Thatgamecompany released a teaser trailer for their new mobile game titled, Sky. They are the studio behind the award-winning 2012 indie hit Journey. If you thought Journey was a lovely game, you’ll need to check out their upcoming teaser for what they’re releasing next:
It’s a tease, alright. But, here’s a catch: It’s not going to be released on consoles just yet. It’s going to be a mobile game. They wrote:
“It’s been a very busy summer in the studio as the team has continued to push forward on iterating design concepts, multiplayer dynamics and starting to add artistic and audio polish to the game. The day has finally come for us to start sharing our next project to the world… and we do so with more than a few butterflies in our stomachs and plenty of joy. Today, we announce our next game — Sky — a social adventure game that will be coming first to iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.”
Journey was released exclusively on the PlayStation and rightfully earned BAFTA awards for its score, art, and audio design. There had long been hope for a follow-up release and the decision to release a mobile game may be a surprise to fans; but, Jenova Chen, game designer and co-founder of Thatgamecompany, appropriately explains saying:
“Well, the biggest feedback we got from Journey was that a lot of people play the game and loved it so much they shared it with their family. People would say how this was the first game they finished on a console and the most often thing I heard was ‘can you make this so I can play with my family together?'”
The gameplay, design, and score sticks to thatgamecompany’s prior releases, but the key difference is in the game’s social aspect. Sky was announced last year with the iPhone X launch and the game will be available soon! Sign up for early access here.
There’s a Neko Atsume VR game coming to the PS4!
Cat lady dreams come true
Remember Neko Atsume? The adorable, noncommittal mobile game that lets you collect cute cats and watch them do the silliest of things? Well, if you were one of the people who squealed over virtual pet cats and wanted to hop into the game, you might want to warn your friend for some intense screams. Neko Atsume VR is an actual game that’s coming to PlayStation 4.
The game was first announced in September last year but had no details on when it was going to launch. Well, all the cricket noises have cleared out and the developers, Hit-Point, just announced that Neko Atsume VR will be launching for the PlayStation 4 on May 31. Before you get too excited though, the game will, unfortunately, be available only in Japan — for now.
But this doesn’t stop us from checking out the features before Hit-Point releases it worldwide. In Neko Atsume VR, you can place snacks, toys, and items in your yard. Players will have to buy these items from the shop. You can take photos and watch your cats grow in numbers. Admittedly, the game is not too different from your typical Neko Atsume but it’s still a cat lover’s dream come true.
The selling point is undeniably clear: to immerse yourself in the cute cat world and to interact with them in ways you couldn’t have before. Neko Atsume is still in the works seeing as Hit-Point has only integrated 20 types of cats you can collect. That’s not even half as many as the ones you could collect on the original version.
As of now, the rest of the world will have to wait it out since it’s, again, only available in Japan on May 31.
Amazon launches lightweight Android web browser
It’s designed for low-powered devices
Amazon has released a lightweight internet browser for Android smartphones in India, simply called Internet. The app itself weighs just about 2MB in size and is designed to offer an efficient way to browse the internet on devices with limited processing power and available storage space.
Compelling features of the Amazon Internet browser include privacy, with Amazon claiming no extra permissions are required to use it and no private data is collected, as well as private tabs to ensure websites can’t capture your data.
Among many features, the web browser’s homepage gives a glimpse at general headlines, while offering specific news such as cricket scores. The home page also offers previews for various tabs and an automatic full-screen viewing option. The browser comes with a download manager as well, and while the default search engine is Bing, you can change it to Google from the settings.
Amazon has designed the app for Android 5.0 Lollipop and higher, but it cannot be downloaded on devices running newer versions of Android as of now, citing incompatibility as the reason on the app’s Play Store listing. Amazon had recently launched the Kindle Lite app, which too weighs less than 2MB in size.
The major reason why India has been such as an attractive market for tech companies is because of its increasing data consumption. On December 21, 2017, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant tweeted that India has become the “World’s No. 1 mobile data consuming the country.”
Earlier this year, Google released Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, Google Go, Gboard Go, and the completely new Files Go app as part of the Android Go initiative. Android Go is based on the latest Oreo update but is a less resource-intensive version of the operating system, tailored for budget phones with lower specs — as low as 512MB of RAM.
Spotify is redesigning their Free version with more features
Finally, some on-demand!
Spotify Free users are in for a treat. The music streaming service is gearing up to redesign their free version with more features.
To add to the mire of updates, users are reporting rollouts of a new free version over the last few days. Among other notable changes, the redesign allows users to play songs on demand from selected playlists.
Before the redesign, the free version’s biggest difference from the premium is the inability to play songs on demand. Free users had to settle for shuffle mode. The new feature adds the ability but only for more popular playlists such as the “Gold Edition” playlist.
The new design now also displays an individual songs album art while they are playing. Album art displays were another feature exclusive to the premium version.
It also sports several quality-of-life redesigns. For example, Spotify now displays genres with smaller icons, prompting more content on one page. Previously, genres showed with larger “album arts” and genre-specific icons. (This subtler change also made it to the new Premium version.)
Spotify has yet to release an official announcement regarding the new redesign. They have also haven’t revealed any notable feature upgrades for Premium users. However, rollouts are slowly making their way to devices now.
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