Posted on 21 Oct 2019 by Jay Shaw

PDXCon Highlights

Surviving the Aftermath

The sequel to Surviving Mars, Surviving The Aftermath throws players into a post apocalyptic setting with the aim of building a sustainable colony. You’ll have to use your scarce resources to construct buildings and manage survivors, even overcome natural disasters. In addition to building your colony you’ll have to venture out into the world and face bandits, environmental hazards, and different biomes. The game is already available in an early access state on the Epic Store for £15.49 and is aiming to release in late 2020 on Epic, Steam, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Age Of Wonders: Planetfall – Revelations DLC

The first expansion for massive 4X game, Age Of Wonders: Planetfall has been announced as Revelations. The expansion will feature more campaign missions, new secret Heritor tech type, tomb world scenario, and a new Forgotten NPC faction. You’ll also visit more than 30 new sites filled with traps and powerful enemies, but emerge victorious and you can claim powerful secret technology. Enemy armies won’t be the only threat you’ll face either, Reapers are robotic assassins who target anything on the planet’s surface and new bio-engineered wildlife will attempt to devour your troops. Revelations is launching on 19 November 2019 and will cost £11.39.

Crusader Kings 3

As if this one needs any introduction: Crusader Kings 3 is the sequel to the beautiful dynasty simulation that is Crusader Kings 2. This entry in the series aims to be more accessible to new players while still maintaining the almost impenetrable depth these games are known for. As usual, you’ll take on the role of a ruler in medieval times and will shape the world and borders, as well as your own court and family via intrigue, straight up murder, and probably turning a horse into an immortal pagan god. Crusader Kings 3 is aiming to release in 2020.

Hearts Of Iron 4: La Resistance DLC

Hearts Of Iron 4 is also getting some expansion love with La Resistance. The expansion will add an espionage system to the game including training spies, information warfare, and passive resistance to enemy espionage attempts. France will be receiving new national focuses including restoring the monarchy, free France, and the Vichy regime. The Spanish campaign is also getting some more depth and the Spanish Civil War will be expanded and can spiral out into a wider conflict. You’ll also be able to deploy scout planes and armoured cars to perform recon. No word on a price or release date yet.

Stellaris: Federations DLC and Lithoid Species Pack

Stellaris is also expanding its diplomacy options with a new Federations expansion releasing on 24 October 2019. The expansion will feature the ability to build up internal cohesion of their federations and receive powerful rewards for all members in addition to a new galactic senate mechanics that can vote on various topics like improving defence or just sending more money to the filthy rich. Origins will be available for each civilization too; by choosing an origin players will flesh out their faction’s background and starting conditions. New super structures will also be introduced like the Juggernaut, a massive mobile starbase that can provide repairs even in enemy territory. Or the Mega Shipyard, which is exactly what it sounds like. Additionally there’s the new Lithoid species pack which introduces sapient rocks as a playable race. You can pre-order the Lithoids now for £5.79 and they’ll be releasing on 24 October 2019.

Battletech: Heavy Metal

The third expansion for Battletech is bringing plenty more tonnage to the turn based strategy game with eight new mechs joining the roster: The FLE-15 Flea, VL-2T Vulcan, ASN-2I Assassin, PXH-1 Phoenix Hawk, RFL-3N Rifleman, ARC-2R Archer, ANH-1A Annihilator, and a mystery mech called the Bull Shark that’s apparently totally new for the game. It’s not just new rides, Heavy Metal is introducing a bunch of new guns including COIL beams (weapons that charge the further you move), Snub-PPCs, UACs, LB-X, Inferno rounds, TAG, NARC beacons, and a mortar which is likely the scaled down Thumper Cannon. There’s also a new flashpoint mini campaign where you’ll intreract with the legendary Bounty Hunter and Black Widow. Heavy Metal will release on 21 November 2019 and cost £15.49.

Prison Architect: Psych Ward: Warden’s Edition DLC

The latest expansion for Prison Architect has been announced as Psych Ward: Warden’s Edition. This new content will include a new warden, unpredictable inmages with new behaviours, new management options, and more customisation options for the prison itself like padded solitary cells, padded floors, psychiatrist office upgrades, orderlies, and more. Psych Ward: Warden’s Edition will be releasing for PC on 21 November 2019 for £4.79.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong

Bigben have revealed a new Vampire: The Masquerade game titled Swansong which will be releasing in 2021 and is developed by Big Bad Wolf Studio (developers of The Council). Not much is known about this one yet other than that it’s a narrative RPG based on the fifth edition of the tabletop RPG it shares its name with. Players will control three vampires from different clans of the Camarilla. Stay tuned for more on this one in the coming months.

Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood

If pointy toothed dandies aren’t your thing, Bigben also released the reveal trailer for Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood so you can don a fur coat and roll around in the mud with the rest of your pack. The trailer, embedded above, gives us a look at Cahal, a banished werewolf who has returned to protect his endangered tribe from an oil corporation who is destroying the forest to install an extraction site. Werewolf is set to release sometime in 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.


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