Last weekend saw many developers and publishers head to Seattle for PAX West 2017. While far quieter than Gamescom a couple of weeks prior to that, there were still a number of announcements that you may have missed. There are seven titles in total so take a look at the list below:
At the hands of publisher THQ Nordic, many previously lost franchises are returning to modern day consoles. The latest of these is the AquaNox
series, the first of which was released in 2001. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter, developer Digital Arrow has re-imagined the world and gameplay of the original series to bring this latest title to Xbox One. Players take control of a team of highly trained fighter pilots, but they won't be taking to the skies to show off their prowess. Instead, this team will be heading into the depths of the ocean and the deepest trenches in existence. Set in a dystopian future, mankind has fled the surface of the Earth and lives in underwater stations, but it's up to the squad and their torpedoes, mortars, mines and other weaponry to keep the peace.
Matt Makes Games, the developer behind Towerfall Ascension
, has returned with a new platformer. Inspired by rock climbing and SNES-era platformers, the game pushes players to climb 250 stages of a mountain, which include a variety of different areas like an abandoned city, ancient ruins, precarious cliff sides, and a haunted resort. This in itself wouldn't be an easy task, but your character also has to battle her inner demons if she is to succeed. The game arrives for Xbox One in January 2018. How high can you climb?
The second in Daedalic Entertainment's Deponia
point and click series of games sees Rufus panicking when his home planet, Deponia, is scheduled for demolition. He needs to leave Deponia behind and travel to Elysium, but only Goal can enable him to do this. Unfortunately her brain implant has become split between three different discs, each representing a different side to her personality. Rufus needs to reunite the three discs while protecting them from Goal's angry fiancé Cletus, the evil Organon, unorganized crime and rebels. Will he be able to persuade Goal to let him venture to Elysium with her and escape his planet? You'll find out when the game comes to Xbox One on December 6th.
Glu Mobile's mobile franchise will be heading to Xbox One for the first time this fall. Players travel to some of the highest rated hunting regions in North America, "from the plains of West Texas to the rugged terrain of Alaska". Tasked with completing realistic hunting objectives and challenges against animals that will react to you, you'll need to track and shoot a variety of big game trophy animals like whitetail, mule and sitka deer, big horn and dall sheep, caribou and elk.They aren't the only prey, though, as you'll need to watch out for other predators that are out to make you their next meal. Upgrade your firearms, scopes and other accessories to help with your task and eventually earn yourself the title of Master Hunter.
Cardboard Computer's episodic "magical realist adventure game" was released on PC four years ago. Now, together with publisher Annapurna Interactive, the game's five episodes and companion interludes will be packaged together for Xbox One and released next year as the TV Edition. An antique furniture delivery man is trying to make his shop's last delivery for the day but he gets lost. Along the way he meets many characters including a haunted TV repairwoman, a young boy and his giant eagle brother, and a pair of robot musicians. Together these characters explore the highways and byways of Kentucky, the storied Echo River and the mysterious Route Zero, a secret highway that runs through Mammoth Cave.
Details on Noio's upcoming sequel to Kingdom: New Lands
are thin on the ground, but we do know that the game will include a "new win scenario, additional tech level, new citizen role, and more stuff we don’t want to spoil!" when it comes to Xbox One next year. There will also be split-screen, drop-in, drop-out co-op so that a friend or family member can help to rule the land, hence the game's name. Finally, there will be a brand new soundtrack with no recycled tracks, as well as overhauled visuals that include new skins for the rulers.
Storymind Entertainment's upcoming "3D neon noir mystery action/adventure" title puts players in the shoes of Jordan Adalien, an FBI agent who has been framed for a crime he didn't commit. He must hunt down the Man in the Crimson Mask who has left a trail of bloodshed behind him as he escapes a masked gang led by Carnival Man. Adalien's anxiety will come into play when he gets stressed, impacting his abilities and even causing hallucinations. The clues that players also uncover will affect the path that the story takes, whether you follow a rational explanation or whether you delve into elements of the occult. Which path will you take when the game is released on Xbox One in the future?
Will you be picking up any of these titles?