If, like me, you decided to skip last night’s The Game Awards in favour of catching up on some sleep, you might have missed a crazy amount of announcements and reveals. Not to worry, however, as we’re on hand to round-up all the news from the event. Let’s get right down to it.
Soul Calibur VI Announced For PS4, Xbox One and PC
“Welcome Back to the Stage of History”. It’s been rumoured for a long time now, but finally there’s some proof that Bandai Namco are working on the sixth entry in the Soul Calibur franchise. From the looks of the trailer above, Soul Calibur VI appears to be a reboot of the series. The trailer shows series stalwarts Sophitia and Mitsurugi duking it out, though both characters look much younger than they did in Soul Calibur IV and V. Also, the trailer seems to hint towards some new mechanics unseen in the previous games. Finally, a new character is teased at the end who uses some kind of Darth Maul esque dual-blade sword. Soul Calibur VI is scheduled for release next year, meaning it’s done a real number on my Biggest Fighting Games of 2018 list.
There’s Going To Be A World War Z Game, Because Reasons
When you think about it, it was only a matter of time. If they can make at least three different styles of video game from The Walking Dead, do you think World War Z was going to be exempt? Judging by the trailer, this game appears to be based more on the movie than the book, though if this is supposed to be some retelling of Brad Pitt’s solo mission to save the world, Saber Interactive might have missed the boat. The film has been out for years. Details are still scarce right now, but let’s hope this is a good example of movie based video games.
From Software Teases New Game With About 10 Seconds of Footage
No, we mean tease. Check out the trailer, there’s more Geoff Keighley than video game. Many have speculated that this mystery game could be Bloodborne II, but the writing in the background looks like it could be of Japanese/Chinese origin. If anything, it could be a sequel to one of FromSoftware’s earliest games, Shadow Tower. The tagline, “Shadows Die Twice”, could support the theory, though Shadow Tower already had a sequel on PS2. It could even be a Tenchu game, who knows? We’ll find out soon enough.
Campo Santo Announce In The Valley of Gods
The team behind Firewatch announced their latest project at The Game Awards, In The Valley of Gods, possibly winning the award for best soundtrack of all the trailers. The game itself is a first person game set in Egypt, where you and your fellow explorer friend wander around the ruins of ancient temples looking for treasure. Though not shown in the trailer, the description on YouTube points towards some danger in the full game, perhaps even some treachery. In The Valley of Gods is due out in 2019.
Bayonetta 3 Announced as a Nintendo Switch Exclusive
The reasons to own a Nintendo Switch just keep piling up, don’t they? It was announced that Platinum Games would be developing the third instalment of the Bayonetta franchise exclusively for the Nintendo Switch, similar to how Bayonetta 2 was a Wii U exclusive game. The trailer above doesn’t show us that much, except for the fact that some purple ghost thing might be the toughest opponent that everyone’s favourite Umbran Witch has faced. No word on a release date yet, meaning we’ve (I’ve) got plenty of time to save up for a Nintendo Switch.
Death Stranding Continues To Confuse Everyone
One of the biggest stories coming out of The Game Awards is the new 8 minute long trailer for Death Stranding, which shows- actually, I don’t know what the fuck it shows. I don’t know what’s happening at all. There’s black goo, people getting shot in the head, Norman Reedus with a baby, weird sea creatures and someone talking about the Big Bang. It’s classic Kojima insanity, bumped up to the nth degree. It’s amazing how an eight minute long trailer can still tell us as little as FromSoftware’s 10 second trailer. In fact, I probably understood that trailer more.
New Metro Exodus Trailer Gives Us A Vague Release Date
4A Games revealed a new trailer at The Game Awards for the upcoming Metro Exodus, the third game based on book series written by Dmitry Glukhovsky. The trailer, most composed of CGI and voiceover, showcases the old familiar ruins of Moscow, before we hop aboard a steam train out of there. As the name Exodus would imply, we’re leaving the underground stations of Moscow behind in favour of greener pastures. Or, maybe just less irradiated pastures. The trailer concludes with a “Fall 2018” release date, probably just in time for an actual nuclear war.
Sea of Thieves Gets A Proper Release Date
Rare’s pirate themed Sea of Thieves has been in development for what seems like forever, but we’re almost at the promised land, as a new trailer at The Game Awards announced the release date of March 20th 2018. The trailer also focuses on the co-operative looting, plundering, customisation and about 5 seconds of a chicken on a beach. Sounds about right. Gather around your favourite seamen (giggle), because it’s time to hit the high seas.
The Astronauts Announce Witchfire, Which Is Nothing Like The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter
The Astronauts gained prominence when they released The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, but they would like to remind you that their team is also comprised of the founding members of People Can Fly. You know, the Bulletstorm and Painkiller guys. Witchfire’s trailer might start off like another walking simulator, but things quickly take a turn. The Astronauts look to combine the beautiful graphics of games like Ethan Carter with the first person shooter pedigree they’ve obtained over the years in the industry, which could be a winning combo. We’re excited to see more.
Fortnite: Battle Royale Getting A 50v50 Limited Time Game Type
Looks like Epic want to move away as far as they can from the PUBG copycat comparison, as they announced a limited time 50 v 50 mode is available right now in Fortnite: Battle Royale. Like normal Battle Royale, it’s one life only, and the last team standing wins. As mentioned, this mode is getting a limited run only at the moment, lasting until December 17th. Here’s hoping they make it a regular fixture, as it’s these twists on the regular formula that help give a game longevity.
Breath of the Wild Wins Game of the Year
It was always going to be a toss-up between this and Horizon: Zero Dawn, but in the end, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild earned the distinction of Game of the Year 2017 from The Game Awards. Congratulations to Nintendo, and to all the winners and nominees last night. All your hard work and dedication makes video games awesome.