Game Salute opens pre-order for Black Orchestra, Paizo announces Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Mummy’s Mask, more than 200 new stores will carry Privateer Press’ Warmachine and Hordes, and Sega is considering HD remasters of Shemnue 1 and 2.
Black Orchestra is up for pre-order
Game Salute has decided to move forward with Black Orchestra with the more traditional method of pre-orders to seek public interest in the board game.
Black Orchestra puts up to five players in World War II Germany where they cooperate in a conspiracy to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Players must avoid discovery, capture or successful interrogation.
The game can be pre-ordered at blackorchestra.com for $45 until June 15. If by then there’s enough interest in the game, Same Salute is aiming for a Q4 release. Once in stores, the game’s MSRP will be $60.
Pathfinder Adventure Card Game gets a new base set
Paizo has revealed Mummy’s Mask, the new base set for their strategy card game based on the Pathfinder RPG. Mummy’s Mask is inspired by the Pathfinder Adventure Path of the same name.
In Mummy’s Mask, up to four players cooperate to brave terrible guardians, foul cults, and the burning sands of the desert to stop the rebirth of an ancient tyrant. New monsters, curses, and traps await the heroes.
This is the fourth base set for Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. It hits stores in October but you can pre-order it right now from Paizo’s website. MSRP $60.
More than 200 stores will carry Warmachine and Hordes for the first time
This announcement comes in the wake of Privateer Press’ effort to curb predatory online retailers that offered deep discounts on the company’s miniature games with little to no additional customer services. Their so-called “free rider” policy is supported by the 9 North-American distributors that offer Privateer Press products to retailers.
Company president Sherry Yeary said that eliminating free riders will take time and effort but positive effects can already be seen, such as more than 200 new retailers carrying Warmachine and Hordes for the fist time.
Sega is looking into releasing Shenmue 1 and 2 for the current gen of consoles
Sega Europe community manager Dan Sheridan said the company would love to release high-definition remasters of the 1999 Shenmue and 2001 Shenmue II games originally released for the Dreamcast, but things might not be as simple as that.
HD versions of classics aren’t uncommon, but Sega apparently wants to avoid a rushed upscaling job and instead release a game that lives up to fans expectations. The Shenmue series was one of the first games to feature a world in which you could interact with almost anything and anyone, and it’s also known for heavy use of quicktime events. Sheridan also said there are some licensing issues with properties featured in-game.
We’re getting a Shenmue III by the end of 2017 anyway (the game was successfully Kickstarter by the series creator last year) so it would nice of Sega to hitch a ride in the hype and release the first two games for Xbox and Playstation before then.