Microsoft announced that Halo Infinite will be a launch title for the next-gen Xbox “Project Scarlett” console at the end of 2020, which isn’t that surprising given rumors we’ve heard about “big changes” to the Halo formula. 343 showed off a new cinematic trailer with the announcement, and it paints a pretty bleak post-Halo 5 picture, though we’d love to feast our eyes on some actual gameplay.
Fallout 76 still isn’t very good, but Bethesda’s not willing to abandon ship yet. The free Wastelanders expansion adds sorely needed NPCs, dialog trees, and quests to the game, along with a 52-player battle royale mode. Sigh. Does anybody actually want to play a battle royale with Fallout’s janky combat mechanics? The game’s holding a free trial June 10 to 17, so you can determine the answer for yourself.
The Evil Within 2 is one of my favorite horror games, easily the best-playing release in recent years until the Resident Evil 2 remake matched it in January. Thus I’ve eagerly awaited Tango’s next project, and now we know it’s Ghostwire: Tokyo. As you might have guessed the game’s set in Tokyo, left desolate by a populace that’s vanishing into thin air—as if the rapture came and went, leaving only demons behind. It falls to you to figure out what’s going on, though the debut trailer didn’t give much of an idea what that entails.
Regardless, I think we can all agree that digital bowl of ramen looks delicious.
It’s been nearly two years since Wolfenstein II released, which is making Wolfenstein: Youngblood feel like less of an expansion, more of a brand-new entry in the series—especially given the shift to a 1980s setting and the addition of co-op play. The modern Wolfenstein games kick ass, and the 80s kicked ass, so Bethesda doesn’t have to sell us much on this one.
Arkane’s new game certainly has Dishonored homages, from the Victorian-looking clock towers to the use of a very Blink-like teleport at one point. But it’s got a fresh style to it, more modern, with two characters trying to assassinate each other in a time loop. You’ve got our attention, Bethesda.
Doom Eternal looks a lot like “More Doom,” and that’s fine with me. Bethesda went hard on Eternal during its press conference, showing off nearly 20 minutes of footage spanning a ton of different faux-Gothic hell environments, a whole arsenal of weapons, and some new enemies as well. There’s not much else to say, except “It looks damn good.”
Evil Genius 2
It’s the year for long-awaited revivals, it seems. Baldur’s Gate III and Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 were both announced in the lead-up to E3 2019, and at the PC Gaming Show, Rebellion announced Evil Genius 2, 15 years after the original villainous lair simulator dropped. The first trailer lacks any gameplay, but it’s full of James Bondian spy hijinks and the traps designed to thwart them.
Chivalry II feels about six months too late already, given Mordhau is already a fantastic spiritual successor and has become one of 2019’s breakout hits. They’re going to need something big to stand out, and so far we haven’t seen anything too promising. It’ll feature 64-player battles and horse combat, but...well, so does Mordhau. So we’ll see.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2
We got our first look at Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 during GDC, but Paradox had yet to show any game footage. That changed during the PC Gaming Show. Check out the four-minute gameplay teaser above.
Midnight Ghost Hunt
Coffee Stain’s been churning along on satisfactory since Goat Simulator, but at the PC Gaming Show, it took the wraps off Midnight Ghost Hunt, a new game where teams of ghosts and ghost hunters face off. The ghosts can take control of inanimate objects to rattle the hunters, who are trying to eradicate the poltergeists before midnight—when they get much, much deadlier.
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