UnderMine Opens the Othermine in Update to Beloved Action-Adventure Roguelike

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – 27 March 2020 – UnderMine, the action-adventure roguelike brimming with secrets from developer Thorium Entertainment and publisher Fandom, opens the Othermine today as part of the new v0.6.0 Steam Early Access update. The 1.0 PC, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One versions will release later this year.

Enjoyed by more than 100,000 players in early access, UnderMine follows peasants on a journey into the world below. Searching for fortune and freedom, poor laborers delve deep into subterranean caverns to mine gold, acquire powerful relics, forge friendships, discover secrets, and defeat powerful bosses lurking in the depths of the earth. When one adventurer meets an untimely end, their belongings pass on to another, who hopefully can make better use of them in this fresh fusion of roguelikes, dungeon-crawlers, and action games.

To unlock the Othermine, peasants must first conquer the four zones of the main campaign, hacking and throwing their trusty pickaxes to mine for gold, free potential allies trapped underground, and survive the dangers of the mine. Gold earned during runs can purchase permanent upgrades.

The Othermine is new late-game content introducing genuine roguelike design and endless replayability to UnderMine’s blend of progression and procedural generation. After reaching the end of the fourth zone and providing the Gatekeeper with a Nether, peasants can enter the Othermine. With no gold and only base stats, peasants must rely on a randomized assortment of upgrades, relics, curses, blessings, and familiars to overcome this challenge.

Othermine runs compel peasants to rethink how they acquire and utilize items, as they cannot rely on permanent upgrades and will need to adapt to the random drops. Veterans can earn Othermine Crowns for win streaks in the Othermine, unlock three new familiars and seven new achievements, and seek greater challenge with the curse-granting Siegfried’s Aegis.

The v0.6.0 update adds further replayability to UnderMine’s satisfying campaign and comes with two improvements for peasants of all skill levels. The Explorer’s Boots boost speed up by up to 40% out of combat to streamline navigating the mines. A new magic mirror in Arkanos’ library randomizes peasants’ gender, color scheme, and name, for those in need of a new look.

“We love how the progression is shaping up in UnderMine, but we know our dedicated players wanted something with stronger roguelike influence, to really challenge them,” said Derek Johnson, Founder, Thorium Entertainment. “The team looks forward to seeing who has the skills to complete an Othermine run with the Sigfried’s Aegis and the curses it provides!”

UnderMine version 0.6.0 is available starting today via Steam Early Access. The game features support for English, French, German, Spanish (Latin America), Brazilian Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian language options. The 1.0 PC release, as well as the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One versions, are planned for 2020 launches.

For more information, please visit UnderMine’s official website, check out the game on Twitter and Instagram, join the official Discord server, and follow Thorium on YouTube and Twitch.

DEEMO -Reborn- Receives New J-Pop Duo EGOIST DLC, Free Today Through 19 April

TOKYO — 19 March 2020 — DEEMO -Reborn-, the expanded and definitive edition of the hit rhythm game downloaded more than 22 million times from Sony Music Entertainment (Japan)’s publishing label UNTIES and developer Rayark Games, will receive a DLC containing five songs from the popular Japanese artist EGOIST today at 10:00 a.m. PT.

Available for free until 19 April before rising in price to $6.99 USD, the new song pack features EGOIST’s “All Alone With You,” “Planetes,” “Ghost of a Smile,” “Kimi Sora Kiseki” and “Anata ni Okuru Ai no Uta,” all of which can be played in both VR and controller modes. Fans of all skill levels can challenge themselves to master multiple difficulty levels of these hits fitting to DEEMO -Reborn-’s melancholic setting.

The 13th in a series of DLCs, the EGOIST Special Selection brings the total number of downloadable songs to 65. The J-pop duo joins a renowned roster of collaborators including Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu’s Earthbound Papas, metal band Jigoku Quartet’s guitarist Shinichi Kobayashi, and electronic and contemporary classical group Mili. Each of the first 12 five-song packs contains two VR mode and three controller mode tracks.

Explore titular character Deemo’s breathtaking castle and master a piano whose beautiful melodies have the power to grow a tree to unbelievable heights. With gameplay alternating between musical performances as Deemo and exploration as his unexpected visitor, DEEMO -Reborn- presents its beloved and touching tale as an unforgettable and immersive PlayStation VR experience.

“EGOIST’s songs are a perfect fit for the atmosphere and gameplay of DEEMO for both VR and regular TV screens,” said John Davis, G&R Representative, UNTIES. “Collaborating with EGOIST on a DLC was very special for all of us and their songs make a great addition to the ever-expanding pool of music in DEEMO -Reborn-.”

DEEMO -Reborn- is now available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR with PlayStation Move controller support for $39.99 USD and supports English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Traditional / Simplified Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. The EGOIST Special Selection DLC will be free until April 19, 2020 and cost $6.99 USD after that. The first 12 song packs are available for $4.99 USD each or as a season pass for $29.99 USD. The season pass does not include the EGOIST Special Selection DLC. An animated DEEMO film is also on the way and expected to wrap up production in 2020.

For more information, please follow @UNTIESWORLD and @DeemoRayark on Twitter or check out the official Facebook page.

Cinematic Adventure Stela Launches on Nintendo Switch, Steam Today

VANCOUVER – 13 March, 2020 – Halo Infinite co-developer SkyBox Labs brings Stela, the cinematic platformer about a young woman witnessing the final days of a mysterious ancient world, to Nintendo Switch™ and Steam for Windows PC today. The final, definitive version includes new content debuting across all platforms as well as updates added since launch on Xbox One and Apple Arcade. 

The new content includes an expanded ending and post-credits scene as well as an additional 15 secret areas to explore, unlockable 3D dioramas, visual improvements, and bug fixes.

Stela presents a lone traveler’s journey through a variety of breathtaking environments to find safety in the final days of a decaying world. Escape human-sized beetles, hungry spirits, and other gargantuan monsters lurking in the shadows while solving massive puzzles to the sound of an original ambient soundtrack.

“We’ve put our all into creating new content for the Nintendo Switch and Steam ports, hoping to bring to light a side of Stela no one has experienced,” said Shyang Kong, Co-Founder, SkyBox Labs. “By adding more layers to the game, we’ve addressed critiques and improved its storytelling. The end result is one even those who have already completed the game will enjoy.”

Stela is available today on Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch and Steam for the regular price of $19.99 USD, with a launch discount of 15% off for Steam worldwide and Nintendo eShop in the Americas only. It is also available on Xbox One and Apple Arcade.

For more information, please visit the Stela website or follow SkyBox Labs on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Free Rhythm RPG Nocturne: Prelude Uploads Adventurers to a Digital Afterlife Today on Steam

VANCOUVER, Canada – 3 Mar. 2020 – Nocturne: Prelude, the first chapter of the story-driven rhythm RPG from Pracy Studios set in a dystopian future where humanity lives in a digital afterlife, launches on Steam for free today at 12:00 p.m. PT. The full release of Nocturne will arrive on PC and Nintendo Switch in 2023.

Humanity is extinct, but an echo of civilization lives on. Maya, the fabled utopian afterlife where people abandon their corporeal forms in favor of an eternal existence with loved ones in a digital world, is not all as it seems. Decay and corruption await Karma, the world’s first newcomer in thousands of years, and derails a desperate attempt to reunite with their missing brother on the other side.

Befriend a charmingly quirky crew like a wise orange fish in monk garb and a headstrong little boy to unravel the mysteries of the Blackout, an enigmatic catalyst that triggered Maya’s plunge into chaos. Test the limits of human existence, exposing an insidious threat lurking among the remains of humanity.

March to the beat of battle in Nocturne: Prelude’s unconventional take on traditional RPG combat through intense rhythm battles with multiple difficulties. Tap to a high energy, progressive symphonic rock soundtrack to keep the battle going, dodging dangerous notes and watching for surprises tucked away in the composition.

Explore vast wastelands of former technological wonders now reclaimed by nature, ruined cities, and cyberpunk lairs. Nocturne: Prelude’s retro art style of pixelated environments, stunning character portraits, and ambient tunes whisk players away to a nostalgic universe for a modern era.

“While I began my career in film, I felt this need to create a narrative experience that can only be crafted in a game,” said Benjamin Pracy, founder of Pracy Studios, “I’m inspired by the brilliance of late 90’s and early 2000’s RPGs, where creativity exceeded the bounds of their technical limitations. In Nocturne, I want to take us back to that era, but with a modern twist.”

Nocturne: Prelude: is available now for free on Steam in English. For more information visit the official Pracy Studios website, check out the Nocturne Discord and follow the studio on Twitter and YouTube.