April Fools' Day is usually a time when developers and publishers don't make any real announcements for fear of not being believed. When you combine that with a long Easter weekend, it's unsurprising that we only have three titles for you today. There's city planning in a frozen landscape, an RPG set in an alternative post-Brexit Britain, and the interconnected tales of a fox and a human. Which of these titles will you be watching?
In 11 bit studio's latest title, the world has frozen over. Steam technology has been built to try and battle the cold. As the city ruler, it is up to you to manage both the city's infrastructure and the welfare of its inhabitants. Decisions won't be easy. The optimisation of technology and resources is often at odds with empathy for the humans who need it so much. Those decisions will often question your morality and everything you thought you knew about an organised society. Not only must the city be sustained, you'll need to explore outside of its limits if you're to understand its history and how to improve its present state. The title is coming to Windows 10 courtesy of ID@Xbox at some point in the future.
Panic Barn's upcoming title is a "dark political comedy RPG". Set in an alternate dystopian Britain, Brexit talks have collapsed and the country is run by an extreme far-right government. European citizens have been rounded up and exiled. As one of those citizens, you now find yourself manning the doors of pubs, clubs, festivals and parties as the party culture hits fever pitch. You need to make sure that the revellers don't get unruly, manage guestlists, and check IDs if you want to earn a decent paycheck, which can be used to upgrade your apartment or perhaps even be the means to return to the city you once called home. Having teamed up with publisher No More Robots to bring the game to Xbox One, you can take your chances against the new rule later this year.
David Wehle has teamed up with DO Games to bring his narrative game to Xbox One. The game doesn't follow the story of just one character — it follows two. The first is a fox searching for her missing cubs, a journey that "crescendos at the source of life" and may just leave players with a better understanding of death. The second is that of a son who wishes to reconnect with his father in Alaska, yet somehow his story is interconnected with that of the fox. Along the way, players will find artifacts and uncover stories from the son's life as both he and the fox travel towards The First Tree. You'll help them make that journey when the game is released during the latter part of this year.