This is the GameSentral Rewind, a weekday recap of the top gaming headlines. It’s Wednesday, February 21, here’s what you need to know.
The Station comes to Xbox One
Sci-fi mystery game The Station is available now on Xbox One.
In the game, you solve what happened onboard a futuristic space station that was sent to research a newly discovered sentient alien civilization. After losing contact with the crew, you’re sent to investigate and discover a mystery that decides the fate of two civilizations.
“Built by a team of triple-A veterans, we came together to fuse the top industry talent with the indie game format. Most of us are old friends who have worked together on several blockbuster game titles like Bioshock Infinite, Destiny, and Prototype but wanted to come together to make something special. We all entered the industry because of our love for storytelling. The Station is an opportunity to show you just how much we’re passionate about it.”
Kevin Harwood; The Station creative director, in a Xbox Wire post
Alto’s Odyssey comes to the App Store a day early
Alto’s Odyssey is now on the App Store – a day early. Originally slated to release on Feb. 22, the infinite runner is on the App Store today. As was the case for its predecessor Alto’s Adventure, Android users will have to wait a bit.
“As a small team we have to prioritize one platform for our launch, but we haven’t forgotten about our Android players! We aren’t committing to a release date at the moment, but we’re hoping to get an Android version out in the months ahead.”
Ryan Cash, Snowman founder
Monkey Island co-creator to receive BAFTA Fellowship
Tim Schafer will receive the BAFTA Fellowship in April, the organization’s highest accolade that recognizes “an outstanding and exceptional contribution to films, games or television” by an individual.
Previous recipients include Shigeru Miyamoto, John Carmack, Gabe Newell, and Peter Molyneux.
“I am surprised, humbled, and honored to be receiving the BAFTA Fellowship this year. BAFTA’s long-standing support of video games and championing of creativity and strong storytelling in that medium, have had an extremely positive impact and I’m very grateful to be recognized by them with this Fellowship.”
Schafer is best known for his work at LucasArts, where he worked on the Monkey Island series with Ron Gilbert and Dave Grossman, Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango.
After leaving LucasArts, he went on to open Double Fine, which produced the BAFTA-winning platformer Psychonauts, and BAFTA-nominated titles Brutal Legend and Broken Age.
“Tim Schafer is a true pioneer of game design, who has pushed the boundaries of the medium through his extraordinary talents.
“With the career spanning three decades, his diverse body of work includes some of the most iconic and best-loved adventure games, all characterized by his powerful storytelling and distinctive comedic writing style. We are honored to be presenting him with the BAFTA Fellowship.”
Amanda Berry OBE, BAFTA chief executive
Schafer will receive the award on Apr. 12 at the British Academy Games Awards.
Shining Resonance Refrain comes to PS4 this summer
Shining Resonance Refrain, the latest installment in the Shining series, is coming to the West this summer on PlayStation 4.
It’s a remaster of the PS3 game Shining Resonance that was released exclusively in Japan. Along with improved graphics, Refrain includes all the DLC released for the original and a new Refrain mode with new content that unlocks the Imperial Princess Excella and Dragonslayer Jinas as party members. The new mode is intended for those that want a second playthrough or who previously played the game in Japan.
“The game already looked great on the PS3, but in this remaster in 1080p, it’s gorgeous. Thanks to the increase in visual fidelity, the character models now look exactly like the illustrations provided by character designer Tony Taka, a renowned artist in Japan and abroad.
“The game makes an outstanding effort to keep the battles seamless and the player engaged with the battle system. The battle is action-packed, with all sides moving at once.”
James Kuroki; Shining Resonance Refrain localization producer, to PlayStation Blog
Refrain will feature both English and Japanese voiceovers that can switched between at any point.
Sonic, Pac-Man crossing over for one month
For one month, Sonic and Pac-Man are collaborating in a mashup of two pieces of gaming superstardom. Sonic Dash can play as Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man in Sonic Dash and as Sonic in Pac-Man for iOS and Android.
Four week-long special events will coincide with Sonic Dash’s fifth anniversary, letting you play as the Pac-Man couple to defeat Bash the Ghost. Meanwhile, Dr. Eggman has invaded a Pac-Man world that looks like Green Hill Zone so Sonic must chase after him to save his friends.
According to Sega and Bandai Namco, fans who play any of the six Sonic stages in Pac-Man before Mar. 20 will unlock those mazes forever. It’s also possible to keep Pac-Man and Ms Pac-Man in Sonic Dash if you get enough fruits, bells, and keys.