Lost In The Open Premieres with a Playable Demo

Black Voyage Games is excited to announce its participation in this year’s #TurnBasedThursdayFest, a five-day celebration dedicated to showcasing the best in turn-based video games. From 4 to 8 April, players around the world will have the opportunity to explore the world of Lost In The Open through a playable demo – available on Steam today!

Lost In The Open is a masterfully crafted roguelike, low-fantasy tactical RPG that plunges players into the heart of a dark and unforgiving no man’s land. Following an unexpected assassination plot, you find yourself wounded, alone, and on the run across a treacherous. Survival in this harsh world is not guaranteed; it requires strategic recruitment, desperate battle, and a journey of sincere repentance. Your King is your most powerful asset but also your greatest liability. How you control the King will determine whether you survive or perish. In this grueling tactical RPG, combat revolves around YOU!

“As part of the development team of Lost In The Open at Black Voyage Games, we are thrilled to participate in the #TurnBasedThursdayFest. This online festival is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate and share our love for turn-based strategy games with a passionate community. We’re eager to showcase our game and connect with other developers and players who share our passion for this genre. We hope all participants enjoy what we have prepared and that together we can make this event a memorable success! Huge thank you to the #TBTF team for featuring us, we are super grateful about the opportunity.” said Rafael Dolfe, CEO & Lead Developer.“I love me a Turn-Based Tactical RPG where the AI outsmarts me! Lost In The Open is a marathon, not a sprint. You can’t expect to destroy every encounter, you will need time to recover and recuperate!” states Black Voyage Games.

Key elements:
      – Node-based exploration meets brutal tactical RPG combat keeping a player always on the edge of survival.
      – Roguelike with randomized world, progression and encounters.
      – Complex and mature narrative tightly integrated with gameplay.
      – Parchment and Quill artstyle which is heavily inspired by authentic artwork and illustrations from the middle ages but with a modern flair.

You escape as Nrvesk all the way from Stratha to Ruedome in the game. Temcao, Mardrot and Degrecao stand in your way.

Lost In The Open Steam page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/2027380/Lost_In_The_Open/ 

Join the Discord server: https://discord.com/invite/PJHmps4VsZ 

Black Voyage Games on X: twitter.com/blackvoyagegame 

About Black Voyage Games
Embark on a voyage through pitch black darkness with Black Voyage Games: Where atmosphere meets honest, gritty play.

Started in 2021, Black Voyage Games is an international indie game studio. The goal of the studio is to take players on a voyage through the pitch-black night. As a result, our games are immersed in a dark, gritty, and ambivalent atmosphere. Our mission is to evoke thought and emotion by exposing players to tough decisions and overwhelming odds. We want players to immerse themselves deeply and attempt to sail on, despite the circumstances. Our studio is completely against predatory monetization strategies, as seen in big studios and countless mobile games. Part of our goal is to develop games with depth and story to make a positive impact on people, rather than fueling issues like addiction and gambling. Releasing Premium games only (not F2P or P2W) is a must for all BVG games.

“Lost in the Open” is our first title and an upcoming game scheduled to launch on Steam in 2024. It is a turn-based tactical RPG where you scramble to escape from an assassination attempt in an atmospheric, low-fantasy, procedurally generated medieval world. “Lost In The Open” can be described as Battle Brothers meets FTL: Faster Than Light, with art style inspiration from real medieval art. A playable demo is available on Steam today.

This press release was sent by PR Nordic on behalf of Black Voyage Games.

Medieval Dynasty New Settlement Wide Art

Medieval Dynasty Goes Virtual: Out Now, All-New Standalone VR Experience

Independent developer Render Cube and publisher Toplitz Productions today revealed a new fully fledged VR experience for Medieval Dynasty, their thrilling multi-genre, open-world RPG, city builder, life simulation and survival game.

In an exciting collaboration, Toplitz Productions and Render Cube are thrilled to announce that the VR spin-off, Medieval Dynasty New Settlement published by Spectral Games is now available. This marks a new chapter in the saga of Medieval Dynasty, as the expertise of Spectral Games joins forces with Render Cube and Toplitz Productions to deliver an unparalleled VR adventure.

With Medieval Dynasty New Settlement players can get an entirely new VR perspective of peasant life and plunge themselves into an immersive world filled with quests and adventures as they make a life for themselves in the challenging Middle Ages. Medieval Dynasty New Settlement supports Meta Quest 2Meta Quest 3 and Meta Quest Pro headsets and delivers a unique perspective into the world of Medieval Dynasty.

“We are happy that the team from Spectral Games made the VR spin off “Medieval Dynasty New Settlement” possible. It clearly reinforces our commitment to the player community and introduces another unique and immersive way to explore and enjoy the beautiful and challenging medieval world of the game.” – Commented Matthias Wünsche, CEO Toplitz Productions GmbH.

In Medieval Dynasty players can hunt, survive, build and lead as they look to find their place in medieval society, in a game with unique events, decisions and consequences that all have a direct impact on gameplay.

With 155 items to create, 85 of which are buildings and 70 items all of which are craftable through their relative recipes in their respective mechanics such as cooking, pottery etc, players can turn their small piece of land into a home and their village into a flourishing city with an expanding sphere of influence.

For further details on Medieval Dynasty New Settlement and this latest VR spin-off, head over to Spectral Games website and be sure to check out the games regular news posts on Steam

See the Medieval Dynasty New Settlement store page here.

Join the Medieval Dynasty New Settlement Discord channel here

Medieval Dynasty is also available on PC, Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 as well as Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

To stay connected with all the latest developments be sure to visit the official Medieval Dynasty Discord server here: discord.gg/medievaldynasty 

About Render Cube
Render Cube is a Polish development studio founded in 2012, currently employing 31 people. In the initial period of its activity, it focused on outsourcing works, commissioned mainly by other game producers, which resulted in cooperation with, among others, CD Projekt, Techland or Platige Image. In recent years, the company has been focusing on the production of its own games, released on PC and console platforms. The biggest title of the studio is Medieval Dynasty, a unique production that combines the best features of such popular genres as survival games, simulators, builders, RPGs and strategies.

About Toplitz Productions
The German-Austrian publisher, whose name originates from the mysterious Toplitz Lake in the heart of Austria, develops and publishes games with “heart & soul” for all platforms. The company consists of a healthy mix of experienced industry veterans and young talents, all of whom are passionate gamers. They enjoy working with creative developers on many exciting titles, such as those from the “Dynasty” and “Giant” series.

About Spectral Games
Founded in 2009, Spectral Games originally focused on mobile apps and games. In 2021, they shifted their strategy to target the thriving virtual reality market, marking a pivotal moment of rebirth. Specializing in VR game development, Spectral Games has embarked on creating a new experience within the Medieval Dynasty universe. Their current project, Medieval Dynasty New Settlement, is a fresh installment with an original storyline and map. Medieval Dynasty: New Settlement is accessible on Meta Store for Meta Quest 2, 3, and Pro. Supported by industry leaders Render Cube and Meta, their venture promises an immersive journey into the world of VR gaming

This news post has been shared via PR Nordic on behalf of Toplitz Productions.

Serum new trailer

Harness the Power of Mutation: Serum Unveils Crafting Abilities in Action!

Independent Polish developer Game Island, in partnership with publisher Toplitz Productions, reveals its latest video insights for its forthcoming survival adventure game SERUM. The video showcases how players can take advantage of the powerful side effects to create new abilities when they brew different recipes of Serum to help them stay alive.

Successful Serum brewing allows players to master their mutations and boost abilities, a small selection of which are showcased in the latest video such as speed, active camo, and attack moves, as well as unique abilities like Tether, which allows players to encase dangerous enemies momentarily in vines.

SERUM is lining up to be the latest addition to the popular survival adventure genre with its fusion of exploration, puzzle solving, crafting, and heart-pounding survival against mutated creatures that roam the game world.

The mysterious elixir (serum) is crucial to your survival in an infected world, a lifeline that has a curing effect of the Blight, a man-made catastrophic event that has devastated the world.

Further details on SERUM can be found on the game’s official Steam page, its Discord page and through its regular devlogs and X (Twitter) diary, revealing more about the world, crafting and macabre dangers that players will encounter.

Wishlist the game on Steam here.

About Toplitz Productions
The German-Austrian publisher, whose name originates from the mysterious Toplitz Lake in the heart of Austria, develops and publishes games with “heart & soul” for all platforms. The company consists of a healthy mix of experienced industry veterans and young talents, all of whom are passionate gamers. They enjoy working with creative developers on many exciting titles, such as those from the “Dynasty” and “Giant” series.

Stay up to date and learn everything worth knowing about Toplitz Productions by following the company on X, Facebook, the official  website and Instagram.

About Game Island S.A
Game Island S.A. was established in July 2020 as a subsidiary of The Dust S.A. Game Island specializes in the production of games for Steam and console platforms. Serum is the first major title in the Game Island S.A. portfolio and is currently under development. The game will be published globally by Toplitz Productions.

This news post has been shared via PR Nordic on behalf of Toplitz Productions.

Battle Crush By NCSOFT

The brawling begins! NCSOFT’s BATTLE CRUSH Global Beta Test Starts Today!

NCSOFT has just launched the global beta for its action-packed game BATTLE CRUSH. The second beta test went live at midnight on March 21st, 0:00 a.m PT (Pacific time). Players from around the world are warmly invited to join and become a pivotal part of BATTLE CRUSH’S game journey.

Back in October, NCSOFT kicked off the first global beta test for BATTLE CRUSH. This time, the testing will be expanded to include 97 countries encompassing North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania. Players around the globe can dive into the action on both PC (via Steam) and mobile (Android) until 11 p.m. PT on March 28th.

In this second global beta test, players will be able to experience the enhanced gameplay of BATTLE CRUSH, now significantly improved thanks to your feedback from the first beta. Key upgrades include an enhanced PC control using keyboard and mouse, redesigned lobby UI for seamless interaction, added rewards system that makes defeating enemies even more satisfying and eased the difficulty of stamina management.

BATTLE CRUSH offers a thrilling action battle brawler where players fight to be the last one standing on ever-shrinking battlefields, filled with enemies. You will be able to pick characters of your choice from various gods and mythological creatures, called Calixers, to dominate the arena and overwhelm your enemies. Put your skill set to the test through a diverse array of Calixers, each offering unique play styles to explore. Strike down your foes and be crowned victorious in the heat of an epic battle! 

Key features include:

  • Strategic combat action that uses simple controls, terrain, and objects.

  • Unique battlefields and various game modes supporting up to 30 players. 

  • Characters with unique action skills inspired by mythical legends.

Set for global release in the first half of 2024, BATTLE CRUSH is currently in development as a cross-platform title, including Nintendo Switch, Steam (PC), and Mobile. More detailed information is available on the official BATTLE CRUSH website, Discord, and YouTube channel. 

Join the second global beta test via the BATTLE CRUSH official website: https://battlecrush.plaync.com/en-us/index

About NCSOFT Corp.
NCSOFT, headquartered in Pangyo, Korea, is the world’s premier publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online games, including the critically acclaimed Lineage®, AION®, Blade & Soul®, Guild Wars® franchises as well as numerous casual games. With approximately 5,000 employees worldwide, NCSOFT aims to provide fun for everyone, everywhere in the world. More information can be found at www.ncsoft.com.This news post has been shared via PR Nordic on behalf of NCSOFT.
The Fate of Baldr

Playthrough by the developer team of The Fate of Baldr

The Norwegian Indie game studio Ananki Game Studio is thrilled to reveal the brand new gameplay from the promising The Fate of Baldr. The developer team behind the game made a nice commented playthrough of The Fate of Baldr.

Ananki had a blast when they played The Fate of Baldr together and it gives all of you insights of what to expect of the game when it releases on Steam this year. This official developer playthrough of The Fate of Baldr gives the complete overview of the Norse mythology inspired unique tower defense game.

We’re thrilled to showcase some of the game mechanics, along with useful tips and tricks to enhance your gameplay experience.” said Ananki Game Studio.

Fearless warrior vikings on their journey to an alien world, that’s the start of this epic new 3D tower defense game The Fate of Baldr. It’s time to get rid of the alien squads using their advanced firearms and defensive towers. As the battle hardens, the Vikings know that the fate of the entire universe is in their hands.

Watch the developer playthrough here: https://youtu.be/i1A-ok–WgA

Release your inner viking and embark on a new adventure by wishlisting The Fate of Baldr on Steam.

Join Ananki Game Studio on Discord and follow on social media: Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube and Instagram. For more information, go to the Ananki Game Studio website

About Ananki Game Studio
Ananki Game Studio is an indie game development studio with 3 full time employees based in Oslo, Norway. The team consists of André (CEO/programmer), Asia (2d artist) and Anders (3d artist/programmer). Each of them have 10+ years of prior experience with programming, 2D art and 3D modeling. They’ve been developing games full time since 2020.

This news post has been shared via PR Nordic on behalf of Ananki Game Studio.

Toplitz productions steam sprng sale

Medieval Dynasty and Sengoku Dynasty: Steam’s Spring Sale Highlights!

Independent publisher Toplitz Productions is excited to announce its participation in Steam’s highly-anticipated Spring Sale.

The latest major seasonal sale gets underway with a raft of wallet friendly savings for gamers to enjoy. Multi genre,open world RPG and city builder Sengoku Dynasty is currently 20% off, players can make the most of the recent major Kintsugi Update to progression, production,farming and optimization in the game.Players can also snap up the Sengoku Dynasty Digital Deluxe Edition for 25% off too.

Medieval Dynasty, now with co-op mode for up to 4 players on PC, and new Oxbow map is a must have purchase, and is 25% off and will undoubtedly provide hours of exploration, crafting and adventure with its new content.

Also in the Dynasty series is Wild West Dynasty which is getting ready to saddle up for its “new beginning”, when it leaves Early Access in Q2, the game rides into the spring sale with 40% off. 

Sticking with the great outdoors, Lumberjack’s Dynasty makes the cut at 60% off in the spring sale. Other savings across the Toplitz range of titles include Industry Giant 2 and Industry Giant, each of which are 80% off their RRP, and Harvest Days: My Dream Farm for those farming aficionado’s comes in at a respectable  50% off. 

Toplitz Productions is also including Farmer’s Dynasty in the spring sale at 70% off and perhaps the most apt of all for spring is Garden Simulator which is offered at a discounted price of 50% off its RRP.

Last but not least some big savings to be had on titles such as Hotel Giant 2 and Airport Simulator 2019  are also available in  the Steam spring sale with 80% off their respective RRP’s as well.

For the full list of Toplitz Productions titles discounted in the Steam Winter sale check out the publisher Steam page here.

About Toplitz Productions:
The German-Austrian publisher, whose name originates from the mysterious Toplitz Lake in the heart of Austria, develops and publishes games with “heart & soul” for all platforms. The company consists of a healthy mix of experienced industry veterans and young talents, all of whom are passionate gamers. They enjoy working with creative developers on many exciting titles, such as those from the “Dynasty” and “Giant” series.

This news post has been shared via PR Nordic on behalf of Toplitz Productions.

Battle Crush key art

NCSOFT’s BATTLE CRUSH Storms in with the 2nd Global Beta Test on March 21st

Pangyo, South Korea – March 11, 2024 – NCSOFT is excited to announce the second global beta test for its action-packed game, BATTLE CRUSH. This eagerly awaited test begins on March 21.

The global beta will include participants from 97 countries across North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania. Players can join the action on PC via Steam and on mobile via Android, starting from 12:00 a.m. March 21 to 11:00 p.m. March 28, Pacific Time (PT).

Showcased at G-STAR 2023, Asia’s leading gaming festival, in November 2023, BATTLE CRUSH is gearing up for its second global beta. The upcoming beta introduces significant gameplay improvements, integrating feedback from its first beta held last October along with insights gathered from the G-STAR demonstration.

BATTLE CRUSH offers a thrilling action battle brawler where players fight to be the last one standing on ever-shrinking battlefields, filled with enemies. You will be able to pick characters of your choice from various gods and mythological creatures, called Calixers, to dominate the arena and overwhelm your enemies. Put your skill set to the test through a diverse array of Calixers, each offering unique play styles to explore. Strike down your foes and be crowned victorious in the heat of an epic battle!

Key features include:

  • Strategic combat action that uses simple controls, terrain, and objects.
  • Unique battlefields and various game modes supporting up to 30 players.
  • Characters with unique action skills inspired by mythical legends.

Set for global release in the first half of 2024, BATTLE CRUSH is currently in development as a cross-platform title, including Nintendo Switch, Steam (PC), and Mobile. More detailed information is available on the official BATTLE CRUSH website, Discord, and YouTube channel.

Pre-register for the second global beta test via the BATTLE CRUSH official website: https://battlecrush.plaync.com/en-us/index

Official trailer of BATTLE CRUSH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuEoQ5_DLfE

Online press kit including artwork: link

About NCSOFT Corp.

NCSOFT, headquartered in Pangyo, Korea, is the world’s premier publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online games, including the critically acclaimed Lineage®, AION®, Blade & Soul®, Guild Wars® franchises as well as numerous casual games. With approximately 5,000 employees worldwide, NCSOFT aims to provide fun for everyone, everywhere in the world. More information can be found at www.ncsoft.com.

Portals to other worlds open in Maze Of Realities: Flower Of Discord – Now available on Nintendo Switch

Zaprešić, Croatia – 6 March 2024 – Get ready for a nail-biting journey as a missing person investigator in Maze Of Realities: Flower Of Discord Collector’s Edition. Mysterious story takes the player on a mission to save the people of Atlantis by finding the elusive Anima Flower. Now available on Nintendo Switch!

The adventure begins as you search for your missing niece and her expedition in the mountains of Greenland. Little did you know that this search would lead you to open a portal to not just one, but three different worlds: Arcalium, Atlantis (also known as the Underwater World) and the Parallel World.

These worlds are finely balanced by the magical Anima flower, found only in Arcalium. The pollen from this flower is crucial to the existence of Atlantis, providing the oxygen that is vital to its future. Now, a mysterious outsider has stolen Anima, and it’s up to you to track him down and return the stolen flower!

Key Features:

  • Find all the flowers growing in Arcalium to learn more about its flora.
  • Collect the pearls to decorate the house in Atlantis.
  • Learn what’s behind the theft of the Anima flower.
  • Restore peace between two parallel worlds in the Bonus Chapter.

Set off on an unforgettable adventure full of challenges, discoveries and the search for the magical Anima flower! Maze Of Realities: Flower Of Discord Collector’s Edition is now available in the Nintendo eStore. https://www.nintendo.com/us/store/products/maze-of-realities-flower-of-discord-collectors-edition-switch/ 

An illusive masquerade party turns into a magical showdown – Magic City Detective: Wings of Revenge

Zaprešić, Croatia – 29 February 2024 – Get ready to wield your magnifying glass alongside the magic wand! The world of Magic City Detective: Wings of Revenge Collector’s Edition will charm players as they take a journey through the spell-bound streets of Venice. Ocean Media’s magical adventure-puzzle is now available on Nintendo Switch.

In this unique masquerade experience, players step into the shoes of a clever detective whose intuition is sharper than a wizard’s spell. A glamorous evening quickly takes a magical turn for the worse when an uninvited mysterious threat invades the party and brings the statues to life. The world of Magic City Detective: Wings of Revenge is no ordinary crime story, but a mysterious showdown that combines detective skills with the glamour of a Venice costume ball.

Magic City Detective: Wings of Revenge Collector’s Edition promises a thrilling adventure as players navigate a cunning trail of clues, encounter magical creatures and solve mysteries hidden beneath masks. Solve the case, stop the evil, and save an entire city from a magical disaster!

Are you ready to put on your detective hat and enter a world where magic meets mystery? Head to Nintendo eStore: https://www.nintendo.com/us/store/products/magic-city-detective-wings-of-revenge-collectors-edition-switch/ 

Exclusive insights and survival strategies for SERUM

Oberhaching, Germany, Feb 15th 2024 – Developer Game Island and publisher Toplitz Productions invite you to explore the dark and menacing world of their first person survival adventure game SERUM. Presented through a series of video insights, the videos delve into various aspects of the game including survival tactics, deadly threats, vital resources and other gaming tips. 

SERUM emerged as a standout among the crowd during Steam Next Fest, ranking among the top 50 most played demos out of 1150 others! Additionally, it secured an impressive 17th place in the list of most-followed demos during the event. Players will also be pleased to know that the SERUM Next Fest demo has been extended and is still available to play until Monday 19th Feb.

The game is driven by a unique game mechanic: the mysterious elixir (serum) is crucial to your survival in an infected world, a lifeline that has a curing effect of the Blight, a man-made catastrophic event that has devastated the world. Against the urgency of time, Serum will propel players to discover how this vital liquid can prolong their existence, amplify their abilities, and enhance their hand crafted arsenal of weaponry. The video series reveals more details about the game, the mutated creatures, and the challenges that players will need to overcome.

Further details on SERUM can be found on the game’s official Steam page, its Discord page and through its regular devlogs and X (Twitter) diary, revealing more about the world, crafting and macabre dangers that players will encounter.

Wishlist the game on Steam here.

About Toplitz Productions
The German-Austrian publisher, whose name originates from the mysterious Toplitz Lake in the heart of Austria, develops and publishes games with “heart & soul” for all platforms. The company consists of a healthy mix of experienced industry veterans and young talents, all of whom are passionate gamers. They enjoy working with creative developers on many exciting titles, such as those from the “Dynasty” and “Giant” series.

Stay up to date and learn everything worth knowing about Toplitz Productions by following the company on X, Facebook, the official  website and Instagram.

About Game Island S.A
Game Island S.A. was established in July 2020 as a subsidiary of The Dust S.A. Game Island specializes in the production of games for Steam and console platforms. Serum is the first major title in the Game Island S.A. portfolio and is currently under development. The game will be published globally by Toplitz Productions.