Let’s be actual, nothing on this information round-up goes to prime the tales we already wrote up this week: Halo is coming to PC once more after 15 years, and Valve’s letting you stream PC video games to your cellphone or laptop computer when you’re away from dwelling. These are each big tales. What’s left? Comparatively minor.
However Dwarf Fortress is coming to Steam, Gearbox is teasing two recreation reveals at PAX East later this month, somebody recreated Star Wars: Episode I Racer in Unreal 4, the Rising Storm devs are creating a brand new shooter set in an alt-history Chilly Struggle, and Doom has one other horrible film adaptation arising quickly. Like severely, so unhealthy Uwe Boll might’ve directed a greater movie.
That is gaming information for March 11 to 15.
No freebies this week, however I do need to spotlight among the best Humble Bundles shortly—not less than, when you’re a technique fan. The Humble Technique Bundle 2019 is packed filled with video games, together with Offworld Buying and selling Firm and Stellaris, however the true coup is on the prime. Paying for the $15 tier nets you a replica of Civilization VI which, whereas not folks’s favourite Civilization, remains to be a discount at that value.
If there was any remaining doubt, Gearbox squashed it this week: Borderlands 3 is sort of definitely being introduced at PAX East later this month. All now we have to go on iswith some vaguely Borderlands-esque paint scrawls on it, however uh, come on. It’s Borderlands.
What’s extra shocking: Gearbox is probably revealing two video games at PAX East. After the Borderlands-most likely tweet went out, Gearbox“Time to tease one other recreation for PAX!” and a picture of a dismembered robotic on an working desk. Battleborn 2? Besides this time it’s a Battle-Royale-Born? Let’s hope not.
Die and die usually
This endless spring launch cycle continues subsequent week with Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, the newest From Software program recreation. Hopefully it’s good, as a result of we’ll be too busy with GDC to even check out it till post-release. This week’s launch trailer has me excited to wrap the present, come dwelling, and spend all weekend getting my ass kicked by huge monsters although.
Episode I: Director’s Reduce
Final yr I wrote a protracted article about my love for Star Wars: Episode I Racer, calling it (rightly) “The perfect factor to come back out of The Phantom Menace.” However whereas it’s nice to have it again on PC once more, there’s no denying the sport appears dated. It’s from 1999, in spite of everything.
So kudos to
Dwarf Fortress redux
Dwarf Fortress is one of the most amazing games you’ve probably never played. In development for over 12 years now, it’s an ultra-detailed simulation mashed up with a high-fantasy adventure, built entirely in ASCII art. It’s uh, somewhat impenetrable to say the least, although it’s free if you ever want to give it a go.
But a new version is on its way to Steam as well, complete with more traditional artwork, Steam Workshop support, and a $20 price tag. If you’ve ever been curious about Dwarf Fortress and didn’t want to mod it yourself, this might be a good way to check it out. (And don’t worry, longtime fans—the free version will continue to receive the same updates.)
This new Shenmue 3 trailer looks moderately better than the last, I think. Sure, the faces barely move still, and the lip-sync is messy, but the characters look slightly less dead-behind-the-eyes. I’m still not convinced it’ll be any good, and after playing Yakuza 0 I find myself yearning for characters with more personality here, but at least it looks like it’s coming together a bit.
Get me the frog detective
After last year’s Haunted Island: A Frog Detective Adventure, I’m very much ready for more. What I didn’t expect: A full-blown sequel. I thought we’d get some DLC maybe, another story added on to the first, but instead we’re getting Frog Detective 2: The Case of the Invisible Wizard. I’m excited! And spooked! But mostly excited!
After the Metro Exodus blowback, I didn’t think anyone would be so brazen as to yank their game off Steam and move to the Epic Games Store after the fact, but…well, it happened again. The much-anticipated Phoenix Point, developed by X-Com creator Julian Gollop, announced a one-year exclusivity deal with Epic this week—after running a Fig campaign in 2017, with the expectation of a Steam release. Gollop’s offering backers refunds, but it’s certainly not a great look, especially after a recent delay.
If there’s a plus side, it’s that Gollop says the money from Epic will help support the game for a year past its release date. I doubt that’s much consolation for certain fans, but those of you who are less Steam-centric can look forward to expanded post-release content plans now.
Antimatter Games, developer of Rising Storm 2: Vietnam and formed from the Tripwire devs who made Rising Storm, is working on a new shooter called ’83—and as you might expect from the title, it moves the timeline further ahead again. Following on from Rising Storm’s World War II and the sequel’s Vietnam War, ’83 is set in an alt-history Cold War era where war erupted between the USA and USSR. From the website:
“1983 was a tense year for global politics. With Western powers ramping up anti-Soviet rhetoric and the Soviets responding in kind, it represented one of the most dangerous years in the 20th century. In ‘83, these tensions explode into a global conflict where ‘what if’ has become ‘when’. Birthed from the timeline of the real Cold War, sabre-rattling escalates to a World War for dominance between two nuclear superpowers.”
I’m a sucker for alt-history, so I can’t wait to see how this one turns out. Hopefully it’s a bit more polished than Rising Storm 2 was at release.
The Sinking City, Frogwares’ Sherlock-meets-Cthulhu tale, is one of my most-anticipated releases for 2019—and now I’ll actually get to enjoy it. Originally set to release at the end of March, Frogwares has now pushed the release date back to June 27, a “less crowded timeframe” as they put it. And for that, Frogwares has my eternal thanks.
Let’s finish up this week with a pair of absolutely bizarre video game adaptations. First up, Netflix continues to make anime adaptations of video games. Following on from the well-received Castlevania series, there’s now a Dragon’s Dogma anime in the works. I can’t imagine what it’s even about besides slowly climbing on top of various mythological creatures, but hey, more power to Capcom for striking a deal.
But the real surprise this week is that there’s a new Doom movie, subtitled Annihilation, and it looks absolutely awful. Like, worse than the already-terrible Doom movie we got in 2005. At least that one had some Hollywood-level production values behind it. This looks like a made-for-TV mess. Check out the reveal trailer below, or don’t and save yourself the pain.