Weekend Announcements May 25-27th: Astro Bot, Evasion, Gungrave VR, and More

By Rebecca Smith,
It's the calm before the storm. E3 is just over a week away and we're already getting some big announcements. However, over the weekend there were five titles that might just have escaped your attention. Included in the list is a Mega Man inspired platformer, an American football sim, a private investigator looking to change the world, a search for a missing child, and plenty of PlayStation VR titles. The list is below; see if there's something that peaks your interest.

Batterystaple Games' "roguelike action platformer" is inspired by Mega Man but also aims to add more modern twists to its gameplay. They aim for players to master the game's controls as they run, jump and blast their way through each of the stages, the procedural generation preventing memorization of the levels. In addition to the campaign, the game will have several difficulty settings, daily ranked challenges, and co-operative multiplayer for up to two online or local players. PlayStation 4 players will get a third playable character in the "Hawk DLC Pack" that's bundled in with the game when it releases on July 10th.


ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission

If the characters in Japan Studio's upcoming PlayStation VR title look familiar, that's because they should be. However, we're not getting another instalment in The Playroom franchise; instead, this title is a "platform action game". Astro is the Bot captain on a mission to rescue the lost members of his crew. They've been scattered across five different planets, each with a boss to take down, and he'll need to tackle 26 stages between them. Players won't assume the role of Astro directly — they'll be a big robot following him around and making sure he's ok. This means you'll need to smash up the environment to allow him to progress, as well as defending him from enemy attacks. The title will be arriving on PlayStation 4 in the future.


Axis Football 2018

If Madden isn't quite scratching your American Football itch, you may be interested in the fourth instalment in Axis Games' 3D football simulation series. The title will include a "robust" franchise mode with unlimited and 16-week seasons, player progressions, trading, lots of stats, and more. To improve the game from last year's Steam release, the team has expanded the playbooks, added new player movement controls and player physics, and redesigned the GUI. This will be the first time the series comes to PlayStation 4 and it's due to arrive in the summer.


Backbone

EGGNUT's title is a "pixel art cinematic adventure with stealth and action elements". Set in a dystopian world, the planet is now ruled by The Great Apes. They call themselves the founding fathers and have divided the many other anthropomorphic animals into classes dictated by species. The game takes place in Vancouver, now overgrown with ivy and huge trees, but also surrounded by high walls to prevent outsiders from getting in... and any of its citizens from getting out. The political and underground powers are corrupted. Players assume the role of private investigator Howard Lotor who discovers a powerful technology that has the chance to change society. In the meantime, he needs to solve cases, interrogate witnesses and explore the world around him, using smell-based stealth mechanics to get himself out of trouble. Successfully funded on Kickstarter, the title smashed through its stretch goals to come to PlayStation 4 next year.


Beat Saber

Hyperbolic Magnetism's upcoming PlayStation VR title arms players with two lightsabers, only they're not being used to take down enemies. Instead, players use them to slash approaching cubes in time to the beat. Red cubes must be slashed with the left hand, while blue cubes are taken down with the right. It sounds simple, but wait until things really get started and you'll see just what kind of a workout you can expect. The title is coming to PlayStation 4 in the future.


Creed: Rise to Glory

Survios' PlayStation VR title is a tie-in with the upcoming Creed II film. Players assume the role of Adonis Creed as he begins his career as an underground amateur boxer, training with Rocky Balboa in a hope to be spotlight champion. The game's Phantom Melee Technology promises to make players feel like they're taking part in "impactful melee combat VR" as they take part in matches. As well as the career mode, players can take part in exhibition matches against a variety of opponents. PlayStation players will also be able to play as Rocky Balboa in his youth. The title will be released this fall.


Evasion

Archiact aims to bring the feeling from shooters like DOOM and Borderlands into the PlayStation VR world... the only difference is that players will be entering a bullet hell. Players assume the role of a member of the Vanguard, an elite special operations team. They're tasked with saving humanity from swarms of invading Optera aliens. The game has been designed to allow full locomotion through a variety of methods to suit the player, and they'll definitely need to run and dodge as they take on multiple enemies at once. The title can be played in single-player or in co-op, and the campaign will be joined by a survival mode that pits players against waves of enemies. The title is coming to PlayStation 4 later this year.


Gungrave VR

Marvelous has confirmed they'll be bringing Iggymob's PlayStation VR shooter to the west this fall. A drug called SEED has transformed ordinary creatures into a dangerous infestation known as Orgmen. The drug is being manufactured in South City, but Mika Asagi can't take on these creatures on her own. She calls in Beyond the Grave (otherwise known as Grave), a Millennion agent who wakes from 14 years of slumber to take on the new threat. Players assume the role of Grave, and with the help of his dual guns Cerberus, he'll need to use a variety of attacks to take down his foes. Combining free-moving third person gunplay and stationary or mobile first-person action, players will have to perfect a variety of modes to be successful.


RollerCoaster Legends II: Thor's Hammer

The final PlayStation VR title of the list is a sequel to Rollercoaster Legends, but this title takes players for a spin through Norse mythology. You'll head to Asgard on a rainbow Bifröst as you chase Loki, the thief who's captured Thor's hammer. Later, you'll head through Alfheim, home of the Elves, and Helheim, which is home to the dead. Finally, you'll head through a wintry Niflheim. You can either relax and enjoy the ride or collect artifacts as you go by. The title will arrive on PlayStation 4 "soon".


Someday You'll Return

CBE Software's title tells the tale of every parent's worst nightmare. Players assume the role of Daniel, the father of a young girl, Stela, who has run away again. His search for Stela takes him into the ancient Moravian forests, full of secrets and dark memories. As he looks for her, he'll encounter people who might help him understand why Stela wants to leave. The game includes "strong horror elements" with malevolent forces that seek to oppose Daniel, meaning he'll need his wits and skills to survive. Along the way, he'll deal with fatherhood, fears, lies and his refusal to accept his past. The title will arrive on PlayStation 4 in the future.

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.