Last weekend, developers were preparing for the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco that is currently taking place. This meant that we had a lot of reveals, as well as updates, release dates, delays, trailers and screenshots. Once again, we had so much news that we're having to split the roundup into two parts. The first part covers all of the announcements. Take a look:
Described as the "very first isometric souls-like game ever made", the fantasy action RPG features skill-based gameplay that is inspired by "classics such as Moonstone and modern masterpieces as Dark Souls". Players can choose from four playable races (Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Orcs) and fight for over 40 houses and clans that each have their own backgrounds, alliances and intrigues. Once you've finished the game, you can start your own legacy and write your own history in the world of The Four Kingdoms, an ever-changing world created by Chris Avellone (Icewind Dale, Fallout, Pillars of Eternity). The title will be coming to Xbox One in 2018.
BAFL: Brakes Are For LosersIn some arcade racing games, it's actually detrimental to your performance to use brakes. This game is one of those. In a top-down tribute to "Old School Arcade Racing Games" like Super Sprint or Indy Heat, up to eight players hurtle around a single screen without the use of brakes. Take on over 15 tracks using one of over 10 vehicles and grab first place against either the AI or your friends. The game will be released in Q2 2017, although it has only been confirmed for the generic "consoles" so far.
If you feel like this old school fast paced action adventure title has familiar gameplay then you would be right, seeing as classics like Ghouls N' Ghosts and Wonder Boy 3: The Dragon's Trap are the inspirations for this title. When an evil wizard kidnaps Madelyn's family and kills her dog, most princesses would run and hide. Madelyn isn't most princesses; she's going to fight. The game features an original story written by a professional childrens' author and hand drawn artwork to bring the story of Princess Madelyn to life. Across ten levels (each with five stages), players will engage in challenging combat and find surprises and many, many weapons. The game will be released on Xbox One later this year.
It isn't just developers and publishers that have made their way to GDC. Games In Italy is an exhibit that is being run as a collaboration between the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, the Italian Trade Agency ICE and AESVI, the Italian Games Trade Body. They've announced three new titles at GDC and the first of these poses a strange question: "What if all the protagonists of books lost their memory?" In this Metroidvania title, players get to venture into the worlds of the books that they studied at school. Join forces with real and fictional heroes to defeat the hordes of monsters and bring order back to those literary worlds. Players can get their hands on the title on Xbox One in Q1 2018.
The latest title to be revealed by publisher Team17 is a "revolutionary mix of roguelike shooter, base building and survival". The near future has been destroyed by wars, corrupt regimes, unchecked global capitalism, pollution and the exploitation of natural resources. Society has collapsed and four corporations have come together to form the Genesis program. Players assume the role of a pioneer, the Captain of a Genesis starship who has been tasked with travelling into the unexplored depths of space. To save humanity, you must build a space vessel, farm resources, defeat alien infestations and clone creatures. You can do all of this on Xbox One in the future... hopefully before everything goes wrong.
The Last NightOriginally a flash game that won the cyberpunkjam, this cinematic platformer has fledged into a console title. The game is set in a 2D cyperpunk open world that has four unique districts, each with their own architecture, cultures, industries and "crowd of citizens doing their own stuff". Players will be able to travel freely between these districts, converse with the characters and face many tricky situations in which they decide how to handle them. More information on this title is promised for this year, but you'll have to settle for the all-too-brief teaser below for now.
This "hyperfuturistic omnidirectional racing game" is a cross between arcade racing and free flying. While players can fly around the tracks freely, if they snap to a nearby surface then it will provide a speed boost as well as spinning the ship around. Finding the perfect line is a must if you want to beat your opponents, both in speed and style. The game currently features seven tracks across three environments, three game modes (Race, Time Trial, Exploration Mode), online and local multiplayer and a soundtrack composed by Viennese musician Zanshin. It's coming to Xbox One this spring.
If you haven't done so already, you can try out Bloober Team's Layers of Fear free with Games With Gold right now. If that was a worthwhile experience then you may want to consider keeping an eye on the team's next effort. This cyberpunk horror game tells of a frightening dystopian future where high technology is reserved for the elite and class C citizens are left to fend for themselves in crumbling buildings, addicted to holograms and drugs. The Fifth Polish Republic controls the population by using observers, a neutral police force that can hack the minds of their targets. This has its dangers for both the hackers and their victims, for the hackers are brought closer to insanity with every memory that they hack. No place is safe on Xbox One this summer.
The second title to be revealed by Games In Italy is a puzzle platformer that is set in the world of stop motion. The game tells the story of two ladybugs whose love for each other is tested to the limit when they are moved away from each other. Players will have to reunite the pair through five locations. The game will be released on Xbox One in July 2018.
Publisher Kalypso Media is bringing a new tycoon simulator to Xbox One in Q4 2017. Build, manage and expand your railway company through 100 years of American industrialisation where steam is vital to keep things running. You'll need to better three other rival tycoons, resorting to cutthroat tactics and maybe even sabotage. Choose from over 40 trains, build railway stations, manage your workforce and develop over 300 technologies to help you stay ahead.
This Play Anywhere title is "a top-down action shooter created in the spirit of cult-cyberpunk anime". The game will not let you rest. You'll need to keep moving or you'll die, cornered by the aggressive enemies, You'll get a variety of weapons, skills and gadgets to help you defeat your foes, but it won't be easy. You'll need to balance your health and ammo with the enemy onslaught as well as using the environment to your advantage. You'll be able to try the game out on Xbox One and Windows 10 this summer.
This procedurally generated action RPG is set in a 13,000 B.C. Milky Way. Roq is cruising the galaxy in search of the ultimate party and he'll find it on board the art party ship Songbringer. However, after accidentally awakening an ancient evil army (as you do), the galaxy is thrown into turmoil and it's up to Roq to sort things out, together with his sidekick Jib. Each player will enter a six-letter seed code at the start of the game that will generate one of 308 million unique environments to explore. Share the code with your friend and you'll both be able to explore the same world. The game is coming to Xbox One this summer.
Previously released for PC and PS4, this title is finally making its way to Xbox One on March 10th. Race one of 16 cars on 32 courses spread across eight locations. Face route-changing destructible objects as well as the weapons that are wielded by your opponents. As well as a single player campaign, the game offers online multiplayer for up to eight players. The Xbox version of the arcade racer will also include all DLC content and voice-com support in multiplayer races.
Amiga games weren't known for their pixel perfect graphics. Players had to use a bit of imagination to become immersed in a game and developer Pixwerk is hoping to capture those elements for their upcoming twin stick shooter. Players are trapped in a steampunk tower that consists of threats taken directly from camp sci-fi stories. Tentacles? Check. Cutting edge lasers? Check. Together with a friend, your Tesla gun and plenty of ammo, not only will you need to survive, you'll need to discover the mysteries of the tower and defeat them once and for all. You'll get to take on the tower on Xbox One and Windows 10 with Play Anywhere capability this spring.
The third title to be revealed by Games In Italy is a "Racing Online Battle Arena". The game requires groups to co-operate like they would in a MOBA, only this time they're racing to destroy their opponents and steal their abilities. There will be three unique game modes — Capture the Battery, Exodus and King of the Mall — that can accommodate up to four players locally or up to ten players online. You'll get to try them out on Xbox One in Q3 2017.
Check out part two to see everything that isn't an announcement!
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