EP Daily Rundown for March 11, 2016

We’ve got a roundup of game announcements to talk about today! The open-world game Retro City Rampage is hitting iOS devices, Rocket League is getting a basketball mode, Sony wants the developers of Fable, Dark Souls 3 will run at 60fps on the PC, and Elite Dangerous is launching with the Oculus Rift.

There’s yet another way to enjoy Retro City Rampage. The open-world game is now available on iOS devices, complete with all the content from the previous versions along with MFi controller support. Retro City Rampage was created by Vancouver-based indie developer and EP pal Brian Provinciano. It’s basically a cross between Grand Theft Auto and Mario, featuring open-world mayhem with NES-style graphics. If you don’t have an iPhone, the game is already available on the PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, PS3, Vita, 3DS, Wii, and 360, basically everything but the Kitchen Sink… and Xbox One. Brian is currently working on a spiritual successor called Shakedown Hawaii, which is meant to resemble Super Nintendo games. We can’t wait for that.

The cars of Rocket League are racing from the soccer field to the basketball court. Developer Psyonix is working on a new basketball mode for the game. They’ve only released one image so far, but it appears there will be a more basketball suitable court with a goal that hangs down just like a net, so you’ll need to practice those air boost skills. The basketball update for Rocket League will likely arrive soon during March Madness. This isn’t the first time Rocket League has embraced another sport; a winterized update for the game resembling hockey dropped the puck back in December.

In related news, Rocket League is doing a cross-promotion with the zombie game Dying Light. To celebrate the release of the new DLC The Following, Dying Light players can deck out their dirt buggies in Rocket League paint jobs, and it appears you’ll also be able to enjoy a game soccer when you’re not busy slaying zombies. Rocket League will also be getting Dying Light-themed add-ons, although they haven’t revealed exactly what those will be.

It looks like Sony is on a quest to write its own Fable. The PlayStation UK branch is holding a special recruitment event for members of Fable developer Lionhead Studios. Rival Microsoft announced that it’s in the process of closing Lionhead earlier this week after cancelling the latest game Fable Legends, so it didn’t take long for Sony to swoop in. The fact that they’re interested in bringing former Lionhead developers into the PlayStation family will certainly please fans of their games. This could indicate that Sony is interested in building their own Fable-style RPG for PlayStation systems, which makes sense given the success the original Fable had in building up the Xbox. We’ll just have to wait and see.

It looks like the makers of Dark Souls 3 are in the right frame of mind when it comes to the PC. FromSoftware has revealed that the PC version of the game will run at 60 frames-per-second. This is already pleasing fans; there were rumours that the PC version would be locked at 30 frames-per-second, but it looks like that will only apply to the PS4 and Xbox One versions. Given that the combat in Dark Souls is all about very precise timing, a constant 60 frames-per-second seems like a necessity… although you’re still going to die, over and over and over again. Dark Souls 3 will launch April 12.

The Oculus Rift is getting a very elite launch title. The massive space exploration game Elite: Dangerous will hit the Oculus Rift on March 28, the same day the device hits stores. Although the game was first released in a standard, normal reality version on the PC and Xbox One last year, it was actually designed with virtual reality headsets in mind. It gives players an entire universe to explore and conquer, all within a first-person perspective that’s perfect for VR. Best of all, anyone who bought the Season Pass version of the existing game will get the VR version for free, although you’ll still have to fork over $800 for the Oculus Rift itself. You can watch our review of Elite: Dangerous by clicking the link on your screen or in the description below. A PS4 version of the game is also in development, but a launch date has not been named.

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