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Game devs open studio in Fourways

Cali4ways Games, local independent video game developer, has announced the opening of its “real life permanent” studio, nestled in the graphic media hub of Johannesburg.

Click below to watch how the South African game studio has settled in.

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Cali4ways comprises talent that jumped ship from other volatile creative industries: Steve the “Entrepreneur”, Louis “CEO & creative delusional visionary”, Nick “He who never sleeps”, Sibusiso “Skynet” and some “Suits” with calculators and serious deadlines.

Louis Du Pisani, CEO of Cali4ways Games, said: “Taking the plunge from an after hours’ hobby to full time game developers has been terrifying… it’s still terrifying. We channel that fear into Boet Fighter. When your dreams start giving you nightmares, then monetise that trauma.”

They are creating a game called Boet Fighter, which started off as a goof. Since then, it has taken the South African social networks by storm. Sometimes going viral is actually organic. Who knew? Its makers say Boet Fighter is “completely organic, handmade, and a comically crafted game that celebrates everything that makes the South African middle class so unpleasant, but packaged in a loving way  – a game where we flip the damsel in distress motif on its head”. 

The creators provide the following description:

“Follow Hard Eddy and Mod-C as they indiscriminately bliksem strangers to find out whether or not they had anything to do with the mysterious disappearance of a girl that Hard Eddy just met. Player 2 is also there, because market research suggests that we a) portray variety and b) that existential trauma is more fun when shared with friends.

“Hop on board as we toss our existing careers into the almighty dream volcano and pursue an end goal that will either a) pay off in the long run or b) won’t.”

For more information about Cali4ways Games, visit www.cali4ways.com

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Persona 5 Royal lands early next year

The award-winning RPG, Persona, gets a new instalment at the end of March 2020.

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Two years ago, the Phantom Thieves stole the hearts of millions of fans around the world. Now, they’re getting ready to make their triumphant return in Persona 5 Royal, an enhanced release of Atlus’s acclaimed JRPG Persona 5.

Persona 5 Royal steals the show for the PlayStation 4 system on 31 March 2020 with a Phantom Thieves Edition, Launch Edition, and special digital bundles. Digital pre-orders, which are available now on the PlayStation Store, will come with an original Persona 5 Royal theme as a bonus. And, all the original Persona 5 DLC will be free for all Persona 5 Royal players.

With the Persona 5 Royal physical editions, players will get:

  • Official Joker Mask (comes with a stand)
  • Collector’s Box
  • Art book
  • Soundtrack
  • Limited edition Steelbook case
  • Dynamic PS4 theme code 

The game will be available on 31 March 2020 for the PlayStation 4.

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Live-action Mulan trailer revealed

Disney has revealed a trailer for its live-action Mulan movie, which is set to hit cinemas in March 2020.

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Acclaimed filmmaker Niki Caro brings the epic tale of China’s legendary warrior to life in Disney’s “Mulan,” in which a fearless young woman risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest warriors China has ever known. When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. 

Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father. “Mulan” features a celebrated international cast that includes: Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Cheng Honghui; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor. The film is directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin suggested by the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.”

Disney’s Mulan opens in cinemas on March 27, 2020.

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