This weekend saw The Game Awards take place over in that America and, along with the glitz and the garibaldis, a great many trailers for new games were screened.
If you like your game news delivered in moving pictures with only a few words of description attached, this is the sum up post for you.
It’s no secret that Stoic planned a sequel to their turn-based tactic’em’up The Banner Saga - t does end on something of a cliffhanger - but the first trailer of the sequel was shown off at the show.
Stoic’s got creative with the name and have called it The Banner Saga 2:
First revealed last year at a video game awards ceremony hosted by Geoff Keighley, the VGX awards (formerly known as The Video Game Awards), No Man’s Sky sees you flying about a vast procedurally generated universe. This year Hello Games showed more footage of the game at another Geoff Keighley hosted video game awards show, The Game Awards (not to be confused with SpikeTV’s VGX awards, which used to be known as The Video Game Awards).
Facepunch announced that they’d brought Bill Lowe and his project Before into the fold a few months ago but the first real footage of the game was shown off this weekend at the show.
It does look rather marvellous:
Like falling on your bum on an icy pavement, Dark Souls left players swearing and wishing they’d been paying more attention to their footwork. FromSoftware’s followup, Bloodborne looks to deliver more of the same but in a more gothic setting:
Adr1ft has a silly name. Number substitution makes any title awkward: Qu33n 3l1z4b3th II, r1d3 4nd Pr3jud1c3, or, even more reserved, Star W4rs: A New Hope. But look past the name and Adr1ft is positively tantalising:
And, if you have an Oculus Rift, you can play the whole daring Gravity-like adventure in virtual reality.
The classic point’n’click adventure King’s Quest is getting a remastered release:
Swedish filmmaker Josef Fares, writer and director of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, has started another studio to work on another two-characters-controlled-with-the-same-controller game, Hazelight:
We still haven’t had a chance to play The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt but as we draw nearer to its February release we’re getting more trailers of it in action:
This weekend also brought the news that The Witcher 3 will have a second playable character, though CDP are keeping shtum as to who. You can read a little more about how the game’s shaping up in my preview.
Robert Bowling left his role on Call of Duty almost three years go but this weekend was the first time we got a glimpse of what he’s been working on. Human Element looks a little like id’s Rage with a healthy dose of Team Fortress 2’s colour palette.
Details of what you’ll be doing in Human Element are sparse, although we know it was originally planned to be a free-to-play game but that’s no longer the case.
Techland showed off a little more of their free-running zombie game Dying Light:
Set for release this coming January, Rob had a good time with Dying Light, though with some reservations.
Metal Gear Online is the newly revealed multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid V. Teams of agents will be tasked with infiltrating enemy bases using a kit ranging from invisibility suits to gatling gun-wielding mechs to stuffed dog decoys.
It looks all kinds of excellent:
Fullbright are following their ludicrously successful Gone Home with Tacoma. Besides the 50 seconds of footage shown off at The Game Awards we know little about it.
That’s all the games announced at The Game Awards that we know are coming to the PC. Others were shown off, such as The Order: 1886, but that’s still cited as console exclusive.
What we’ve seen in many cases in recent years is that console publishers are starting to see the second life their exclusives can have on PC (Dark Souls, Valkyria Chronicles, and Resident Evil, for instance). So don’t lose hope on those waylaid games just yet.