Here we are again. Another week, another deluge of trailers. This week we’ve got floating garbage, classic beat ‘em ups, and the long awaited return of unsettling Soviet-inspired FPS Atomic Heart among others. Let’s do this.
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The Gardens Between
Set on a succession of highly polished garden islands, The Gardens Between is a surreal puzzler with a playful style. Players navigate these imagined worlds accompanying two friends who can shift time back and forth to get to bottom of strange landscape based puzzles. The game is punctuated by a story which reflects on the experience of transitioning from child to adult, and the sometimes bittersweet nature of friendship. It’s gorgeous, original, and looks a lot of fun. It releases on September 20th on PC, PlayStation 4 and Switch.
Planet Alpha sits somewhere between Inside in space and your classic side scrolling puzzle game. There’s a twist though; it’s packed with lovely outlandish visuals, landscapes and a rich neon color palette. The central mechanic allows players to circle at will between day and night to discover the untold sights of a strange alien planet. Publisher Team 17 are known for picking games that push the envelope when it comes to indie games. We fully expect Planet Alpha to follow in that tradition. It lands September 4th on PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox One, and PC.
9 Monkeys of Shaolin
Borrowing heavily from old school martial art movies and classic fighting games, 9 Monkeys of Shaolin is a side scrolling beat ‘em up action game. The fighting skills of a fisherman turned Shaolin warrior are put into the hands of of players in a style reminiscent of classic brawlers from the SNES era. Maybe not the most original idea, but 9 Monkeys of Shaolin sure looks good with fun gameplay set among sweeping Medieval Chinese landscapes. Lots of enemies, various fighting styles, and an emphasis on pure unadulterated fun pretty much sums up this one.
The first reveal of Atomic Heart back in May stunned the gaming world with many wondering why more fuss hadn’t been made about the bizarre, yet beautiful FPS before then. Well, here are again with a fresh trailer run on NVIDIA’s recently announced RTX GPUs. Anyone hoping for more clarity on what Atomic Heart is all about wont find any answers here. If anything the trailer delves deeper into the weird with a tour through a laboratory seemingly run by automatons. The trailer is essentially a fluff piece for the new RTX real-time ray tracing tech, but does help set the scene for what to expect from Atomic Heart.
Ubisoft took note of the less than satisfied fan reaction to the previous Anno game set in a futuristic world and have returned to the past, and specifically the industrial revolution with Anno 1800. A time of great change, shifting borders, and new frontiers, this era sees the world make a grab for South America where empires hope to cement their dominance. City building, resource gathering, naval warfare, a compelling career mode, and more are set to offer players the best Anno experience yet. Anno 1800 releases early next year.
Throw enough money at a game and its bound to look incredible, and Metroid Exodus sure fits that bill. Among the big reveals at Gamescom, Metroid Exodus is described as ‘an epic, story-driven first person shooter from 4A Games that blends deadly combat and stealth with exploration and survival horror in one of the most immersive game worlds ever created’. Big claims, but the atmospheric trailer sure looks like 4A might deliver and their track record with the two previous entries in the Metroid series suggest they’ll pull it off. Release is marked for February 22nd next year.
Floatsam is as if Borderlands‘ art style and Cities Skylines‘ gameplay were transmuted into a city-building sim revolving around garbage. Stay with me and remember one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure. In a post-apocalyptic world overrun by turbulent seas, you must build a floating safe haven made of garbage for errant drifters while dealing with waves of natural setbacks eager intent on plundering your carefully constructed buoyant edifice. Painted over with a whimsical, lighthearted feel, Floatsam is also about exploring a ruined world, making use of abandoned goods and construction materials to expand. The floatsam itself can be controlled as well meaning players can decide on a direction and sail away to worlds unknown. Floatsam hits Early Access next year.
And of course, Cyberpunk 2077
Reach our breakdown of the gameplay reveal here.