The all-consuming IP hoover that is THQ Nordic has done a showcase! Mixing up a nostalgic slate of ’90s revivals with some intriguing newcomers, it was also a surprisingly busy one. So if you missed it and are curious about updates on previously announced titles like Outcast 2, Jagged Alliance 3 and Gothic, plus some big new reveals – most notably the return of Alone in the Dark – read on.
Alone in the dark
As rumor has it, the grandfather of survival horror is back in what THQ Nordic and developer Pieces Interactive call a “reimagining” of the 1992 original. It will be written and directed by Mikael Hedberg, who wrote the stunning Soma on Frictional Games, and is coming to Xbox, PlayStation and PC at a later date. Elsewhere, we have a little more on this promising project.
Destroy All People 2: Rejected
Alien Threat Crypto (or rather, his clone) is back to terrorize humanity in Destroy All Humans! 2 – Reprobed, developer Black Forest Games’ version of the 2006 open-world action-adventure sequel. Coming very soon, coming to PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S on August 30, with a new trailer to get you over the line.
Space for sale
If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a galactic real estate tycoon, now’s your chance. Developer Mirage Game Studios calls Space for Sale a “hands-on” management sim, and it’s one that sees players roaming exotic, procedurally generated planets in an effort to find the perfect place to meet all the real estate needs of their discerning alien clients. . There’s no release date for it yet, but it’s coming to PC.
Developer Alkimia Interactive’s Gothic remake first appeared as a playable teaser in 2019, and it proved so popular that THQ Nordic agreed to launch a full-scale remake of the 2001 action RPG. Once again, players take control of a convicted prisoner who finds himself on a quest through a perilous medieval fantasy realm, but this time with a few more modern bells and whistles. Gothic is expected to release on PC, Xbox Series X/S, and PC at some unspecified point in the future – and in the meantime, there’s a new trailer.
Jagged Alliance 3
Another aging favorite returns! A third entry in the Jagged Alliance series has been a long time coming, with at least two attempts to make the game, the most recent of which failed more than a decade ago. Tropico studio Haemimont Games is now in charge of bringing the series’ turn-based action to modern audiences on PC, and you can get a fresh look at his efforts in the new trailer below.
Tempest Rising is Slipgate Ironworks’ attempt to capture the magic of the classic real-time strategy games of the 90s – think Command & Conquer – and promises a mix of base building and “hard fighting” in an alternate 1997 where Earth is ravaged by nuclear war. Features include three playable factions, plus skirmish and multiplayer modes, and it’s coming to PC.
Outcast 2: A New Beginning
Another beloved oldie that got the revival treatment, Outcast 2 was announced last year and promised the return of the ridiculously named protagonist Cutter Slade for another foray into the alien world of Adelpha. It was developed by Appeal Studios for release on PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC. A trailer will follow!
This is the latest game from Three Field Studios, the team of ex-Criterion developers responsible for Dangerous Golf and Dangerous Driving. It’s basically an open-world racer with an emphasis on freedom and player-created content, meaning you can explore on-the-fly, race, build physics-defying courses, and share your absurd creations on a whim. It’s coming to PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC next year.
away from the hunter
Way of the Hunter is a game of beautiful views of the open world and shooting wild, majestic animals in the head. Way of the Hunter might be really good for people who like those things. If that’s you, don’t wait long – Way of the Hunter is coming to Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5 and PC on August 16 and there’s a trailer below.
AEW: Fight Forever
wrestle! And you can hit someone in the head with a trash can, so I’m in. It’s coming “soon” to PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, and PC.
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake
And that’s almost all! Aside from some updates to existing titles – namely Stuntfest: World Tour, Knights of Honor 2: Sovereign and The Valiant – THQ Nordic had one last thing to share in the form of action platformer SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake. It’s as crazy as you’d expect, and, rather than a release date, will be heading to Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and PC…eventually. Here’s a new look: