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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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Death Stranding comes to PC

The highly-awaited PS4 game by Hideo Kojima, Death Standing, will be coming to PC next year via Steam and the Epic Games Store.

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Following last week’s announcement that 505 Games will publish the PC version of Hideo Kojima’s genre-defying Death Stranding, the global publisher has revealed the game will launch simultaneously on the Epic Games Store and Steam in Summer 2020. Pre-orders for Death Stranding on PC are now available, with a base price of GBP55.

Developed by Kojima Productions, Death Stranding is one of the most anticipated projects of the decade. Starring Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) as Sam Bridges, the game takes place in the near future, where mysterious explosions have rocked the planet, setting off a series of supernatural events known as the Death Stranding. With spectral creatures plaguing the landscape, and the planet on the verge of a mass extinction, it’s up to Sam to journey across the ravaged wasteland to save mankind from impending annihilation.

The groundbreaking experience from legendary game creator Hideo Kojima also features the acting and voice talents of Mads Mikkelsen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Léa Seydoux (Spectre), with additional appearances by Academy Award winning director Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), comedian and television host Conan O’Brien (TBS’ Conan) and renowned games industry personality Geoff Keighley, creator of The Game Awards.

Players can pre-order Death Stranding now for PC on the Epic Games Store or Steam.

For more information on Death Stranding, visit: https://505games.com/games/death-stranding/.

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New Need for Speed brings the Heat

Need for Speed Heat adds another high-speed adventure to the iconic franchise, this time with underground races and more authentic car culture.

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Ghost Games has announced Need for Speed Heat is available worldwide on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Origin for PC. Need for Speed Heat sends players to Palm City, a new open-world where street racers choose their way to play; earn Bank in sanctioned events by day, or risk it all to build Rep in underground races by night. Big risks could mean big rewards, it’s up to the player to make the call.

“At its core Need for Speed is about custom rides, adrenaline-filled races with cops and without them and showcasing the latest in-car customisation,” says Riley Cooper, Creative Director at Ghost Games. “With Need for Speed Heat we’ve dialled those core tenants up and dropped them into a vibrant new world. Heat offers two firsts for the series including a unique day and night cycle that offers players two ways to play, and customisable avatars so they can express themselves beyond just their wheels.”

In Need for Speed Heat, players can drive the hybrid-electric performance, Polestar 1, as well as some of the most iconic car brands in the world. The game also offers the deepest customisation the series has seen, including a range of options for both performance and style, which gives players the tools they need to create their high-octane, anything-goes, dream car. Additionally, as another first for the franchise, Need for Speed Heat features character customisation, giving players 12 preset avatars to choose from to further adapt their own style. Clothing and accessories from PUMA, Life’s a Beach, End Clothing and other well-known brands, ensure that players will be going full throttle with the latest fashion when they hit the streets of Palm City.

Need for Speed Heat also introduces players to a bright, new urban environment that becomes a dangerous neon playground once the sunsets. Taking inspiration from Miami – a vibrant city with a multicultural blend of music, cool street art and stunning night lights – Palm City is a street-racer’s paradise. Day and night are at the core of progression in Need for Speed Heat. During the day, players race in a series of sanctioned events to build Bank. At night, they must engage in illicit racing to establish themselves and reap extra Rep. When the sun goes down things heat up, but the rewards are there for the fearless.

EA Access and Origin Access Basic subscribers can enjoy up to 10 hours of playtime, along with 10% off the purchase of the full game. Origin Access Premier subscribers get all the benefits of Basic on top of full access to the game on PC for as long as they are subscribed.

For more information, visit the website at https://www.ea.com/games/need-for-speed/.

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