The Quest Log: May 9, 2017

Welcome to the start (well, day two) of a new week, Gamers! Some very unexpected news arrived today about the sequel to one of the most successful indie games ever released on Steam, but that’s certainly not all. Check out the highlights below. 

Risk of Rain 2 Announced

Hopoo games dropped a bomb on the indie gaming community today with their official reveal of Risk of Rain 2. The original indie darling was a partially roguelike 2D action platformer that originally launched back in 2013 to critical acclaim and commercial success, so I’m sure there are plenty of people who will be excited by today’s news. Pixel art purists, however, might be disappointed to learn that Hopoo’s going 3D with the upcoming sequel. Regardless, the game looks like good, chaotic fun to me.

More Details About the Next Assassin’s Creed Leak

While it was previously rumored that the next Assassin’s Creed game would be subtitled Empire, a new leak suggests that the game will be named Assassin’s Creed: Origins and that it’ll be revealed officially next Month at E3, 2017. The game–the first core AC game to be released after a one-year hiatus–looks like it’ll still be set in Ancient Egypt, and it also looks like it’ll feature naval combat and multiple playable protagonists once again. According to the source of the leak, it’s being developed by the AC4: Black Flag team, which should be encouraging to fans who might have been disappointed with the most recent showings in the storied franchise.

Shortly after the leak broke, a Redditor submitted the above image to the Assassin’s Creed Subreddit. They’ve since deleted their account, but the image appears to feature a similar player character as another image that Ubisoft “debunked” earlier this year.

Larian Studios Unveil “Game Master” Mode for Divinity: Original Sin 2

Divinity: Original Sin 2 is an upcoming cRPG currently in Early Access on Steam that you should definitely be paying attention to. Larian Studios, the Belgian developers behind the game, have gone to great lengths to re-create the experiences of classic, 90s-era PC RPGs for a modern audience, but today’s announcement might just be their best one yet. 

Game Master mode allows players to step into the role of a DnD-style dungeon master and craft tabletop-like RPG campaigns to play through with their friends. From the looks of things, they’ll allow users to import custom assets as well as to utilize those already found in the game. It’s reminiscent of the modding tools BioWare made available with Neverwinter nights that contributed to that game’s long life and success. They’ll be showing off the mode on Twitch today in a live stream hosted by Matthew Mercer of Critical Role (oh, and the voice of Overwatch’s McCree among so many others).

The Quest Log: April 4, 2017

Welcome, Gamers, to our first Quest Log of April. Looking for what’s going on in gaming news? You’ve come to the right place.

Destiny 2 DLC Launch Dates Leak

Redditor /u/noblesteeda posted on the Destiny subreddit an image of what appears to be an official dossier from Bungie to GameStop regarding their upcoming launch and post-launch plans for Destiny 2. The document also details what specific cosmetic customizations for Destiny 1 guardians will carry over into the sequel (which is mostly just a confirmation of what we’ve seen before) and a pre-order bonus exclusive to GameStop. More interesting, however, is the language surrounding the optional season pass that Bungie naturally wants to incentivize players to buy. The pass will grant gamers access to the first two planned expansion packs, the first of which is due this winter, with another one due next Spring. If that seems like a relatively short time to release two full-blown expansions packs (it probably is), remember that they did something similar for the original game’s release.

Blizzard Teasing April 11 Event in Overwatch

Yesterday, the official Overwatch Twitter account tweeted out a 20-second video that seems to be teasing… something. Some keen fans noticed what appears to be an Omnic-themed (the Omnics being the sentient AI race in Overwatch lore) skin for Tracer, and a post on Facebook by the game’s lead character artist has only fueled the fires on that hope. The game’s one-year anniversary is just around the corner, so it’d make sense to see some a celebratory seasonal event. But will that event also include Doomfist?

8-bit Bayonetta Launches on Steam, Accompanies Countdown Clock

In what initially looked like an April Fool’s Day prank, Sega have released 8-bit Bayonetta on Steam. The game, which is free to play, sees players battling waves of enemies in just one environment and features sprite-based artwork that is reminiscent of classic action platformers (albeit not actually 8-bit, by the looks of it). It’s a fun diversion, but what’s more interesting to fans of Platinum Games’ stylish shoot-em-up is the countdown clock that appeared on Sega’s official site around the very same time the mini game launched.

BioWare Lays out Plans for Post-launch Andromeda

In an official press release today, Aaryn Flynn, the general manager of BioWare, laid out their plans to support and improve upon Mass Effect: Andromeda post-launch. The hotly anticipated sci-fi RPG has been met with a good deal of controversy, largely stemming around the game’s character animations since it hit shelves just two weeks ago. The first patch, due this Thursday, will allow players to skip ahead when traveling between planets, increase inventory limits, and “improve eye appearance for human and asari characters,” among other changes. Hit up the link below for the full release as well as the patch notes.