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Delisted PlayStation 3 shmup sees a re-release on PlayStation 4 & Vita

PlayStation shmup fans have one-third of a reason to celebrate this week with the release of Gundemoniums on PlayStation 4 and Vita. The $15 title is a revamped edition of the 2003 PC original that was later released and then delisted on PlayStation 3.

Known as Gundemonium Recollection on PS3, it was published by Sony Online Entertainment and included Gundemonium, Hitogata Happa, and GundeadliGne. The games were delisted in 2015 after SOE split from Sony and became Daybreak Game Company but thanks to Mediascape Co. Ltd. one of those three games is back on offer for PlayStation owners.

It’s not exactly a relisting… but it’s close! Mediascape has been ramping up their releases of Japanese titles (mostly shooters) over the last few years so who knows, GundeadliGne, Hitogata Happa, and maybe even Acceleration of Suguri could be re-appearing soon as well.

Gundemoniums is also out this week PlayStation 4 and Vita across Europe, Australia, and Japan.

Skybound posts update on The Walking Dead, relisting soon

Skybound Entertainment, the multiplatform distributor co-founded by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, has finally broken their silence on the future of Telltale Games’ adventure series. In a post on Skybound’s blog the team explains that all the work up to this point has been “logistically and legally to get us to a place where we’re able to roll up our sleeves and get to the actual work”. The post also goes on to state that “many of the talented, passionate team members” from Telltale are on board to bring The Walking Dead: The Final Season to completion, and promises release date details soon.

But what we were most interested to read is that the recently delisted Walking Dead games should be making a return to sale soon. “It’s likely that previous seasons of the game may be unavailable to purchase for a few days as we transition—but don’t panic!—we’ll have everything back online ASAP. If you already purchased Season Four, you will NOT have to pay again; future episodes will be available to download as soon as they are released via your original point of purchase.”

There haven’t been any signs of life on Steam yet but we’ll be back with word as soon as we hear it. Unfortunately, Skybound isn’t picking up every Telltale title and more of their older games are likely to join Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, and Tales of Monkey Island which have already been delisted.

Age of Empires: Castle Siege shutting down May 2019

Sadly, it’s time to bid farewell to another online-only iteration of the Age of Empires franchise. After retiring the multiplayer RTS, Age of Empires Online, Microsoft announced on November 13th that Age of Empires: Castle Siege would be the next title to be shut down. The game’s homepage now displays only the following announcement:

“We wanted to share that after May 13, 2019, ‘Age of Empires: Castle Siege’ will no longer be supported, and will no longer be available for download. Current ‘Age of Empires: Castle Siege’ players can still download and play the game up until May 13. After May 13, matchmaking services will end, which means the game will no longer be playable. While we’re sad to close ‘Age of Empires: Castle Siege,’ we’re excited for what’s to come for the Age franchise with the recent release of ‘Age of Empires: Definitive Edition’ and upcoming titles such as ‘Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition,’ ‘Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition’ and ‘Age of Empires IV.’

More information can be found on the official Castle Siege forums at forums.castlesiegegame.com.”

In addition to the details above, the official forum post offers a helpful FAQ detailing refunds and informing readers that the forums will be closed and archived on December 31st, 2018. I’ll have the date added to the Watch List calendar and a page for the game up on the site soon.

Thanks to @DeadGameNews on Twitter for pointing this out!

PlayStation MOBA, Invokers Tournament, shutting down May 2019

Invokers Tournament was another attempt to capitalize on the MOBA craze when DOTA 2 was blowing up the scene in 2013. Unfortunately, like many other MOBA-likes, Invokers wasn’t able to catch a large enough audience and on November 15th the team at StormBASIC announced it would finally be drawing the game (and their studio) to a close.

When we created Invokers Tournament, we were excited by the possibilities of translating a MOBA with action elements to PSVita, PS4 & PS3. Invokers Tournament players have played countless PvP matches since the launch.

Unfortunately, our game concept did not translate as we hoped, and we are not able to continue the game service more time; StormBASIC games will close their doors soon. It’s with great sadness that we’ll be concluding the game servers on 15-MAY-2019. Until this date, we’ll turn off new in-app purchases soon, and hope you’ll enjoy playing Invokers Tournament until the end of the service.

Thank you all for your passion!

StormBASIC has been a long-time supporter of the PlayStation and once the studio totally shuts down we might lose a handful of their older titles. If you’re looking for titles to keep an eye on after May 2019, here’s StormBASIC’s roster of downloadable titles, mostly of the PlayStation mini variety:

  • Run Ghost Run
  • BABEL The King of the Blocks
  • Karimogi
  • Dr. MiniGames
  • 3, 2, 1…SuperCrash!
  • Tehra Dark Warrior
  • Dynogems

I’ll have the date added to the Watch List calendar and a page for the game up on the site soon.