Weekend Announcements November 16-18th: Shakes on a Plane, Altero, Kova and More

By Rebecca Smith, 21 days ago
The weekend may have been relatively quiet compared to the last now that the XO18 fan event has been and gone, but that didn't stop some of the smaller studios from stepping out of its shadow. There are five new titles to meet today, most of which will be arriving on Xbox One thanks to ID@Xbox. You can get a closer glimpse at all of these titles below.

Altero

In Electronic Motion Games' "sad brain teasing puzzle-platform game", players assume the role of a voodoo doll named Adi. He finds himself lost in the sorrow forest and the only way regain his memory is to rescue the lost souls he finds there. The only way he'll do that is to perform multiple actions at the same time, but he's only one doll. However, if he dies after his actions, he'll return to life alongside his past self. By co-operating with his past self and interacting with other characters, he should be able to solve all of the puzzles and find peace once again. As well as the single-player campaign, there's a local co-op mode where players will solve individual levels. The game is coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 in Q4 2018/Q1 2019 thanks to ID@Xbox.


Eternal Hope

Double Hit Games' "2D physics-based puzzle platformer" has a similarly depressing setting to the title above. After his beloved is killed in an accident, a boy is swallowed by his grief, but he receives an offer to bring her back. To do this, he must shift between two dimensions and find all of the fragments of her soul that were cast around the world when she died. Of course, the journey is fraught with dangers and many challenges to overcome. Players will get to take on the mission themselves when the game is released on Xbox One through ID@Xbox later this year.


Kova

Black Hive Media's "metroidvania RPG" takes place in a distant future where humans have colonised many planets across the galaxies and technology has progressed immensely. Players assume the role of the titular Kova Rimor, a female space mercenary looking for a bunch of space pirates. As she looks for them, she is attacked by another ship and crash lands on an uninhabited planet, where she finds a mysterious shard of unknown origin. Is the shard the reason why humans are alone in the universe? As she investigates the shard further, she'll explore many different planets, make friends and foes, battle hostile enemies, upgrade her ship, suit and weapons, and take on side missions to earn more money. The world will be open for exploring when ID@Xbox helps to release the game on Xbox One and Windows 10 later this year.


Shakes on a Plane

No, the title isn't a typo. Animera Games' "physics-based time-management game" is Overcooked on a plane. Players manage a cabin crew on a passenger airliner where they have to deal with travel sickness, preparing and serving food, cleaning up the rubbish, and the everyday occurrence of getting them ready for a paradrop. Of course, when it comes to jetlagged passengers, not everybody is going to co-operate. Each of the player characters will have their own personality and abilities. The developer recommends the game is at its best with 2-4 players, but there is a single-player mode for those who prefer not to be sociable. The game is arriving on PC in Q3 2019 and will arrive on unspecified consoles after that.


Tank Brawl 2

The developer of Jump, Step, Step is back with a title that takes a completely different direction. The sequel to Tank Brawl, which was originally coming to Xbox One but now no longer seems to be the case, this "shoot-em-up tank game" puts players in charge of jeeps, tanks, giant mechs, and even a mobile rocket launcher as they tackle the single-player campaign or team up with a couple of friends in 3v3 multiplayer matches. The game has a vehicle/driver class system that draws inspiration from games like Final Fantasy and Titan Quest, and promises 100 "wow moments". You can verify that claim for yourself when the game is released on Xbox One through ID@Xbox later this year.


Will you be picking up any of these titles?
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.