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Posted by Ross

A Spooky Steam Sale!

The spirits that haunt the Ghostlight offices have risen from their unquiet slumber and have fiendishly taken control of our Steam pricing, placing two of our games in this weekend’s Steam Halloween Sale!

Those of you who want to venture into the terrifying caverns of Tsun-Kurn to fight back against the horrors that lurk within, will be pleased to know that Elminage Gothic will have a spine chilling discount of 60% leaving the price at a mere $3.99 (£2.79) via the games Steam Store page.

From the makers of the world renowned “Wizardry Empire” titles, Starfish SD brings you the latest entry in their popular series of dungeon crawlers.  Elminage Gothic, previously only available in Japanese on PlayStation® Portable, now comes to PC offering a classic old school dungeon crawling experience with a dark, gothic twist!

Features include:

    Well over 80 hours of dungeon crawling gameplay!

    Hundreds of stunning monsters, creatures and demons to defeat

    Multiple character classes

    The classic and traditional “THAC0” system!

    Full Japanese to English translation

This PC conversion also features a number of improvements over the original, including:

    Higher resolution art

    Improved user interface

    8 stunning Steam Trading Cards to collect!

Meanwhile if you’d prefer a little more gore in your Halloween, Laughing Jackal’s blood splattered chain reaction shooter OMG Zombies will have its price slashed by a monstrous 80% bringing it down to a blood curdling $0.99 (£0.79)!  Zombie blasting action for less than a dollar?  What are you waiting for?  Get your bloodstained hands on it via the games Steam Store Page.

OMG Zombies is an awesome reimagining of a genuine classic: the critically acclaimed OMG-Z, a top-ten all-time Metacritic rated PSP game and ranked as Metacritic’s best action title ever released on PSP!  The guys at Push Square gave it 89% and called it “a must buy” game, Escape Rope claimed it’s “...one of the best zombie games in recent memory” and Defunct Games gave it an A rating saying it’s “so addictive... I still can't get enough of watching the explosive chain reaction caused from a well-placed bullet.”

I’ve been informed that we’re expecting a visit from the exorcists at 10am Pacific time Monday 3rd November, at which point we should regain control of our Steam pricing, returning these two games to their normal prices.

Finally if you’re in the mood to dress your PS3 up for Halloween I thought I’d mention that our friends at Laughing Jackal released a spooky Halloween theme which is available on the PSN Store for £1.69 here.

I’d love to stay and tell you more about the latest ghostly goings on here at Ghostlight but unfortunately I need to help deal with a werewolf infestation in the car park. Anybody know where I put the silver bullets?

That’s all from me.  I’ll be back next week, but until then why not follow us on our Twitter and Facebook pages, our Youtube Channel and our  Google + account, where we’ll be posting all the latest news from Ghostlight? You can also follow me on Twitter for a more personal take on all things Ghostlight.

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Posted by Daren

Work continues on Way of the Samurai 4

Hi everyone. It’s been another busy week here at Ghostlight. I’ve mainly been working on Agarest 2, where I’ve been trying to hunt down the legendary “jumbo cock”!  At this point it’s probably a good idea that I inform you that this particular jumbo cock is in fact a giant chicken :)

Anyway, while I’ve been focussing on Agarest 2, most of the really cool progress seems to be happening on the desk next door to me, where Ben is testing the latest PC version of Way of the Samurai 4. This week we’ve now got full PC controls (ie mouse and keyboard) working and the new save system is taking shape too. This does mean that there will be an announcement about the closed beta very soon.  So if you’re interested in joining in, please do keep an eye on the blog for updates.

As some of you may know, the original PS3 version of Way of the Samurai 4 featured a selection DLC. We are currently looking into how to replicate this DLC in the PC build. We have to resolve a few technical issues on how best to integrate the content in our conversion but we expect to have more news on this soon. If you have any thoughts on how you’d like to see the DLC made available in the PC version, then please feel free to let us know in the comments below.

In other news, a rather splendid Elminage Gothic fan from the games Steam forums has lovingly created an Elminage Gothic Wiki – thanks! (You know who you are :))  If you feel you could contribute to the wiki or would simply like to get some tips, you can check out the wiki here.

Moving on I can also inform you that we have agreed to convert another Japanese console game to PC which we’re really excited to be working on, plus we’re close to securing at least one more new product not previously released outside of Japan.  I’m afraid that until everything is finalised I won’t be able to give you any more details, but I thought some of you might be interested to know that wheels are in motion.

Finally as some of you are probably aware it’s the MCM Expo this weekend.  I’m going to be there on the Saturday so if any of you spot me, please feel free to say "Hi!"  I might even give you some advance info on some of the stuff we’ve got planned for the next couple of months…oops…said too much already ;)

That’s all from me.  I’ll be back next week, but until then why not follow us on our Twitter and Facebook pages, our Youtube Channel and our  Google + account, where we’ll be posting all the latest news from Ghostlight? You can also follow me on Twitter for a more personal take on all things Ghostlight.

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Posted by Ross

Laughing Jackal giving away Elminage Gothic on Twitter

Hi everyone. Despite being incredibly busy with the PC ports of Agarest 2 and Way of the Samurai 4, not to mention Flame Over (a new firefighting action roguelike), the boys at Laughing Jackal have found the time to run a little competition over on their Twitter page.  To be in with a chance of winning one of five Elminage Gothic Steam game codes, all you need to do is follow Laughing Jackal here and then retweet this Tweet.  The competition closes at 3pm BST on Friday 10th October so make sure to get your entry in soon. :)

On the subject of our PC port of Way of the Samurai 4, I’m happy to report that the conversion is making excellent progress.  While there are still quite a few crashes still to fix, we’ve reached the point where the PC version can be completed from beginning to end – hurrah!  In fact, as I’m writing this, Ben (who sits next to me) has just succeeded in getting the ‘good’ ending :)  We’re still targeting a release this year, and with the progress being made I’m sure we’ll be able to announce details of the release soon.

Meanwhile, work is continuing at a feverish rate on our port of Agarest 2 to PC.  The team are still ironing out a lot of rather frustrating crash bugs, so understandably most of the work has been going on ‘under the hood’ in the last week.  Having said that, progress has been solid and the game is looking awesome!  I’ve really been looking forward to getting stuck into testing this one and I’ve been assured by the team that I should be able to get my teeth into a far more stable build very soon.

In other news, those of you who prefer GOG to Steam will be pleased to know that we’re working towards bringing several of our PC releases to GOG.  In fact I’ve already spent some time looking at GOG builds for a couple of them – no prizes for guessing which games :)  So far these builds seem fairly solid, but there’s still a little way to go before we’ll be able to give you a time frame for our GOG debut.

That’s all from me.  I’ll be back next week, but until then why not follow us on our Twitter and Facebook pages, our Youtube Channel and our  Google + account, where we’ll be posting all the latest news from Ghostlight? You can also follow me on Twitter for a more personal take on all things Ghostlight.

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