Skulls of the Shogun Archive


Skulls of the Shogun coming January 30

It's been a long time coming. After years of waiting and numerous delays building up our anticipation, it's almost here. Developer 17-Bit announced today that its undead strategy game, Skulls of the Shogun, which has just recently passed Microsoft certification, will be released January 30, 2013 on XBLA for 1200 MSP. The game will release simultaneously across all Windows platforms, allowing for cross-platform play at launch. 17-bit has been struggling with getting Skulls' multi-platform release ready, but now the game is finally ready to make its way into the hands of players.

If you want to learn more about the strategy game, check out our preview here. General Akamoto's quest to become Shogun has almost begun; the end of the month just can't come fast enough!


Skulls of the Shogun passes Microsoft certification

Skulls of the Shogun XBLA

A release may finally be imminent for one of XBLA's most-anticipated games. 17-bit studio head Jake Kazdal informed XBLAFans today that its turn-based strategy title, Skulls of the Shogun, has successfully passed through the Microsoft certification process.

Skulls of the Shogun has spent the last several years impressing the media and gamers with generally excellent playable demos at conventions such as Penny Arcade Expo. Kazdal informed XBLAFans at last year's PAX East that his team's game was essentially complete and that the plan was to release it at the same time as the Windows 8 launch because the title is going to be available for XBLA and Windows 8 PCs, tablets and phones. That, of course, didn't happen.

In September Kazdal took to Twitter to announce that the game had been delayed until this past November, but 17-Bit also failed to meet that target window. Last month it was revealed that the small team size of the independent studio was holding up Skulls' ambitious four-platform launch.

After the game's most recent delay, 17-Bit elected not to publicly announce any more release dates for Skulls of the Shogun until it was absolutely certain it could meet one. With the game now having passed certification, 17-Bit has confirmed that the day that its game's concrete release date is revealed is coming "shortly."


Skulls of the Shogun offers cross-platform play, but no multi-platform bundle


Skulls of the Shogun may be the first XBLA game offering cross-platform play over Windows 8, Surface and WP8, but those hoping for a cross-platform purchase unlocking the game for all three devices at once, similar to Sony's PS3/PS Vita collaborations, will be disappointed to hear that it is unlikely to happen. 17-Bit's Jake Kazadal recently told Polygon:

"They [Microsoft] don't really have the pipeline in place to do it, but they're continuing to look into it. It's a little difficult because they don't support token stuff with mobile platforms. It might happen in the future, and if it does, we would definitely want to support that."

Skulls of the Shogun was set to release alongside Windows 8 back in November but was delayed due to the complexity of its multiplatform release. It is now expected to launch very soon.

Source: Polygon

Edit:  The headline to this article has been altered for clarification, and a similar clarification helping to define "cross-platform" more specifically has been added to the first sentence of the article.


Weekly Roundup: December 15 – 'Tis the season

Weekly Roundup compiles all the biggest news stories, reviews and features from the week into one handy post on the weekends.

We're well under way in our 12 Days of XBLA giveaway. If you haven't caught it, 'tis the season for giving and your chance to score dozens of terrific XBLA titles as the holidays approach. In other news, Minecraft gets some video coverage, and delays are discussed across a few games that fell away from the spotlight.

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New Skulls of the Shogun trailer demonstrates cross-platform play

Skulls of the Shogun developers 17Bit have released a new trailer for their upcoming strategy game showcasing the cross-platform gameplay between the Xbox 360, Windows 8, Windows Surface and Windows Phone 8. The game is the first of its kind to offer such compatibility between Microsoft gaming products and was due to release simultaneously across all platforms back in October. However 17Bit have recently revealed that the difficulty of coordinating such a multiplatform release is what has lead to the game's delay. Gamers shouldn't be too concerned though for?Skulls of the Shogun is now currently undergoing Microsoft certification with a release date announcement expected very soon.


Small team, multiplatform launch holding up Skulls of the Shogun

It was way back during April's PAX East when 17-Bit studio boss Jake Kazdal told XBLA Fans that development was nearly complete on his team's turn-based strategy game, Skulls of the Shogun. The game, which pits small armies of dead Japanese samurais against each other in the afterlife, appeared to be polished to a sheen and was every bit (no pun intended) as enjoyable to play as it was when yours truly first played it one year earlier.

Kazdal said at the time that the plan was to release the game on XBLA in October alongside the launch of Windows 8. That didn't happen. September saw the game being delayed to November. Strategy fans would have to wait just a little bit longer. In case you didn't notice, they're still waiting. Skulls of the Shogun missed its new target window and 17-Bit has not announced a new, new window.

Kazdal did recently speak to Polygon about his missing-in-action game, though. He informed the outlet that trying to coordinate a multiplatform launch (Skulls is headed to PC, Windows Phone 8 and Microsoft Surface tablets in addition to XBLA) with only three developers on his team is an arduous undertaking.

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Skulls of the Shogun delayed until November

We had hoped that Skulls of the Shogun would be released this month alongside Windows 8. Unfortunately it looks like the release will now be sometime in mid November. This title looks like it will be worth the wait though. In our interview with developer 17 Bit Skulls of the Shogun was described this way, “It’s turn-based strategy infused with the spirit of an action or arcade game. It’s fast, no grid, with multiplayer.” We can't wait to get our hands on it.

Source: Twitter @Jkooza


New Skulls of the Shogun trailer shows off asynchronous gameplay

A new Skulls of the Shogun trailer has been launched for this year's PAX Prime, showing off the game's asynchronous multiplayer and cross platform play across XBLA, Windows 8 and Windows Phone. The turn-based strategy game will release on all three platforms on October 26, coinciding with the launch of Microsoft's Windows 8. The game also features 4-player local and networked multiplayer and an original score inspired by classic samurai films. For a more in-depth look check out our interview with developer, Borut Pfeifer, when he met Mark Seymour at Brighton's Rezzed earlier this year.


Indie greats revealed for Minecraft skin pack 2

The reveal of Minecraft's second skin pack means the return of revealing sets of skins five at a time. While 4J's Minecraft skins have always been good, the skins revealed today may be the greatest, most XBLA-friendly ones yet. The newest skins are all characters from indie games: Skulls of the Shogun's General Akamoto, Super Meat Boy, Spelunky, Cobalt Agent from the Mojang-published PC game Cobalt, and The Player from Retro City Rampage. Skin Pack 2 will feature 45 skins and is expected to cost 160MSP, akin to Skin Pack 1. More skins will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Weekly Roundup: July 22

Weekly Roundup compiles all the biggest news stories, reviews, and releases from the week into one handy post on the weekends.

July 17

Passed Certification: Hell Yeah, Red Johnson's Chronicles

Battleblock Theater has hit the code complete milestone

Tony Hawk launch trailer shows off classic, kickflippy action

July 18

Double Dragon Neon celebrating the 80s September 12

Rock Band Blitz puts the band in your hands August 29

Minecraft Skin Pack 1 on ice

New Scourge: Outbreak teaser trailer

Hybrid official launch trailer revealed

Dust: An Elysian Tail official trailer

First gameplay trailer shows off more Naughty Bear carnage

Microsoft has boosted Xbox Live security

Polytron not fixing broken Fez patch

July 19

Get a head in Hybrid with new Minecraft skins

Skulls of the Shogun plans to launch alongside Windows 8

Xbox 360 is top-selling console for 18th consecutive month

July 20

Minecraft reaches 3 million served

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure has some bizarre game footage

Steve Caballero returns to the Tony Hawk franchise

Joe Danger The Movie passes certification, contains avatar awards

Pinball FX DLC nearing 1.5 million downloads

Avatar Famestar gives rewards for playing XBLA games

July 21

Kung Fu Strike: The Warrior's Rise coming to XBLA September 5

Microsoft responds to Fez patch re-release


Straw Poll Wednesday: What level needs to be Tony Hawk DLC?

XBLA WednesdayVideo Pilot

Interview: 17-bit on Skulls of the Shogun's asynchronous multiplayer and XBLA


Dungeon Fighter Live

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD


XBLAFancast Episode 70: Same old jokes

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