A compendium of four local multiplayer games: <i>Johann Sebastian Joust,</i> <i>Hokra,</i> <i>Barabariball,</i> and <i>Super Pole Riders.</i>
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Platform PS3, Win, Linux, Mac, PS4 Publisher Die Gute Fabrik Developer Die Gute Fabrik Release Date N/A

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Sportfriends for PSN ready 'in just a few weeks,' PC versions in the works

Die Gute Fabrik multiplayer sports game compilation Sportsfriends has been submitted for certification to Sony and is expected to launch for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 "in just a few weeks," according to an update sent to the project's Kickstarter backers. The game was submitted to both North America and European branches of Sony last week and the timeline is set if "things go according to plan," reads the post. Developers will likely know in a week if they need to make further changes to the game. Additionally, Sportsfriends is up and running on Mac and Windows, with a Linux port and controller support for all versions still being tweaked. These PC versions are running on Gaijin Games' Atrophy Engine, and Die Gute Fabrik hopes to release a beta of these versions for backers only...

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Check out Sony's list of PS4 games hitting in 2014, DriveClub is TBA

A post on the PlayStation Blog blog today by social media manager Sid Shuman corrals a list of the games headed PlayStation 4 in North America this year. The list is broken down into six categories, beginning with Out Now, which contains games already released. Spring releases include Child of Light, Sportsfriends and Watch Dogs. Summer releases include Destiny, Murdered: Soul Suspect and The Elder Scrolls Online. Fall's releases contain Dragon Age: Inquisition, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number and The Witness. This winter, games scheduled to hit PS4 count Assassin's Creed Unity, Guns of Icarus Online and Ray's the Dead (pictured above) among them. Games with release dates to be announced include Batman: Arkham Knight, Diablo 3 Ultimate Evil Edition and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor,...

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Why you don't want an online mode in TowerFall

In the comments at the bottom of every review of TowerFall, there's someone complaining about the absence of an online multiplayer mode. From the comments on Polygon's own review: Sorry, but with no online play, no interest from me. It's simply amazing that the dev couldn't understand that the lack of this simple feature is necessary in this day and age for multiplayer. Party play in a room is just an [added] bonus. Or from one commenter at GameSpot: offline multiplayer only? that's annoying… some are online-only, this is offline-only... get your sh!t together devs... make both in one package! This is an attitude shared by most reviewers, too, like Chris Carter in his review of Samurai Gunn over at Destructoid. Sadly, there's no online multiplayer to be found — not even peer to...

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Bring games, make friends: playing your part in the local multiplayer revolution

There is a new resurgence of local multiplayer games hitting the market, including games like the Sportsfriends bundle and Towerfall, and many of them offer no way to play online. If you want to have fun, you need to invite people over, or find a group of players and a place to meet. It may be time to buy an extra controller or two. The problem is that many players simply don’t know other people who like to play video games, and that’s where the discussion ends. This isn't a problem that should keep you from playing different games, we need to begin thinking about isolated players as a problem that needs solving. It's up to you, not the game "It sucks to not have friends who share your interest. We’re not disputing that, but the solution is not to modify your interest so you...

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Sportsfriends delayed out of Jan., needs 'some more weeks' of work

Sportsfriends, the compilation of four local-multiplayer games from Die Gute Fabrik, will miss its previously announced release window of January 2014, the studio announced today. When Die Gute Fabrik announced last October that it was bringing Sportsfriends to PlayStation 4, the studio said it planned to release the game in January. In its Kickstarter campaign, Die Gute Fabrik had originally estimated a release window of October 2013. But in an update sent only to Kickstarter backers of Sportsfriends today, the developers said, "We're still working hard — and getting very close — but unfortunately we're going to need some more weeks." They added that they're "still on budget, and the four games are basically done," but they need the extra time to focus on getting the PlayStation...

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Unreleased multiplayer games delivered to Sportsfriends backers

Four unreleased local-multiplayer games are now available to select backers of Die Gute Fabrik's Kickstarter drive for Sportsfriends, the studio announced over the weekend in an email to those backers. People who backed at the $60 tier ("Super Sportsfriends") or above now have access to four games designed by friends of Die Gute Fabrik. The titles in question are Recurse (screenshot above) by Matt Parker and Lumalus; Shot Shot Shoot by Erik Svedäng; SMESPORT by Michael Brough; and Super Punchball by Dominique "Dom2D" Ferland and team. Die Gute Fabrik has also included the single-player title Miracle Adventures in 2113 by Noah Sasso, developer of the game BaraBariBall in Sportsfriends. All games are available on Mac and Windows PC, except the Windows-only SMESPORT. The backers in...

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Sportsfriends collection coming to PlayStation 4

Sportsfriends, the Kickstarter-funded compilation of local multiplayer games that includes Johann Sebastian Joust, BaraBariBall, Super Pole Riders and Hokra, is coming to PlayStation 4, producer Doug Wilson announced on the PlayStation Blog. The game collection had previously been announced for PlayStation 3, Windows PC and Mac, but the developer said last month it was hoping to release a next-gen version of Sportsfriends. Kickstarter backers who opted for the PS3 version of the game, Wilson said, will get a copy of the PS4 version for free. "For everyone else, we're still determining whether we'll be doing cross-buy," Wilson wrote. Developer Die Gute Fabrik, responsible for PlayStation Move battle game J.S. Joust, is aiming for a January release for the PS3 version of Sportsfriends,...

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Sportsfriends featuring Johann Sebastian Joust weighed for PS4 release

The developers behind Sportsfriends, a collection of four local multiplayer games that includes Johann Sebastian Joust, Hokra, BaraBariBall and Super Pole Riders, said they'd like to bring the set of games to the PlayStation 4 as a free title to their backers. "We hope to bring Sportsfriends to the PS4, but we're not sure yet," according to a recent FAQ posted on the Kickstarter. "Our first priority is to finish the PS3 and Home Computers version as promised. "If/when we do release a PS4 version, we'd ideally like to give our PS4 backers a free download code for the PS4 version. But we can't guarantee anything at this stage." The PlayStation 3 version of the game will be released as a download via the PlayStation Network, according to the same post. The Home Computers version will...

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XOXO Arcade 2013 to feature Gone Home, SpyParty, more

The XOXO Arcade at XOXO Festival 2013 in Portland, Ore., will host an all-star lineup of indie games, experiences and developers, allowing attendees to play the games and interact with their creators, the event's organizers announced today. A total of nine projects, seven of which are unreleased or not readily available to the public, will be showcased in the XOXO Arcade. The people who put the list of indie games together wanted to focus on "playful multiplayer games," so it makes sense that half of the four Sportsfriends titles are being exhibited at the XOXO Arcade. Here's the full list: CastAR (Jeri Ellsworth, Rick Johnson) Gone Home (The Fullbright Company) Johann Sebastian Joust (Die Gute Fabrik) Retro Game Crunch (Shaun Inman, Rusty Moyer, Matthew Grimm) Spaceteam...

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Watch PAX Prime in action on Twitch

Twitch will feature streams of events across this tear's PAX Prime in Seattle, it was announced on the web streaming service's official website this week. Starting this Friday, the live stream will cover everything from a packed schedule of games to the first ever $20,000 North American invitational for Hi-Rez Studio's new MOBA release Smite. The following programming happening live at the booth will also be streamed on www.twitch.tv/twitch with all times and content subject to change: Friday 8/30 PDT: • 10:00am - Dead Rising 3 (CAPCOM/Microsoft) • 10:20am - Forza 5 (Turn 10 Studios/Microsoft) • 10:40am - Ryse (Crytek/Microsoft) • 11:00am - ScrewAttack brings you Angry Video Game Nerd Adventure • 11:20am - WWE 2K14 (2K Sports) • 11:40am - Borderlands 2 Headhunter...

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