roundup

This month, fight in style, get freaked out by Dis­ney, and see a dead game re­turn to life

XBox: The Official Magazine (US) - - PREVIEW - Daniella Lu­cas

Soul­cal­ibur VI

A new fighter has stepped into the arena in the shape of the plucky young Talim with a pair of el­bow blades. She pre­vi­ously ap­peared in SCII, III, and IV, so is back for this part of the story. She’s an in­cred­i­bly quick fighter, with high bounds to help her leap over op­po­nents to get be­hind them, and has an affin­ity for wind-based at­tacks, and no, that doesn’t mean butt-gas.

Dead Is land 2

Like one of its zom­bies, this game is back from the dead thanks to a spark of in­ter­est af­ter a free-to-play mo­bile game was given a sur­prise re­lease. Ev­ery­one had thought that this game was out of the pic­ture for good, but the Dead Is­land Twit­ter ac­count con­firmed that it is still ac­tu­ally in devel­op­ment. We won’t see any de­tails for quite some time, though.

War­face

A semi-re­al­is­tic free-to-play shooter from the stu­dio be­hind Cr­y­sis set in the near fu­ture. It fea­tures sev­eral PVP modes in­clud­ing an 8v8 bat­tle royale mode that has very quick rounds for you to blast through. There’s also a range of spe­cial op­er­a­tions that see you team up with oth­ers to take on sev­eral chal­leng­ing rounds if team­play is more your thing.

Tales Of Ves­pe­ria

This clas­sic JRPG re­turns with an HD makeover and ex­tra con­tent later this year. With its anime stylings and hearty story, this was a hit on Xbox 360, so a re­turn ten years later is very wel­come, as we haven’t seen many games in the genre come to Xbox One. It’s a mas­ter­work, so we’re con­fi­dent it won’t have aged badly by the time it re­leases to­wards the end of 2018.

King­dom Hearts III

We thought see­ing Sora in Pixar worlds felt un­canny, but now King­dom Hearts III has re­vealed it’s re­turn­ing to the Pi­rates Of The

Car­ribbean world, ex­cept now it’s look­ing fright­en­ingly re­al­is­tic. See­ing ‘real’ Don­ald and Goofy is mak­ing us feel a lit­tle off, but see­ing Jack Spar­row and co look­ing al­most as good as they do in the real-life films has us ex­cited for a pi­rate’s life.

Ooblets

A few adorable new de­tails have sneaked out of this farm­ing life-sim game, in­clud­ing the start­ing house on your farm. It’s def­i­nitely a fixer-up­per, but there are loads of fur­ni­ture op­tions and many ways to up­grade, so you’ll be liv­ing like a mon­ster queen in no time at all. Badgetown has also been ex­panded to in­clude a res­i­den­tial area; hope­fully we can make them our friends.

Pub­lisher Deep Sil­ver de­vel­oper Sumo Dig­i­tal due TBC

Pub­lisher Bandai Namco de­vel­oper Bandai Namco due Win­ter

Pub­lisher Dou­ble Fine de­vel­oper Glum­ber­land due TBC

Pub­lisher Bandai Namco de­vel­oper Bandai Namco due Oc­to­ber 19

Pub­lisher My.com de­vel­oper Cytek due TBC

Pub­lisher Square Enix de­vel­oper Square Enix due Jan­uary 25 2019

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