This week in games: Borderlands 3 teased for PAX East, Dwarf Fortress is coming to Steam

Let’s be actual, not anything on this information round-up goes to most sensible the tales we already wrote up this week: Halo is coming to PC once more after 15 years, and Valve’s letting you movement PC video games for your telephone or computer whilst you’re clear of house. The ones are each massive tales. What’s left? Relatively minor.

However Dwarf Castle is coming to Steam, Gearbox is teasing two recreation finds at PAX East later this month, any person recreated Superstar Wars: Episode I Racer in Unreal four, the Emerging Hurricane devs are developing a brand new shooter set in an alt-history Chilly Struggle, and Doom has any other horrible film adaptation arising quickly. Like significantly, so unhealthy Uwe Boll may just’ve directed a greater movie.

That is gaming information for March 11 to 15.

Humble beginnings

No freebies this week, however I do wish to spotlight one of the crucial very best Humble Bundles shortly—no less than, should you’re a technique fan. The Humble Technique Package deal 2019 is packed filled with video games, together with Offworld Buying and selling Corporate and Stellaris, however the true coup is on the most sensible. Paying for the $15 tier nets you a duplicate of Civilization VI which, whilst no longer other folks’s favourite Civilization, remains to be a discount at that value.


If there was once any closing doubt, Gearbox squashed it this week: Borderlands three is nearly for sure being introduced at PAX East later this month. All we need to move on is a street sign with some vaguely Borderlands-esque paint scrawls on it, however uh, come on. It’s Borderlands.

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What’s extra sudden: Gearbox is doubtlessly revealing two video games at PAX East. After the Borderlands-almost definitely tweet went out, Gearbox followed up with “Time to tease any other recreation for PAX!” and a picture of a dismembered robotic on an running desk. Battleborn 2? Aside from this time it’s a Struggle-Royale-Born? Let’s hope no longer.

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Die and die incessantly

This endless spring launch cycle continues subsequent week with Sekiro: Shadows Die Two times, the newest From Tool recreation. Optimistically it’s excellent, as a result of we’ll be too busy with GDC to even check out it till post-release. This week’s release trailer has me excited to wrap the display, come house, and spend all weekend getting my ass kicked through huge monsters even though.

Episode I: Director’s Lower

Ultimate yr I wrote a protracted article about my love for Superstar Wars: Episode I Racer, calling it (rightly) “The most productive factor to return out of The Phantom Threat.” However whilst it’s nice to have it again on PC once more, there’s no denying the sport appears dated. It’s from 1999, in the end.

So kudos to RobJin, who apparently created a version of Racer that runs in Unreal 4. You can check out a video of it in action below, or grab the current build here—though you’d better do it fast, in case Disney shuts it down. (Via PC Gamer)

Dwarf Fortress redux

Dwarf Fortress is one of the most amazing games you’ve probably never played. In development for over 12 years now, it’s an ultra-detailed simulation mashed up with a high-fantasy adventure, built entirely in ASCII art. It’s uh, somewhat impenetrable to say the least, although it’s free if you ever want to give it a go.

But a new version is on its way to Steam as well, complete with more traditional artwork, Steam Workshop support, and a $20 price tag. If you’ve ever been curious about Dwarf Fortress and didn’t want to mod it yourself, this might be a good way to check it out. (And don’t worry, longtime fans—the free version will continue to receive the same updates.)


This new Shenmue 3 trailer looks moderately better than the last, I think. Sure, the faces barely move still, and the lip-sync is messy, but the characters look slightly less dead-behind-the-eyes. I’m still not convinced it’ll be any good, and after playing Yakuza 0 I find myself yearning for characters with more personality here, but at least it looks like it’s coming together a bit.

Get me the frog detective

After last year’s Haunted Island: A Frog Detective Adventure, I’m very much ready for more. What I didn’t expect: A full-blown sequel. I thought we’d get some DLC maybe, another story added on to the first, but instead we’re getting Frog Detective 2: The Case of the Invisible Wizard. I’m excited! And spooked! But mostly excited!

Phoenix Down

After the Metro Exodus blowback, I didn’t think anyone would be so brazen as to yank their game off Steam and move to the Epic Games Store after the fact, but…well, it happened again. The much-anticipated Phoenix Point, developed by X-Com creator Julian Gollop, announced a one-year exclusivity deal with Epic this week—after running a Fig campaign in 2017, with the expectation of a Steam release. Gollop’s offering backers refunds, but it’s certainly not a great look, especially after a recent delay.

If there’s a plus side, it’s that Gollop says the money from Epic will help support the game for a year past its release date. I doubt that’s much consolation for certain fans, but those of you who are less Steam-centric can look forward to expanded post-release content plans now.

Hot war

Antimatter Games, developer of Rising Storm 2: Vietnam and formed from the Tripwire devs who made Rising Storm, is working on a new shooter called ’83—and as you might expect from the title, it moves the timeline further ahead again. Following on from Rising Storm’s World War II and the sequel’s Vietnam War, ’83 is set in an alt-history Cold War era where war erupted between the USA and USSR. From the website:

“1983 was a tense year for global politics. With Western powers ramping up anti-Soviet rhetoric and the Soviets responding in kind, it represented one of the most dangerous years in the 20th century. In ‘83, these tensions explode into a global conflict where ‘what if’ has become ‘when’. Birthed from the timeline of the real Cold War, sabre-rattling escalates to a World War for dominance between two nuclear superpowers.”

I’m a sucker for alt-history, so I can’t wait to see how this one turns out. Hopefully it’s a bit more polished than Rising Storm 2 was at release.

Slowly sinking

The Sinking City, Frogwares’ Sherlock-meets-Cthulhu tale, is one of my most-anticipated releases for 2019—and now I’ll actually get to enjoy it. Originally set to release at the end of March, Frogwares has now pushed the release date back to June 27, a “less crowded timeframe” as they put it. And for that, Frogwares has my eternal thanks.

Small-screen adaptations

Let’s finish up this week with a pair of absolutely bizarre video game adaptations. First up, Netflix continues to make anime adaptations of video games. Following on from the well-received Castlevania series, there’s now a Dragon’s Dogma anime in the works. I can’t imagine what it’s even about besides slowly climbing on top of various mythological creatures, but hey, more power to Capcom for striking a deal.

But the real surprise this week is that there’s a new Doom movie, subtitled Annihilation, and it looks absolutely awful. Like, worse than the already-terrible Doom movie we got in 2005. At least that one had some Hollywood-level production values behind it. This looks like a made-for-TV mess. Check out the reveal trailer below, or don’t and save yourself the pain.

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