Gaming Bits: Are you ready for some Mayhem?

Gaming Bits: Are you ready for some Mayhem?

You may have heard already, but Champaign-based game developer Volition announced their next property Monday: “Agents of Mayhem.”

Details are scant, so far, as it appears they’re trying to wait until E3, next week in Los Angeles, to spill most of the beans. However, I’m trying to get some more details before the show.

Until then, there’s a cinematic trailer to dig into for details. Please note that it features adult language that some many find objectionable.

First thing I notice is that it’s a very similar art style to Volition’s “Saints Row” games.

Next, the wise-cracking probable-hero characters seem awfully found of the color purple, just like the main characters in the “Saints Row” games.

The holographic talking heads toward the end all bear the label, Ultor, a villainous fixture in the “Saints Row” and “Red Faction” games.

And a purple fleur-de-lis on the wall coupled with the line, “A street gang? Hardly.” A femme fatale with a vaguely Russian accent? Yeah, this heavily hints that this game will be set in the “Saints Row” universe, even if it isn’t technically a “Saints Row” game by title.

It’s currently scheduled for release in 2017, according to the end of the teaser.

I’d guess that it will be an open-world third-person shooter, as that tends to be Volition’s style. And according to what they told IGN.com, it’ll be exclusively single-player. I’d expect it to be for PS4, Xbox One and maybe PC.

I hope to know more soon.

A fantastic release date

Square Enix announced Monday that “World of Final Fantasy” will be coming to the PS4 and PS Vita on Oct. 25, 2016, in North America.

And they released a trailer, which makes clear that this will be as nostalgic for Final Fantasy fans as “Kingdom Hearts” is for Disney faithful. Familiar faces abound, though ... OK, the vast array of art styles interacting all at once kind of throws me. Some characters look like they’re torn from “Kingdom Hearts;” others are big-headed, tiny-bodied chibi characters; and at least one piece of cinematic hints at a more realism-based style may intrude on occasion.

According to Square Enix, “In ‘World of Final Fantasy,’ players lead a pair of twins, Reynn and Lann, through the land of Grymoire on a search to rediscover their lost memories. Throughout their adventure, players will collect, raise and battle adorable beings of classic ‘Final Fantasy’ lore, including cactuar, chocobo and behemoth, to create customizable, strategic tower combinations to take on the most challenging of opponents.”

Capturing, raising, battling and evolving monsters? Sounds like there will be some “Pokemon” elements.

A return to Ivalice

Square Enix also revealed that “Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age,” an HD remaster, will be coming to the PlayStation 4 next year.

New features for western audiences:

— A 12-job character progression system.

— High-definition graphics.

— True 7.1 surround sound support.

— Choice between the original and a remastered soundtrack.

— A trial mode, where players can try to fight through 100 successive battles.

— Trophy support, auto saves and faster loading.

The latest legendaries

Pokemon Company International and Nintendo recently revealed the legendary Pokemon, Solgaleo and Lunala, that can be found in “Pokemon Sun” and “Pokemon Moon,” slated for release Nov. 18 on Nintendo 3DS.

“Pokémon Sun” and “Pokémon Moon” will take place in the Alola region, which centers around four tropical islands and one artificial island.

The specs on the two creatures:

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Solgaleo
Category: Sunne Pokémon
Height: 11’02”
Weight: 507.1 lbs.
Type: Psychic/Steel
Ability: Full Metal Body
Honored as an emissary of the sun since ancient times, Solgaleo is referred to with reverence as “the beast that devours the sun.” Solgaleo’s body holds a vast amount of energy, and it shines with light when it is active. It has a flowing mane with a remarkable resemblance to the sun. Its signature move is Sunsteel Strike, an attack that charges at an opponent with the force of a meteor, disregarding the target’s ability. Solgaleo’s ability is Full Metal Body, a new ability that no previous Pokémon has had. With the Full Metal Body ability, a Pokémon’s stats will not be lowered by the effects of an opponent’s moves or ability.

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Lunala
Category: Moone Pokémon
Height: 13’01”
Weight: 264.6 lbs.
Type: Psychic/Ghost
Ability: Shadow Shield
Since ancient times, Lunala has been honored as an emissary of the moon. Referred to with reverence as “the beast that calls the moon,” Lunala is constantly absorbing light and converting it into energy. With its wings spread to absorb the surrounding light and glittering like the crescent moon, it resembles a beautiful night sky. Lunala’s signature Moongeist Beam attack releases an ominous beam of light that disregards the target’s ability. Lunala’s ability is Shadow Shield, a new ability that no previous Pokémon has had. With the Shadow Shield ability, a Pokémon will take less damage from an attack that lands when the Pokémon has full HP.

Enter “The Lab” and do what you must

Valve released new gameplay footage an update to its free SteamVR launch title, “The Lab.” The

“Appliance of Science Update” is available immediately.

The update features “gameplay adjustments” and some global leaderboards, plus support for subtitles and text localization, and other tweaks.

You can check it out at http://store.steampowered.com/app/450390.

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