Rebellion have released a new Strange Brigade trailer ahead of E3. The new trailer features a sneak peak at the Hidden Valley level of the game and also features much more heavy firepower than we have seen before, along with some more traps. This is still one of my most eagerly awaited games of 2018, and look forward to seeing much more of it before the August 28th release.
I have waxed lyrical about Strange Brigade on a number of occasions and after playing the demo again at EGX Rezzed a few weeks ago I had everything crossed for a 2018 release date. Whilst I can’t take full credit for it I am confident that walking funny for a few weeks had some input, as developers Rebellion have confirmed a release date of August 28th 2018 and have released a new story trailer that you can watch below!
Rebellion have also released details of the different editions of the game that will be available.There are Standard, Digital Deluxe and Collectors editions of the game ready to pre-order now.
The pre-order of the standard edition will give you the Secret Service Weapons pack, containing three exclusive weapons.
The Digital Deluxe Edition will include the Secret Service Weapons pack and the season pass, gaining you access to all future content released for the game.
However, fans of the game will be wanting to get their hands on the Collectors edition, which features both the aforementioned weapon pack and season pass but also a Steelbook, Collectors box, Art book and a Build your Own Airship!
It was a beautiful sunny day as my son and I caught the train to London to check out the latest Indie games on show at EGX Rezzed, which as usual was being held at Tobacco Dock in the heart of the city. This venue is the polar opposite of the large open spaces of the NEC in Birmingham, as it is an open air venue with lots of small rooms. My previous visit there in 2016 left me disappointed, as there were lots of people crowded into these small rooms, and with no queuing system in place there was more than a small amount of mayhem! Apparently feedback has been taken on board by the organisers, so let’s see what they have to offer.
With over 100 Indie titles on show, including a large presence from the folks at ID@Xbox, I knew we were never going to see everything on show, so a list was made whilst on the train, and our priorities were set. Here are my thoughts on some of the highlights of the day.
The newest racing game from Codemasters and developed by the team previously known as Evolution Studios, who were responsible for Driveclub on the PS4. ONRUSH is not your usual racing game where the winner is the first one to reach the chequered flag. This is an all-action team based car fighting game, where your aim is to takedown the opposing teams cars whilst racing around an off-road circuit. First impressions of Onrush is that it is quick, frantic and immense amounts of fun! We had an absolute blast on the four games we played, all on the Countdown game mode which require you to gain extra time by driving through highlighted gates. I was intrigued with what I had seen in previews, but after playing I am now really excited by what Onrush will deliver. Releasing on 5th June this is definitely one to watch.
The devs have been busy since Rezzed and have released new videos detailing the other game modes available. Check them out on their official YouTube page and on Facebook and Twitter.
We were also lucky enough to snag a goody-bag in one of their giveaways, which made my son’s day!
This is the one I was most hyped about going into Rezzed after seeing it and watching the dev session at EGX 2017. Strange Brigade is a Boys-Own style adventure game, with up to 4 player co-op. Each level sees you battling the undead, mummies and statues that have come to life. The areas are set with traps to help you destroy the hordes of enemies, and there is nothing more satisfying than luring the undead into one of them before shooting it and watching the blades scything through them. This is possible my most anticipated game of 2018, assuming it comes out this year!
The devs have been actively promising more news soon and commented that the playable demo was an old build, and that the new build is looking and playing much better. I cannot wait for Strange Brigade!
This one came as a suprise to me as I knew nothing about it before the show. Anyone visiting the room they were located in couldn’t fail to miss the colorful stand and stop to see what Insane Robots was all about. Developed by Playniac it is a single player and multiplayer card battling game which eschews the deck-building element so frequently found in the likes of Hearthstone. Instead, all cards are randomly allocated during the battle and these must be used to attack and defend, along with additional bonus multiplier cards in order to defeat your opposition.
Insane Robots was colourful and full of energy, and will be released in 2018 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Check out the official website.
Visitors to previous EGX events will remember the buzz around Gang Beasts, with huge crowds watching as well as playing. Well, Tyred had that same buzz. The premise is simple. You take control of a Tyre and battle against other tyres in a series of mini-games. Fans of the TV show Wipeout will be very familiar with Tyred and a massive amount of fun was had by all. It does need some tweaking as some of the games were over-long, but there is definitely a diamond in here. Developed by the UK team at SekritGames, Tyred is only currently available on Steam Early Access.
Big Crown Showdown
Yet another game that I knew nothing about, and another that caught my eye based on its graphical style. Big Crown Showdown is a four player battle game where you have to battle against three other players whilst also navigating a treacherous world with traps and chasms. Great for family get togethers and drunken couch co-op but will also have online capabilities added for launch. The graphical style is medieval inspired but also very cute and pretty as well, with lots of charm. Big Crown Showdown is developed by Hyper Luminal Games and coming out soon for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Check out their official website for more info.
Located in the same room as Double Fine – which due to the nature of the game was quite apt – Phogs is an interesting game where your have to control a dog with two heads using a control system very reminiscent of OctoDad. Developed by Bit Loom Games, Phogs is a puzzle platformer where the two dogs heads can attach to items by licking them, and then dragging them to a desired location. The body between the dogs can be stretched as well, and provided great moments where one head grabbed a light ball to allow the other head to function like a long stretchy torch. I smiled my way through this demo and look forward to what the devs will bring in the full game. Phogs was developed in conjunction with Coatsink and will be released in 2019.
Ah, the long awaited Below. This was one I was most excited for. Originally debuted at E3 2013 before disappearing in order for Capybara to concentrate its efforts on finishing the game, Below is now resurfacing with extended gameplay trailers and demo’ing at both PAX and EGX Rezzed. I hate to say it but I wasn’t as blown away as I thought I would be. But that’s not intended as a negative as I believe that Below is not a game you can immerse yourself into for 5 minutes on an Xbox with other gamers queuing behind you for their shot. Below will need time and concentration in the peace of your own home.
Below is an action-adventure game viewed from a top-down perspective with your character being a “tiny warrior exploring the depths of a remote island”. The game is about exploration, though that goal is contingent upon the character’s survival. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer described the game at E3 2013 as a “creative take on roguelike gameplay” in a “mysterious world”. The environments are randomly generated.
Below is still a huge one-to-watch for 2018, and I for one cannot wait to immerse myself in the world that Capabara Games has invented.
So, thats my review of EGX Rezzed. Was it better than my previous visit? Yes, without question it was loads better! There was plenty of time to chat to the wonderful developers, and minimal queuing for games. The game rooms felt larger than previous, although finding the games you wanted to play in these rooms was sometimes difficult. We did come away without seeing at least one title that was on our wish-list. But it is safe to say that Rezzed is on our to-do list for the coming years and my 13 year old son now prefers it to the larger main EGX that takes place in the larger venue.
EGX Rezzed is being held at Tobacco Dock in London on April 13th to 15th and the organisers have just announced loads more playable games to its line up, including the awesome Strange Brigade from Rebellion. Also announced this week are Immortal: Unchained, Mothergunship, Tracks and Kenshi.
TiX will be attending Rezzed for the first time so keep reading for our verdict on the show and the games that caught our eye. I’m excited to play both Strange Brigade and the amazing Dead Cells.
Kenshi – With over 3600 ‘Very Positive’ Steam Early Access reviews, free-roaming squad based RPG Kenshi is not to be missed. In this 870 sq km open-ended sandbox world become a trader, a thief, a rebel, a warlord, an adventurer, a farmer, a slave, or just food for the cannibals. Ahead of its launch this summer, play the game and meet the developers at EGX Rezzed. See why Kenshi has won a legion of fans.
Strange Brigade – There are remote corners of the British Empire where the shadows linger at their deepest. The servants of The Crown know about these places and the supernatural being that sometimes lurk there. Introducing the fearless and unflinching Strange Brigade. Embark on an exotic safari into danger where few dare go and fewer return! Encounter fantastic and forgotten civilizations shrouded in mystery! Uncover treacherous tombs and unfathomable evil, never-before-seen by any human now living. This pulse-pounding adventure will rivet you to your game controller. Don’t fail to play: Strange Brigade!
Immortal: Unchained – You are a living weapon. Unwillingly unchained by the Warden, the player’s skills are put to the test, given only the instruction that they must stop the end of the world. With a story the player must piece together themselves, the central character sets off with no memory of their past. Other characters in the game may shed light on the situation, but the reality is not always clear, as characters are always operating on their own agendas. Use your diverse arsenal of ranged and melee weapons to clear your path as you explore dark sci-fi interconnected worlds in your quest for truth and salvation.
MOTHERGUNSHIP mixes bullet-hell intensity with the FPS genre, and promises you one of the largest gun customization options seen in video games. It’s up to you to equip your over-the-top arsenal and defeat a robotic alien armada that has conquered Earth. Craft gun monstrosities that no reasonable person could ever lift, play together with your friends, fight gigantic bosses and experience randomized mayhem as you battle your way to the heart of the fleet to destroy the MOTHERGUNSHIP!
Tracks – The Train Set Game
Jump aboard the nostalgia-train! Tracks is the ultimate wooden train game. Construct train sets without rules and transport commuting passengers. Build an elaborate railway system and then ride it in first person, from the train cab.
Before we start on the final day of my adventures at EGX, I want to just cover off the final two hours of Day Two. The crowds seemed to dissipate at around 4pm, and all of a sudden the queues were becoming barren. I took this opportunity to jump onto Star Wars Battlefront 2. The booth had 40 screens with a 20 v 20 battle going on. Set on Naboo, it saw a rebel troop ship heading towards the palace which had to be stopped. Four different classes of Stormtroopers were available to pick and when enough points were earned, the option opened up to pick a special character or to take to the skies in a fighter.
It certainly felt like a huge improvement over it’s predecessor but was also very reminiscent of Battlefield 1 albeit with a Star Wars skin. Our match also saw Han Solo facing off against Darth Maul, which you won’t see happen in many places!
Then, as I was about to leave the show I noticed that the queue for Far Cry 5 was non-existent, so I quickly jumped into it! Now, I have never really been a huge Far Cry fan so it’s difficult to compare, but in the 15 minute demo I was shooting bad guys, giving orders to my attack dog and flying a seaplane in order to drop bombs on silos. If the rest of the game is as diverse and interesting as this snippet then it looks like it will be well received. Oh, and the dude implanted in the queue with the scary eyes was a genius move! That’s him in the picture below on the right.
So, onto the final day and I felt like I had already played what I wanted to play, but there were still a few surprises in-store. First up was a quick game of Destiny 2 crucible, just because I was having withdrawal symptoms! A nice free T-Shirt was earned before moving on to South Park: The Fractured But Whole.
In all my years at EGX I don’t think I have played a demo quite like this. I can’t go into too many details but it was set in a Gentleman’s Club and involved dancing and breaking wind in a minigame. It was highly inappropriate but also extremely funny! I hadn’t played a lot of the first game as I am not a huge fan of turn-based combat, but the humour in here may make it something I can overlook.
I then spent the afternoon watching three of the developer sessions in the EGX theatre, first up was Shadow Of War, with Bob Roberts from developer Monolith taking to the stage to talk through the improved Nemesis system and Ellie from Monolith showing us how good she is at playing it! As you can see from the video it was all quite “Tasty”
Then up was a panel from Rebellion studios of their upcoming game Strange Brigade. This was my surprise game of the show. I knew nothing about it before this weekend, and as you will see from the video it is a “boys-own” inspired co-op shooter, set in the 1950’s ish era. Unfortunately time ran out so I was unable to play it myself, but this does look and feel really special!
And then finally, the moment everyone was waiting for. Bungie. The queue for this 3pm panel started about 2 hours previous! The four guys from the Destiny 2 developer discussed how they designed the new locations within the game, and also took many questions from members of the audience. The theatre was packed full to get a chance to see the guys from Bungie and it was a great end to the show from me!
So, that was it for me, apart from purchasing the obligatory swag before heading home. It was, as usual, a fun but tiring 3 days, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and am already looking forward to 2018!
Rebellion, creators of Sniper Elite 4 have announced Strange Brigade. In Strange Brigade you’ll encounter fantastic and forgotten civilisations shrouded in mystery, uncover treacherous tombs and test your wits against unfathomable foes.
You’ll explore the ancient world as one of four dashing explorers, each blessed with their own weapons, tactics, and special superhuman powers. In the game you will fight against a terrifying army of mythological menaces, unleashed by no less than a resurrected Egyptian witch queen.
We’ve got a reveal trailer below and hope to bring you more info over E3 2017.