GreedFall Developer Reveals New Action RPG Steelrising

July 9, 2020 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

Nacon Connect 2020 featured the official announcement of the next game being developed by Spiders, who most recently released the fantasy action RPG GreedFall last year. Their next game is set in a new universe and is an action RPG for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC called Steelrising.

Steelrising takes place in an alternate history version of the French Revolution, where King Louis XVI commands an army of automatons. You’ll be playing as a robot named Aegis, who has been ordered by Queen Marie Antoinette to stop the king’s robotic army. Although the teaser trailer itself shows little more than concept art for the characters, the developers spoke a little more about the game afterwards.

As part of the Nacon Connect 2020 presentation, Spiders CEO Jehanne Rousseau spoke more about the gameplay and universe. Steelrising will have a “much more action-focused approach” than their previous games, although it is still an action RPG rather than a pure action game. Little has been revealed about the combat itself so far, except that you’ll find items to improve Aegis’s fighting abilities and that there are seven categories of weapons she can equip and use.

The world will include historical sites, such as the Grand Châtelet and the Tour du Temple (also known as the Square du Temple), and feature exploration that climbing, secret paths, and a fluid presentation. In addition to the main story, there will also be side quests for the player to find and complete.

In addition to GreedFall, Spiders previously developed games such as the cyberpunk RPG Mars: War Logs and its sequel The Technomancer, and the fantasy RPG Bound By Flame. GreedFall was their most successful and polished game released to date, so it will be interesting to see how Steelrising changes and improves their gameplay formula.

No release window has been given yet for Steelrising.

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Everything We Know About Resident Evil 8

June 28, 2020 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

One of the exciting surprises at Sony’s PlayStation 5 showcase event was the official announcement of Resident Evil 8, or rather, Resident Evil Village, as the first few letters of “village” have been stylized to look like the Roman numeral VIII.

Few details have been revealed about the next Resident Evil game, but the announcement trailer and official descriptions still give us some tantalizing details.

Here’s everything we know so far about Resident Evil Village.

Release

Resident Evil Village has been announced for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC. A Steam page is already live for it. Although there is no specific Resident Evil Village release date yet, it is planned for 2021.

Characters and Setting

Resident Evil Village is a direct sequel to Resident Evil 7: biohazard and once again stars Ethan Winters, the protagonist of that game. It is set in a mysterious village that includes many varied environments shown in the trailer.

Other confirmed returning characters include Mia, as well as longtime series protagonist Chris Redfield, who most recently appeared in Resident Evil 7’s DLC episode Not a Hero. There has been much speculation that Chris is the villain of Resident Evil Village, but his role and motivations are still unknown.

The IMDB page for Resident Evil Village lists numerous other returning characters, including Alex Wesker and Barry Burton, but since IMDB can be edited, none of this should be taken as official just yet.

The Umbrella Corporation logo appears in the trailer and screenshots, confirming Umbrella is in Resident Evil Village in some form.

Gameplay

Resident Evil Village is using Capcom’s RE Engine, which was also used not only for Resident Evil 7, but also Resident Evil 2 (remake), Devil May Cry 5, and Resident Evil 3 (remake). It will be played from a first-person perspective just like Resident Evil 7, rather than the third-person over-the-shoulder view used for the recent remakes.

The specific gameplay will most likely involve a mix of fighting the wolf-like monsters and other enemies, and solving puzzles. It’s worth noting that the Special Developer Message says they are “upping the ante on action a bit,” among other details.

That might set off alarm bells for some longtime series fans, but they might simply mean it will have more action than Resident Evil 7 did, rather than a return to the all-out action horror seen in Resident Evil 4 and especially Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6.

Conclusion

Right now, we have only a handful of concrete details about the next Resident Evil game, but there’s plenty of room for theories, especially since Capcom highlighted one piece of key art as being very important.

So, when will we learn more about Resident Evil Village? According to the official website, new information about Resident Evil Village (or Resident Evil VIII or Resident Evil 8, whatever you want to call it) will be revealed in August. Stay tuned!

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June 4 PlayStation 5 Showcase Hopes and Predictions

May 30, 2020 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

PlayStation 5 game announcements are almost here! Sony has announced a special PlayStation 5 showcase for June 4 at 1 PM PDT / 4 PM EDT. While previously PS5 events have focused on the console’s technical specifications, this one is all about games.

According to the announcement, the showcase will run for approximately an hour and show players the first games they’ll be able to play after the PS5’s holiday launch.

So, what games will be shown? Although no one knows, here are a few of our hopes and predictions for the PS5 showcase…

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

It wasn’t that long ago we were watching the reveal of the Viking-era Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which was later confirmed for the PS5 and Xbox Series X in addition to current-gen consoles. We wouldn’t be at all surprised if a greater look at this game is one of the highlights of the PS5 showcase.

Rainbow Six Siege

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege has been out for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC since 2015, but it’s also intended to be a PS5 and Xbox Series X launch title. While we hope the showcase focuses on new games the most, we probably should expect several cross-gen games to be shown running on the new system.

Elden Ring

We barely know anything about Elden Ring, the upcoming collaboration between fantasy author George R. R. Martin and FromSoftware. The last piece of actual news we had about it was confirmation of its composer. We don’t even know if it will be a PS5 title… but with the next generation of consoles on the horizon, it makes sense that Elden Ring might very well be a cross-gen game. Fans have been expecting Elden Ring news for quite a while now, so this event might be the perfect place for it.

Demon’s Souls Remaster

Speaking of FromSoftware, rumors of a Demon’s Souls remaster have been floating around for a long time, with many fans believing it’s the unannounced project Bluepoint Games has been working on. If it exists, a Demon’s Souls remaster would be a huge game to reveal for PS5, and we hope to see it there.

Horizon Zero Dawn 2

Back in April, we discussed the rumors and hints of a Horizon Zero Dawn sequel. The developer had tweeted a job opportunity using the #ps5 hashtag, only to take it down and replace it. That lined up with rumors that Horizon Zero Dawn 2 was in development for the PlayStation 5. Horizon Zero Dawn was a major game for the PS4, and if the sequel really is in development, revealing it now would create a lot of excitement for the franchise’s future.

God of War Sequel

Finally, we know there’s going to be another God of War game, and after the overwhelming success of God of War on the PS4, its sequel is one of our most-anticipated games to probably be released for the PS5. (What they’ll do about the numbering is a question for another time.) Ragnarok is on the horizon and the previous game’s ending left everyone with theories about the direction the sequel will take, so we’d love to get a glimpse of the next God of War game during next week’s showcase!

Conclusion

The chance that all of these games are included in the PS5 showcase is pretty slim, but here’s hoping we see at least some of them. Stay tuned for our first look at some PlayStation 5 games on June 4 at 1 PM PDT / 4 PM EDT.

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Horizon Zero Dawn Sequel Hints, Trilogy Rumors

April 24, 2020 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

Horizon Zero Dawn was a big hit when it launched in early 2017 for the PlayStation 4. Near the end of that same year, it received an expansion called The Frozen Wilds, and the two were bundled together for the eventual Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition, which is now coming to the PC as well.

But in addition to the upcoming PC version of Horizon, it looks increasingly likely that fans can expect to see even more from this series as we get closer to the launch of the PlayStation 5.

Earlier this week, developer Guerilla Games tweeted a job post for a Senior AI Programmer. It specifically used the #ps5 hashtag, suggesting they’re developing a game for the PlayStation 5. The tweet has since been deleted and retweeted using the #playstation hashtag instead, but fans saved a screenshot of the original.

Now, Guerrilla Games is also the developer of the Killzone series, and since Killzone Shadow Fall was a launch title for the PlayStation 4, it’s entirely possible that the next Killzone game is in development now. Past job postings from Guerrilla Games have led fans of both series to hope that announcements are coming soon.

However, since this specific job post used Horizon imagery and is focused on NPC behavior, it is most likely for a Horizon Zero Dawn game. It’s been assumed for a while now that Horizon would eventually get a sequel, so that’s no huge surprise on its own. Whether or not it’s a PS5 exclusive remains to be seen.

Of course, rumors spread like wildfire whenever something like this happens, and VGC claims its sources say Horizon Zero Dawn not only has a “gigantic” sequel in development for the PlayStation 5, but that it will also introduce co-op and be followed by a third game, making it a trilogy.

No official announcements have been made about Horizon Zero Dawn 2.

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