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THQ Nordic Showcase Teases New Games Ahead of GamesCom

12 Aug 2022
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The end-of-summer gaming convention season is upon us. Between GamesCom, PAX West, and PAX Aus, developers and publishers are preparing for one last big explosion of game announcements before the holidays.

Variety publisher THQ Nordic is no exception. During a special showcase earlier today, the publisher gave viewers a first look at a number of upcoming games from a variety of genres.

Alone in the Dark

Front and center, of course, was the reimagination of the classic 1992 horror game Alone in the Dark. Developed by Pieces Interactive, the game gathered a team of horror experts. With Mikael Hedberg they found a director and writer for the game who is familiar with the genre, having worked on Amnesia and SOMA. Responsible for the wonderful monster design is Guy Davis, who has worked side by side with Guillermo del Toro as well as work on Gears of War 4 and shows like The Strain and Cabinet of Curiosities which is currently in post-production.

Alone in the Dark will feature a very special kind of Jazz music: Doom Jazz, composed by Jason Köhnen, a Dutch composer and a former member of the band The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation, which was the initial inspiration for the music of the game.

Alone in the Dark will have players return to the Derceto Manor and allow you to assume the role of either Edward or Emily who try to uncover the mansion’s secrets and survive the myriad horrors that it hides. While the game changes around some of the elements of the original, like making the Derceto Manor into mental clinic, it doesn’t lose any of the tension or important elements of the original game. Challenging puzzles, intense combat, and suspenseful exploration will accompany the fully original and cinematic story of the game that pays homage to the 1992 original.

There is no set release date for the game just yet, seeing as it is still in the alpha stages of development, but further information should come soon.

Space for Sale

From cinematic horror to property development in space, Space for Sale is a new game developed by Mirage Games. It will have players build new colonies on strange planets according to their clients whims and wishes. With a variety of different biomes, up to two players can explore colorful planets and strange creatures.

Gather resources, distract the wildlife with fruits, and deal with the strange poison that afflicts your planet – space rot – which is both the reason for the main antagonist and why players could buy the planet for so cheap. You will have to deal with this issue throughout Space for Sale to ensure the highest price for your work. The game will be a full sandbox experience where players can collect items, build a variety of buildings, research technology, and explore and interact with the world.

Space for Sale is set to release on PC.

Wreckreation

Made by former Burnout and Need for Speed developers, Wreckreation is very much what its name eludes to. And it very much brings the best of the Burnout series to the forefront: racing and crashing cars on crazy tracks. But this is only half of what the game has to offer, as players will be able to seamlessly switch between racing and creation mode. In the latter, you will be able to place ramps, half-pipes, loops, and a number of objects that can be used as props to beautify the track – or create obstacles in the middle of the road.

Crashing and creating tracks alone won’t be the only things players will do in this new game, though. Multiple modes will be included in the game, letting players test their drift and stunt skills as well as trying to get as much airtime as possible. Last but not least, the “near miss” mode will test the player’s skills while they try to NOT crash their cars but get as close as possible.

In addition to the regular singleplayer and online multiplayer modes, Wreckreation will also offer a player versus player splitscreen mode.

Tempest Rising

Rounding out the presentation, THQ Nordic gave us a first look at Tempest Rising, a new Real-Time Strategy game from 3D Realms and Slipgate Ironworks. Building on the foundation of this classic genre of the 90s, Slipgate wanted to give RTS fans some love and modernize this type of game with a fresh coat of paint.

Players will pick between two factions in this sci-fi alternative universe: the bureaucratic GDF and the brutal Tempest Dynasty. Each faction will feature its own single player campaign and players will even be able to interact with a secret third faction in the game’s multiplayer mode.

The world as we know it has changed drastically after nuclear fallout has befallen most of the world and even penetrated the Earth deep into its core. Because of this, a strange new substance has surfaced that players will be able to mine as a powerful resource. This “Tempest,” as it is called, is a potent energy source and at the heart of the conflict between the two factions.

In good old RTS tradition, players will be able to construct buildings, recruit soldiers, and lead them to enemy bases to either take them out, sabotage them, or take them over. Mission objectives will vary throughout the campaign and faction.


Images courtesy of THQ Nordic.