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Five Exciting Games That Were Announced and Then Went Off The Radar

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We’ve covered a lot of exciting looking games here on OnlySP and we’ve interviewed a lot of the developers making those games. However, sometimes we never actually see those games come to fruition or don’t hear from the developers for a long period of time. The games on the list you are about to read through are some of the more exciting games we’ve covered in our feature interviews, but have yet to really see in action.

Luckily, they’re all still in development, but after not hearing updates about them for the past year, you may have forgotten about them.

DOWNWARD

The first game on this list is the one we know the least about thus far. The team at Caracal Games in Italy revealed Downward to us first last year in May and subsequently provided us with an interview. Since then, much like many of the games on this list that we have covered, we haven’t heard much of anything.

Downward is an open world parkour RPG built on the Unreal Engine 4, but aside from that, we don’t know all that much about it yet. I recently emailed the developers to see if they were ready to show us something new.

Unfortunately, the developers at Caracal weren’t ready to show us something new, but did confirm that the game is still in development, and their workflow has become much more “complex” since we last talked. Not sure exactly what that means, but I have a feeling they might have found either a private investor or publisher for the game following their failed Kickstarter campaign.

Hopefully we’ll know more soon about Downward.

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ABSENTION

Announced in March 2015, Absention is a new survival horror game built on the Unreal Engine 4 and takes place in a “grand country house,” a far cry from the usual horror environments we’re treated with. The developers are hoping to do away “cheap jump scares and gritty environments” to focus on building claustrophobic suspense with an unpredictable AI system, much like Alien: Isolation.

The developers spoke with us about the game in May 2015, but since then have only released a few notable updates, the most recent being this week. We should be receiving a gameplay trailer for Absention soon, so it might be time to put this one back on your radars.

THE SOUL KEEPER

Have you ever played an episodic open world RPG? No? We haven’t either, but The Soul Keeper is certainly a game you’ll want to keep on your radar.

We spoke to the developers of The Soul Keeper, Helm Systems, back in June 2015, and much like the developers of Absention, have been very quiet about the project since then. Helm Systems is also currently working on a VR version of The Soul Keeper, which is a separate project from the main game and has been receiving a lot of positive reception from those that have played it.

The main game is an extremely ambitious project featuring a huge open world, multiple interweaving storylines, and even dragons, so we’re really looking forward to hearing more about it soon.

ASHEN

Ashen was revealed at Microsoft’s Gamescom conference last year and really impressed us with its very intriguing open world, monsters, and Journey-like set up. Following our interview with the developers last year, we haven’t heard much else regarding the game.

I met up with Creative Director on the project, Derek Bradley, at E3 this year who told me the game won’t be releasing until 2017, and that they’ll be sharing more soon. I’m interested to see how the game has shaped up since the initial reveal trailer and finally get a look at the game in action when Aurora44 finally decide to reveal the game to the world.

HUNGER

Tarsier Studio’s Hunger is probably the most mysterious game on this list. Revealed in February 2015 and featured in a developer interview here on OnlySP in May 2015, Tarsier has gone radio silent on Hunger since then.

The development team recently revealed a new VR game in-development called Statik, but did not provide an update on the status of Hunger. When I met up with Tarsier at E3, they told me Hunger was still in-development and only a small team of their developers are currently working on Statik.

Hopefully we’ll get an update soon on the game, as it’s one of the more mysterious titles presumably coming to the PS4 sometime in 2017.

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Three Single-Player Games to Watch Out for in May 2019

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May

May offers no respite from the big, bold games that have released so far in 2019, bringing with it a host of games almost certain to appeal to gamers of every stripe.

Close to the Sun

Release Date: May 2, 2019
Platforms: PC, consoles later in the year

May’s first major release may also be its most intriguing. Close to the Sun has regularly attracted comparisons to BioShock for its art style and premise, though the relationship between the two titles is, at best, spiritual.

Players take the role of journalist Rose Archer as she steps aboard Nikola Tesla’s ship, the Helios in 1897. Like Andrew Ryan before him (or after him, depending on perspective), Tesla has created a microcosm in which scientific freedom is unrestricted, with disastrous outcomes. Rose’s first impression is of a quarantine sign at the entrance to a still, dead ship, but she presses on regardless in search of her lost sister.

With Close to the Sun, developer Storm in a Teacup aims to provide an intense horror experience. The Helios holds none of BioShock’s shotguns or Plasmids. Instead, players have no means to defend themselves, with gameplay focusing on hiding from and escaping the threats on board.

Check out OnlySP’s final review of the game here.

RAGE 2

Release Date: May 14, 2019
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

For anyone to whom the slow, meditative approach does not appeal, Bethesda is busting out the big guns with the long-awaited, little-expected sequel, RAGE 2.

This time around, id Software has tapped Just Cause and Mad Max developer Avalanche Studios for assistance in developing an open-world game. The result, if the trailers are any indication, is a breakneck, neon-fuelled experience that focuses on insanity and ramps up all the unique aspects of the earlier game.

One focal point of development has been ensuring the interconnectedness of the game’s structure, and the teams have promised a greater focus on narrative this time around. Perhaps in keeping with that, RAGE 2 is being distanced from its predecessor, taking place 30 years later with a new protagonist and a whole new story, though some callbacks will be present.

Although id’s legendary first-person gunplay is a driving force throughout the game, it will be supplemented by some light RPG elements, robust vehicular combat, and post launch challenges and support (though the developers deny that RAGE 2 is designed with a games-as-a-service model in mind).

A Plague Tale: Innocence

Release Date: May 14, 2019
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Out on the same day as RAGE 2 is the vastly different A Plague Tale: Innocence. A historical adventure, the game challenges players with overcoming obstacles with brains rather than brawn.

Players become Amicia, an orphan girl struggling to survive in a plague-infested medieval France while also keeping her younger brother safe. With the landscape rife with rats and members of The Inquisition, one of the core tenets of gameplay is reportedly the need to use these threats against each other. As such, though Amicia has a sling to use, the gameplay is designed more as survival puzzles than combat ones.

Developer Asobo Studio is not a household name, though it has a lengthy history of adaptations and support on major titles, including Quantum Break and The Crew 2. Furthermore, even though A Plague Tale is yet to release, publisher Focus Home Interactive has displayed remarkable confidence in the project by extending its partnership with Asobo.

Honourable Mentions

Although RAGE 2 is the incontestable action-blockbuster of the month, gamers in search of another kind of frenetic may want to wait until May 21, when Curve Digital drops American Fugitive, which has a more than passing resemblance to the earliest Grand Theft Auto games. Alternatively, PlayStation VR owners may want to look into Blood and Truth come May 28.

Sega also shines this month, dropping Team Sonic Racing on May 21 and Total War: Three Kingdoms two days later.

Anyone looking for an RPG has indie’s answer to The Outer Worlds, Within the Cosmos, to look out for on May 30, while those looking for slower stories get the latest episode of Life is Strange 2 on May 9, Observation on May 21, and the fjord-noir Draugen at a yet unspecified date.

Have we forgotten anything that you’re excited for? Let us know down below or on our Discord server.

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