Friday, January 24, 2014

Moon Chronicles Officially Announced For 3DS!

Renegade Kid announced today their latest game for the 3DS eShop and it is Moon Chronicles, both a remake of the DS original and a continuation of the story. Using their technical prowess, Moon Chronicles is running in a brand new first person engine built for the 3DS that runs at an impressive 60fps with 3D on or off (For those who've played the recent Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds which runs at 60fps, you know how smooth the gameplay is at this high frame rate). Moon Chronicles will also support both touch screen aiming like the original as well as the Circle Pad Pro peripheral for those who prefer twin stick gameplay. This game will also be the first FPS on the 3DS.

Taking inspiration from TV shows like Lost, Moon Chronicles will tell its story over the course of a series of episodes with episode 1 arriving in Spring 2014. The additional episodes will be released as DLC through the rest of the year. It's an interesting approach that is designed to create anticipation for the next episode. Here is a breakdown of the episode structure and pricing:
  • Episode 1: $8.99 (contains chapters 1-4 + 6 VR Missions: about 4 hours of gameplay)
  • Episode 2: $1.99 (contains chapters 5-8: about 2 hours of gameplay)
  • Episode 3: $1.99 (contains chapters 9-12: about 2 hours of gameplay)
  • Episode 4: $1.99 (contains chapters 13-16: about 2 hours of gameplay)
The 4 episodes which will be collectively known as "Season One" are a complete remake of the original Moon from the Nintendo DS. Provided this design is successful, we will actually see brand new episodes in "Season Two" and beyond which would like be released in 2015. Considering how good the original game is and how many players missed it in its original release, Moon Chronicles will make an excellent addition to the 3DS library. Renegade Kid has even included a QR Code which can be scanned with you 3DS so you can view a few screenshots in full 3D.

Fans of the Metroid Prime series should take notice of this game considering how similar it is in terms of atmosphere and gameplay. It should also be noted that this games release and episode structure will be used again by Renegade Kid with their upcoming Survival Horror FPS known as Cult County which can be viewed here. Enjoy!


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