Rummaging my empty head for games I was particularly excited about in 2013, I largely came up worryingly blank. I think, though, that’s got a lot to do with the fact that a lot of the most exciting upcomers are happening via Kickstarter, which means ‘twould be foolish to presume any of them will actually happen this year. Also because The Mainstream is all bound up in those new XStation things due out in the back end of the year, and of what we do get from that on PC, we probably won’t be shown much of it until Microsoft starts talking about its next big, ugly, advert-spewing box. One thing my brain did burp up without much prompting, however, was Space Hulk. I want that on my PC and I want it now. (I also want it on my tablet thing, but that’s primarily for when I’m not, erm, sitting on a chair). I haven’t seen it myself yet, but I am so far convinced by dev Full Control’s enthusiasm for it. In the following video Q&A, there’s a bunch more of that, plus some very pleasing hints about what they’ve got planned post-release. Maudlin, semi-traitorous hands in the air, fellow Dark Angels fans!
Here you go:
If you can’t/won’t watch a few minutes of a softly-spoke Dane answering fan questions, here are probably the two biggest takeaways-
They are “looking into your favourite characters and chapters” of Space Marines post-release, and while Thomas Lund here stops short of promising, he does say that Full Control have a big Deathwing fan on the team. The Deathwing are the Dark Angels’ Terminator company, Fine news for anyone who finds the Blood Angels a tad vanilla.
As well as (or probably related to) that is talk of expansions. “New chapters and campaigns”are planned “for as long as it is feasible”, and perhaps even better is a level editor. That latter will even work cross-platform. Fiendish, trap-filled, labyrinthine death-ships is my kind of self-flagellation.
In further Full Control news, their Jagged Alliance: Flashback Kickstarter continues, but in the hope of moving the current $107k needle closer to the $350k target, they’ve announced that anyone pledging $5 or more will receive a DRM-free set of original JA games if/when the funding’s completed. The classic pack contains agged Alliance, Jagged Alliance: Deadly Games, Jagged Alliance 2 and Jagged Alliance 2: Unfinished Business, which will be made friendly with Win 7 for the first time (apparently) and delivered via Humble Bundle (as will Flashback itself). You can do that here, if you so wish.