely choose a party from the entire hero pool and take them into a series of infinite battles that get harder as you progress. Special bonus effects can be selected to modify the next battle, making it easier, or more rewarding.

It would be an understatement to say that Pixel Heroes doesn’t take itself seriously, so expect a world of weird NPCs and hilarious events among the deadly dungeons. Be careful though! This is a roguelike, so it’s got permadeath! At least if you do bite the dust, you can visit a detailed graveyard to mourn your lost heroes and compare their statistics. 

Check out the game’s tongue-in-cheek nostalgia-trip making of trailer for a look at the “Unity Engine” like you’ve never seen before and their innovative use of the “brand new” NES to help make the game’s 8-bit soundtrack.

“We’re really excited about Pixel Heroes coming to the Nintendo Switch on November 5th,” said lead designer Tom Hirsch. “We’re pretty sure people can guess that we love retro games by taking one look at Pixel Heroes, so we’re naturally thrilled to be appearing on the platform of a company with such a rich videogame history and we think the game is a great fit for the system”. 

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Pumpkin Jack New-Gen Edition out now on PlayStation 5 & Xbox Series X|S

Get in the Halloween spirit with this pumpkin-headed 3D platformer now on next-gen consoles

27 October 2021 Pumpkin Jack New-Gen Edition, an enhanced version of the well-received PS4, Xbox One & PC 3D platformer from Thunderful Publishing and Headup Games, has made the leap to next-gen and is now available on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.

Carved from the legacy of old-school 3D platformers like MediEvil and Jak & Daxter, solo developer Nicolas Meyssonnier successfully melds his love of those titles with a modern approach and sets it all in a spookily atmospheric world that finds fun in monsters, ghouls and devilish challenges. Harnessing the power of the PS5 and Xbox One Series X|S, the New-Gen Edition brings enhancements that have the eponymous Jack grinning more vibrantly than ever before.   

On PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, Pumpkin Jack New-Gen Edition has a Performance Mode that targets up to 4K resolution at 60fps. On PS5 and Xbox Series X, a Quality Mode is also available that targets up to 4K resolution at 30fps, adding higher quality effects and shadows with ray-tracing.

Making this Halloween treat just that little bit sweeter is the fact that Pumpkin Jack is cross-buy on both PlayStation and Xbox platforms. So, if you already own Pumpkin Jack on PS4/Xbox One, you’ll automatically get access to the PS5/Xbox Series X|S New-Gen Edition at no extra cost!

Stepping into the shoes of the mythical pumpkin lord, Pumpkin Jack New-Gen Edition sees you set out on an epic quest to help evil triumph over good. 3D platforming challenges in the colourful and diverse Arc En Ciel Kingdom are mixed with fun combat encounters where you can deploy an awesome arsenal of weapons (occasionally with a snarky crow or haughty owl fighting at your side), as well as solve light puzzles and take on various mini-game challenges.

“I’m delighted to bring Pumpkin Jack to new consoles at this appropriately spooky time of year,” said Pumpkin Jack developer Nicolas Meyssonnier. “The addition of ray-tracing and other enhancements I’ve been able to make over the last-gen version makes this the definitive edition of Pumpkin Jack!”

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Terrifying Psychological Horror Silver Chains Out Now On Xbox Series X|S

Explore a haunted Victorian manor full of mystery and madness in this first-person horror hitting Xbox just in time for Halloween

20 October 2021 We are pleased to announce that Cracked Heads’ debut first-person psychological horror game, Silver Chains, is out now on Xbox Series X|S, available for $24.99 / €24.99 /£19.99.
 
Out just in time for Halloween, the game sees you exploring an abandoned Victorian manor searching for clues about the terrible events that took place in this oppressive old house where mystery and madness exude from every surface. An intriguing story will keep you exploring hauntingly beautiful interiors, solving puzzles as you seek to uncover the secrets the house has to hide.

It all starts when protagonist Peter is unfortunate enough to have a car accident. Happening on the manor as he searches for shelter for the night, he soon finds himself trapped inside. Worse, he realises that he’s not alone. Something is out to get him and things seem to get weirder with every door he steps through.
 
Rendered in Unreal Engine 4, the game offers stunning photo-realistic graphics that help immerse you in Silver Chains’ detailed and carefully-crafted setting. These visuals combine with an eerie soundtrack to keep you on the edge of your seat as you find yourself being hunted by a terrifying monster.

“We’re really excited about Silver Chains releasing on Xbox Series X|S and especially delighted that the timing has worked out to have it ready for Halloween!,” said Headup COO Marcel Aldrup. “We’re hoping it will be appropriately terrifying for the Xbox community as they seek their holiday thrills!”

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First-Person Horror Game Silver Chains Is Going to Send Cold Shivers Down Xbox Gamers’ Spines

Releasing for Xbox Series X|S on Oct 20, just in time for Halloween!

13 October 2021 Headup and developer Cracked Heads Games announced that their first-person horror game Silver Chains is coming to Xbox Series X|S in just a week from now, perfect for your Halloween itch: the release date is locked in for October 20, 2021.

After a car accident, the main protagonist Peter finds himself trapped in an old English manor. He went there as it was his only change to get help and shelter for the night, even if it didn't look too welcoming. Soon he realizes that he's not alone in there, something is lurking in the shadows. To find a way out, he explores the ancient building and it's getting weirder with every door he's leaving behind...

Using Unreal Engine 4, Silver Chains' graphics bring to life the hauntingly beautiful interiors of an early 20th century English manor. The Victorian architecture plays its part in creating an eerie atmosphere which will keep you on the edge of your seat as you unravel the mysteries of this place and uncover pure madness!

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Surreal story-driven shooter INDUSTRIA out now on Steam

30 September 2021

INDUSTRIA, a surreal first-person shooter from Headup & Bleakmill, is available now on Steam priced at $19.99 / €19.99 / £16.99. To celebrate the announcement, a new launch trailer gives a flavour of the compelling story that drives players through an eerie and atmospheric world, where dangerous robotic foes roam the city streets in a title inspired by the classic narrative shooters of the 2000s.

INDUSTRIA is set in 1989 on the eve of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Playing as a scientist named Nora, you set out to search for your missing friend and lover, leading you into the parallel dimension city of Hakavik, where East Berlin’s brutalist architecture merges with strange technological apparatuses and futuristic robots.

The enigmatic shooter combines the imagery and themes of surrealism and science fiction to create an unforgettable world where the player will be driven forward by a compelling story, a Lynchian ambiance, and intense FPS action sequences as they work to save their missing friend and discover the secrets behind INDUSTRIA’s beguiling setting.

Players will be equipped with four firearms and a melee weapon as they roam a dystopian landscape populated by mechanical monstrosities that reflect the strange state of a city augmented by unrecognisable technology. They must also be mindful of scarce resources should they hope to survive long enough to put together the pieces that will allow them to decode the mystery at the heart of this intriguing tale.

“INDUSTRIA started as a two man-hobby project, but it’s grown into something much bigger,” reflects David Jungnickel, Co-Founder at Bleakmill. “After the hard work our now six-person team has put in over the last six years, we’re thrilled that players can finally step into the surreal sci-fi world we’ve created for them. We hope for them to discover a game ambitious in its visuals and narrative, but also streamlined in its mechanics and experience.”


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Pumpkin Jack New-Gen Edition brings spooky 3D platforming to PS5 and Xbox Series X|S

The popular mascot platformer gets a next-gen release date

28 September 2021 Good news for Halloween: The acclaimed 3D platformer Pumpkin Jack is coming to next-gen, with Pumpkin Jack New-Gen Edition hitting PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S on October 27th, 2021.

The fiery glow of Pumpkin Jack’s carved grin will look spookier than ever thanks to 60fps and a touch of next-gen ray-tracing, adding to the already vibrant and atmospheric world crafted by solo developer Nicolas Meyssonnier in his love-letter to the classic era of 3D platforming.

Making this Halloween treat just that little bit sweeter is the fact that Pumpkin Jack will be cross-buy on PlayStation and Xbox platforms. This means that buying the PS5 or Xbox Series X|S version will also grant you access to the equivalent last-gen one, and vice versa. So, if you already own Pumpkin Jack on PS4 or Xbox One, you’ll automatically get access to the PS5 or Xbox Series X|S New-Gen Edition respectively at no extra cost!

On your quest to help evil triumph over good, you travel through a series of eerie themed settings, master combos and dodges to defeat challenging beasts, build an awesome arsenal of weapons and solve devilish mini-games that focus on skills and puzzles.

It’s the perfect mix of old and new, melding a retro-inspired title that builds on the legacy of the likes of MediEvil and Jak & Daxter with the technological power of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. Along with fans of Pumpkin Jack who want to experience the game on next-gen, the New-Gen Edition is sure to carve out a whole new audience looking to get into the Halloween spirit. On PS5 and Xbox Series X|S Pumpkin Jack New-Gen Edition has a Performance Mode that targets up to 4K resolution at 60fps. On PS5 and Xbox Series X a Quality Mode is also available that targets up to 4K resolution at 30fps, adding higher quality effects and shadows witt ray-tracing.

“Pumpkin Jack may be a retro throwback to the golden age of 3D platformers, but it elevates it with contemporary graphics that have never looked better, thanks to the new gen’s ray-tracing enhancements,” said Pumpkin Jack developer Nicolas Meyssonnier. “This is the definitive edition of Pumpkin Jack, arriving just in time for Halloween!”