‘Balan Wonderworld’ to receive demo ahead of its launch later this year


‘Balan Wonderworld’ to receive demo ahead of its launch later this year

Balan Wonderworld will be getting a demo ahead of its launch, giving players a taste of the upcoming 3D platformer, Square Enix has announced.

News of the demo was delivered to fans in a tweet from the game’s official feed, revealing that the demo will be launching for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and Nintendo Switch on January 28. The full game is expected to launch on March 26.

See the announcement tweet below:


While details on the demo are slim, Gematsu has reported findings from an official Japanese tweet reporting the same news. According to the publication, the demo will contain acts one and two of chapter one, act one of chapter four, and act one of chapter six.

Additionally, a hub world will be available to explore known as the Isle of Times. At this location, it is said that Balan Wonderworld will allow players to raise mysterious creatures known as Tims.

The game is being helmed by director Yuji Naka and character designer Naoto Ohshima, who have both previously worked on creating the Sonic The Hedgehog series. Their new project will bring players to Balan Wonderworld, where over 80 costumes can be discovered, each hosting their own unique abilities for players to utilise.

Square Enix also has numerous Final Fantasy titles expected to reach Xbox Game Pass throughout the year. It’s said that the games will enter “in 2021 and beyond”

Published at Tue, 19 Jan 2021 23:18:13 +0000

‘Yakuza Remastered Collection’ and ‘The Medium’ lead new Game Pass titles

Xbox has announced its latest wave of Game Pass titles, heavily focusing on numerous Yakuza titles launching on the service.

The second half of January will see a huge wave of titles being added to Xbox Game Pass, following on from games such as Injustice 2 being added in the first half. Alongside numerous Yakuza titles, another major inclusion is the Xbox Series console exclusive, The Medium.

You can see the full announcement below.


Starting this Thursday (January 21), four new games will be added to Xbox Game Pass. Control will finally make its arrival on PC, following its addition to consoles last year, and the Outer Wilds will be made available for players on Xbox’s cloud gaming service on Android.

Additionally, the tactical stealth game Desperados III (Android, consoles and PC) will make its debut on the service, offering players a hardcore western simulation. Alongside this, Donut County (Android, consoles and PC) is also launched on the same date, bringing a story-based puzzle game where players must soak up as much of the environment as possible with an ever-expanding hole.

Next Tuesday (January 26) sees the release of Cyber Shadow (Android, consoles and PC), which will also be included into Xbox Game Pass on the same date. The retro-inspired side-scroller will have gamers slicing their way through waves of enemies and accomplishing feats of precise platforming.

The Medium
The Medium. Credit: Bloober Team

Finally, on January 28, the long-anticipated game The Medium (Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PC) will launch and drop onto Xbox Game Pass. The psychological horror from Bloober Team introduces a dual reality gameplay mechanic, having players simultaneously exploring two worlds through the power of next-gen, while also uncovering a horrifying mystery.


The Yakuza Remastered Collection (Android, consoles and PC) will also release on the same day, bringing Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4 and Yakuza 5 to the Xbox family for the first time.

As always, a small list of titles will also be leaving the service. On January 29, Xbox Game Pass says goodbye to Death Squared (consoles), Death’s Gambit (PC), Final Fantasy XV (consoles and PC), Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour (consoles and PC), Gris (PC), Indivisible (consoles and PC), Reigns: Game of Thrones (PC), and Sea Salt (consoles and PC).

Xbox Game Pass could be ramping up for a big year in 2021, as Ubisoft+ has been heavily rumoured to be merging with the service at some point in the future.

Published at Tue, 19 Jan 2021 21:03:29 +0000



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