E3 2019 Gaming Preview: Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy.

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Indie games publisher Big Sugar (formerly Digital Uppercut) and indie developer Ludomotion recently announced at E3 their new game, Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy.

The following is much info on this new game from their recent press release. But first, a trailer preview from E3…

Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy is a roguelite action-RPG and prodigious sequel to the critically acclaimed indie gem, Unexplored. Leave the Dungeon of Doom behind and venture into a vast, wondrous world as you embark on a heroic quest to destroy the mysterious Staff of Yendor.

Explore beautiful landscapes and discover hidden marvels. Encounter magical creatures and dangerous foes. Make brave choices and put your faith in good fortune. Featuring a unique legacy system, advanced procedural generation technology, and rich, generative storytelling, Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy is an adventure like no other.

Major changes in the evolution from Unexplored to Unexplored 2 include the sprawling outdoor setting of the sequel, which leaves behind the original’s dungeon-based confines, and a dramatically different visual style that imbues the world with a wonderfully vibrant and magical sense of place.

Less immediately obvious, but absolutely fundamental to Unexplored 2, is the use once again of advanced content generation. Ludomotion has continued to refine and improve its revolutionary technology, which is now capable of even more impressive results across a range of systems, from world and level creation to generated stories and puzzles.

“The first game is a dungeon crawler, but Unexplored 2 takes the adventure outside the dungeon,” explains game director Joris Dormans. “You can travel across a whole continent of generated places. There are so many things to see and to do – so much to explore, so many challenges to overcome, so many stories to discover. Unexplored had hundreds of hours of content, but Unexplored 2 will be even bigger.”

To coincide with the game’s announcement, an Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy Open Access campaign has launched on crowdfunding platform Fig, giving backers immediate access to a pre-alpha test demo, amongst other incentives.

Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy will launch on PC and consoles in 2020. For more info, visit www.bigsugar.games.

E3 2018: Cyberpunk 2077, a promising trailer of dark, dystopian edge

 

Cyberpunk 2077 is set to bring back the urban dystopian science fiction style, to the latest generation in gaming from The Witcher series developers, CD Projekt Red.

The new game recently revealed at the 2018 E3 Expo in Los Angeles, with a promising trailer. Cyberpunk 2077 is set in an open world, narrative-driven role-playing game set in the universe of the Cyberpunk 2020 RPG books first published by R. Talsorian Games in 1988.

A bit more from a recent release from CD Projekt Red:

The game follows the story of V — a hired gun on the rise in Night City, the most violent and dangerous metropolis of the corporate-ruled future. A robust character creator will allow players to choose V’s gender, visual appearance, character class, as well as historical background — all of which may influence the shape of the game.

With dozens of hours of main story arc quests, and many more of additional activities, there’s always something to see and do in Night City. Players will experience all of it entirely through V’s eyes, with an interactive dialogue system that gives them greater narrative agency.

Returning in Cyberpunk 2077 is CD PROJEKT RED’s hallmark of choices and consequences. As they make their way through the streets of Night City and its sky-scraping megabuildings, players will face difficult decisions that will ripple through the entire game.

Personal Impressions: I’m looking super forward to this, as it has all that I have been wanting in a character and story driven RPG mass world-building with that classic feel of dark cyberpunk style, not really felt since the days of Shadowrun, Deus Ex, and the first half of Final Fantasy VII. The music is also a nice touch.

Cyberpunk 2077 is planned for release on the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. For more information, visit cyberpunk.net.

 

The Interesting Indie Game Trailers of E3 2017

Another Electronic Entertainment Expo has come and gone. with it, much hype over the new consoles, peripherals, and the flagship titles based on established properties and well-known franchise icons. Many promises are made through ridiculous press conferences,  leading to some broken and others with excessive DLC paywalls.

But among all the possible hits, are some shiny gems in the multiverse of interactive entertainment, mostly from the big console gaming juggernauts. Such promote themselves through visually sweet trailers, giving gamers a forward look. Others can be easily missed, as the mainstream entertainment media tends to gravitate towards the safe, familiar properties in promoting the new gaming eye candy.

So, we look towards the curious and interesting games based on the trailer content, built from many lesser-known developers. Check these out…

CUPHEAD

Developer: StudioMDHR
Platforms: Xbox One, Windows 10, Steam Release Date: September 29

Thoughts: I love the visual 60fps motion style, looking nearly hand drawn with every shot. But looking further, as some fantastic and deeply imaginative design concepts; much in spirit with the early Disney era of earliest animation that inspired this.

THE ARTFUL ESCAPE

Developer: Beethoven & Dinosaur
Platforms: Xbox One, Windows 10 Date of release: TBA

Thoughts: Another visually catching game, and a curious story to match.  There is a feeling with the style, reminding me The Yellow Submarine, and other psychedelic music videos of yesterday.

BLOODSTAINED: RITUAL OF THE NIGHT

Developer: Inti Creates Publisher: 505 Games
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One
Date of release: Spring 2018

Thoughts: As a huge fan of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and the later Castlevania Nintendo DS games, I share the excitement in seeing composer Michiru Yamane  and producer Koji Igarashi working together on this independent spiritual successor to those special games in the franchise.

A PLAGUE TALE: INNOCENCE

Developer: Asobo Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC Date of release: TBA

Thoughts: Not much is known about this game just yet, other than its teasing me with rats. This has potential.

RAIDERS OF THE BROKEN PLANET

Developer: Mercury Games
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC Time of release: Late 2017

Thoughts: Since Overwatch, I notice a huge trend in these colorful shoot-em-ups. But Raiders of the Broken Planet seems to present a large narrative to its story, with something more than cosplay ideas.

SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS (remake)

Developer: Blueprint Games
Platforms: PlayStation 4 (exclusive) Time of release: 2018

Thoughts: Th awesome classic from the PS2 era is getting an updated revival. The original is also a prime example of how a game with a powerful story and graphics to match, and just as moving as a motion picture film, for what it brings to the heart.

THE LAST NIGHT

Developer: Odd Tales Publisher: Raw Fury
Platforms:  Xbox One and PC Time of release: 2018

Thoughts: I see a wonderful looking game with some classic Blade-Runner-esque cyberpunk elements. My wallet is ready.

ORI and THE WILL OF THE WISPS

Developer: Moon Studios
Platforms: Xbox One and Windows 10  Time of release: 2018

Thoughts: The original Ori and the Blind Forest, is an essential masterpiece for lovers of side-scrolling cinematics.  This sequel pushes the haunting sounds and vibrant visuals of the original to a new level, of which I hope will eventually come to other platforms as well.

TUNIC

Developer: Andrew Shouldice
Platforms: PC, Mac, consoles TBA  Time of release: 2018

Thoughts: Another game with a unique feel, with a bit of a classic Legend of Zelda vibe going on.

That’s all for now. If you know of any good upcoming games missed up, announced or promoted through E3 2017, let us know below!