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App News: Evolution Entering Alpha, Planescape Gets Enhanced, and Heroes of Normandie Are Attacking a New Shore

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North Star's Evolution Entering Alpha, Looking for Testers
Any other year, a digital port of a highly regarded game like Evolution from North Star Games, LLC would be on the top of everyone's most anticipated list. Unfortunately, 2017 has been completely insane with huge game announcements and releases and Evolution sometimes gets left behind. It's a shame, because it's a great game and from the little bit I've gotten to play, North Star is really knocking it out of the park. Not just graphically, but making sure all the must-have bases are covered.

Evolution should start moving back into our consciousness, as it's about to head into alpha and North Star is looking for testers. The alpha is only for the desktop version, so those of us who only want it on our tablets can stand down. Still, if you want to sign up and help polish it to a lustrous sheen, head over this way. You can sign up until April 22nd when the signups will close and the alpha will start this spring and continue with new waves coming into the alpha over the summer.

Want some more info? Head over to their blog and read all about it. Yes, I'm actually too lazy to cut/paste today. Deal with it.



Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition Arrives for All Platforms
One genre really lacking on the App Store are decent role-playing games. There aren't many truly great RPGs created solely for mobile, so we're stuck relying on ports of great RPGs from PC. It's not so bad, we've gotten games like Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition, and Legend of Grimrock on our tablets and today we're getting another one. Planescape: Torment has made it's way to iOS, Android, and PC/Mac.

Planescape: Torment is a beloved RPG from 1999 that's based on the D&D ruleset and city of Sigil, where all the planes of existence merge. You play The Nameless One who, instead of trying to save the world, is looking to unravel your identity. Along the way you'll stumble into a horde of characters and an RPG that puts story ahead of min/maxing your character and combat.

The Enhanced Edition is what was released today and much like Beamdog's previous enhanced editions of old Infinity Engine games, it brings a classic game up to date:

Beamdog wrote:
-Enhanced Planescape: Chris Avellone, Lead Designer on Planescape Torment, has partnered with Beamdog to curate gameplay updates, bug fixes, and enhancements to best capture his original vision for the game.
-Remastered Music: The full Planescape: Torment soundtrack has been remastered in-game to add more depth to Sigil and the multiverse.
-4K Interface: Sigil has never looked this good! The interface of Planescape: Torment has been rebuilt in high definition with tons of new convenience features.
-A Planescape For Today: The Enhanced Edition includes modern features such as tab highlighting, area zooming, combat log, quickloot, and more!


You can pick up the game for desktops at $20 and for mobile at $10. Links below. (The PC/Mac versions don't appear available quite yet. They should go live today, so keep checking the links)

- Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition for iOS Universal, $10
- Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition for Android, $10
- Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition for PC/Mac via GoG, $20
- Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition for PC/Mac via Steam, $20





Heroes of Normandie Heading to Xbox
We don't usually pay a lot of attention to consoles around these parts, but when a really great board game port is making the leap, we notice. Slitherine's great port of Heroes of Normandie is what we're talking about, and this is where we spotted it:



That's all we have, and even the video only says "Coming Soon". So, watch your Xbox store or wherever the hell you monitor for console things for the release and then you can play on your couch. Well, you can already do that on your iPad, but you get the idea.

- Heroes of Normandie for iOS Universal, $15
- Heroes of Normandie for Windows via Steam, $30


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