PAX East just wrapped up yesterday, and over the course of the two days tons of exciting things were previewed and showcased, including some news about the upcoming Friday the 13th game, a confirmation that there will be a third Borderlands game, and, a first look at Supergiant Games’ next release, Pyre.
Friday the 13th: The Game
Just like we were once promised in the 80’s, Fridays will never be the same again. During PAX this weekend, developer Deadgun announced a brand new location for their upcoming Friday the 13th game. Fans of the series will be happy to hear that the Higgins Haven, the setting of the third Friday the 13th movie will be making the cut, as the second map the game has to offer. The panel also had a little bit of conjecture on how the game would play, with the developers saying there will be more than one way for the seven players who will control councilors to take on the masked murderer. The devs also dropped some remarks that Jason may be able to sense the fear of the helpless councilors, but whether that’s a gameplay aspect, or just… creepy, is anyone’s guess.
The Banner Saga 3?
Despite the fact that The Banner Saga 2 was just released, during one of the panels at PAX, Arnie Jorgensen of Stoic directly mentioned Banner Saga 3 during a conversation about the future of the series. There was no real info, much less an official confirmation, but the conversation went on to discuss how much space there is in The Banner Saga’s fiction for expansion, and how in the future they’d like to dive deeper into the “weirdness” of Norse mythology. All things told, there’s no way to be sure it’s coming, but fans of the series would surely kneel at the godstones to see it happen.
Borderlands 3 was originally announced in January of last year, there hasn’t been much word on the fate of the game for quite some while, until now. Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford confirmed that Borderlands 3 was still going to happen, and that it may not be called Borderlands 3… it might be, they just don’t know yet. Only a few things were really mentioned about the project, but Mikey Neumann, the writer of both the first Borderlands, and the one coming up, mentioned that the team is considering giving fan-favourite Scooter, the lovable mechanic, a son named Scooper. In the end not much was said about the game, but Randy Pitchford did say that the upcoming DLC for Battleborn, another game by Gearbox, will feature more reference to Borderlands 3 (or whatever they’re calling it).
During the course of PAX East, there have been several Uber’s painted with Overwatch branding shuttling attendees to and from conference centers, hotels, and other convention fare. While this seems like an awesome marketing move (and admittedly, these vehicles look sweet), the inevitable happened. On Friday night, the first evening of PAX, one of the Uber’s, a Ford F650 painted with Soldier:76 (one of Overwatch’s motley crew) branding, crashed into a black sedan outside the convention center. While no one was injured, the truck did a decent number on the side of the car, and there were tons of tweets mentioning the fenderbender.
World of Warcraft On The Big Screen
Duncan Jones, the director of the upcoming World of Warcraft movie, told the audience during a panel that the Warcraft movie, in following with the narrative of the series won’t be a movie about good versus evil. It will instead be a movie about the two factions, Alliance and Horde, colliding, both with strong motives for their actions, and both with heroes. This comes as a huge relief to fans of the series who know that the conflict in the Warcraft universe is greyer, with neither side being truly right or wrong, just both sides having their own motives. The movie will premier June 10th, finally bringing Azeroth to the big screen.
Pyre, Supergiant Games Next Release
Over the past 5 years, Supergiant Games have released two games, Bastion and Transistor. Transistor got huge critical acclaim, and Bastion is considered to this day to be one of the most influential indie games ever released. Sure enough, Supergiant Games are at it again, giving their first showcase of their next project, Pyre, at PAX. The game follows a tried and true Supergiant standard: gorgeous stylistic visuals, hauntingly beautiful music, and a small group of those cast from society. The gameplay is almost like a game of dodgeball, where teams of three collide to try and extinguish the opposing team’s pyre (hence the name of the game), by tossing an orb into it. Outside of these games, dubbed, “competitive rites”, you’ll get to converse with your teammates, learn about them and the world. Though little has been revealed thus far, Pyre looks to be a promising third release from Supergiant Games.