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Multiplayer Gaming Picks for April 2019

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Multiplayer Picks for April 2019

Our focus may have changed, but we remain as dedicated as ever to bringing you the best and brightest from around the gaming world, just with a multiplayer slant. Without further ado, April’s most intriguing prospects are as follows.

Skyworld: Kingdom Brawl

Release Date: April 2, 2019
Platforms: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality

Skyworld: Kingdom Brawl launches for PC-based VR platforms this week. The project is the latest from Vertigo Games, which previously drew acclaim for Arizona Sunshine.

However, Skyworld: Kingdom Brawl is a world away from the first-person zombie survival game. Instead, the game is a fantasy RTS, pitting two players against each other in battles to destroy the opposing tower. To help increase the player pool, Vertigo has enabled cross-platform play.

The conflicts are conducted by playing cards to summon creatures or cast spells, with reportedly more than 50 units to choose from.

VR fans may already be aware of the Skyworld brand, as Kingdom Brawl is a spin-off of the more slow-paced strategy title of that name, which, incidentally, released on PlayStation VR last week.

Shovel Knight Showdown

Release Date: April 9, 2019
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One

The local-only nature of Shovel Knight Showdown’s multiplayer component no doubt makes it a contentious inclusion on this list. Nevertheless, the game is notable for reportedly being the final piece of the Shovel Knight saga (alongside the ‘King of Cards’ campaign).

Whereas the remainder of the games have been 2D platformers, Showdown is a multiplayer brawler for up to four players. Competition will take centre stage, but a cooperative mode allowing battles against the AI will also be available.

Players will choose from 16 characters, including the primary villains and heroes from the previous Shovel Knight games, some of which have never been playable before.

Shovel Knight Showdown will be free for existing owners of the Treasure Trove compilation or as a standalone purchase.

World War Z

Release Date: April 16, 2019
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Saber Interactive may not be the best-known development team, but it has shouldered the burden of the Halo Anniversary games, as well as contributing to Quake Champions. Now, the studio is creating its first in-house shooter since 2013’s abortive tie-in R.I.P.D. The Game.

World War Z is another adaptation, this time of the 2013 film starring Brad Pitt, but eschews any semblance to that storyline. Instead, players drop into locations from around the world—Moscow, New York, Tokyo, and Jerusalem—to battle cooperatively against the zombie hordes.

Each location offers unique layouts and storylines, while players will have access to a massive array of weaponry. Procedural enemy and item spawns are advertised as some of the features further contributing to the replayability of the title.

However, perhaps the most enticing aspect is the huge numbers of zombies and the challenges they will present.

Honourable Mentions

The multiplayer world receives relatively slim pickings this month, though the range is nevertheless notable.

PlayStation owners get slightly belated access to Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid on April 2. Meanwhile, platformer fans on the Switch have OVERWHELM, Cuphead, and BoxBoy and BoxGirl to look forward to on April 4, 18, and 26, respectively. Finally, THQ Nordic’s co-op-inclusive survival game Fade to Silence leaves Early Access alongside a console launch on April 30.

Have we missed anything you’re looking forward to this month? Let us know in the comments below.

Damien Lawardorn
Damien Lawardorn is an aspiring novelist, journalist, and essayist. His goal in writing is to inspire readers to engage and think, rather than simply consume and enjoy. With broad interests ranging from literature and video games to fringe science and social movements, his work tends to touch on the unexpected. Damien is the former Editor-in-Chief of OnlySP. More of his work can be found at https://open.abc.net.au/people/21767

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