Future Games Show August 2020

Posted on 29 Aug 2020 by
Jay Shaw

Last night was the second GamesRadar+ Future Games Show, it’s a lengthy two hours so as usual the full show is embedded above or if you want to skip the fluff and just get to the games there’s individual entries for them below.

Die By The Blade

Die By The Blade is a one on one fighting game where both players and enemies can die with one hit, Bushido Blade style. The gameplay shown has some interesting looking fights that definitely invoke memories of the PlayStation classic. Die By The Blade is heading for Kickstarter in October.

Bullets Per Minute

Two minutes of Doom-like rhythm shooter Bullets Per Minute gameplay? Yes please! Disregarding the eye straining colour scheme, the action looks fast and smooth and may rival the big boys of the FPS world when it releases on PC on 15 September 2020. Console releases will follow in 2021.

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum

Project Manager, Saide Haberstroh narrates the trailer for Gollum, explaining that the game is an open world stealth game with climbing challenges and fast paced parkour. Dialogue will play a big part and Gollum talking to himself is even a choice players have to make, choosing between his Gollum and Smeagol personas. The game will be releasing on PC and consoles in late 2021.

LOVE – A Puzzle Box Filled with Stories

Low-poly cel-shaded puzzle game LOVE, not to be confused with at least two other games with the same title, is a puzzle game where you must observe a tenement building and rotate floors to move them through time to help the residents resolve their pasts. LOVE is releasing on 21 October 2020 and a demo is available via Steam.

Smalland

Smalland is an open world survival game where you’re shrunken down to the size of a bug. You’ll face ants, spiders, and ladybugs and even have a glider. This is all sounding a little bit familiar to Grounded. Where Smalland offers something different is the ability to swing and ride animals. Smalland is coming out on PC and consoles.

Sable

Sable was something we last saw at E3 2018 and the washed out pastel desert is still as alluring as it was two years ago. Sable puts you in the role of the eponymous heroine who sets out on a journey into an open world desert on her customizable hover bike. She’ll have to explore ruins and rusting space ships as well as help the inhabitants of the desert.

Tenderfoot Tactics

Tenderfoot Tactics is a tactical RPG adventure about a spirit seeking the source of a mysterious spreading fog that turns all it touches into noise. The gameplay shown includes a whole host of classes, skill trees, equipment, and a cast of colourful (and sometimes creepy) characters. Tenderfoot Tactics is coming out on 21 October 2020 for PC.

Puyo Puyo Tetris 2

Sequel to the much loved Puyo Puyo Tetris brings back all the stuff from the original as well as some new stuff: Skill Battle mode is an RPG-like mode where you choose a party of three who can use abilities during matches. The adventure mode has also been overhauled so players can move around and explore side stories instead of being railroaded along the story. Console versions are releasing 8 December 2020 while the PC version will follow in 2021.

Mafia: Definitive Edition

Chief Creative Officer, Haden Blackman presents a few minutes of gameplay from the remake of crime classic Mafia: Definitive Edition. The gameplay shows one of the early missions from the campaign where main character Tommy, and sidekicks Paulie, and Sam are sent out on a collection run for the Salieri family. We see some fisticuffs and stealth but players can also go in guns blazing. Gunplay and driving are based off of the systems from Mafia 3 but have been improved and updated. Mafia: Definitive Edition is releasing on 25 September 2020.

The Survivalists

Cutesy coop survival and crafting game The Survivalists also got a new trailer showing off some coop gameplay including hunting tigers and sharks. Unfortunately it also showed off dabbing. A coop demo is available right now via Steam.

Lemnis Gate

Game Director, James Anderson from Ratloop Games explains what’s going on in the gameplay of Lemnis Gate. He explains that the game is a turn-based tactical shooter set in a 25 second time loop. He also clarifies that players take turns; one player will play for a single loop and then play passes to the next player while the first player’s actions repeat. As more turns pass, the battle becomes more complex as more players are added. Even dying doesn’t end a turn – you’ll continue playing as a ghost whose actions can become real if you resurrect them in a subsequent loop. Matches last ten rounds. The game will also support local multiplayer by passing the controller.

Monster Harvest

What do you get if you mash up Harvest Moon and Pokemon? Monster Harvest is the answer. From that description the farming and crafting bit should come as no surprise but you’ll also be able to gather and battle creatures called Planimals.

Crown Trick

Cutesy rogue-like game Crown Trick also got a new trailer that shows a lot but explains little. There will be different play styles, hundreds of weapons, skill trees, and a crown with an eye on it. Crown Trick is coming to PC and Switch in Q3 2020.

Inkulinati

Illustrated manuscript style RPG Inkulinati also got a brief trailer that didn’t really show much or explain anything. It still looks very nice though. We’re eager to see more of this one. Inkulinati is releasing on PC and Switch.

Werewolf: The Apocalypse: Heart of the Forest

Originally debuted back at the June Future Games Show, Werewolf: The Apocalypse: Heart of the Forest has brought its many subtitles to a new trailer that shows a little of the game’s style and features what we assume to be a couple of streamers making stupid sounds. Not exactly the style we associate with a World of Darkness game but it’s easy to forget because a demo is available right now via Steam.

Chinatown Detective Agency

Near-future sci-fi detective adventure Chinatown Detective Agency is a game where you must manage your detective agency while investigating cases internationally. Real-world research will be required to progress in the game too, one example being looking up an airport code to figure out where to go. A detective game that doesn’t just give you the answers sounds like it’s going to be very interesting. A prologue will be available for free via Steam on 30 September 2020.

Deathground

Deathground is a survival horror game with dinosaurs playable either solo or in coop. Players are equipped with a flashlight and motion tracker to help them avoid becoming a raptor’s lunch.The gameplay shown includes some light puzzle solving and lots of almost getting eaten. We also see a handgun but how much use that’ll be against a T-Rex is anyones guess.

Marvel’s Avengers

Phil Therian, Warzone Director, narrates this chunk of gameplay to explain how they wanted a game accessible to everybody by having mission types that take different amounts of time to finish. He explains there are puzzles such as recreating a sequence of numbers to access a vault. He also talks about how levels can have entrances or features in different places to keep things interesting. The game releases on 4 September 2020.

Cris Tales

Colourful RPG Cris Tales got a new trailer that mixes a little gameplay in with a look at its world and heroine’s motivations. The bold aesthetic left quite the impression at the June show and even after watching another minute of it we still want to see more. Cris Tales is releasing on 17 November 2020 for PC and consoles.

Watch Dogs Legion

Ubisoft have released a new trailer for Watch Dogs Legion that takes a look at one of the game’s recruitment missions. You can’t just walk up to a random NPC and have them join DedSec, you have to help solve their problems to convince them to join your cause. The gameplay shows both driving and using the London Underground for fast travel. The mission is to recruit a beekeeper, she asks the player to destroy their life’s work for “big pharma” but first the player has to locate the lab where the work is stored and does so by remotely hacking a security guard via a camera. It’s also explained that enemies won’t escalate to guns if you’re using melee, allowing you to control a situation more even after you’re spotted. Players can complete the mission in many different ways; stealth, guns blazing, or even just sending in a drone. Watch Dogs Legion is releasing on 29 October 2020.

Epic Chef

Various staff of developer Infinigon Games, narrates this gameplay presentation for Epic Chef. The game is a life simulator with farming, crafting, and a narrative portion where you’ll be challenged by chefs to culinary duels. You’re not limited to boring crops and animals like corn and chickens either, you can even have unicorns. Epic Chef is coming out in 2021.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Much like the previous Assassin’s Creed, Valhalla will include various mythical beasts and elements from our rainy island. First up we have Black Shuck, a common English myth of a black dog that differs wildly from region to region, sometimes regarded as the devil incarnate (as it is here) but also something called a Church Grim which is a protector of a church and its graveyard. The Daughters of Lyrion are a homage to Shakespeare and three witches who are working to protect their father’s legacy. The lost drengr of Ragnar are six warriors who have lost purpose now that their leader is dead, defeated by the English kings who banded together to repel his invasion, and you must help them die in a glorious battle so they can go to Valhalla and be with their leader.

Medieval Dynasty

Open world crafting survival RPG Medieval Dynasty got a new trailer announcing a release date of 17 September 2020. Differing from the usual settings of games of this type, Medieval Dynasty puts you in the role of a skilled hunter and farmer in Middle Ages Europe who can found a family and build up their village from nothing.

Morbid: The Seven Acolytes

Simo Talasranta from developer Still Running introduces gameplay from horrorpunk action RPG Morbid: The Seven Acolytes. Touted as an isometric Soulslike in a steampunk world. The player must manage their sanity, losing it can bring forth new enemies and affect your stats. Blessings can also be gathered to level up your character and create unique builds. It kind of looks like the lovechild of Bloodborne and Hero Siege, which means we’ll be keeping an eye on it.

Operation Tango

Operation Tango is a coop game where players take on the roles of a spy and hacker and must work together on every step of their missions, even solving puzzles together either by sharing knowledge or even controls. One puzzle shown has one player drawing a path through a virtual area for the other player to traverse. A demo is available right now via Steam.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time

Lou Studdert returns for another look at the flashback tapes that were revealed last night in the Gamescom show. If you watched yesterday there’s nothing really new here.

You Can Pet The Dog VR

Petting dogs is pretty great. Now you can pet one in VR. Seriously, this is a whole VR game about playing with and petting a dog and it’s out now.

Rune II

Rune 2 is an action RPG filled with Norse mythology and plenty of stabbing things for loot. The trailer also talks about improving the quest system so be more varied, using building and then defending a village as an example. The combat system has also been improved with a parry system. Rune 2 has been out on the Epic Games Store for a while, but these updates will also be part of the Steam release later this year.

Serious Sam 4

Batshit insane blaster Serious Sam 4 got two minutes of new gameplay showing off Sam getting his very own giant stompy robot with which to annihilate the alien hordes. We also see a giant tentacle monster boss you’ll be facing in the mech as well as a few massive battlefields towards the end of the vid.

Sherlock Holmes Chapter One

Frogwares latest Sherlock game takes us back to Holmes’ past and his very first cases in the Mediterranean. Some of the cases you’ll have to solve include the trial of an elephant and “revenge pillars” which are large wooden pillars with knives stuck in them as a symbol of vengeance being served. The game is releasing in 2021.

Call of The Sea

1930’s first person puzzle adventure Call of The Sea is another game that premiered back in the June show. The new trailer shows off some more of the game’s surreal environments. It’s inspired by Lovecraft but described as a “rise into sanity” rather than “descent into madness.” Call of The Sea is releasing for PC and consoles later this year.

In Sound Mind

Next-gen horror game In Sound Mind also got a new trailer that shows off plenty of the creepy and weird encounters awaiting players in the game. PC players don’t even have to wait, a demo is available via Steam right now.

Second Extinction

Second Extinction is a three player coop shooter that pits humans against mutated dinosaurs for the future of the human race. It’s not clear whether there’s a campaign or just shooting dinosaurs in the face but we can’t fault Second Extinction for looking like a lot of fun either way.

Sam & Max: This Time It’s Virtual

The new VR Sam & Max was revealed last night at the Gamescom show and puts you in the role of a new recruit to the titular heroes detective agency. Sam & Max: This Time It’s Virtual is releasing in 2021.

Bright Memory Infinite

Bright Memory Infinite is the full version of stunning looking FPS Bright Memory Episode One. The action and gameplay will remain unchanged but story and levels are being reworked to be higher quality now funding has been secured for the game. Existing owners of the original game will receive this version for free.

That was quite the show. Frankly, a lot more new games than we were expecting but quite a few of them caught our attention; Serious Sam 4 continues to look crazy good. Operation Tango also looks like it’ll be a lot of fun to work through with a friend. We’re huge fans of Bushido Blade so Die By The Blade stole the show for us, we really hope that turns into a worthy spiritual successor and will be keeping a close eye on it.

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L Coulsen
Posted 29 Aug 2020, 11:22
Die by the Blade didn't just steal the show, it is the show, now