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Mars Horizon

Making humanity a multi-planetary species in upcoming game ‘Mars Horizon’, developed with support from the UK Space Agency.

Auroch Digital has announced it is to combine rocket building, mission control, and space agency management together in the upcoming strategy game Mars Horizon. Early in development, the game received support from the UK Space Agency as it focuses on the reality of space exploration. The game is in development now and is due for release in Q4 this year to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Mars Horizon is a strategy game in which players control a government space agency. Picking between the space agencies of either Europe, Russia, or the United States, the players then control the agency to collaborate or compete in a decades-spanning campaign to expand humanity’s reach further into space. With each game an alternate history begins to be shaped and guided by the player’s actions, building iconic rockets, probes, and satellites that transmit crucial scientific data back to your customisable Earth HQ, all the while researching, investing in, and bolstering your space flight capabilities. During the player’s version of the space race, perhaps Europe work with Russia, sending satellites into orbit? Could it be that the US get this first satellite into space but that Russia achieves the first moon landing? Who will be best poised to venture to Mars because of learnings from earlier missions? Players will research new tech, expand their agency base, build rockets, send satellites into orbit, and launch a variety of missions throughout the Solar System. The game culminates in the first crewed mission to Mars, setting the stage for humanity to become a multiplanetary species.

The UK Space Agency provided support in the form of a grant, plus advice and information on space exploration and the running of an actual space agency for Mars Horizon. Auroch Digital are advocates for video games both as entertainment but also as a medium with the power to explore real world issues and ideas. Speaking about the game, Auroch Digital’s Design Director, Dr Tomas Rawlings said…

“We wanted to distil the wonder, drama, and the galaxies of possibility that space offers us as a species, into game form. Mars Horizon is our love-letter to the race into space and the challenges and triumphs of humanity on the way to becoming a multiplanetary species”.

Together with research into real science and engineering in the space industry, the support shown by the UK Space Agency to assist in Mars Horizon’s production has elevated and further inspired the development team at Auroch Digital.

Episode 1 of a 3 part podcast series is also available, detailing the games’ production. You can listen and subscribe to the Auroch Digital podcast HERE – get to know the team, the process, and learn about how space engineering has been translated for the video game medium in Mars Horizon.

World Cup Comes to FIFA 18

Play Football’s Biggest Tournament on May 29th in EA SPORTS FIFA 18 and June 6th on FIFA Mobile Before It Kicks Off In Real Life.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ update lets players choose one of 32 qualified nations to live out their FIFA World Cup™ dream and write their own history from the group stage to the final in Moscow in Online Friendlies and Online Tournament modes. Dive into Custom Tournament mode to select any licensed national team in FIFA 18 to create a unique tournament draw with non-qualified nations, including Italy, Chile, USA, among others. Additionally, experience the authentic stadium atmospheres in a quick Kick-Off experience, either solo or with friends.Feel the excitement on and off the pitch through official FIFA World Cup™ elements, from immersive atmospheres that include all 12 stadiums from Russia to authentic pitch environments, and national team banners. The official 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ graphic and broadcast package provides a genuine football experience thanks to the Frostbite™ engine on the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions, which delivers cinematic scenes that continue the FIFA World Cup™ experience long after the final whistle.

Jump into FIFA World Cup™ Ultimate Team™ and benefit from a revised chemistry system featuring dynamic player items related to the real-world tournament to build a dream international squad. Also featured in FIFA World Cup™ Ultimate Team are FIFA World Cup™ ICONS, some of the most iconic players from the tournament’s history.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup™ is also coming to FIFA Mobile for a limited time starting June 6th. Fans can take one of 32 qualified national teams to football glory or re-write history with a non-qualified national team. To learn more visit .

Available in stores now, EA SPORTS ™ FIFA 18 blurs the line between the virtual and real worlds, bringing to life the players, teams, and atmospheres of The World’s Game with the biggest step in gameplay innovation in franchise history.

To learn more about the about 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ content, visit .

Who says NES is dead?

Check your calendar. Yes, it’s 2018. And yes, this is a new release for the NES! (That’s the Nintendo Entertainment System for those out of the loop…) Fortunately for those of you unlucky enough to not have a NES lying around, Lizard is also being released on Steam, PC, Mac and Linux.


A new game for the NES.

Lizard is a game for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), developed solely by Brad Smith, and released in 2018. It is a platform game focused on self directed exploration. (Also available on Steam, PC, Mac and Linux.)

Put on a lizard and go for an adventure!

Choose your lizard carefully. You can find six different ones scattered across the land, each with its own special ability.

You’ll need these abilities as you make your difficult journey through many dangerous places. Carefully hop your way to the top of an active volcano. Surf down a surging river. Swim an underwater lake. Ascend a snowy mountaintop. What kind of strange creatures will you meet? Can you unravel the mysteries of Lizard?


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Red Dead Redemption 2 Trailer

Not many games are anticipated more than whatever Rockstar have in production, right now that title is Red Dead Redemption 2. Here’s the trailer.

And now we wait…

May Gaming Releases

Fans of retro gaming are in for a treat this May as SEGA Mega Drive Classics makes its debut on the PS4 and Xbox One.

Rose-tinted spectacles aside, the Mega Drive was host to a number of legendary titles that still remain fun to play in 2018 as they hit the stores on May 29th.

Full May 2018 Release Schedule

Game Platform Release Date
Super Mega Baseball 2 PS4, Xbox One, PC May-01
Killing Floor: Incursion PSVR May-01
Total War Saga: Thrones of
PC May-03
City of Brass PS4, Xbox One, PC May-04
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical
Switch May-04
AO International
Tennis (originally AU, NZ only)
PS4, Xbox One, PC May-08
Conan Exiles PS4, Xbox One, PC May-08
Destiny 2: Warmind PS4, Xbox One, PC May-08
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire PC May-08
Raging Justice Switch, PS4, Xbox One,
Tacoma (first released on
Xbox One, PC)
PS4 May-08
Immortal Redneck Switch May-10
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Switch May-11
Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor –
PS4, Xbox One, PC May-11
Battle Chasers: Nightwar Switch May-15
Dragon’s Crown Pro PS4 May-15
Horizon Chase Turbo PS4, PC May-15
Little Witch Academia: Chamber of
PS4, PC May-15
Omensight PS4, PC May-15
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange
Journey Redux
3DS May-15
Far: Lone Sails PC May-17
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive
Switch May-18
Little Nightmares: Complete
Switch May-18
State of Decay 2 (Ultimate
Xbox One, PC May-18
Ancestors Legacy Xbox One, PC May-22
Mega Man Legacy Collection Switch May-22
Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 Switch May-22
Runner3 Switch, PC May-22
Space Hulk: Deathwing – Enhanced
PS4, PC May-22
State of Decay 2 (Standard
Xbox One, PC May-22
Tennis World Tour PS4, Xbox One, Switch,
Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers 3DS May-24
Dark Souls Remastered PS4, Xbox One, PC May-25
Detroit: Become Human PS4 May-25
Agony PS4, Xbox One, PC May-29
Everspace PS4 May-29
Legend of Kay Anniversary Switch May-29
Sega Mega Drive Classics PS4, Xbox One May-29
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary
PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC May-29