The last weekend was extremely busy. Not only did Microsoft announce the ID@XBox games that they were taking to GDC, including 21(!) new titles that we had to introduce in two parts, there was also a handful of announcements that had nothing to do with those plans. Of those four titles, we have a girl's quest for revenge against the King's son, a hoverbike race to enable your escape from Earth, a 60 second adventure, and a quest to become a true Monster Slayer. Which of these titles will you be watching?
Amplify Creations has teamed up with Rising Star Games to bring their "third-person fantasy action-RPG" to Xbox One. Inspired by European folklore and high fantasy fiction, the game tells the story of a girl and her companion elk. The pair meet after one of the King's sons destroys the girl's village. Set on revenge but initially oblivious to the person responsible for her plight, she uncovers secrets about the King and his family, and not everything is as it seems. Players will find a world filled with lore and other-worldly enemy constructs that must be defeated if she's to be successful. You'll be able to accompany her in her journey this autumn.
Successfully funded on Kickstarter, Oscar Brittain's "hoverbike racing RPG" will now be heading to Xbox One thanks to publisher Akupara Games. Players race vintage hoverbikes as they attempt to make enough money to buy their way off the Earth's surface before it's blown up. Mars is the place of safety that you have in mind, but will you raise enough funds to get there? In between races, you can sell gun parts to raise extra funds, and repair and/or customise your bikes. Don't forget to eat ramen either, because it's not only your vehicle that needs fuel. The races are due to begin later this year, although the release window is not yet set in stone.
The development team of Kitty Calis, Jan Willem Nijman, Jukio Kallio and Dominik Johann is yet to come up with a catchy name for their quartet, but that hasn't stopped them teaming up with Devolver Digital to bring their "lo-fi adventure" to Xbox One. The clue to the game is in its title; each adventure takes just 60 seconds at a time. You'll need to help people, discover secrets and defeat enemies as quickly as you can, but it's up to you to find out how to lift the curse that ends each day after that period of time. Just like the game itself, you don't have to wait too long for this title to arrive — it's due on April 3rd.
The developer behind Vertical Drop Heroes HD, Nerdook Productions, has once again teamed up with Digerati to bring their next title to Xbox One after a successful release on PC. Players assume the role of a hero from one of 12 character classes who joins the Monster Slayers Guild. They'll need to make their way through the Northern Valley and defeat the legendary Harbinger if they're ever to be considered a true Monster Slayer. The "rogue-like deck-building RPG adventure" lets players customise their decks to suit their play styles as they get new cards from merchants, treasure chests, and allies. Each adventure's enemies, loot and levels are randomly generated so no two playthroughs are ever the same. The title is due to be released this spring.
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