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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    Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt Is Coming To PS5 Soon

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    While we’re still awaiting news on the future of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, another studio is taking a crack at this universe with its own adventure found in Bloodhunt. Bloodhunt is a battle royale take on the vampire niche and surprisingly? It works really well! For those interested in sinking their fangs into this online journey, a new trailer shows off what Bloodhunt will have to offer when it arrives on PlayStation 5 later this year. 

    We previously got our hands on the game a few months ago and were intrigued with how perfectly Masquerade fit into the Battle Royale genre. It was clear that Sharkmob AB has a lot of love for the lore of this universe and was able to take that love and craft it into a competitive experience for fans to enjoy. With various classes that Masquerade fans will be intimately familiar with, Bloodhunt will allow players to transform into the creatures they’ve come to know so well, including the clans from whence they hail from. Each clan has unique skills that make sense for their builds, providing unique tactical advantages when taking to the streets in hunger. 

    In the video at the top of the article, you can see those different fighting styles in action. While there is no exact release date yet, the latest showcase did confirm that it is coming later this year to PlayStation 5. For those interested in diving in even deeper, you can check out our hands-on impressions of what Bloodhunt has to offer with our previous preview right here. You can also see a small excerpt below: 

    Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt arrives on PlayStation 5 and PC later this year. 

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