The majority of large game conventions worldwide has already taken place and with them the presentations for new titles and sequels heading your way this coming October. With exciting teasers and trailers already released early this year, the companies in question are gearing up the excitement by making the gameplay footage available to those who couldn’t attend any cons. Those who could and had the patience to wait several hours in line were treated to demos, getting to a small taste of the three following October releases:
Beyond: Two Souls
When Quantic Dream, the company responsible for the popular and controversial game Heavy Rain, announced Beyond: Two Souls, there was a lot of discussion within the gaming community about whether or not the new title could keep up with the expectations Heavy Rain set. What definitely can be said is that Quantic Dream understood what made everyone love its previous title and didn’t decide to change the core recipe. Beyond: Two Souls is just as interactive and cinematic as its predecessor, bringing in the well-known actors Ellen Page (Inception, X-Men: The Last Stand) and Willem Dafoe (The Boondock Saints, Spiderman) as voice-actors for the main characters Jodie Holmes and Nathan Dawkins respectively. The topic of the game, life beyond death, promises a mysterious and thrilling game and although first gameplay demos suggest issues with the controls, announcements have assured players that the controls are not yet final.
Batman: Arkham Origins
The third installment of the Batman series has a lot of pressure to keep up with due to the popularity of the first two titles. Arkham Origins, as the title suggests, doesn’t serve as a sequel to Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, but is set five years prior the first two titles, during Christmas; a fact, which Batman fans will know, that means excitement beyond holiday cheer. The new title concerns itself plot-wise with the beginnings of the Caped Crusader’s career as detective. According to some announcements, the accessible world is even larger and gameplay is supposed to offer even more challenges and variation than in Arkham City. Still, there are concerned voices within the community asking how much more can be added to the already existing game universe without cluttering it, and if Arkham Origins is one of those new video games that are dependent on its fan communities.
Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag
As another game that has to compete with its own predecessors, Ubisoft’s sixth installment in the Assassin’s Creed series is announced with the same amount of promising trailers. More and more video demos show what new features can be expected are being regularly uploaded. One new key element is the removal of the loading screens between areas, something all previous titles have had. In regards to the story, nothing much has been changed in the concept of a fledgling assassin in an historical setting, except for the era: the golden age of piracy, which in itself already has the fans salivating in excitement.
Currently, all three of these games are due to be released in October. Several different editions with varying amounts of content are available for pre-order online for each, and, unless there are any announcements made to move the release dates, October is going to be a very busy gaming month.