Edge March 2021

The authority on videogame art, design and play, Edge is the must-have companion for game industry professionals, aspiring game-makers and super-committed hobbyists. Its mission is to celebrate the best in interactive entertainment today and identify the most important developments of tomorrow, providing the most trusted, in-depth editorial in the business via unparalleled access to the developers and technologies that make videogames the world’s most dynamic form of entertainment.

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Developer Arkane Studios Lyon Publisher Bethesda Softworks Format PC, PS5 Origin France Release May 21 Arkane Studios has spent the past few years establishing itself as one of the most consistent and fascinating triple-A developers around – but in that time, its games haven’t quite managed to find an audience commensurate with the label. Its flagship series, Dishonored, is currently “resting” after the sequel’s sales dip – and that has cleared the floor for its latest, and most convincing, effort at breaking into the mainstream. Deathloop spans many of the themes we cover elsewhere this issue. Arkane has taken its immersive-sim heritage and applied a Roguelike twist to it, courtesy of the game’s time-loop plot – please mark your 2021 bingo card accordingly. In practice, this means playing as Colt, an assassin…

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the return of social gaming

By now, we’re all well used to shifting release dates. No doubt some of the titles featured in these very pages will be delayed, as the longterm effects of COVID-19 continue to be felt. Of all the pleasures we’re looking forward to, though, this one might be the hardest to pin down a date for. Nudging a friend on the sofa at exactly the wrong moment, just as they approach that vital final bend in the track. Standing shoulder-to- shoulder at a cabinet, trying not to rattle a carefully-balanced plastic pint cup. Crowding around a screen, not-so-quietly hoping that victory that doesn’t go to the person who knocked you out two rounds ago. Looking at recent data, it’s hard to be optimistic that these kinds of experiences will be part…

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twelve minutes

Developer Luis Antonio Publisher Annapurna Interactive Format PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series Origin US Release 2021 If you’ve played The Witness, you’re already acquainted with Luis Antonio’s work. As an artist on that game, he helped shape an entire island, modelling ruins and planting carefully-chosen vegetation to create one of the most memorable locations in videogames. In his new game, his first as lead designer, he’s working on a much smaller canvas. Twelve Minutes takes place in and around a single apartment, within the narrow timeframe suggested by the title. The cast is similarly compact: just your character, his wife, and the intruder who bursts into their lives a few minutes into the game, claiming to be working for the police and accusing the wife of murder. Out of these sparse elements,…

2 min
enhance games

People. Crowds of them, walking up escalators, flowing around giant blocks, climbing up walls, falling from platforms. Then fighting: thousands of figures forming battle lines, shooting into opposing masses. And then some form of ascent, as a stream of figures walks into a thin strip of blinding light. The trailer for Humanity (pictured), first shown at E3 2019, holds in today’s Covidlaced world a kind of strangeness – so many people, so close to each other – but that only amplifies its power. Its surreal representation of, well, humanity sits squarely in the uncanny as crowds flow together at such scale in stark environments, counterpointed by the plain details of their casual clothes and the brutal simplicity of their violence. Described as a “crowd action game”, Humanity is being developed by…

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Developer Housemarque Publisher SIE Format PS5 Origin Finland Release March 19 Few developers make things explode as spectacularly as Housemarque, and the Finnish studio has form for this on PlayStation. The fizzy pyrotechnics of Super Stardust HD lit up PS3, while the cascading voxels of Resogun gave PS4 an opening-day indie showcase that didn’t look out of place next to the expensive blockbusters. And if we’re generous enough to class four months as a launch window, it’s no doubt hoping Returnal will do similar for PS5 (though the studio has grown since the PS3 days, and it’s now making a game with triple-A looks and a price tag to match). The big question is whether its brand of hectic arcade action, which in places veers close to bullet-hell territory, can translate to…

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Developer/publisher Scavengers Studio Format PC, PS5 Origin Canada Release TBA Amid the marketing maelstrom of December’s Game Awards, the Season announcement trailer was a halcyon moment. That twinkling Studio Ghibli piano. The wide-open watercolour sky, clouds sketched in with visible brushstrokes. Sketchbooks and tape recorders and the shifting focus of a camera viewfinder as it’s trained on a twitching lemur. It’s a bewitching minute, dense with images that demand careful study and, ideally, framing on a wall. But the game itself remains enigmatic, by design. For its prior game, Darwin Project, Scavengers Studio threw the doors of its Montréal studio wide open, with a two-year early access period that saw it change tack multiple times in the face of the dwindling player numbers. For this one, the team is understandably keeping its…