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Gaming Week In Review: System Shock 2 remake and Lady Layton game revealed.

System Shock 2 is getting a remake.

Nightdrive Studios started a Kickstarter earlier this month to remake the classic PC game System Shock 2, which concluded on July 28. System Shock is the granddaddy of all RPG shooters and serves as the inspiration for many classics like the Bioshock and Deus Ex series. The studio itself is based in Portland and was founded in 2012 to bring classic games that would otherwise be unavailable to modern platforms.

The Kickstarter succeeded in raising roughly $1.3 million for the game. Due to an overwhelming amount of requests, the game will be coming to PS4 in addition to PC, MAC, Linux and Xbox One.

The game is planned to release in December 2017 with the PS4 version planned for spring 2018. If you’re looking to get a taste of the game before that, you can download the free demo from Steam, GoG or the Humble Store right now or even pick up the original for $10.

New Professor Layton game features a new female protagonist, Lady Layton.

Fans of the popular Professor Layton puzzle game series may have been dismayed to learn that the 2013 title Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy would be the series’ final game to feature the titular character. Instead, the mantle of the puzzle-solving professor has been taken up by his daughter in the series latest installment, Lady Layton and the Millionaire Ariadone’s Conspiracy.

The game’s story is set to follow Katrielle Layton as she searches for her missing father and solves an assortment of mysteries and puzzles along the way. The game will have similar gameplay to previous titles and so far seems to feature a mostly original cast of characters.

The reception of the new female main character has been positive so far, though some fans have shown concern about the apparent lack of returning characters and the apparent tonal shift the series will be taking. The game is set to release for Nintendo 3DS, IOS and Android sometime next year.

Pokémon Go accessory delayed until September, but the game has big plans for the future.

The Pokémon Go train is still chugging along, but the game’s Bluetooth accessory Pokémon Go Plus has been delayed until September. The accessory was originally planned for an end of July release for roughly $35. With the game itself being unstable and a huge increase in demand, the release has now been pushed back to the end of September.

The Pokémon Go Plus is a Bluetooth device that connects to one’s phone and lights up and vibrates when passing a PokéStop or when a wandering Pokémon crosses your pass. It allows players to instantly catch Pokémon they’ve caught before and visit Poke Stops with the press of a button instead of having to pull out their phone.

Additionally, based on the video game website Polygon’s coverage of Comic Con 2016, the game’s developers estimate they’ve only released roughly 10 percent of the game’s planned content.

This means there’s a lot to look forward to for the game’s future. Future plans include adding more Pokémon, player-created in-game locations, trading between players and improvements to the game’s competition.

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