Weekend Announcements March 2-4th: Descenders, Heaven's Vault and More

By Rebecca Smith, 9 months ago
This weekend was quieter than most, but that doesn't mean we don't have any new titles to show you. Six games caught our attention: a Planet of the Apes tie-in, a breakneck downhill mountain biking game, archaeological discoveries, an adventure in an alternate 1930s America, a quest to locate parents who have disappeared in mysterious circumstances, and a small town conspiracy. Which of these titles caught your interest?

Crisis on the Planet of the Apes

Film tie-ins aren't that common anymore, but FoxNext VR Studio's upcoming first-person action adventure PlayStation VR title hopes to make sure players don't forget about them. Taking place in between Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the Simian Flu epidemic still rages on after five years and humanity is on the brink of collapse. The player assumes the role of Specimen 139, an ape captured by the military and sent to a scientific facility in North California. You'll need to break out from the facility and return home, resuming your role in Caesar's tribe. Using Move controllers, players will have to learn how to move like an ape, climb... and wield guns. The title will be released on April 3rd.


RageSquid's last title tasked players with platforming around a toybox. In their next title, the stakes are higher. The downhill mountain biking game aims to capture the true feeling of freeriding down a mountain, pulling as many tricks as possible while staying in the saddle. Players begin in the Scottish Highlands before working their way through dense forests and huge canyons. The ultimate challenge lies in jumping out of a helicopter down dangerous mountain sides. Each world is procedurally generated and there are no power ups, so you rely solely on your skill to get you through. Bigger tricks mean bigger rewards, but the more points you have, the more you'll lose if you fall. You'll get the chance to risk it all when the title arrives PlayStation 4 later this year.

Heaven's Vault

In inkle's archaeological sci-fi adventure, players assume the role of Aliya Elasra. Alongside her robot sidekick Six, she must investigate an ancient network of scattered moons known as the Nebula. She'll discover lost locations and decipher hieroglyphs to uncover secrets of the past, but those translations will directly affect the narrative and you'll never know if your guesses are correct. The choices you make and the paths you explore are just as important and will affect how characters react to you. You'll get to explore the world yourself on PlayStation 4 later this year.

Ira - Act 1: Pilgrimage

Ore's adventure title takes place across three acts. The first of these puts players in an alternate 1930's America. Man has made it to Mars thanks to an early technological revolution, and they're now about to push even further beyond. While space travel is flourishing, though, the home planet is not. A global depression is in full swing and players assume the role of several people who have different parts to play in the world, from the miners on Mars to the people who make all the decisions. You'll get to try the title yourself when it arrives on PlayStation 4 early this year.


Based On The Play's action RPG takes inspiration from the likes of Fallout and Borderlands, as well as from films like Jurassic Park, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and "the entire Marvel universe". Players assume the role of Lux Hart, a college student who returns home to find her parents have disappeared. Unbeknown to her, her parents were secret members of The Redaction Commission, a government organisation whose main objective is to cover up unexplained events and anomalies to prevent widespread panic. In the process, the Commission has acquired alien technology that allows them to modify human DNA, so they resequence Lux's DNA to give her superpowers and then send her out to find her parents. You'll be able to look for them yourself later this year on PlayStation 4.

The Blackout Club

Question's co-operative paranormal horror mystery takes place in a small town where strange things have been happening. Teenagers have been blacking out, waking up in places with no recollection of their movements or actions in between. The police, teachers and parents all refuse to believe there's a problem, even when one teenager completely disappears, so the survivors band together to investigate the situation themselves. Underneath the town is a network of tunnels filled with hypnotic music and populated by clandestine adults. The teenagers need to collect evidence to blow the conspiracy open, and to do this they must go on procedurally generated surveillance missions to find clues and explore the neighbourhood. Will you be up to the task when the game is released on PlayStation 4 in Q1 2019?

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.