Ahoy, mateys, and welcome to the Game Buoy podcast – your twice monthly port of call for gaming news and views that maybe aren’t on your radar, but most definitely should be! On this episode, recorded Sunday, March 23, 2014, the Podcast Pirates share highlights from GDC 2014!
– One Piece: Unlimited World RED is coming to the West on 3DS, Wii U, PS3, and Vita!
– Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD is coming to Steam.
– Shovel Knight has been delayed a few weeks.
– Yu Suzuki is looking into Kickstarter for Shenmue 3!
– Azure Striker Gunvolt is coming to North America this summer!
– Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call will have songs from the Romancing SaGa series!
– Decapre is the fifth Ultra Street Fighter IV character!
– Xbox One is coming to 26 more markets in September.
– 25 indie games are on their way to Xbox One, including a few familiar faces!
– Ken Levine has outlined his plans for a new approach to narrative structure in games.
– Stig Asmussen, director of God of War III, has left Sony Santa Monica.
– Titanfall for 360 has been delayed a few weeks to April.
– The upcoming DLC for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 features Alucard!
– Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate will be getting even more new characters!
– Attack on Titan crossover content is on its way to Monster Hunter Frontier G.
– The documentary makers who wanted to dig up the E.T. Atari 2600 games have been denied access to the burial site.
– Super Action Squad is on hold two years after raising over $50,000.
– Project Spark has removed Spark Time in favor of Spark Premium, a less restrictive subscription-based boost.
– A special edition Persona Q 3DS XL is designed to look like the Compendium in the Velvet Room.
– A new Crazy Taxi free to play mobile phone game is on its way.
– Nintendo will update Steel Divers: Sub Wars based on player feedback.
– Ragnarok Odyssey will have its crossover DLC available for its western release, including content from the Tales series and DOA5.
– Attack on Titan content is coming to GungHo’s Angry Birds-inspired game, Princess Punt.
– Corpse Party: Blood Drive will be released in July for Vita.
– Circle Entertainment’s new DSiWare app lets you add movie effects to videos!
– Assassin’s Creed Unity has been confirmed for a holiday release via a teaser trailer.
– Jaime Griesemer, lead designer of Infamous: Second Son, has left Sucker Punch Productions.
– Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi releases on May 6 and will come with a unique collector’s edition.
– A remake of Gauntlet is coming this summer and kicks off the “WB Games Vault” initiative to revive classic arcade games with some of the industry’s hottest talent.
– The next Kuni0-kun game will have a fantasy RPG setting!
– Konami has released a new mobile puzzle battle game, Chain of Souls.
– The creator of XCOM, Julian Gallop, has launched a Kickstarter for Chaos Reborn.
– Doctor Who: The Adventure Games is coming to Steam.
– Crytek’s free to play iOS strategy game, The Collectables, is a mix of The Expendables and collectible cards.
– Bulletstorm has mysteriously disappeared from Steam.
– Ouya is dropping the “free to try” requirement for developers in April.
– Obsidian has revealed their free to play tanks game, Armored Warfare.
– Octodad: Dadliest Catch will not be a PS+ free game, but will have extra silliness
– Riptide GP2 brings six player split screen action to the Xbone!
– Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi-san has left Konami in order to make games that his fans want to see.
This week, Captain Spike and First Mate Slagkick share highlights from GDC 2014! For those of you playing the home version of Game Buoy, follow along with the following links:
– Project Morpheus, Sony’s VR headset for PS4
– How a focus on graphics killed the original Final Fantasy XIV, and how Square Enix fixed the game
– How Animal Crossing: New Leaf became a hit
– A spoiler-filled panel from Taro Yoko, creator of NieR and Drakengard, on “making weird games for weird people” and building narratives backward
– Keiji Inafune-san discusses how the original Mega Man was like an indie game in spirit
– Nintendo used a tech demo of Mario vs. Donkey Kong to show off the Nintendo Web Framework
– Adam Orth gave a talk on internet toxicity’s dangerous effect on the gaming industry
– Koji Igarashi-san discussed how to make a Metroidvania
– Yu Suzuki-san gave a postmoetem on the Dreamcast classic, Shenmue
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