Paris Games Week 2017 Announcements Pt 1: Guacamelee 2, Spelunky 2 and More

By Rebecca Smith,
At the end of Sony's presentation at E3 this year, one of the most common themes was disappointment over the lack of new announcements, aside from a handful of VR titles. At this week's Paris Games Week, Sony hasn't fallen into that trap for a second time. This week has seen the announcement of 16 titles, and while there has been quite an emphasis on Sony's Playstation VR peripheral, there's still plenty of non-VR games on their way too. Below are the seven non-VR titles that were announced over the previous few days.

Concrete Genie

Pixelopus is the team best known for their debut title Entwined, and now their second title is making its way to Playstation 4. Players assume the role of Ash, a boy who lives in a deserted fishing town called Denska. It's heavily polluted and full of bullies, but Ash is an artist who has the power to bring his drawings to life. Players can create their own masterpieces on the walls of the town's buildings using the Dualshock 4 motion sensor, then use them to cleanse the streets and alleyways of pollution. He'll also be able to create his own customised bunch of creatures who will be the friends for whom he yearns so much. The title will be arriving next year and Pixelopus has promised more information to follow over the coming months.


Erica

Playstation has just released three more Playlink titles with more to follow in the coming months. One of those will be Flavourworks' debut title. The interactive live action drama (with no 3D graphics) follows the story of Erica, a young woman who suffered a traumatic childhood experience. Her memories may be the key to identifying a killer who's on the loose. Contacted by an old family friend and also by the killer, she's faced with two versions of the truth and it is up to the players to decide what that is. Players will be able to interact in detail with the world, such as deciding whether open a door forcefully or gently — do you want a quick but loud entrance or a slower but quieter approach? The game will be coming to Playstation 4 sometime in the future.


Ghost of Tsushima

If you'd wondered what Sucker Punch may have been up to since the release of inFAMOUS First Light then wonder no more. Their next project is this samurai open-world game set in 1274 on Tsushima Island. When the Mongols invaded Japan, this was their first destination and it is up to battered samurai "the Ghost" to defeat them against incredible odds. Players will master the use if the katana, build up their legend and fight back the invading forces in feudal Japan despite the attempts of the Mongol leader to intimidate you into submission. More information has been promised for the coming months ahead of the game's release on Playstation 4 in the future.


Guacamelee! 2

Drinkbox Studios' "Mexican-themed co-op-multiplayer dimension-swapping Metroid-vania beat-em-up platformer" will finally be getting a sequel. Taking place seven years after the events of the first title, Juan Aguacate is now living peacefully with his family, but then his friend and trainer Uay Chivo discovers a new evil threat that jeopardises time and space itself. The title will feature a more extensive move list and new player abilities, such as Eagle Boost (a hook mechanic that allows Juan to attach to and fly through hook points to reach higher spots) and new abilities for the chicken form. Local drop-in, drop-out co-op will support up to four players and there will be new moving windows of space, known as Dimension Waves, that give players a glimpse into another dimension — take advantage of them if you wish to progress. The title will be coming to Playstation 4 in spring/summer 2018.


Spelunky 2

Mossmouth's beloved procedurally-generated platformer will also be getting a sequel on Playstation 4 in the future. Having recruited Blitworks for porting duties of Spelunky to PS3, PS4 and Vita, the developer has now convinced the studio to help him develop the sequel from the ground up. Little else is known about the sequel, although parenthood has apparently had a big influence on the game's story and themes, and it appears that Spelunky Guy's daughter will be taking on the role of the game's protagonist. Take a look at the trailer below to see if you can see anymore details.


The Gardens Between

Previously announced for PC and Mac, The Voxel Agents' puzzle title will now be launching simultaneously for Playstation 4 in Q3 2018. Players control unlikely friends Arina and Frendt as they travel through surreal dreamlike environments full of curious but interactive objects. Manipulate time forwards and backwards to change how these objects move in the world around them; this will solve puzzles that will ignite constellations and will highlight the defining moments of their relationship, their childhoods and what it means to grow up into the world of adulthood.


The Hong Kong Massacre

Two man development team Vreski is working hard to complete their upcoming debut Playstation 4 title. Set in the city of Hong Kong and inspired by Hong Kong action films, the "fast-paced top-down shooter" pits players in gunfights through a variety of different locations, such as restaurants and rooftops. Enter slow motion to give yourself valuable seconds to react and plan your next moves. Dive and dodge to avoid enemies' bullets while returning fire, destroying both buildings and enemies as you go.


Will you be purchasing any of these titles? If you're more interested in what Playstation VR can offer, stay tuned for part two!
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.