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Colt Canyon - Feature Video #1 and Detailed Gameplay Insights Released

Dead Man's News: To the East and the West

07 May 2020 Howdy, fellow gunslingers!

Today we would like to share some insights about Colt Canyon, along with our first Feature Video for the game. Together with the developer, Jonathan Mannshoven, we will tell you more about Colt Canyon’s core loop and what to expect when you start your adventure.

Please keep in mind that you can play the whole game in 2P co-op, too – the detailed information below explains the game from a single-player perspective.


Your mission

At the very beginning of the game, you are located in a peaceful remote part of an unknown canyon together with your partner. Everything seems fine, but out of a sudden a big bunch of aggressive bandits attacks. Quickly knocked out and unconscious lying in your own blood, you’re not able to prevent the kidnapping of your partner. When you open your eyes again, you’re completely on your own. This is where your journey begins. There’s no other option than fighting your way through some hostile and gruesome parts of that canyon – with the mission to rescue your partner.

After choosing from a pool of unlocked characters and starter loadouts you start a new run and cross these vast, procedurally generated levels from left to right. You should explore the surroundings to find loot – new weapons, ammo or other helpful items like medicine. Other kidnapped people can be found and freed all over the map, and they might return the favor by granting you powerful upgrades afterwards or will accompany you on your mission. 


Preparation is everything

Before jumping into large shootouts – and there will be some – you should prepare yourself and act tactically. This applies especially in the beginning; you will soon find out that the game is not just running and gunning. Reloading takes time and ammo can be rather scarce. Stealth elements and an extensive weapon arsenal allow for strategic decision making and many ways to approach these ever changing combat situations. In addition, various traps and predatory wildlife need to be avoided and there are plenty of secrets to uncover. And don’t forget to prepare for the fierce boss fights that will truly test your skills!


Variety of the game world and rising difficulty on progression

Every run in Colt Canyon consists of three wide areas, each with three sections and a boss fight. On your journey, fights as well as surroundings will become tougher over time. Our hero will start in a more inhabited farming area with buildings, mines, lumber production and plantations, before moving on to Stage 2 with more remote areas and wilderness including some traps, ambushes and all kinds of thugs as well as dangerous wildlife. The final stage is the most infamous part of the canyon where you will encounter bandits and big camps everywhere. In short: the further you get, the deadlier the canyon becomes. But the journey is not over once you manage to reach your partner – here the party really starts!


Roguelike features & permadeath

Colt Canyon is a roguelike game with permadeath after all. You'll need to get familiar with the game, the enemies, the canyon and the weapons in order to successfully rescue your partner. But while doing that, you will have a blast shooting (and sneaking) your way through the canyon – and getting better with every run.


Colt Canyon will be released soon on PC, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. To stay up-to-date, join the official Discord Channel and wishlist the game on its Steam Page.

All the best and stay healthy!

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‘Cardaclysm’ Revealed - Steam Page and Discord Now Live

Join the Discord Server for an exclusive spell card!

28 April 2020 Embark on an epic journey with the upcoming single player card combat RPG Cardaclysm: Shards of the Four, developed by Headup's longtime development partner Elder Games. The game will hit Steam's Early Access program this summer, and we are excited to open the gates to the Dark Realms a bit earlier for all interested players with the launch of the official Steam page.

To make the trip even more worthwhile, we will give out a code for an unique and exclusive spell card for free which the players can redeem in the game to come - but only for our Discord friends, and only if they join the server until end of May! Besides this plain bribery, players will be able to find tons of artworks and the newest and closest to the source information on the game. They can also chat directly with us and the developers and can discuss the perfect deck strategies with the community on the Discord server.

More information on the launch and the supported systems for Cardaclysm: Shards of the Four will follow at a later stage.

About The Game

Cardaclysm: Shards of the Four is a procedurally generated collectible card game mixed with action RPG elements!

You are a dark wizard who shouldn't have tinkered with magic and spells way too powerful for you. But you did. And this time you messed up really bad: You've unleashed The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and their minions upon the World! Well done... So hurry, grab your magical cards and send them all back to their hellish dimension before the Apocalypse destroys everyone and everything - and much more importantly, before the old wizard council discovers what you have done...

Collect creature and spell cards throughout your journey and unleash their power if anyone opposes you!

The game's world is endlessly generated, there's always something new to explore!
Features:
  • Encounter 5 factions and over 200 cards, each with its own unique abilities, art and 3D animation
  • Equip your hero with over 40 artifacts
  • Battle five mythic bosses, each with its own unique take on game mechanics
  • Explore endlessly generated worlds in different biomes
  • Complete challenges and trade cards in the Interdimensional Pub you visit between quests

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‘The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters’ Coming to PS4 and Nintendo Switch this May

21 April 2020 The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters, the critically acclaimed Korean survival-horror adventure, is set to make its console debut this May on PlayStation®4 and Nintendo Switch. The title, developed by Devespresso Games and published by Headup, focuses on atmospheric, story-driven gameplay with hand-illustrated manhwa (Korean manga) aesthetics.

Following its successful Early Access launch in November 2019, The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters has garnered an “Overwhelmingly Positive” Steam status with 97% of the Steam players posting positive reviews. The game has been critically lauded for its vibrant visuals, nightmare-fuelled narrative, and killer AI. 

The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters continues the dark story introduced in The Coma: Recut. Despite being a sequel, no familiarity with the original game’s story is necessary. This time, players take on the role of new protagonist Mina Park, a minor side-character from the first game. Mina is forced to escape her deserted high school to elude the clutches of a relentless, psychotic slasher. She soon realizes that she has been unwittingly drawn into a dangerous, shadowy version of her waking world reality while exploring the surrounding district.

The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters explores the universal themes of friendship, bullying, and the pressures of academic achievement in a distinct Korean context. Players must balance the urgency of exploration while preparing for dangerous encounters that will result in branching cutscenes, multiple endings, and possible perma-damage.

It will support eleven languages: English, Korean, French, German, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Ukrainian, Spanish, Thai, Portuguese, and Brazilian Portuguese.

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Thrilling Rogue-like Tactics Survival Game 'Dead Age 2' Set To Launch for PC This June

Latest Title in the Popular Franchise Comes With New and Improved Features

07 April 2020 Together with indie developer Silent Dreams, we are thrilled to announce that the next game to join the fan-favourite Dead Age franchise — Dead Age 2 — is set for an Early Access launch on Steam and GOG for Windows PC on June 3, 2020. The newest game in developer Silent Dreams' fan-favorite franchise blends the survival, management, and role-playing game genres with elements of rogue-like gameplay and turn-based combat as players battle to survive the zombie nightmare while rebuilding society. Players will experience a brand new, stand-alone story and all-new features, as they once again brave a world infested with flesh-eating devastation.

Dead Age 2 follows a group of determined survivors who have fled to Freedom City in search of a cure for the plague that triggered the zombie apocalypse ten years ago. Join them on their journey for survival as they complete quests, scavenge valuable resources, and build up their base to live long enough to see the world at peace. Tense turn-based tactical combat against gangs of looters and hoards of brain-devouring monsters can result in death for their character — permanently — while unlocking persistent upgrades can bring hope for the future of the weary group of survivors. With a branching storyline and six unique endings, every decision made counts as the player’s group must befriend other survivors, navigate difficult choices, and maybe even find romance along the way.

Watch the new trailer: https://youtu.be/KNpg7oLeK10

Building on the strengths of the original Dead Age — which currently has a "Very Positive" rating on Steam by over 3000 user reviews — players can expect improvements across the board to the mechanics that drew thousands of players to the franchise. Dead Age 2 introduces a new, open world where players can explore unique indoor and outdoor environments, and additional exciting ways to reach over 80 locations including boats, trains, and other vehicles for faster travel. A new, advanced combat system will make the survivors a deadly match against enemies, and an upgradeable 3D base will provide players with the tools they need to survive and thrive, such as a crafting room for creating helpful items and a radio station to help them locate essential supplies.   

Check out the features below for even more new possibilities:
 
  • A Brave New (Open) World: A new feature for the franchise, players can now freely explore the open-world map, limited only by walking distance as well as the number of resources that will keep them alive until they reach one of the 80 destinations. New indoor locations, including desolate hospitals, life-saving bunkers, eerie schools, and resource-rich army supply stores, as well as a return to the barren wilderness, bring a new depth to the struggle for survival.
     
  • Home, Sweet Home (Base): Dead Age 2 introduces the Advanced Base Management System. Players can increase their chances of survival by assigning tasks to survivors on their team, such as crafting essential items, building and upgrading stations used to improve defense and the quality of life at their base. Growing your base will unlock advanced crafting recipes that will improve craftable items and resource yield.
     
  • We're All In This Together: As the undead apocalypse progresses, new factions of survivors spring up: the merciless Military, the devious Smugglers, and branches of independent civilians who have banded together to survive. Players must visit these factions’ outposts, take on missions and make quick decisions during events to gain their favor (or gain new enemies) through an all-new Faction Reputation System. Gaining the support of the factions will improve trade relations in order to purchase upgraded faction gear and unlock new endings.
     
  • Upgraded Combat: A new and improved combat system allows players to strategically place their combatants with new front and back row positioning. With the ability to use up to 24 skills and execute powerful knock-back attacks in battle, players are more powerful than ever as they engage deadly flesh-eating zombies and other survivors hell-bent on taking their resources for themselves. Random events now appear in 3D, adding a terrifying layer to the spine-chilling battles.
Dead Age 2 will be available for Windows PC in Early Access via Steam and GOG on June 3, 2020. Players can wishlist the game by visiting the official Dead Age 2 Steam store page, here:
https://store.steampowered.com/app/951430/Dead_Age_2

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Headup announces the award-winning mystery adventure „Trüberbrook” for Android and iOS

Also, the double winner of 2019’s German Computer Games Awards (DCP) celebrates its first birthday today!

12 March 2020

In collaboration with the German production company btf, and exactly one year after its launch on PC and consoles, we are pleased to announce the mobile version of the atmospheric mystery adventure Trüberbrook. Truber-what? Well, imagine “Twin Peaks” meeting “The X-Files”, but in rural cold-war Germany. The release for Android and iOS will happen in Summer 2020. An exact date is still to be announced.

Trüberbrook is a two-time winner of last year’s prestigious German Computer Games Awards (DCP). After its nominations in four categories, it first received the ‘Best Staging’ award, and was also crowned with ‘Best German Game 2019’. Dubbed by professional speakers like Justin Beard and famous German actors Jan BöhmermannNora Tschirner, and Dirk von Lowtzow, both the German as well as English version features high-quality and fun voice acting.

During the estimated gameplay length of 5 to 8 hours, the player takes the role of young American physicist Hans Tannhauser who, while actually on a holiday, dives into the everyday life of the mysterious village of Trüberbrook – just to find out he didn’t get there by accident. He’s here to save the world!

The game was co-funded by the German organisation Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and by a successful Kickstarter campaign. Trüberbrook was released exactly one year ago for Windows, Mac, Linux, and a bit later for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One. Speaking of the PC version: Currently, you’ll find Trüberbrook on Steam with a huge discount of 50%!
 

Brilliant eye candy achieved by complex technical effort

Trüberbrook was produced by German-based production studio btf (bildundtonfabrik), mostly known for their current Netflix series “How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)” and the German late night show “Neo Magazin Royale” with Jan Böhmermann.

The developers achieved the game’s unique look through a complex and lengthy process: In the beginning they built all scenes in extremely detailed miniature models – all by hand and with masses of elbow grease and glue! To give the game its realistic look, they illuminated each scene in a cinematic way with real film-equipment lighting in different moods. These scenes were then subsequently digitized through photogrammetry and refined. Afterwards, the digitized world got further enriched by reflections, real-time shadowing, particle effects, and depth of view.


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Rigid Force Redux Bringing Furious Side-scrolling Shmup Action to Nintendo Switch and Xbox One

Side-Scrolling Powerup-Grabbing R-Type-Inspired Action Comes to Xbox One and Switch in Summer 2020

26 February 2020 Developed by com8com1, a studio led by Marcel Rebenstorf, who previously worked at Ubisoft Blue Byte on titles such as ANNO and Might and Magic Heroes Online, the game has players piloting their spacecraft against an onslaught of aliens, powering up via special Energy Orbs and Force Shards which offer special offensive and defensive abilities. Rigid Force Redux will breathe new life into the classic side-scrolling shooter genre with its lovingly hand-crafted 3D models, stunning environments, detailed effects, and an electrifying Synthwave soundtrack.

Influenced by old-school shmups like R-Type, Turrican II, and Gradius, Rigid Force Redux will have players piloting a fighter that’s positively armed to the teeth with numerous upgradeable weapon systems and supplemental Force Shards! These adjustable Force Shards allow you to shoot in multiple directions, and block incoming enemy fire, while Energy Orbs appear and need to be captured in order to boost the ship’s power supply and eventually unleash an extremely powerful blast against the enemy horde. All that doesn’t only look great, but also makes you feel really powerful.


Explore a vast variety of beautiful biomes

Battle it out against huge swarms of enemies, gunships, laser wielding mechs, and giant alien creatures. Every enemy has its own unique and challenging strategy, from the tiniest creature up to the largest boss. And there’s an awesome variety of those bosses — from menacing intergalactic beasts to heavily armed Mechanoids, there's a slew of unique super-sized opponents. Take out a rampaging Defense Satellite, assault a mutated cave-dwelling plant monster, and survive a nerve-wracking chase against the deadly Blade Guardship (to name just a few) on your mission to save the galaxy.

If that’s not enough, the game also includes special Arcade and Boss Rush Modes, global leaderboards and 40 achievements. Rigid Force Redux packs all the fun and features needed for endless hours of battling and blasting fun!

Watch the announcement trailer below:




Features include:
  • Unique weapons and power-up systems inspired by classics of the genre
  • A variety of different enemies, challenging mid-bosses and enormous end bosses
  • An exciting story mode with animated cutscenes
  • Additional Arcade and Boss Rush game modes for extended high score runs
  • Six different action-packed 3D stages
  • Adjustable difficulty levels — for beginners to shmup masters
  • Leaderboards and 40 achievements to unlock
Original synthwave soundtrack by DREAMTIME featuring Michael Chait

Rigid Force Redux will be available for Nintendo Switch and Xbox One in Q2 2020.

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Spooky 3D Platformer Pumpkin Jack Announced for PC & Consoles

Wreak Havoc and Help Evil Triumph Over Good!

18 February 2020 We are thrilled to announce that the comically creepy 3D platformer from developer Nicolas Meyssonnier, Pumpkin Jack, will make its way to PC and consoles in Q4 2020!

Fans of games like MediEvil and Jak and Daxter will enjoy engaging in an epic battle of evil against good as you jump, dodge, and carve your way through challenging enemies and daunting puzzles. The use of Unreal Engine grants for gorgeously rendered and gruesomely colourful landscapes.
 
The peaceful Boredom Kingdom, with its happy citizens, monotonous calm... and adorable little bunnies, has sent the Devil himself into a flying rage! With dreams of turmoil, torture, and bloodshed on his mind, he unleashed the dreadful Curse of the Eternal Night upon the land. Not in love with the idea of a change in their peaceful lifestyle, the humans summon their saviour — a mighty wizard with the power to put an end to the evil curse.

In order to stop these party crashers from ruining his fun, the Devil summons the spirit of Jack, the Pumpkin Lord, to fight against the wizard’s army of beasts and destroy the killjoy wizard! You, as Jack, will be tearing your way through fright-filled levels as you punish those who dared defy your master!
 
Watch the brand-new announcement trailer:
 

Features include:

  • Colorful Cartoon Setting: Travel through lurid landscapes in levels featuring alluring atmospheres, each crafted with vibrant colour palettes, and high-quality lighting effects
     
  • Fight For Your Life: With challenging beasts lurking around every corner, players must master the art of combo attacks, dodging, and timing to survive dynamic real-time battles! Players must unlock weapons and choose wisely in order to strike down all who oppose them!
     
  • Don’t Lose Your Head: Solve puzzles that focus on physics, gravity, and reflection as Jack, or ditch the skinsuit and just use your flaming head to burn books, hammer some moles, create paths for magic spheres, and more as each level introduces new and exciting challenges
     
  • Find Friends to Fight at Your Side: Helpful companions are there to assist Jack in his journey, including a haughty hooty owl to guide him along, and a snarky crow, itching to assist with long-range attacks

Pumpkin Jack will be available for PC & consoles in Q4 2020. Players eager to jump into the fray can download the free demo on Steam right now.

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'Bridge Constructor Ultimate Edition' Out Now for Nintendo Switch!

Delve into the relaxing joy of bridge construction with intuitive touchscreen controls and two included heavy-duty add-ons

31 January 2020 The Ultimate Edition of Headup's popular physics-based puzzle game franchise, Bridge Constructor, will is available now in the Nintendo eShop (US/EU).

With over 50 million downloads on various platforms, the famous Bridge Constructor has a massive player base. Today, users of the Nintendo Switch will also get the chance to enjoy its captivating, yet relaxing gameplay.

At a price of €14.99, $14.99 or £11.99, the Bridge Constructor Ultimate Edition utilizes the Switch's touchscreen functions for highly intuitive bridge building gameplay, as well as contains the two heavy-duty add-ons "Trains" and "Slopemania":
  • Base Game - The original Bridge Constructor features 40 physics-based levels varying from easy to very hard, making you an accomplished bridge builder without any formal training.
     
  • SlopeMania - Featuring another 24 tricky levels that will have you using sloping lanes (and jumps!) to overcome massive height differences. Did you ever see a flying 40-ton tank truck? This is your chance!
     
  • Trains - Another 18 brain-twisting levels - and it gets even heavier: Build even stronger bridges to get some extremely heavy trains securely over beautiful rivers and dizzyingly deep ravines.

Check out the new Launch Trailer:
 



About Bridge Constructor Ultimate Edition

Bridge Constructor Ultimate Edition includes the "Bridge Constructor" and both DLCs "Slopemania" and the "Trains" Expansion Pack!

In Bridge Constructor, you can become an accomplished bridge builder without any formal training. Play 40 different levels, and build bridges over deep valleys, canals, or rivers. Stress tests reveal whether the bridge you build can withstand the daily stress of continual use from cars and trucks.

You can choose between a range of materials for each individual bridge, such as wood, steel, cables, or concrete pillars. Use the appropriate materials and stay within budget to build the perfect bridge. Thanks to the choice of materials, you can build each bridge in any number of ways – your budget is the only limit. Set your imagination and creativity free!

Features:
  • 40 Levels on the island nation of Camatuga
  • Now with free build mode
  • 5 Settings: City, Canyon, Beach, Mountains, Hills
  • Map with all unlocked worlds/levels
  • Intuitive touchscreen controls
  • 4 different building materials: Wood, Steel, Cables, Concrete pillars
  • Color coded load indicator for different building materials
  • Three different load bearing levels: Car, Truck and Tanker
  • High score per level
  • Slopemania Add-On: 24 "sloping" levels incl. especially tricky crazy levels
  • Trains Add-On: Open up 3 new islands with 18 heavy-duty levels

In the SlopeMania add-on you find yourself on the Tiltin Islands, home to three brand new islands where you'll even be building your bridges inside colorful grottoes! The 24 tricky, never-before-seen levels will have you using sloping lanes to overcome the massive height differences. The "Crazy Levels" are the real brainteasers and require out-of-the-box thinking and unusual solutions. The "Trains" DLC lets you visit the "Choonited Kingdom" island group, with a total of 18 new levels across three islands. Build massive bridges that can withstand the enormous weight of the two new vehicles on offer – a commuter train and a heavily loaded freight train. The idyllic and beautifully designed landscapes will make the heart of every railroad fanatic skip a beat.