Weekend Announcements January 4th-6th: Sydney Hunter, The Hatching, and More

By Rebecca Smith, 8 days ago
The holidays are over and we're back with the first Weekend Announcements of the year. There are five games for you to see today, most of which will be coming to Xbox One courtesy of the ID@Xbox programme. Take a look and see if there's anything you like in the list below.

Colony 42

Platforms: Xbox One
Release Window: Q1 2019
Colony 42 is a story-driven horror-adventure game that immerses you in a rich environment. Set in Cold-War era United States, Colony 42 puts you in the shoes of Doctor James Donovan, a man trapped in the city-sized bunker: "Colony 42." Lost, Alone and Forgotten you tread the dusty ruins of the abandoned Colony on a mission to save your daughter and redeem yourself for sins buried far in the Colonies murky depths. However, you are not alone, despite the recent evacuation of the concrete labyrinth, something still stirs in the dark cyclopean hallways...

Colony 42 features a thrilling single-player story mode that spans 8 levels filled with interesting puzzles that rely on your exploration of the environment to solve. Bravery and curiosity are both rewarded here. Each level is also crammed with secrets, Easter eggs and lore - you can take it or leave it, you choose how much story you take with you.

Depth of Extinction

Platforms: Xbox One, Windows 10
Release Window: 2019
Thousands of years ago, an unknown calamity plunged civilization as we know it to the bottom of what is now a vast ocean. As the waters rose, those who survived the event formed a new society known as the “Creators” and rebuilt the human population – producing advanced technology to better suit their needs. However, as eons passed, the Creators faded from existence – leaving behind remnants of their civilization and their technology.

With the seas more uncertain than ever, mankind has split into multiple factions – including “The Republic,” who used the machines left behind by the Creators and became the most stable faction while the others favored violence instead. However, these machines started to fail them – and the population grew wary of the future. With rumors of killer machines or worse in faraway seas, humanity’s only chance at survival is to venture out into the unknown.

Depth of Extinction (DoE) is a tactical RPG with roguelike elements that features in-depth strategic gameplay and high replay value. The oceans have reclaimed the Earth and you are the sole defender of humanity's last remaining government. Besieged on all sides by an overwhelming enemy, you must build the ultimate squad and lead them to victory. Level up your soldiers and equip them with the best gear — but be sure to keep them safe because death is permanent!

Momentus

Platforms: Xbox One
Release Window: Q1 2019
Momentus is a gravity defying platform game. The idea is that you have to jump from object to object to get to the finish, but theres a catch. You can only stick to objects which are the same colour as you. Once you stick to an object, the centre of gravity changes to that object so you are able to build momentum. Building momentum then enables you to fling yourself from object to object so that you can progress through the level. Watch out for the death zones!

Sydney Hunter & The Curse Of The Mayan

Platforms: Xbox One
Release Window: 2019
The Maya calendar “Haab” nears the end of the great cycle, marking the start of Wayeb, five nameless days that are considered to be extremely unlucky. During Wayeb, the Maya believe the world is vulnerable and defenseless. Fear fills the hearts of all civilization. In this time of weakness, Kukulkan, the feared deity, descends to the ancient temple to stop the great cycle from starting anew. Doomsday draws near. Unless a savior emerges to stop Kukulkan’s desire to freeze time.

You play as Sydney Hunter, an explorer who happens to get trapped inside a Maya pyramid while he is out exploring the region. He soon discovers that Kukulkan has broken up the important Haab calendar into seven separate pieces, and hiding them through the area. This has caused chaos, and time freezing if the Haab calendar isn’t found and put back together in time. The local Maya ask Sydney to now go out and find all seven pieces of the Haab calendar, defeat Kukulkan, and bring peace and balance back to the Maya civilization, and restoring time to continue.

The Hatching

Platforms: Xbox One, Windows 10
Release Window: Q2 2019
The Hatching is a top-down action game where you play as a monster from a monster movie... a giant crocodile. In a twist of fate, you are set loose in the English countryside. Driven by your survival instincts and a never-ending hunger you will go on a rampage of blood and mayhem, fighting off anything you consider a threat or food. How do you survive in a strange land where everyone and everything wants to kill you? By killing them first!
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.