Dear Developers: Game Rebirths

Oh, my pixelated heart is all aflutter at the mere mention of classic video game resurrections! "Shadow of the Ninja - Reborn" isn't just a stroll down memory lane; it's like hopping into a DeLorean and punching it to 88mph, except now the car is shinier, gummy worms are in the cup holder, the streets are in 4K, and there's enough bloom lighting to make J.J. Abrams squint with delight.

AAA developers are no stranger to bringing back hit games (like Capcom), but this post is about the smaller devs. Let's talk about those indie devs weaving their 8-bit magic like they've raided Gandalf's closet for spare wands. When they crack their knuckles and dive into the code of yesteryear's treasures, oh boy, do they bring us a symphony of nostalgia with the bass boosted. It's like they've grabbed the soul of the original, pumped it with HD steroids, and slapped on a "we have technology" sticker. And you know what? We're here for it!

The rebirth of "Shadow of the Ninja" isn't just good news; it's like finding out your favorite cereal from childhood is back on the shelves, and it's part of a balanced breakfast. The gameplay? As silky as a buttered-up otter sliding down a water slide. The co-op? So much fun that you'd want to high-five your... grandmom, but you can't because you're both too busy gripping your controllers like it's the last chopper out of Contra (yes, in my mind... she games too).

So to the indie devs thinking about brushing off the dust from a classic title – don your archeological hats and start the excavation for opportunities. Just remember, it’s not enough to slap on a fresh coat of pixels and call it a day. Gamers are like elephants: we never forget. And if it's not done with the tender love and care it deserves, the roast is going to be legendary—less "resurrection" and more "rest in peace." Ya dig?!

Pull it off, though, and you've got a legion of gamers ready to chant your studio's name like you've just scored the winning touchdown at the Super Bowl of Geekdom (sponsored by Haribo). So, here's to the old becoming new, to the classics getting a second chance to shine, and to the players new and old who get to experience these gems all over again.

A degree isn't required to start developing your first game, and learning is as easy as logging onto your PC to complete a game dev curriculum in your spare time without the debt. You never know where today's affordable courses might take your skills. They could land you the keys to a remake that excited critics (who smile on the inside)... can't wait to rave about.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a cereal date with nostalgia, and she does not like to be kept waiting.


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Top Audiences Last Week + a Free Game!

Buckle up, screen-glazers and joystick-wielders, because it’s time to globetrot from the comfort of our own couch dents. Our list of top audiences is like the United Nations of Gamers... minus the formal attire and plus a heck-load of snacks. Top 10... let's go:

1. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ USA

2. πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¬ Singapore

3. πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ United Kingdom

4. πŸ‡³πŸ‡± Netherlands

5. πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅ Japan

6. πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ Canada

7. πŸ‡­πŸ‡° Hong Kong

8. πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ Philippines

9. πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡­ Thailand

10. πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany

And let's have a pause on the button-mashing to show some love to the gamers that came close in... Australia, South Korea, and France. You're like the DLC of this list, and we can’t wait for you to download into the next top ten! Try a different type of game this week (like the free one below) and... game on!

+ a free game!

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FTS: Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden celebrates critical acclaim with a shining Accolades Trailer

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden celebrates critical acclaim with a shining Accolades Trailer

PARIS -- Feb. 16, 2024 -- Focus Entertainment and DON’T NOD are pleased to announce that Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden launched with critical acclaim on February 13. Discover how the intimate narrative Action-RPG conquered the hearts of players, with a current 4.75/5 player score on PlayStation, 4.9/5 on Xbox, and 89% user score on Steam, and garnered worldwide praise from the press in today’s Accolades trailer.

Immersing players in an atmospheric, lore-rich world,  Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden strikes a chord thanks to its engaging and well-written story, dynamic combat system and excellent character performances.

Focus Entertainment and DON’T NOD are thrilled by such a positive reception, and can’t wait to hear what players will share in the future, as they take on an emotionally moving journey between life, death, love and sacrifices.

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is out now on PlayStation 5Xbox Series X|SSteam and Epic Games Store.

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