No idea what this is yet, but Epic – they of Unreal and Gears of War – have just announced something brand new and PC-only called Paragon, and due for release next year. They’re saying almost nothing, but they have released a short video of a dude with a gun and some robo-hands. However, there’s talk of ‘heroes’ so I’m guessing it’s not going to be a singleplayer shooter – perhaps something more akin to Blizzard’s Overwatch? Or even to ex-Epic bigwig Cliff Bleszinski’s Lawbreakers?
The website offers the line “Discover a new hero each week and unlock unique in-game items”, so we can probably take an educated guess as to how it’ll be structured, even if we don’t know whether it’s a shooter or a moba yet. All we have to go on are the heroes’ names: Twinblast, Steel, Sparrow and Grux, all of which sound a bit like Transformers to me. Chance would be a fine thing. Reveals will follow for the others later, but here’s what Twinblast looks like:
A little bit like Tom Cruise cosplaying Big Boss, I guess? Metal hands aside, can’t say he’s doing anything for me given there are thousands of videogames which star exactly that guy already, but hopefully we’ll see more variety from the rest of the roster.
You can also sign up for a beta, but there are no dates as yet.
So, yeah. A thing is happening. Has guns. Will probably do quite well for itself. Epic are also working on a new version of Unreal Tournament – I’m going to go out on a limb and presume this is not a shock rebrand.