In other Fallout news today (psst... Fallout 5 is coming), the online Appalachian action of Fallout 76 just got a new update dubbed 'Test Your Metal'. It arrives alongside Season 9 for the game, and introduces three new Public Events. One of which is something of a Bethesda RPG staple going all the way back to The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - an arena mode.
But it might take a while, a long, long while. In a new interview with IGN, Bethesda Game Studios' Todd Howard confirmed Fallout 5's existence. Except that it'll come after The Elder Scrolls 6, which is still in pre-production on the account of Starfield being in the final stages of development.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl's planned December 2022 release date got pushed to the sidelines earlier this year as conflict broke out in Ukraine - the location of development studio GSC Game World. As part of an extended Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase early this morning we got the official word that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is now due in 2023.
With all of the big reveals, deep dives, and looks at games coming in the next 12-months, it’s worth remembering that the latest Steam Next Fest for June 2022 is now live – where you can download and play hundreds of games right now.
Frostpunk was a brilliant take on what you'd call a 'city builder', and before that developer 11 bit studios had the critically acclaimed This War of Mine. With Frostpunk 2 in the works the studio has lifted the lid on another game, a clone-driven sci-fi mind-bender called The Alters.
Yesterday we got a surprise reveal that Hideo Kojima and Kojima Productions was partnering with Microsoft to create a new cloud powered game. An ambitious undertaking that Kojima described as a game "no one has ever experienced or seen before". Cut to PlayStation fans expressing their concern.
Gloomwood from New Blood Interactive and designers Dillon Rogers and David Szymanski (Dusk) is a very cool looking retro-inspired immersive sim meets survival horror. Taking inspiration from the era where these genre's took hold (think Thief and others), and yeah, this is one Early Access launch to keep an eye on.
As part of the big 15-minute Starfield gameplay presentation the other day we got glimpses at dialogue scenes played out in first-person - ala classic Bethesda Game Studios RPGs like Skyrim and Fallout 3. The studio's most recent game, Fallout 4, went with a fully voiced protagonist and a Mass Effect-style dialogue wheel. In Starfield it's out with the new and in with the old.
Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3 and Resident Evil 7 biohazard just got a big next-gen patch for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC supporting ray-tracing, high frame rate and 3D audio. All of the above are new for the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions of the games with ray-tracing coming to all three on PC.
Well, there's some dinosaurs in there, too, thanks to an update on Capcom's forthcoming dino horde mode shooter, Exoprimal, but other than that and some obligatory arcade collections, the key focus for this year's Capcom Showcase as part of Summer Game Fest is squarely on Monster Hunter and Resident Evil.
Which is to say, Dying Light 2 Stay Human will get its first bout of additional gameplay content as part of the mammoth five year plan the studio revealed in its long term vision for the game. There's also a fan-requested Photo Mode in tow, and all of this is part of free update 1.4.0 which drops today-ish.
From the same studio behind the critically acclaimed and much-loved Cloudpunk, comes Nivalis, a life-sim set in the same stunning voxel-art cyberpunk world. Nivalis serves up a chance for players to dive deep into the game-universe created by developer ION LANDS, while learning just what it takes to reach the heights of its neon metropolis.
The annual Xbox & Bethesda showcase is easily one of the biggest productions of the year, and this year we got a stacked 90-minutes of gameplay reveals, announcements, and first-looks at games coming to Xbox and PC over the next 12 months. Sure, there was no Fable or even Avowed, with Xbox instead choosing to focus on games on the more immediate horizon. And with that there was still plenty of room for excitement, namely with Starfield getting a full 15-minute deep-dive.
If none of that headline grabbed you, you might want to move along. If it did, welcome to the tentacled party, dear cultist. We'll be your helpful guide here through the stunningly hand-crafted world of The Last Case of Benedict Fox from developer Plot Twist, coming to PC and the Xbox family of devices in 2023.
"I invite you to join me as we explore Scorn's mesmerising labyrinth of odd forms and sombre tapestries," says Doug Bradley, who played the iconic Pinhead in the Hellraiser films. Scorn, a living love-letter to H.R. Giger, is a shooter with a difference that goes beyond the standout aesthetic of the aforementioned late artist and challenges players to absorb a living, breathing space where nothing is as it seems.
Well, on an alien planet to be exact. Lightyear Frontier got announced at the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase earlier today and it's all about farming alien crops and exploring a vibrant and mysterious planet in your trusty mech. A mech that is purpose built for farming, as seen in the very charming trailer.
Minecraft is one of the most popular games of all time, and as we've seen with the recent action-RPG spin-off Minecraft Dungeons it's a world and setting ripe for creativity. Minecraft Legends is the latest game in the franchise, and it's described as "an all-new action strategy game" from Mojang Studios and Blackbird Interactive.
And if we're being honest, this project could go either way. At their very best, both Rick and Morty and Solar Opposites from Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon can be brilliant, but they can also have flat spots and be so inside, that jokes just fly past the every day viewer.
But we know they love games, and with Justin Roiland using the successes of the aforementioned to create a game development studio in Squanch Games, we're definitely very interested in this, the studio's newest title, High on Life.
Ark 2 got its first reveal a year or so ago where it was revealed that not only will Vin Diesel play a character in the game, but he's joined Studio Wildcard as 'President of Creative Convergence'. Based on today's impressive Unreal Engine 5 reveal we can only assume one of his first presidential decrees was "Yo, I want to ride a T-Rex into battle".
Microsoft Flight Simulator is celebrating its 40th anniversary, making it both Microsoft's oldest franchise still in development and one of the longest running in game history period. To celebrate this milestone a number of historical planes have been added today (including the Wright Flyer and Ryan NYP “Spirit of St. Louis”) alongside one from the distant future - the Halo Infinite Pelican.