Video game releases: Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Songbird Symphony, more


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  • Friday, 26 Jul 2019

Wolfenstein: Youngblood introduces a new pair of main characters, searching for the old franchise hero. — AFP Relaxnews

Twin sisters plunge themselves into an alternate 1980s Parisian action shooter in Wolfenstein: Youngblood, a classic strategy franchise arrives on the Nintendo Switch in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and a courageous bird sets forth in Songbird Symphony from a Singaporean indie team. This week also sees the release of fighting game and animé adaptation Kill La Kill: IF, unexpectedly cutesy dinosaur hunter franchise comeback Turok: Escape From Lost Valley, and curious city-spanning timeloop A Place For The Unwilling.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood
for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows PC from July 26; Google Stadia from November

Single-player shooter franchise Wolfenstein adopts a two-person, co-operative angle with human or AI accompaniment – a bit of a departure for the series – as twins Jess and Soph search for their father, franchise hero BJ Blazkowicz, in an alternate history 1980s Nazi-occupied Paris.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses
for Nintendo Switch from July 26

A strategy adventure closer to the tradition of its console forebears (rather than mobile's Fire Emblem Heroes), this time following a group of graduates from the tri-nation Officer's Academy who are put to the test when war threatens to ruin the occasion of their school reunion.

Songbird Symphony
for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Windows PC from July 25

Embark on an epic journey for chirpy young avian, Birb, brought up by a family of Peacocks, but who must now run, jump, flap and sing to meet the forest creatures who can tell him where he really comes from. Debut release from the Singaporean team at Joysteak Studios.

Kill La Kill: IF
for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC from July 26 (July 25 on PC)

Adapting hit single-season animé Kill La Kill, whose purposely ludicrous scenario has characters engaged in a battle to save Earth from a dangerous fashion conspiracy, aided by superhuman powers endowed by sentient and sometimes very revealing clothing – prompting discussion over whether the series is primarily empowering or exploitative – a trend that carries over to the fighting game. Developer Aplus previously made another animé adaptation, Little Witch Academia: Chamber Of Time.

Turok: Escape from Lost Valley
for PC from July 25

An iconic late 1990s and early 2000s first-person shooter made over as a cute (but still dangerous) action adventure, one in which Native American warrior Turok and younger relative Andar have to trace a path through the Lost Valley in order to get home.

A Place For The Unwilling
for Mac and PC from July 25

Explore a living city in its last 21 days, opening up a branching storyline as one of its inhabitants, making choices that impact the environment and the story's final outcome. This city isn't what it seems. – AFP Relaxnews
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