Let’s be actual, nothing on this information round-up goes to high the tales we already wrote up this week: Halo is coming to PC again after 15 years, and Valve’s letting you stream PC games to your cellphone or laptop computer when you’re away from dwelling. Those are each large tales. What’s left? Comparatively minor.
But Dwarf Fortress is coming to Steam, Gearbox is teasing two recreation reveals at PAX East later this month, somebody recreated Star Wars: Episode I Racer in Unreal 4, the Rising Storm devs are creating a brand new shooter set in an alt-history Cold War, and Doom has one other horrible film adaptation developing quickly. Like critically, so dangerous Uwe Boll might’ve directed a greater movie.
This is gaming information for March 11 to 15.
No freebies this week, however I do wish to spotlight among the best Humble Bundles shortly—a minimum of, in the event you’re a method fan. The Humble Strategy Bundle 2019 is packed stuffed with video games, together with Offworld Trading Company and Stellaris, however the actual coup is on the high. Paying for the $15 tier nets you a replica of Civilization VI which, whereas not folks’s favourite Civilization, remains to be a discount at that worth.
If there was any remaining doubt, Gearbox squashed it this week: Borderlands 3 is sort of actually being introduced at PAX East later this month. All we have now to go on is a street sign with some vaguely Borderlands-esque paint scrawls on it, however uh, come on. It’s Borderlands.
What’s extra stunning: Gearbox is doubtlessly revealing two video games at PAX East. After the Borderlands-most likely tweet went out, Gearbox followed up with “Time to tease another game for PAX!” and a picture of a dismembered robotic on an working desk. Battleborn 2? Except this time it’s a Battle-Royale-Born? Let’s hope not.
Die and die typically
This endless spring launch cycle continues subsequent week with Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, the most recent From Software recreation. Hopefully it’s good, as a result of we’ll be too busy with GDC to even check out it till post-release. This week’s launch trailer has me excited to wrap the present, come dwelling, and spend all weekend getting my ass kicked by huge monsters although.
Episode I: Director’s Cut
Last yr I wrote a protracted article about my love for Star Wars: Episode I Racer, calling it (rightly) “The neatest thing to come back out of The Phantom Menace.” But whereas it’s nice to have it again on PC once more, there’s no denying the sport seems to be dated. It’s from 1999, in spite of everything.
So kudos to RobJin, who apparently created a model of Racer that runs in Unreal 4. You can take a look at a video of it in motion under, or seize the present construct here—although you’d higher do it quick, in case Disney shuts it down. (Via PC Gamer)
Dwarf Fortress redux
Dwarf Fortress is without doubt one of the most wonderful video games you’ve most likely by no means performed. In improvement for over 12 years now, it’s an ultra-detailed simulation mashed up with a high-fantasy journey, constructed solely in ASCII artwork. It’s uh, considerably impenetrable to say the least, though it’s free in the event you ever wish to give it a go.
But a brand new model is on its way to Steam as nicely, full with extra conventional paintings, Steam Workshop help, and a $20 price ticket. If you’ve ever been inquisitive about Dwarf Fortress and didn’t wish to mod it your self, this is likely to be a great way to test it out. (And don’t fear, longtime followers—the free model will proceed to obtain the identical updates.)
This new Shenmue 3 trailer seems to be reasonably higher than the final, I believe. Sure, the faces barely transfer nonetheless, and the lip-sync is messy, however the characters look barely much less dead-behind-the-eyes. I’m nonetheless not satisfied it’ll be any good, and after playing Yakuza 0 I discover myself craving for characters with extra character right here, however a minimum of it seems to be prefer it’s coming collectively a bit.
Get me the frog detective
After final yr’s Haunted Island: A Frog Detective Adventure, I’m very a lot prepared for extra. What I didn’t count on: A full-blown sequel. I assumed we’d get some DLC possibly, one other story added on to the primary, however as a substitute we’re getting Frog Detective 2: The Case of the Invisible Wizard. I’m excited! And spooked! But principally excited!
After the Metro Exodus blowback, I didn’t assume anybody can be so brazen as to yank their recreation off Steam and transfer to the Epic Games Store after the actual fact, however…nicely, it occurred once more. The much-anticipated Phoenix Point, developed by X-Com creator Julian Gollop, introduced a one-year exclusivity cope with Epic this week—after running a Fig campaign in 2017, with the expectation of a Steam launch. Gollop’s offering backers refunds, nevertheless it’s actually not an amazing look, particularly after a current delay.
If there’s a plus aspect, it’s that Gollop says the cash from Epic will assist help the sport for a yr previous its launch date. I doubt that’s a lot comfort for sure followers, however these of you who’re much less Steam-centric can sit up for expanded post-release content material plans now.
Antimatter Games, developer of Rising Storm 2: Vietnam and fashioned from the Tripwire devs who made Rising Storm, is engaged on a brand new shooter referred to as ’83—and as you would possibly count on from the title, it strikes the timeline additional forward once more. Following on from Rising Storm’s World War II and the sequel’s Vietnam War, ’83 is ready in an alt-history Cold War period the place battle erupted between the USA and USSR. From the web site:
“1983 was a tense yr for world politics. With Western powers ramping up anti-Soviet rhetoric and the Soviets responding in form, it represented one of the vital harmful years within the 20th century. In ‘83, these tensions explode into a worldwide battle the place ‘what if’ has grow to be ‘when’. Birthed from the timeline of the actual Cold War, sabre-rattling escalates to a World War for dominance between two nuclear superpowers.”
I’m a sucker for alt-history, so I can’t wait to see how this one seems. Hopefully it’s a bit extra polished than Rising Storm 2 was at launch.
The Sinking City, Frogwares’ Sherlock-meets-Cthulhu story, is certainly one of my most-anticipated releases for 2019—and now I’ll really get to take pleasure in it. Originally set to launch on the finish of March, Frogwares has now pushed the discharge date again to June 27, a “less crowded timeframe” as they put it. And for that, Frogwares has my everlasting thanks.
Let’s end up this week with a pair of completely weird online game diversifications. First up, Netflix continues to make anime diversifications of video video games. Following on from the well-received Castlevania sequence, there’s now a Dragon’s Dogma anime within the works. I can’t think about what it’s even about moreover slowly climbing on high of assorted mythological creatures, however hey, extra energy to Capcom for placing a deal.
But the actual shock this week is that there’s a brand new Doom film, subtitled Annihilation, and it seems to be completely terrible. Like, worse than the already-terrible Doom film we received in 2005. At least that one had some Hollywood-level manufacturing values behind it. This seems to be like a made-for-TV mess. Check out the reveal trailer under, or don’t and save your self the ache.