To commemorate the biggest week in gaming and highlight some smaller announcements, we’ve resurrected our old newsbits format. We even pulled our classic header image out from storage and gave it a good dusting; we probably should update that console image to a One X, but there’s no time to waste. It’s E3 2018, and like every year there’s a lot of news to cover and not enough time to cover it. Here’s a few announcements from earlier in the week.
Dontnod Entertainment announced The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, a spin-off set in the Life is Strange universe. You play as Chris, a 10-year-old boy who likes to pretend he’s the heroic Captain Spirit. Playing in the world inside his head, your choices will influence how he uses his powerful imagination. The game is a single standalone experience, but acts as a precursor to Life is Strange 2 and will give players a taste of what’s to come. Much like imagination itself, this game will be completely free for everyone when it releases on June 26.
Astroneer originally launched on Xbox Game Preview in 2016, and after two long years it’s finally ready to leave the nest. The space exploration game will be seeing its official release December 2018. Our early impression of the game was very positive, so it’ll be interesting to see just how much the game has grown.
You may have already caught a glimpse of Sable from Microsoft’s ID@Xbox sizzle reel, as its stark cell-shaded art really made it stand out from the pack. What may not have been clear is that it’s a newly announced project from a two-man company. This coming-of-age story has you playing a young nomad named Sable who is off on her own for the first time. With just herself and her hover bike she’s exploring the vast desert planet she calls home, discovering everything it has to offer. To hear more about the game directly from those building it, check out their article on Xbox Wire. Sable will begin her adventure in 2019.
Our last announcement comes not from the show floor, but Double Fine’s own Twitter. Their slapstick physics-based brawler Gang Beasts is finally heading to Xbox One later this year. Since they didn’t pull together a fancy new video specifically for this occasion, here’s their E3 trailer… from 2015.