Weekend Headlines April 21st-23rd: Friday the 13th, The Surge and More

By Rebecca Smith, 6 months ago
Accompanying the two announcements this week is a list of trailers, updates, release dates and other details that appeared over the weekend, all of which might have slipped past you. Take a look:

ELEX

Piranha Bytes' upcoming RPG is set to be released in Q3 2017. The newly released prologue trailer explains what happened before the point where players are thrown into the game. Magalan was home to millions of people, but the impact of a comet caused earthquakes that destroyed cities and firestorms that razed the planet to the ground. As darkness took hold, the survivors were left to face a world that was now controlled by a mysterious substance called Elex.


Friday the 13th: The Game

After missing its original target of Halloween 2016, Gun Media's multiplayer survival horror title now has a new release date: May 26th, 2017. One newshound who shall not be named was disappointed to find that this was not Friday the 13th, but if the developer wanted to do this then we'd be waiting for the game for another six months. Instead, both he and you the readers can take comfort in the trailer that was released with this announcement.


Marvel Heroes Omega

The Playstation 4 closed beta for this game has begun and developer Gazillion took the opportunity to confirm that the console version of the title will include drop-in two-player couch co-op. This feature will be available in the closed beta when it finally begins on Xbox One, although the date for this is yet to be announced. For now, take a look at the trailer to see what you can expect.


RiME

If you managed to make it to PAX East, you might have spent some time with Tequila Works' upcoming title. You might even be in the following video, because it contains gameplay and testimonials from who got to try it out.


The Surge

In this upcoming RPG, players will naturally progress by levelling up their characters, acquiring new abilities, and crafting and upgrading new equipment. Killing enemies will earn Tech Scrap that can be taken to any Ops centre and used to level up the player's Exo-Rig's core power. All gear and implants require core power to operate — the ore core power you have, the more options you have when customising your rig.

Tech Scrap can be combined with specific components to craft gear. To craft a piece of equipment, you need to know its schematic. Unfortunately, you'll only learn new schematics by chopping new body parts off your enemies. Each new piece of equipment can then be upgraded multiple times by using more scrap and components. Equipment starts off as "markless" but can be upgraded to a maximum of Mark 5. However, if you dare take on the challenge of New Game+, New Game++, and New Game+++, you'll be able to upgrade to a maximum level of Mark 10, Mark 15 and Mark 20 respectively.

Crafting

We Happy Few

We have two new videos for Compulsion Games' Game Preview title showcasing the improvements that they're making. The first video is the second part of the "Narrative - Building story inside encounters" series. You can find the first part here if you missed it.


The second video shows off improvements to the game's AI and takes a look specifically at stealth detection for the Bobby characters.


World to the West

Rain Games has introduced us to the four main characters whose stories we will be following in this upcoming adventure. First there's Lumina, a Teslamancer who can use the power of electricity and arcane technology that gives her superhuman agility. She's lost in the forest after an unfortunate accident with teleportation. Then there's Teri, a swashbuckler mercenary who can control animals using her mind. She uses them to fetch rare items to sell on to the highest bidder, but bit off more than she could chew when she stole an item on unimaginable power.

The third character is Knaus, a young boy whose speed and intelligence are his strengths. He used to work at a mining colony but was exiled after he spoke out of turn. Finally there is Lord Conington, a strongman from a long bloodline of muscular aristocrats. His main intention is to find exotic beasts to fight, but he's also handy to lift large objects, smash them or throw them out of the way. Players will be able to switch between these four characters as they progress.


Updates and Patches

GameVersionRelease DateDetails
AstroneerPatch 153+154Available NowPatch Notes
Star Trek OnlineNew Tier 6 Pilot starshipsAvailable NowContent Details
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.