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Twin-stick adventure game Brothers announced for PS4, Xbox One, mobile

Starbreeze Studios’ mechanically inventive adventure game Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is headed to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and mobile platforms this year with a bundled array of bonus content, publisher 505 Games confirmed this week.

The revamped ports will include director’s commentary, concept art galleries, and a soundtrack album. Online retailer Newegg has additionally listed disc versions of Brothers for the Xbox One and PS4, marking the first time the game has seen a physical release for consoles.

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Launched as a downloadable title for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC platforms in 2013, Brothers stars a pair of siblings who set out on an adventure to find a cure for their ailing father. Gameplay features a series of environmental puzzles that players must solve using an unusual control scheme that maps one character to each analog stick on a console’s controller.

Progression requires a mix of brainpower, teamwork, and manual dexterity, as players must often perform asynchronous tasks using simultaneous analog stick and shoulder button inputs. Critics praised Brothers for its short-but-sweet narrative, which provides ample opportunity for the developers to explore the game’s varied twin-stick mechanics.

“A wholly immersive experience, Brothers is an epic story told without words, set in an ever changing world, ranging from craggy mountain peaks to the musty depths of underground caverns,” publisher 505 Games notes. “This unique mythical world, which draws inspiration from Nordic cultures and archaeology, is in a state of transition between the old and the new ways.”

In addition to its upcoming console ports, Brothers is also due to launch for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices by the end of the year. The retail versions of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons are priced at $20 apiece, and are set to hit store shelves on August 25th, 2015.