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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!”

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gamescom 2021: Thunderful and Headup to attend with five titles at gamescom now, with more surprises in store across the event

Plus: AHEAD gamescom live stream event planned featuring deeper dives on all gamescom titles from Thunderful & Headup

25 August 2021

gamescom is happening digitally this year, and Thunderful as well as Headup are going to be part of the show. Expect to see five of their upcoming titles showcased on gamescom now. Free demos for White Shadows and Crowns & Pawns will also be available on Steam, so keep an eye out on their respective game pages.
 

  • In Firegirl you’ll chop through obstacles and extinguish dastardly pyro-monsters, use your hose to boost your jumps and reach normally inaccessible places to rescue trapped civilians (and cats!). Hang out at the Firehouse between missions to upgrade your equipment and hire new staff. You’ll need all the help you can get to prepare for the next fire outbreak!
     
  • Source of Madness is a side-scrolling dark action roguelite set in the Loam Lands, a twisted Lovecraftian inspired world powered by procedural generation and AI machine learning which offers ever-changing landscapes to explore and new monstrosities to face on every run. Choose a class, upgrade your skills, and unlock all manner of magic abilities as you collect loot and items left behind by those who came before you. 
     
  • White Shadows is a modern fable about escaping a dark, weird and violent world. With its striking black and white visuals, deep allegorical story and satisfying puzzles, this 2.5 platformer is a truly unique proposition.
     
  • INDUSTRIA is a surreal, narrative-based first-person shooter. Set in 1989 upon the eve of the fall of the Berlin Wall, you play as a scientist named Nora who is searching for her missing loved one, Dr. Walter Rosendal. Her efforts to find him take her to a mysterious parallel dimension that merges East Berlin’s brutalist architecture with futuristic robots and mysterious apparatuses. Where are you? When are you? And what has befallen the missing Dr. Rosendal?
     
  • Last but not least, pack your bags and escape to Eastern-Europe with Crowns and Pawns, a beautifully hand-painted adventure game reminiscent of the classic Broken Sword franchise.

 
All of these games and some more will also be showcased at this week’s AHEAD gamescom live stream event, which is taking place on Thursday and Friday at 9 AM PST / 12 PM EST / 6 PM CEST. Tune in to AHEAD on TwitchYouTube, or FB Gaming and share some indie love via Twitter!  ❤️


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Headup Launches First-Person Survival Platformer Escape from Naraka on Steam

Speedrun for your life from deadly creatures and traps in exotic locations inspired by Balinese mythology

29 July 2021

Headup and Xelo Games are excited to announce that the first-person survival platformer, Escape from Naraka, will be available on Steam today for $ 14.99 / € 14,99 / £ 11.99 including a 10% release discount. Set in a nightmarish Balinese temple, Escape from Naraka will test your platforming and parkour skills through a wide range of challenges, obstacles, enemies, and trials scattered across a wide variety of stages.
 
To make navigating this hellscape more manageable, the protagonist has access to unique abilities, which curious players can also use to discover a plethora of secrets. While Escape from Naraka was inspired by games like SEUM: Speedrunners from HellDark Deception, and DOOM, the team at Xelo Games decided to give it a special touch by using 3D scan technology to incorporate real life artifacts, various art from Balinese mythology as well as real temples, and also used traditional Balinese instruments for composing the soundtrack.

“We’re really happy that the game is out in the wild and can’t wait for players to jump into the full experience!”, said Irfan Sarwono, Game Director at Xelo Games. “The demo version already attracted a big number of highly skilled players, so it’s going to be really exciting to see how fast they’ll be able to run through the levels and find different routes that will help them achieve better times.”


For more details, check out the official Steam page and the official release trailer:
https://youtu.be/vcxvuUpL_fQ

You can find more info about the game and its developers on their Twitter page, and feel free to discuss the game with them on Discord.

Also, don't miss the awesome Escape from Naraka soundtrack - many traditional Balinese instruments were used to create its distinctive style! You can find it at this Bandcamp link from tomorrow at 5PM CET / 8AM PST.


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GIGAPOCALYPSE Rampages Into Early Access on Steam Today

22 July 2021 Headup is hell-bent on causing some havoc today! They have let loose a new 2D pixel-art destruction game, GIGAPOCALYPSE, inspired by classic Kaijū movies such as Godzilla and King Kong, and the legendary game series Rampage. For today’s Early Access launch, get a taste for destruction with the new trailer: https://youtu.be/myZlUYqaqgc

As you turn towering cities to rubble, a blood-pumping heavy metal symphony will accompany you, perfectly scoring the chaos of your very own monster apocalypse!

Now that Gigapocalypse has hit Early Access, all nine “Gigas” will slowly be added in the lead up to the final game. Each one will bring new powers, mechanics and deadly upgrades, increasing the scope for devastation. More locations will be added too, bringing the final tally to six stages set during the past, present and future - meaning your reign of destruction can span across time itself!

Also, check out the game’s Twitter page and feel free to discuss with the developers on Discord.
 

About Gigapocalypse

As a little kid, picking up your dragon toys, spewing fire, feels powerful and destroying everything is one of the best childhood memories for many of us. Now you become that giant monster in Gigapocalypse, a 2D pixel art destruction game, inspired by classical Kaijū movies such as “Godzilla” and “King Kong” and the game classic “Rampage”.

The game features a selection of different “Gigas” from the Prehistoric era, the uncharted outer space and the forgotten history. Each with unique skills, mutations and manifold skins that can be unlocked with level ups.

FEATURES INCLUDE:

  • Nine Gigas with unique abilities and skill trees
  • Six beautifully detailed stages based on earth's past, present and future timeline
  • Themed enemies and buildings
  • Epic and hilarious boss fights
  • Unlockable minions, skills, and mutations
  • Extra quests and secrets to unlock more abilities for your monsters
  • Fast-paced arcade action with simple controls
  • Satisfying visual destruction in cute pixel art style
  • A heavy metal soundtrack to perfectly complement the chaos
  • Razer Chroma support

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First-Person Survival Platformer Escape from Naraka Will Include NVIDIA DLSS and Ray-Tracing

Enjoy ray-traced reflections & shadows, RTX global illumination and performance-boosting NVIDIA DLSS with GeForce RTX

21 July 2021 Escape from Naraka is a unique first-person action-platformer with exotic Balinese themes, inspired by local mythologies and legends. Published via Headup, the small Indonesia-based development team, Xelo Games, will launch their game next Thursday, on July 29th.
 
Powered by Unreal Engine 4, players will encounter a beautifully created first-person action-platformer set in a gigantic Balinese temple including real statues, and inspired by real mythology, and creatures straight from legend.
 
If you’re going to play Escape from Naraka on a Nvidia GeForce RTX PC, you can enhance your experience with ray-traced reflections, ray-traced shadows, RTX Global Illumination and performance-accelerating NVIDIA DLSS! Check out these effects in action in this new RTX video
 


“It's a great honor to work with Nvidia. Like a dream coming true!”, adds Irfan Sarwono, Game Director of Xelo Games. “Since it's a mix of runner and platformer including Steam Leaderboards, and it is up to the player to achieve the best possible time, the extra FPS won't hurt. DLSS? Check! Ray-Tracing? Check!”
 
Wishlist now if you are a fan of games like SEUM: Speedrunners from HellDark Deception, or DOOM! For more information, check out the official Twitter page and feel free to discuss the game with the developers on Discord.

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Lost At Sea, Studio Fizbin’s New Narrative Adventure Game, Will Have You Reminisce About What Was and What Could Have Been

Releasing today for PC, Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation®5

15 July 2021 We are happy to announce that the narrative adventure, Lost At Sea will open its beautiful, surreal islands today. Players can delve into an emotional journey about life, loss, love and reminisce about the past and future. Lost At Sea will be available for PC, Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation®5 at a price of € 14.99. Steam users will receive a 10% release discount.
 
The story is about Anna, a woman in her mid-50’s. Thirty years ago, she met her husband, Andrew and they wished for a child, but that took way longer than expected. They had almost given up hope when it happened after all, and Danny was born. Sadly, nine years later, Danny died in a terrible boating accident with a friend. Years later after the tragedy, Anna also loses Andrew to early dementia. After Andrew nearly dies too, she becomes aware that she cannot provide the help he really needs. So, Anna leaves the house and starts processing her feelings on an island she created in her mind, similar to the one that cost Danny his life.
 
With Lost At SeaStudio Fizbin created a game about universal themes focusing on life and death, coming to terms with your past and family. Set on a beautiful island, this game will force you to face your fears and take stock of your life through imaginative minigames and a relatable story. What are the most important moments of your life, and how do you want to live it?
 
Studio Fizbin are the critically-acclaimed creators of the beloved The Inner World adventure franchise and the studio behind the 2020 IGF honorable mention Minute Of Islands.
 
You can find Lost At Sea on Steam, the Microsoft Store, and the PlayStation®Store. Also, feel free to check out Studio Fizbin's Twitter page.