This year’s E3 saw the return of the Devolver Digital event. Historically (or at least for as long as Devolver Digital has appeared), the publisher’s showcase has been…interesting. Often taking a satirical lens and gazing upon the rest of the industry, Devolver makes for one raccous watch.
And this year proved no different. In a year of pandemics and subsequent delays, the industry saw more than a couple of ongoing trends in need of satire. As such, Devolver unveiled its totally legit and 100% real Devolver MaxPass+ subscription. Dubbed “Monetisation as a Service”, the MaxPass+ poked fun at; games-as-a-service, online subscriptions [rather perfectly timed as no more than an hour prior, Ubisoft unveiled the Rocksmith+ subscription service], and even NFTs.
You can check out the MaxPass+ trailer (and all other trailers), below;
Shadow Warrior 3 – Coming “2021”
Developer: Flying Wild Hog
The first game announced by Devolver Digital was Shadow Warrior 3. The upcoming first-person action game got its second gameplay trailer. By the looks of things, Devolver and developer Flying Wild Hog are still going down the DOOM route of gameplay; big-ass guns, monolithic enemies, and hellacious finishers. The protagonistic super-samurai-soldier brings more lead-slinging and head-ripping than even DOOM 2016‘s Doom-Guy.
Definitely one to get if you enjoy your action extra-spicy.
Trek to Yomi – Coming “2022”
Developer: Flying Wild Hog
Flying Wild Hog has been busy recently. Aside from Shadow Warrior 3, the developer is also working on Trek to Yomi, a cinematic-style, interactive Kurosawa epic. The blurb reads;
“As a vow to his dying Master, the young swordsman Hiroki is sworn to protect his town and the people he loves against all threats. Faced with tragedy and bound to duty, the lone samurai must voyage beyond life and death to confront himself and decide his path forward”.
Phantom Abyss – Steam Early Access 22nd June
Developed by: Team WIBY
Indiana Jones meets Fortnite; Phantom Abyss is an asynchronous multiplayer. The game is set in a series of procedurally generated temples littered with traps, enemies, and loot. The catch is, only one person can claim the gold. Phantom Abyss sees players take the challenge on. Upon their inevitable defeat, the temple “captures” their spirit. The spirit’s run is replayed ad nauseum until a new challenger beats the temple.
Smart players can (And should) head the warnings of previous players. The same traps that got them can and will also catch you out. Check out the official blurb below;
“Phantom Abyss is a massive asynchronous multiplayer game that casts players into procedurally-generated temples and tasks them with retrieving the sacred relics hidden within deadly chambers.
Intrepid adventurers will dodge scores of hidden traps, leap treacherous chasms, and flee relentless guardians. All through branching paths until one of the relics are claimed or the devices of death overwhelm them.
Be warned; you only get one attempt at each temple. Failure or settling for a lesser relic means you will never see that temple again… The cleverest players will use the phantom runs of failed attempts from other players to their advantage and avoid the missteps and mistakes that led to their doom.
Once the legendary relic at the bottom of each temple is found, the temple goes away forever and becomes the priceless trophy of the skilled adventurer”.
Wizard with a Gun – Coming “2022”
Developed by: Galvanic Games
Wizard with a Gun looks like a co-op rouge-like with survival mechanics thrown in for good measure. As the name suggests, you control a wizard…with a gun. You take your humble little arcane practitioner into the wilderness to collect rewards and defeat mystical enemies. Then, bring your loot home to further your load-outs ready for the next exploratory run. Beware of collecting too much gear and going mad with magical power, however.
You can collect gear solo or with a friend. But, don’t take our word for it;
“Wizard with a Gun is an online cooperative sandbox survival game set in a magical wilderness wrought with dangerous creatures and arcane mysteries. Embark on a journey alone or with friends to collect, craft, and outfit your wizard however you see fit as you explore the unknown. Carefully design weapons, bullets, and furnishings for your tower home but try not to burn it all down as the magic you wield escalates beyond your control…”
Death’s Door – Coming 20th July
Developed by: Acid Nerve
Death’s Door, a rogue-like action-RPG from Acid Nerve, casts you as a Crow, a keeper of souls. All is well for you. That is, until a soul is stolen from you. So, you set out on a quest to retrieve it. Your quest takes you to a landscape untouched by death. Think Titan Quest or Gods Will Fall, but with added macabre;
“Reaping souls of the dead and punching a clock might get monotonous but it’s honest work for a Crow. The job gets lively when your assigned soul is stolen. You must track down a desperate thief to a realm untouched by death – where creatures grow far past their expiry and overflow with greed and power”.
Inscryption – Coming “2021”
Developed by: Daniel Mullins Games
“From the creator of Pony Island and The Hex comes the latest mind-melting, self-destructing love letter to video games. Inscryption is an inky black card-based odyssey that blends the deckbuilding roguelike, escape-room style puzzles, and psychological horror into a blood-laced smoothie. Darker still are the secrets inscrybed upon the cards…”
A dark, horror, deck-building game with elements of escape-rooms puzzles? Consider us intrigued! Inscryption looks like it’ll be the perfect way to wile away a few evenings this Hallowe’en (should it be released before then, of course).
Devolver Tumble Time
Developed by: NOPOPO
Devolver Digital isn’t a stranger to releasing a mobile game. However, only DD would release a ‘satirical’ trailer for a mobile game…that they celebrate as having plenty of adverts. Not sure if this is another level of satire, or just DD’s slow descent into publisher hell. I hope for one over another, but you never know. Please, DD. Don’t stray!*
*May or may not be playing along with the satire.
The game itself looks like a clone of those Tsum-Tsum tumble clones. By the looks of things, everybody from Serious Sam‘s Sam to PikuNiku‘s Piku will be “unlockable”. How far down the DD rabbit hole this game takes us is anybody’s guess. Registration is open now though if you are interested.
Demon Throttle – Coming “2022”
Developed by: Doinksoft
This “physical exclusive” is a real rewind to the 16-bit era of games. Complete with no-nonsense run-and-run/bullet hell gameplay and CRT filter, Demon Throttle looks like the latest game for the SEGA MegaDrive! And that is perfect, in our eyes.
The gameplay boasts those 16 acclaimed bits of power and authentic chiptune sound. Plus, you get to battle demons who may or may not have kissed some NPCs wife. Or somethin’. Cue the senseless, bare-bones narrative-driven nostalgia that makes Chris “Rudy Manchego” Haskins drool at the mouth.
Looks like it’ll be a Special Reserve Games Nintendo Switch exclusive, as well.
And here is the full MaxPass+ showcase reel. Enjoy;
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ABG’s Senior Editor (News), YouTube content creator/streamer.