Weekend Announcements May 25-27th: 20XX, Backbone, Someday You'll Return, & More

By Rebecca Smith, 7 months ago
It's the calm before the storm. E3 is just over a week away and we're already getting some big announcements. However, over the weekend there were five titles that might just have escaped your attention. There's a Mega Man inspired platformer, an American football sim, a private investigator looking to change the world, a battle of knowledge, and a search for a missing child. The list is below; see if there's something that peaks your interest.

20XX

Batterystaple Games' "roguelike action platformer" is inspired by Mega Man but also aims to add more modern twists to its gameplay. They aim for players to master the game's controls as they run, jump and blast their way through each of the stages, the procedural generation preventing memorization of the levels. In addition to the campaign, the game will have several difficulty settings, daily ranked challenges, and co-operative multiplayer for up to two online or local players. Xbox One players will get a third playable character in the "Hawk DLC Pack" that's bundled in with the game when it releases on July 11th.


Axis Football 2018

If Madden isn't quite scratching your American Football itch, you may be interested in the fourth instalment in Axis Games' 3D football simulation series. The title will include a "robust" franchise mode with unlimited and 16-week seasons, player progressions, trading, lots of stats, and more. To improve the game from last year's Steam release, the team has expanded the playbooks, added new player movement controls and player physics, and redesigned the GUI. This will be the first time the series comes to Xbox One and it's due to arrive in the summer.


Backbone

EGGNUT's title is a "pixel art cinematic adventure with stealth and action elements". Set in a dystopian world, the planet is now ruled by The Great Apes. They call themselves the founding fathers and have divided the many other anthropomorphic animals into classes dictated by species. The game takes place in Vancouver, now overgrown with ivy and huge trees, but also surrounded by high walls to prevent outsiders from getting in... and any of its citizens from getting out. The political and underground powers are corrupted. Players assume the role of private investigator Howard Lotor who discovers a powerful technology that has the chance to change society. In the meantime, he needs to solve cases, interrogate witnesses and explore the world around him, using smell-based stealth mechanics to get himself out of trouble. Successfully funded on Kickstarter, the title smashed through its stretch goals to come to Xbox One next year.


Snoobli

Holik Kriszti√°n's "multiplayer turn-based brain-teaser logic game" takes place in a world where thousands of years of knowledge have been taken by strangers. Now the heroes of Snoobli need to join forces and recover that knowledge. Players battle against enemy characters using their minds, defeating stronger opponents as the game progresses. In hardcore mode, players will face three opponents at once, and being defeated will mean that everything is lost. The title will be coming to Xbox One in the future.


Someday You'll Return

CBE Software's title tells the tale of every parent's worst nightmare. Players assume the role of Daniel, the father of a young girl, Stela, who has run away again. His search for Stela takes him into the ancient Moravian forests, full of secrets and dark memories. As he looks for her, he'll encounter people who might help him understand why Stela wants to leave. The game includes "strong horror elements" with malevolent forces that seek to oppose Daniel, meaning he'll need his wits and skills to survive. Along the way, he'll deal with fatherhood, fears, lies and his refusal to accept his past. The title will arrive on Xbox One in the future.

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.