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Play five upcoming Indie Gems from Headup at the Indie Mega Booth!

Also, don't miss the chance to talk to the great developers of Fromto, Colt Canyon and Vambrace, they are eager to receive some constructive feedback!

19 August 2019 Tomorrow, gamescom 2019 will finally open its gates in Cologne and the German game publisher Headup will attend as well to show you what they will soon have in store for you. Five great indie games available to play, and in addition the chance to personally talk to the developers of FromtoColt Canyon and Vambrace: Cold Soul. Stop by at the Indie Arena Booth in Hall 10.2!


 

You're welcome to check out the following titles:

  • Colt Canyon - Shoot your bloody way through The West to rescue your kidnapped partner in this unique looking pixelated roguelike twin-stick shooter. Coming to PC and consoles.
     
  • Outbuddies - Run, gun and explore an open underground city in this otherworldly non-linear Metroidvania adventure about the Old Gods, strange creatures and the remnants of a lost world. Coming to PC and consoles.
     
  • Fromto - Enjoy this chaotic, childish 2D sandbox racing game including on-the-fly track building options with up to four players. To be released on PC and Nintendo Switch. (Developer interviews possible.)
     
  • Silver Chains - Try not get your pants scared off (that would be awkward) while checking out what spooky things are happening in this first person horror game for PC and consoles.
     
  • Vambrace: Cold Soul - Prepare and execute tough exploration trips in a mashup of tactical roguelike RPG and story-rich fantasy adventure. PC version is out already, consoles upcoming. (Developer interviews possible.)

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Evil is Crawling Towards Your PC - Get Ready for Complete Madness

Disturbing First-person Horror Adventure

06 August 2019 We just released our first-person horror adventure Silver Chains on Steam and GOG! In the first days from now, you will get it for only $21.24 / €21.24 / £16.99 by a 15% release discount.

In Silver Chains you play as a man who finds himself in a gigantic rotten estate after a car accident. Looking for help, he's quickly getting aware of his situation being much more frightening than just a broken car: He isn't alone in this mansion - something evil is in there as well, hiding in the shadows...

To bring you into the perfect mood for today's release, we strongly recommend watching the brand-new Launch Trailer:
 

 
While Silver Chains will be available for PC today, console players will be able to sneak through Manning Manor a bit later. Versions for PlayStation®4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch will be available in Q1 2020.

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Devilishly Huge Content Update Incoming:

Fight all bosses in the

02 August 2019
Dear fans of The Textorcist, listen up: There is a fresh batch of content released for this exceptionally fun indie game (see below) and it's be massive. We gathered countless feedback and good reviews, both on Steam and from many journalists - and we are very happy with the results:


Steam rating: "Very positive" (116 reviews)
Metacritic: 78
GameRankings: 80.71%
OpenCritic Rating: "Strong"
Destructoid: "super creative"
 
 
The Textorcist: The Forgotten Relics

The new content was just released, in it you will find dozens of new ways to textorcise the hell out of people, but now at your personal leisure! A lot of new game-changing items and two new game modes crank up the replayability to a new max. Let's check out the details:


Boss Rush
After finishing the game, players will unlock the Boss Rush mode by continuing the game. This mode can be accessed from the title screen and features all bosses in a row inside a new arena, with its own leaderboard and Trinkets enabled.


Trinkets
There are 30 (+1) Trinkets to be earned in the Story Mode. Every Trinket can grant a bonus and lower the player’s score or can grant a malus and raise the player’s score. To get a Trinket, the player must defeat bosses and every boss can drop three Trinkets. Tier 1 Trinkets are dropped just by beating a boss, tier 2 Trinkets are dropped if the player beat a boss without losing hearts and tier 3 Trinkets are dropped if the player beats a Boss without any typing errors.

Players start with 0 slots and by simply progressing with the story they will gain slots up to a maximum of five. Trinkets can be equipped at the wardrobe in the hub. While equipping those, some simple rules are applied: players cannot equip as many Bonus Trinkets so the Score percentage is equal or less than 0%. Only one Action Trinket can be equipped at a time (Action Trinkets are activated by pressing SPACE), and the Monocle is the only Trinket used to access Hardcore Boss Fights and it's the only Trinket that must be equipped alone.


The Monocle and Hardcore Boss Fights
After finishing the game, players will get the Monocle (31st Trinket) by continuing the game after watching the cutscene. This particular Trinket comes with a stone to be found in the hub. By equipping this special Trinket, players will be granted access to the Hardcore Boss Fights accessible from the world map. Hardcore Bosses are the same story bosses, but they behave as follows: all moves are shuffled, the bosses attack relentlessly without down-times, spells are shuffled, players have only one life. After beating a Hardcore Boss, the stone in the hub will gain a new piece until completion. With the Monocle equipped, the player’s score is highly raised and goes in the same leaderboards as the story mode.

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Headup Reveals their Public Line-Up for gamescom 2019

Come and play five games and talk to the developers, including Colt Canyon, Fromto and Outbuddies!

31 July 2019

In just three weeks, press members and customers will get the chance to try out five of Headup's upcoming games - at the Indie Arena in hall 10.2. In addition to play, you'll have the opportunity to personally talk to the developers of Fromto and Vambrace: Cold Soul, who will partake as well.

 


You're welcome to check out the following titles:
 

  • Colt Canyon - Shoot your bloody way through The West to rescue your kidnapped partner in this unique looking pixelated roguelike twin-stick shooter. Coming to PC and consoles.
     
  • Outbuddies - Run, gun and explore an open underground city in this otherworldly non-linear Metroidvania adventure about the Old Gods, strange creatures and the remnants of a lost world. Coming to PC and consoles.
     
  • Fromto - Enjoy this chaotic, childish 2D sandbox racing game including on-the-fly track building options with up to four players. To be released on PC and Nintendo Switch. (Developer interviews possible.)
     
  • Silver Chains - Try not get your pants scared off (that would be awkward) while checking out what spooky things are happening in this first person horror game for PC and consoles.
     
  • Vambrace: Cold Soul - Prepare and execute tough exploration trips in a mashup of tactical roguelike RPG and story-rich fantasy adventure. PC version is out already, consoles upcoming. (Developer interviews possible.)

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"Everreach: Project Eden" Announced for PC, Xbox One and PS4

Dive into an epic sci-fi action RPG on a breathtaking planet

15 July 2019 After three years in development, Headup is proud to finally reveal Ede Tarsoly’s new masterpiece Everreach: Project Eden, a fast-paced, story-driven 3rd person action RPG set on the visually stunning Planet Eden. You won’t have to wait long as Everreach will release on PC and Xbox One this September, while the PlayStation®4 version will follow a bit later this year.

Ede decided to think big, and for the first time he turned his former one-man  studio Elder Games into a team of five people, plus over a dozen of external freelancers. Together they created a massive 3rd person adventure packed with tactical ground combat, high-speed vehicular warfare and a compelling level and skill system.

In Everreach: Project Eden you play as Nora Harwood, member of Everreach’s Security Division, on a mission to secure the colonization process of Eden and investigate mysterious incidents. Explore this vast alien world and descend into the planet’s depths to discover the ancient secrets of a long-forgotten civilization. Packed with intense shooter action, and a compelling level and skill system, Everreach immerses you in its intriguing story and diversified gameplay.

In addition to his new team, Ede received some help from a group of talented external contributors. For example, Planet Eden's beautiful vistas were co-designed by Mai-Anh Tran, an artist who worked on sci-fi movies such as WarCraft and Star Trek: Beyond. Furthermore, there is Michelle Clough who helped create the game’s enthralling story. She was the former narrative QA and game writer for the Mass Effect trilogy. And even one of the voice actors, D.C. Douglas ("Legion" in Mass Effect 2 and "Wesker" in Resident Evil) adds perfectly to the atmosphere of Everreach: Project Eden.

Without further ado, here is the Reveal Trailer to the game:

You play as Nora Harwood, member of Everreach’s Security Division, on a mission to secure the colonization process of Eden and investigate mysterious incidents. Explore this vast alien world and descend into the planet’s depths to discover the ancient secrets of a long-forgotten civilization. Packed with tactical ground combat, high-speed vehicular warfare and a compelling level and skill system, Everreach immerses you in its intriguing story and diversified gameplay.
 
Everreach: Project Eden will be release on PC (Steam Page) and Xbox One in September, the version for PlayStation®4 will follow a bit later this year.

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''FROMTO Party Crash Demo'' Out Now on Steam

Join Fromto's insane multiplayer madness together with your friends - it's pure indie and pure fun!

05 July 2019 Everyone in the United States celebrated Independence Day yesterday. We joined them and made it a worldwide INDIEpendence Day with our FROMTO Party Crash Demo. The demo is available now for everyone on Steam - open end.

Fromto is a hilarious party sandbox racing game where up to four players build the levels together. Then they race on their self-made unthinkable crazy tracks to make it to the finish first. Fromto is true multiplayer party madness: grab some friends, start the game and have an unforgettable fun time!

Although some key features are (obviously) not included in this free demo version, it’s featuring its best parts. You can play online or offline with up to four players in two awesome levels. There is plenty of content and fun here, so make sure to get this little “INDIEPendence Day” present from Studio Erikson and Headup now.
 
 

Demo Features

  • Up to 4 players online/ local multiplayer 
  • Super high replayability
  • Replay your gameplay
  • Fun to watch!
  • 4 cars to play around with
  • Full controller support
  • Some nifty secrets
  • Fresh art style partially made by young children
  • Unlock an iconic extra car, one extra level and additional cool track items
  • Amazing soundtrack

Fromto is mainly made for multiplayer madness, so tell your friends about this! For more information about the demo please check out our Discord Channel or the Steam page updates.


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''Bloo Kid 2'' Announced for Nintendo Switch

Get ready for some nostalgic feelings when you jump, run and swim through this old-school platformer

03 July 2019 Some games make for a perfect fit with the Nintendo Switch, games that progress immediately, create positive feelings very quickly and can be played in short sessions. The old-school 2D platformer Bloo Kid 2 is such a title - featuring intuitive gameplay, continuous progression and, best of all, provides a hell of a time!

In a collaboration between Headup and winterworks, Bloo Kid 2 is coming to Nintendo Switch in October 2019, bringing Switch players nostalgic feelings when you jump, run and swim through its five colourful pixelated worlds. Accompanied by a classic chiptune soundtrack you will survive some epic boss fights or completely delve into the game by searching all its secrets hidden all over the vast world. By the way - by collecting enough stars, players will unlock and discover 15 challenging bonus levels!

"Many thanks to Headup for helping us to bring Bloo Kid 2 to Nintendo Switch, a gaming platform where it truly shines.", says Jörg Winterstein, head of winterworks and programmer of Bloo Kid 2.

Watch the brand-new Nintendo Switch Trailer!
 

Previous press quotes (3DS) clearly show off the vast potential of Bloo Kid 2:

  • a shockingly good platformer” - Nintendo World Report
  • "Bloo Kid 2 is an extremely compelling title for traditional platforming fans" - Nintendo Enthusiast
  • an old-school platformer in the truest sense” - Pocket Gamer
  • "exceptionally fun" - SuperPhilipp Central
  • "Bloo Kid 2 convinces and amuses a lot, discovering itself a small gem." - NintendOn


 

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Colt Canyon Developer Shoot Out

#1 - The Game's Soundtrack

25 June 2019

Howdy, fellow gunslingers! Great pleasure to welcome you to our first Developer Shoot Out on our pixel art rogue-lite shooter Colt Canyon. Within the next weeks and months we will be sharing tons of news on the steps we are taking to bring Colt Canyon to life. You will also learn how it became this action-packed Wild West adventure full of dangers and atmosperic sceneries.

Let's talk about the music: To make the Western experience as great as possible and allow the players to immerse into a story full of flying bullets, bloodthirsty enemies and dangerous wildlife you need an atmospheric soundtrack that'll  support the story and action on screen - no matter if it's a movie or a game.

Listen to a sample of the soundtrack here


Colt Canyon is no exception. The game is designed in a minimalistic and pixelated style with color, mood and vegetation differing depending on the various regions the players are shooting their way through - and it's the same for the soundtrack.

Luigi-Maria Rapisarda, composer of Colt Canyon's soundtrack: "Endless deserts, smoking colts, saloons in which the whiskey flows, bandits that wanna chase you down and the burning sun in the sky combined with typical instruments like harmonica, fiddle or an old bar-piano - the Colt Canyon soundtrack is inspired by the works of Ennio Morricone on the great Spaghetti Western movies of the 60s and 70s." 

Colt Canyon
will be released later this year for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation®4 and Nintendo Switch.