Publisher Activision has revealed the next entry in the popular Skylanders series, also known as the sequel to Skylanders Giants, which was released in Fall 2012. Skylanders SWAP Force features new characters, 250 new character combinations, and it is scheduled to launch in the Fall on multiple video game platforms. The HD versions – for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U – are being developed by Vicarious Visions, whereas developer Beenox is working on the Wii version, and n-Space is developing the Nintendo 3DS version.
N-Space studio co-founder, Dan O’Leary, has admitted that sales for Heroes of Ruin for the Nintendo 3DS were nothing short of disappointing. O’Leary said that there’s very little chance that we will ever see a sequel to the game, which received an average Metacritic score of 69%. Here’s what he had to say about the game, and the Nintendo 3DS.
“We’re not satisfied with the sales. The 3DS attach rate is… challenging at best and it seems that, for all its promise, Heroes of Ruin did not appeal to enough of the installed base.”
“I am super pleased with what we made and would love to return to the genre one day, but I fear that Heroes did not have enough commercial impact to justify a sequel.”
Developed by n-Space and published by Atari, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3D is out now in North America and releases October 26th in Europe and Australia.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3D is the first portable game in the RollerCoaster Tycoon series. There are three modes in the game, which include Coaster Story, Coaster Creator and Park Sandbox.
Coaster Story is the “story mode.” In it, you must complete a sequence of challenges, starting from the most basic tasks (that teach you the game’s fundamentals) to more difficult ones. All the challenges are related to running a successful park. Throughout most challenges, you need be aware of your budget and the time. Many challenges dragged; in order to payoff a loan, for example, I annoyingly waited in a park for a long time just to make money via the facilities I scattered around the park.
At the start of Coaster Story, you select either a girl or boy to represent you. Regardless of which sex you choose, the dialogue remains the same throughout the game; the boy and girl have the same exact speech – word for word.
Coaster Creator allows you to build a rollercoaster with no cash limitations, save it, and then bring it into a park in Park Sandbox or Coaster Story. You can also share your creation with other Nintendo 3DS players via StreetPass. Unfortunately, the game does not feature SpotPass, which means you can’t show-off your creations online.
You need an SD Card to save progress in Park Sandbox, in which you can freely build a theme park without having to worry about a budget or the time. You can only create one park per SD Card, and you cannot share your theme park with others. If you want to make a new theme park, you’ll have to obliterate your existing one.
The controls have you using the Nintendo 3DS’ physical buttons, Circle Pad and touchscreen. You use the Circle Pad to move a cursor, the Control Pad to zoom and rotate the camera, and the touchscreen to construct your park. The controls were very frustrating at first, but felt fine once I completed the basic challenges in Coaster Story.
The game’s music and soundeffects are charming at first, but get quickly repetitive. In parks, you hear the same amount of annoying chatter throughout, regardless of how many (or how few) peeps are in your park.
The game’s visuals could have been better; some could easily mistaken it for a Nintendo DS game – minus the mediocre 3D effect. The peeps in your park walk around aimlessly and disappear right in front of your eyes when you move the cursor a tad bit away. Oftentimes, rides appear to function without riders.
If you’re a fan of the series, you may be disappointed with RollerCoaster Tycoon 3D. Newcomers can be introduced to RollerCoaster Tycoon by this title, but they’ll most likely think it’s dull and will not understand the popularity that surrounded previous games in the long-running series.
N-Space has revealed in a recent interview that their survival horror title Winter hasn’t been completely forgotten by the development studio. N-Space says they still believe that there is market out there for survival horror titles which have an emphasis on survival.
“Frankly, I don’t think the office has ever stopped rumbling about Winter. There’s an intense amount of love among the team for the game. And the more we’ve seen the survival horror genre switch its focus from surviving to reloading, the more we feel the market is hungry for a game like Winter,” the developer said.
“So what’s the bottom line? The bad news is that we haven’t yet found the right opportunity. The good news is that Winter is just like any good horror movie monster. It’s not dead.”
Heroes of Ruin developer n-Space promises that it has a new announcement in the wings which will be shared with everyone on Facebook. The development team wouldn’t give any hints regarding what the announcement could be, but seeing as Heroes of Ruin is now available in stores, it could well be a new game.
“Just keep your eyes on the official n-Space Facebook page and you’re sure to see a surprise sooner rather than later.”
Heroes of Ruin for Nintendo 3DS released today in Europe. The game, developed by n-Space and published by Square Enix, will feature daily challenges that can be downloaded to it via SpotPass. Throughout the game, you can connect with up to four players from around the world and fight alongside each other. Heroes of Ruin will be released in North America on July 17th.
Developer n-Space has announced, via Facebook, that RollerCoaster Tycoon 3D has been approved for a European release. The game was first announced in August 2011. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3D is scheduled to release later this year for the Nintendo 3DS. Expect announcements regarding the game’s release date and price from its publisher, Atari.
We continue to greatly appreciate the enthusiasm you’re showing for RollerCoaster Tycoon 3D. We share your passion for this classic franchise and join you in looking forward to this game’s release!
We’re happy to share the good news that RollerCoaster Tycoon 3D has been approved for release in Europe. This milestone concludes our role in the game’s development. Decisions regarding the game’s release in North America and Europe, such as ship date and marketing, are the purview of Atari.
N-Space, the developer charged with making the Nintendo DS version of Modern Warfare 3 has slammed popular online gaming site Kotaku and The Official Nintendo Magazine for publishing disparaging reviews about the game.
The official Nintendo Magazine of UK gives CoD:MW3:D a 70%. Apparently we get marked down for “not being ready to take the step up to 3DS yet.” I’m always amazed by how poorly game journalists understand the industry they work in. Oh, and Kotaku can suck it.