Tuesday, September 21, 2021

THQ Nordic Announces Outcast 2: A New Beginning

THQ Nordic has announced a revival of the Outcast franchise with the upcoming release of Outcast 2: A New Beginning. Development started in 2018 with at least ten developers from the original Outcast team onboard, including the director and art director from that game. Outcast 2 revives ideas from the original sequel that was being planned in 1999/2000. Due to financial issues with its publisher Infogrames, the project was shelved indefinitely. Appeal Studios, the team behind A New Beginning, wants to make a product that feels like a successor to the cult classic. Appeal is looking to implement a non-linear narrative an enticing world to explore. Click here to watch embedded media Like the first game, Outcast 2 will take place on the planet of Adelpha, and players will step back into the shoes of Cutter Slade 20 years in the future. Due to an accident while escaping the planet, Slade was blipped out of time and found his way back decades later. To keep the world fresh, players will explore a different part of the planet and meet new inhabitants. Combat and movement have been updated, according to THQ Nordic. Outcast 2 is a third-person shooter at heart, with modular weaponry being a focus. However, Cutter will also receive magic-like “Talan powers” and a new mobility-enhancing jetpack. While we don’t have a release date quite yet, THQ Nordic informs us Outcast 2 is nearing the end of its “pre-alpha” stage of development, a good sign we’ll be seeing it sooner rather than later. THQ Nordic and Appeal Studios are releasing Outcast 2 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.   Outcast is a game that I missed out on all these years but heard rumblings of it over time. Do you have any Outcast memories you’d like to share? How did the game impact you in the late 90s and beyond? Are you excited about the re-emergence of the franchise? Tell me all about it in the comments! Click image thumbnails to view larger version                                                                                                             

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    The trailer bills the collection as a remaster but doesn’t list any specific improvements. One would imagine 60 fps/4K resolution per the usual improvements for current-gen remasters.

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    Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End launched in 2016 and served as a critically lauded send-off for Nathan Drake. The game centers around the now-retired explorer embarking on one last mission at the behest of his long-lost brother, Sam. In our review, we scored the game a 9.5 out of 10 with Game Informer editor-in-chief Andrew Reiner declaring it “the best Uncharted yet, delivering a story I didn’t want to end, and an adventure that concludes with a hell of a payoff.”

    Uncharted: The Lost Legacy arrived in 2017 as a smaller standalone expansion that starred supporting character Chloe Frazer and former antagonist Nadine Ross teaming up in India to find the legendary tusk of Ganesh. The pairing paid off, earning a 9 out of 10 from us with reviewer Andrew Reiner saying “Lost Legacy could have easily been Uncharted 5. Where Naughty Dog goes next is anyone’s guess, but I would love to see Chloe and Nadine return for another hunt, as they’re every bit as engaging as the Drake family. They make a hell of a team.”

    Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves launches in early 2022 for PS5 and PC. This marks the first time the series has appeared outside of Sony platforms and continues Sony’s initiative of bringing its first-party exclusives to PC.  

    Will you be diving into these games for the first time or taking more trip with Nathan and Chloe? Let us know in the comments!

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