PAX East Packs on the Gaming Announcements
News of “Titanfall” downloadable content, a new “Civilization” game, and information about upcoming titles such as “The Evil Within,” “World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor” and “Tales from the Borderlands” were announced at Penny Arcade Expo East over the weekend of April 12.
Redspawn Entertainment unveiled its new “Titanfall” downloadable content pack. Titled “Titanfall: Expedition,” the pack will allow players to explore new maps such as a swampland and a titan pilot training area with new challenges. The maps and scenarios are set after “Titanfall’s” main campaign. In addition, players will be able to customize their titan mechs with decals.
Meanwhile, Telltale Games, developers of “The Walking Dead” and “The Wolf Among Us,” has revealed new information about their upcoming title “Tales from the Borderlands,” an adventure game set in the world of Gearbox’s “Borderlands” series. Throughout the game’s story, players jump between two perspectives: con artist Fiona and Hyperion worker Rhys, occasionally seeing the same event play out from both characters’ perspectives.
Keeping with the sci-fi theme, Firaxis announced a new game in their long running “Civilization” line. The full title of the new game is “Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth.” It is a spiritual successor to the classic “Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri” and is built off the same engine used to create “Civilization V.” It is set in the far future, and will focus on building a space-faring civilization on a new planet.
“Beyond Earth” will forgo the series’ tradition of having players choose from a list of historical civilizations to play as, instead allowing players to choose number of factors, such as who backed their expedition, what kind of spaceship they used to reach their home and what they brought with them, to customize their own high-tech civilization. The game’s developers have stated they were heavily inspired by the current FOX series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Returning to the present (and Earth), new details have also been released about “The Evil Within,” Bethesda’s upcoming horror title directed by Shinji Mikami, the creator of Capcom’s “Resident Evil” series.
Bethesda released a new gameplay trailer for “The Evil Within,” showing off gameplay that appears to have been inspired by “Resident Evil 4.” Despite this, the aesthetic of the game bears little resemblance to its spiritual predecessor as “The Evil Within” focuses more on supernatural horror as opposed to “Resident Evil’s” more sci-fi approach.
Blizzard also showed off a bit of the upcoming “World of Warcraft” expansion, “Warlords of Draenor.” Like previous expansions, it will offer a higher level cap and new places to explore. However, “Warlords of Draenor” will also include garrisons: bases of operations of players that produce resources and are staffed by AI controlled followers. According to the developers, the garrisons are a nod to “Warcraft’s” past as a real time strategy series, and they want players to feel like they are “the guy in charge of a Warcraft III base.”
PAX East 2014 has come and gone, and it brought enough news to wet any gamer’s appetite. There are many games on the horizon, and these were only just the tip of the iceberg. Gamers certainly have a lot to look forward to over the next year.
By Seann Barbour