Weekend Announcements August 25th-27th Pt. 2: Rapala, Re:Legend and More

By Rebecca Smith,
Following on from part one, part two brings another 11 titles to check out. Here they are:

Phantom Doctrine

CreativeForge Games' turn-based tactical Cold War espionage title is set in 1983 during an alternate Cold War. Players lead the Cabal, a secret organization whose intention is to fight a global conspiracy that pits world leaders and nations against each other. Set up a base of operations, recruit agents from around the world and research new technology to help your mission. Interrogate and brainwash enemies and agents, decode and analyze intelligence and operate from the shadows. Use stealth by disguising as a citizen to infiltrate areas undetected, or send in your operatives armed to the teeth for "explosive, all-out attacks". The title is coming to unspecified consoles in 2018.

Plant Fire Department Simulator

Following on from Airport Fire Department, UIG Entertainment's next simulator this time takes the flames to a different location. Fire can also be very destructive in a factory setting if left unchecked, so your and your team will need to battle everything from structural fires to gas explosions. You'll have a range of equipment and special vehicles at your disposal as you attempt to save lives. The game will be coming to Xbox One later this year.

Racing Apex

Curve Digital's third and final title at Gamescom was Lucky Mountain Games' racing title that's inspired by classic arcade racers. Combining rapid driving with vehicular combat, players aim is to win the race even if that means destroying all of their opponents in the process. There will be a large number of characters, vehicles and weapons to use in your quest to become Racing Apex champion. The variety of race modes will include local and online multiplayer too. The title is heading to unspecified consoles in 2018.

Rapala Fishing Pro Series

The latest instalment in the Rapala franchise will be arriving on the latest generation of consoles. Become the next Rapala Pro Angler as you compete in fishing tournaments across North America. The game will feature real lakes, officially licensed equipment and dozens of fish species. Players can work their way through six environments with the help of GPS, track fish with the fish finder and work out the best equipment to use to land your ideal fish. Tournament winnings can be used to purchase better equipment, such as boats, reels, poles, apparel, lures and lines. There will also be a Free Fishing mode for those who fancy a more relaxed pick up and play experience. For those who are more competitive, there will be global leaderboards and daily online challenges. The game will be coming to Xbox One on October 24th.


The most recent successful Kickstarter project is Magnus Games' "RPG-simulator hybrid". Players take on the role of an amnesiac survivor who has been washed ashore on Vokka Island. Without any memories, you start a new life and try to remember your past. However, to survive on the island you must expand the village, make new friends, cultivate the land, fish, craft and raise your own magical Magnus monsters. Vokka Island is set within the world of Ethia but exploring outside the island is fraught with danger. The game is due to be released on Xbox One in June 2018.

Shadows: Awakening

Teased just over two weeks ago, it turns out that Games Farm's adventure in the realm of the Heretic Kingdoms is what we were seeing. The single-player action RPG has an isometric perspective and uses real-time tactical combat when defeating enemies. Players assume the role of the Devourer, a demon that's been summoned from the Shadow Realm. If you're to survive, you'll need to devour the souls of long-dead heroes and make use of their skills. The game will be coming to Xbox One next year.

Spintires: MudRunner

Released on PC over three years ago, Saber Interactive's all-terrain driving title will finally be coming to Xbox One in the form of an ultimate edition. Set in extreme Siberian landscapes, players will have just a map and compass to help them get to their destination, complete their objectives and make their deliveries. Each of the game's 19 vehicles will have its own characteristics and equipment to help overcome the challenging terrain, where the vehicle's weight and movement can be extremely important. The Xbox edition will come with an new Sandbox map to accompany the existing five environments, a new challenge mode that has nine dedicated maps, upgraded graphics and other improvements. You'll get to try it out in October.

Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet

Known as Projekt #1514 just a few days ago, Bandai Namco's big surprise was that their Sword Art Online franchise would be coming to Xbox One for the first time. This time there will also be third-person shooter action to accompany the RPG gameplay for which the franchise is renowned. The game's story will take players into the world of Gun Gale Online and will be supervised by Sword Art Online creator Reki Kawahara. Players will be able to make use of double jumps, air dashes, wall-to-wall repelling, and quick weapon swapping during the "brisk platforming and shooting gameplay". Up to eight online players can take on the collaborate in the co-operative modes or and take each other on in competitive modes. The game will be arriving early next year.

TauCeti Unknown Origin

BadFly Interactive's co-op sci-fi FPS puts players in a dire situation. The spaceship ESS Meridian crashed after going haywire. You found the only working escape pod but that's sent you to TauCeti f, a stange and unexplored planet. There are dense tropical rainforests, deep canyons, ruins of stone buildings and a great rover to explore. The ancient temples offer shelter but can be dangerous, and the natives aren't always friendly. If you're lucky, you'll find parts of your broken space ship to help you out, but otherwise your survival is in your hands when the game is released on Xbox One in the future.

The InnerFriend

Playmind attended Gamescom with their debut title that puts players into an Alice in Wonderland type world. The game takes place within the physical realisation of a subconscious universe where dreams and nightmares are connected. The mysterious Shadow acts as a witness to the player's childhood memories and collects them to rebuild the safe haven that once existed here. The story may be wordless but that doesn't mean that there aren't secrets hiding in the corners waiting to be discovered as players face childhood fears. The title will come to Xbox One next year.

Way of the Passive Fist

Household Games title tries to envoke the spirit of 90s cartoon arcade brawlers. Assuming the role of the Wanderer, you've mastered the technique of the Passive Fist where you can outlast any enemy. You'll use a defensive fighting style with parries, deflections, dashes, and dodges to tire your enemies with their own relentless attacks. Take on raiders, mad scientists and fanatical sun worshipers if you want to survive. The game is due to be released on Xbox One later this year.

Which of these games will you be picking up?
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.