It’s the end of the week but not the end of the news, perhaps. This weekend is PAX Prime West up in Seattle, which means plenty of last-ditch efforts for publishers to stand out before heading into the crowded fall release calendar.
A live-action trailer, for instance? We’ve got one of those for Destiny 2 as it approaches its console release, plus Divinity: Original Sin II lets you play as a face-stealing skeleton, Sunless Skies hits early access, Vermintide secures a sequel, and more.
This is gaming news for August 28 to September 1.
So many sinners
Hard to believe Divinity: Original Sin II is only weeks away. It seems like just yesterday Chris Avellone was completely ruining (improving?) my first hands-on demo of the game. But it’s true—the isometric follow-up is due out on September 14, less than two weeks from now, and celebrated that milestone this week by revealing the final race players can take on: Undead.
Yes, you can play as a skeleton in Original Sin II, a path that apparently involves lots of “Face Ripping” and polymorphing. Excellent.
Sun don’t shine
I slept on Sunless Sea, the Lovecraft-inspired boating game that ended up being one of 2015’s best surprises. I don’t intend to miss follow-up Sunless Skies. To whit: It’s now available in Early Access on both Steam and GOG. As with most narrative-based games it sounds like what’s on offer is a fairly small slice of the whole, but still maybe worth checking out before next year’s (fingers crossed) full release.
Another surprise hit from 2015, Left 4 Dead-but-with-rats shooter Warhammer: Vermintide is getting a sequel. And…that’s all we know. There’s the teaser below, plus some pretty screenshots on the new Steam page , but this is really a teaser for a teaser—a “Worldwide Reveal” is due on October 17.
Kentucky Route Zero has had a long, looooong development. Act I released on Steam in January of 2013, Act IV released last summer after a two year hiatus, and now we finally have an end date for this whole thing: Act V will release sometime in 2018. Okay, it’s not an exact date, but it’s better than nothing right?
Back in 2005 Ice-Pick Lodge released a game called Pathologic. It was sort of like an Elder Scrolls game, but you’re trapped in a town beset by plague and everyone is basically a Kafka character and it’s very Russian and weird, right?
Then Ice-Pick Lodge, within a year’s time, decided to both remaster Pathologic—which you can find on Steam—and also remake the game entirely from scratch. With me so far? Okay, so the news: To avoid any confusion, this week Ice-Pick Lodge decided to rename the upcoming remake to Pathologic 2, which…well, honestly is more confusing.
Remember when they were making a Halo movie? Well, I don’t expect we’ll ever see that but you can sort-of get an idea for it watching this Destiny 2 live action trailer. Pretty good trailer too, though using “Sabotage” as your background music seems like the lowest hanging fruit nowadays.