Oxenfree developer Night School Studio's next game is about getting drunk in Hell

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Oxenfree developer Night School Studio's next game is about getting drunk in Hell

Night School Studio, the developer of 2016's brilliant narrative adventure Oxenfree, has revealed its next game, Afterparty.

"In Afterparty, you are Milo and Lola," says Night School, "recently deceased best buds who suddenly find themselves staring down an eternity in Hell.

"But there's a loophole: outdrink Satan and he'll grant you re-entry to Earth [...] Time to go on the best bender ever, uncover the mystery of why you've been damned, and drink the big guy under the table".

Adorable toy train set builder Tracks is getting a wonderfully festive Winter update tomorrow

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Adorable toy train set builder Tracks is getting a wonderfully festive Winter update tomorrow

Tracks, the wonderful toy train set builder from developer Whoop Group is getting a big free Christmassy update tomorrow.

Tracks is one of the unheralded gems of 2017 as far as I'm concerned; it's a simple-to-use, but gloriously engaging construction game based on the classic wooden Brio train sets.

Truthfully, it doesn't get much more complex that simply plopping down a tracks, decorating them with intricately designed scenery, then watching your train go about its unhurried business, but it's a wonderfully relaxing way to tinker away some time.

Adventure Time is getting an open-world pirate game early next year

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Adventure Time is getting an open-world pirate game early next year

Bandai Namco and Outright Games have announced Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion, a new open-world pirate adventure based on the cult Cartoon Network show.

"The Land of Ooo is underwater," we're told, "and it's up to Finn and Jake to find out why.  Join our heroes as they explore dangerous waters, search for clues, interrogate pirates and fight bad guys to solve this wet, wet mystery and save the day!"

You'll be able to roam the waterlogged Land of Ooo freely in your vessel, sailing the seas to reach distant kingdoms, and plundering for loot as Finn, Jake, BMO, Marceline, and other fan-favourite characters. "Upgrade your heroes, use items, spells, potions and unique ultimate hero abilities," says Bandai Namco, "to battle bad guys in fast-paced tactical combat."

Obsidian's new RPG is being published by Take-Two's new label Private Division

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Obsidian's new RPG is being published by Take-Two's new label Private Division

Take-Two has announced a new publishing label called Private Division focused on partnering with independent teams.

One of those teams is Obsidian Entertainment, which means the big new RPG in development there, the game occupying most of the studio when we visited in August, is this Private Division game. Apparently Fallout co-creators Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky are leading development of the project.

Another of the teams signed to the label is Patrice Desilets' Panache Digital with its ape evolution action game Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey.

The Star Citizen makers are being sued by Crytek

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The Star Citizen makers are being sued by Crytek

The makers of Star Citizen - Cloud Imperium Games and Roberts Space Industries - are being sued by Crytek over misuse of CryEngine.

Cloud Imperium Games has dismissed - in a statement on Polygon - the claims as "meritless" and said it will "defend vigorously" against them, but they may prove hard to wash away.

It boils down to what was agreed upon in a General Licensing Agreement between the two parties in 2012, back before nearly 2 million people pledged a combined $174m towards development of the game.

Hitman's Paris episode free over Christmas

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Hitman's Paris episode free over Christmas

Hitman's second location, Paris, will be free over Christmas and into early next year.

You'll be able to nab the French capital and all of its content from tomorrow, 15th December, until 5th January 2018.

Also included is the game's Holiday Pack, helpfully set in Paris, where you have to track down thieves stealing Santa's presents. (To be clear, you do not assassinate Santa.)

Jelly Deals: GAME's winter sale is now live

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Jelly Deals: GAME's winter sale is now live

A note from the editor: Jelly Deals is a deals site launched by our parent company, Gamer Network, with a mission to find the best bargains out there. Look out for the Jelly Deals roundup of reduced-price games and kit every Saturday on Eurogamer.

Given that we're now midway through December, it makes enough sense that some online retailers would be well underway with their respective Christmas sales. Not GAME, though, of course. The company has launched its set of just-in-time-for-Christmas offers this morning, covering PS4, Xbox One, PC and Switch.

Don't get your hopes up on Switch bargains right now, though, as there are currently only four products in the Switch section of the sale, two of which are in fact the same game. Still, L.A. Noire is down to £29.99 which isn't bad.

Purrfect Date review

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Purrfect Date review

In the Ehime Prefecture of Southern Japan, around 40 minutes from Nagahama Port, sits the remote, mile-long island of Aoshima. You may not have heard of Aoshima Island, but every year masses of tourists dock at its tiny harbour to sample the isle's hospitality. Yet, there are no shops, restaurants or cars, there's barely even people. You see, what Aoshima has to offer is cats. A lot of cats. In fact cats outnumber the approximately 20 elderly residents of the island by six to one, hence how the island earned the name Nekojima, or Cat Island.

However, Aoshima is not completely unique. It is one of eleven cat islands in Japan, each a curiosity for tourists and a haven for cat lovers. "If we make enough money from this game, it's our dream to visit a cat island", Bae Team's Ruby May Roberts told me at EGX in September, when I first dipped my paw into cat-dating simulator Purrfect Date. At the time, I thought little of her admission, perhaps blinded by the peculiarity of dating cats and churning out feline-related puns - or it may have been because Ruby, herself, was dressed as an adorable pink cat herself. Regardless, this statement did not strike me again until I sat down to play Purrfect Date in its entirety and I realised this dream had seeped its way into every fibre of the game. This is the work of people who really love cats

The wait was worth it for Yooka-Laylee on Switch

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The wait was worth it for Yooka-Laylee on Switch

After months of anticipation, Yooka-Laylee has finally arrived on Switch and it feels right at home. Playtonic's debut is a sprawling platformer with a focus on exploration and the jump to modern hardware has enabled its designers to create worlds much larger and more complex than the games which inspired it. And that's precisely why there has been some trepidation leading up to its release on Nintendo's hybrid. After all, Yooka-Laylee is a large-scale Unity game on the Switch and while we've seen a lot of Unity titles on the system since its launch, the average performance level hasn't always been optimal, even in relatively simple games.

After handing PS4 and Xbox One conversion duties for the original release to Team 17, Playtonic itself handles the Switch conversion and it's clearly a lovingly crafted piece of work - and worry not, the quality of the visual feature set and performance level is generally excellent. What's interesting about this port is the approach: rather than brute-force PS4 and Xbox One assets into the Switch version, Playtonic has crafted brand new 3D art where required, better suited to the system's overall power level. On top of that, there are nips and tucks, but they're intelligently handled. Unless you're carrying out side-by-side comparisons, you'll struggle to tell the difference.