VGamingNews Headlines – 11th March 2021
Today in gaming there are a few new video game announcements, as well as Square Enix’s announcement of an announcement show. Come inside for today’s roundup featuring Outriders, WRC9, a horror game published by a Bloober Team subsidiary and an Action RPG crossed with a Farming Sim where you play as a cat.
As always, here are the headlines.
- Square Enix Presents a new digital show
- Story trailer for Outriders
- DARQ: Complete Edition Gets PS5, Series X|S & Switch release date
- Dysterra enters Alpha phase
- World Rally Championship 9 launches on Switch
- THQ Announces new studio and remake of Gothic
- AMC announces “The Magnificent Trufflepigs” for PC & Switch
- Action RPG / Farming Sim Kitaria Fables gets first gameplay look
Square Enix Presents, A New Digital Showcase
Square Enix have announced that on 18th March at 17.00 GMT they’re presenting a digital showcase for their up and coming games. We’re going to get a 40 minute show all about Outriders (more on that next), Marvel’s Avengers, Balan Wonderworld, and a new entry in the Life Is Strange series.
We’re definitely going to be covering this so check back in next week. In the meantime, here’s what Square Enix have said to expect:
- Outriders, coming out on April 1
- Balan Wonderworld, which arrives on March 26
- The ongoing celebration for the 25th anniversary of TOMB RAIDER
- Marvel’s Avengers
- Upcoming action shooter Just Cause Mobile
- New mobile game announcements from the award-winning Square Enix Montréal studio
- A look at a few of the whimsical games from Square Enix sister company TAITO
Outriders Gets A New Trailer
Ahead of Square Enix’s digital event next week, the team have released a new trailer outlining the story for their up and coming shooter, Outriders. Since the demo for the game is currently live across all platforms, is little gameplay footage is shown. Instead we find out that the saviours of the human race were tasked to find a suitable replacement to Earth. That mission didn’t go so well, so it’s down to the dregs of society to get things done.
People Can Fly, the developers of Outriders are known for Gears of War Judgment, so we know the focus will be on gameplay rather than story, and that’s absolutely fine. After the demo, we’re excited to get our hands on a new IP and the 1st April can’t come fast enough.
DARQ: Complete Edition Gets PS5, Series X|S & Switch release date
DARQ Complete Edition has been given a release date of the 18th March for Nintendo Switch and 25th March for Series X|S and PlayStation 5. In DARQ you play as Lloyd, a boy trapped in a lucid nightmare. Unable to wake up, you have to explore the darkest corners of his subconscious in order to escape to the waking world. Survival of the nightmare relies on stealth, physics-defying exploration, and puzzle solving. The game includes both previously released DLC.
The game is being published by Feardemic, who are a subsidiary of horror specialists Bloober Team, so even if the PS4 & Xbox One versions slipped by, you know this will be a creepy game to play. Speaking of which, if you own either version of DARQ Complete Edition, you will get the next gen upgrade at no extra cost, so long as you stay within the same console family of course. The PS5 & Series X upgrades will include 4k/30fps or you can prioritise having a 60 Frames Per Second at a reduced 1080p resolution.
Dysterra Enters Alpha Phase
Speaking of online-competitive shooters, we have Dysterra from Kakao Games. Set on an abandoned Earth, you and a band of your comrades have to group together to loot enemy depots in order to survive the harsh environments. Kakao Games is throwing everything into this new game and while we’re only at the Alpha stage, development is progressing smoothly.
A Steam Alpha Test is currently accepting signups for the next few days ahead of the test on 18th March, so if this looks like your kind of game, why not sign up and give it a go? You never know, you may even bump into some familiar faces. Dysterra is aiming for an Early Access release on Steam this year.
World Rally Championship 9 Launches On Switch
Publisher Nacon & developers KT Racing have release WRC9 for the Nintendo Switch, so now you can rally like a champ on the go. The game includes all content currently available on the other consoles. There’s over 110 special stages, a lengthy Career mode to get stuck into. There is also daily and weekly test in daily and weekly online challenges.
There’s a lot to pack in and the game looks pretty good on Nintendo’s handheld. One to pick up for those long car journeys… Or is that too meta?
THQ Nordic Creates New Studio – Alkimia Interactive
THQ Nordic are normally the ones throwing money around by buying up existing studios and developers. It’s not often they create their own. Well that’s what they’ve gone and done. Alkimia Interactive has been set up to develop deep and thoughtful stories. Their first task is a remake of Gothic, the single player RPG that originally released on PC in 2001. It is hoped the game will come to PS5, Series X|S and PC.
The team have been busy building their studio in Barcelona since last summer and are still recruiting developers as we speak. This could mean there will be a long wait until the game comes to fruition. However, with THQ Nordic investing heavily in the project, this will likely speed up the process as they’d want a return on their investment. We’ll keep our ears to the ground and bring any developments as they come in.
AMC Announces The Magnificent Trufflepigs For Nintendo Switch & PC
The Magnificent Trufflepigs, is the first offering from Leeds based studio Thunkd which has been established by Andrew Crawshaw, the lead designer of Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture. The game puts you in the shoes of Adam, a metal detector wielding romantic who meets a woman called Beth. As you explore the English countryside to find lost treasure. It quickly unfolds that all isn’t what it seems and things start to unravel. Communication with Beth is handled as all good relationships are, via text & walkie talkie. The responses you send will impact on how your relationship develops and the outcome of the game.
We can’t recall ever playing a video game based around a metal detector but the story and trailer has piqued our interests. Of course having Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture will help signal boost the game but even without this, it looks like a fantastical trip to the countryside and we’re all for it. The Magnificent Trufflepigs will come to PC and Nintendo Switch during the summer months.
Action RPG / Farming Sim “Kitaria Fables” Gets First Gameplay look
It’s not often you get to write the sentence; Kitaria Fables is a cute Farming Simulator crossed with an Action RPG, but that’s exactly what publisher PQube have allowed us to say by revealing this game. Coming to consoles and PC later in the year, Kitaria Fables starts of as any other Farming simulator. You plant crops and gather materials. However a threat looms and you set off on an adventure through mountainous regions, forests and dungeons.
Unlike your typical RPGs, you don’t have a defined class, so you’re not limited to just casting spells or just hitting things with a sword – you can do both! To help aid you on your quest to save the world, is the ability to play with a friend through local co-op. This’ll no doubt help share the load. We can’t wait to learn more about Kitaria Fables when it is released for PC, PS5, Series X|S & Switch later in the year and we’ve dropped a load of screenshots showing off the versatility of the game.