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Team17 announces indie game partnership

The creators of the popular Worms franchise, Team17, have partnered with Aggro Crab Games, to create Going Under, a fast-paced dungeon crawler.

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Scheduled for a 2020 release on PC and console platforms, Going Under is a fast-paced, satirical, dungeon crawler set among the ruins of failed and poorly conceived tech startups. Following the adventures of Jackie, an intern at carbonated drinks startup Fizzle, players venture into the dystopian and chaotic depths of the dungeons below the bright and bubbly campus building, utilising the junk found from fallen companies to battle a variety of monsters and epic bosses.

Caelan Pollock, Co-Founder, Aggro Crab Games, says: “We’re thrilled to finally announce our partnership with Team17. Our first game out of college, Treadnauts, was heavily inspired by the Worms franchise, so to have signed with Team17’s games label for our sophomore title is a perfect fit. Going Under is an offbeat and chaotic dungeon crawler that’ll feel extremely relevant in today’s fast-paced, high-tech world, and we’re looking forward to sharing more of the game in the months ahead.”

Debbie Bestwick MBE, Chief Executive Officer, Team17 Digital, says: “The aim of Team17’s games label is to nurture the very best indie developers around the world and help them bring their games to market. Aggro Crab Games immediately caught our eye with Going Under, a satirical take on failed tech startups crossed with dungeon crawler gameplay. We’re excited to start eradicating destructive company cultures and redefining the meaning of boss fights next year!”

Today’s announcement is the latest in a series of recent partnerships signed by Team17 that continue to expand the games label’s portfolio of titles into next year and beyond. Going Under will be released on PC and consoles in 2020.

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PAX East 2020: Final Fantasy VII remake playable demo

One of the most anticipated remakes in gaming history, Final Fantasy VII, is going to be showcased at PAX East 2020 this week.

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Square Enix has revealed plans for an action-packed PAX East 2020 with playable demos, developer panels, exclusive promotions, and special events taking place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center from 27 February to 1 March.

Among the top attractions will be the Square Enix Booths – #12011 and #15010 – where attendees will be able to play the highly anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake. Expo goers will have the chance to:

  • Play a gameplay demo – Fans can be among the first to experience and get hands-on with the game at the Square Enix booth.
  • Signing session – Voice actors Britt Baron (Tifa), John Eric Bentley (Barret), Briana White (Aerith), Erica Lindbeck (Jessie) and Gideon Emery (Biggs) will sign for players on 29 February at 11am – 12pm  and 2:30pm – 4pm. They will also be available on 1 March at 11am – 12pm  and 3pm – 4pm. A limited number of tickets for the signing session will be available at 10:30 am each morning in the signing session area.
  • Epic photo opportunity – Players can have their photo snapped with Cloud’s iconic Hardy Daytona motorcycle.
  • Giveaways – double-sided posters featuring the new artwork of the captivating cast of Final Fantasy VII Remake – Cloud, Aerith, Tifa, Barret, and Red XIII will be available at the booth.

Square Enix is hosting the Final Fantasy experiences at Booth #12011 during PAX East 2020.-

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PAX East 2020: Baldur’s Gate 3 to livestream latest content

At PAX East 2020 in Boston this week, Larian Studios will host a Baldur’s Gate 3 livestream to show off the story and mechanics players can expect.

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At the Penny Arcade Expo East Coast (PAX East) later this week, several gaming studios will be showing off their latest games and ideas, providing expo goers with a sneak peak into what to expect from unreleased games.

Among the gaming studios will be Ireland-based Larian Studios, which will reveal eagerly anticipated gameplay of Baldur’s Gate 3. Larian’s Creative Director Swen Vincke will be playing live on stage with a special guest, revealing more about the story, mechanics, and the answers to much-asked questions. 

With seating for 1000 people, expo goers won’t have to worry about finding a space to watch, and for those at home, it will also be streamed on YouTube. Those in attendance will partake in a short, live Q&A where your questions can be asked, and answered.  

For those at PAX East, Larian Studios won’t be breaking its traditions, and will be showcasing live gameplay presentations for the week, starting after the live show.  

Baldur’s Gate 3 was announced back at E3 last year, and since then Larian has been continuing to grow to 350 people (including outsourcers), and working on new technology and pipelines that allow them to create a next-generation RPG, spanning 100+ hours of content, with all the depth one would expect.

Tune in on 27 February at 22:30 SAST to discover why Larian has been quiet over the past few months, and in which direction the studio is heading.

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