Annual video games expo PAX East took place April 5-8, 2018, with State Of Decay 2
and Ion Maiden
debuting new trailers and the long-awaited Below
showing off new gameplay.
First revealed in 2013, atmospheric underground adventure Below
is approaching a 2018 release date.
PAX East, held in Boston, northeastern United States, brought with it an opportunity to see the latest from Canadian studio Capybara Games and, courtesy of IGN, a no-commentary 24-minute gameplay video shows what players can expect when they explore the Depths.
Coming to Xbox One and Windows PC, Below
has already received the Canadian Videogame Awards' Best Game Innovation accolade and, without a release date since 2016, Below
is now expected to arrive later this year.
Somewhat similarly, zombie apocalypse survival game State Of Decay
has also been around for five years, and was a big hit upon its 2013 launch.
Back then it was on Xbox 360 and Windows PC, later remastered with a new edition for Xbox One and PC, and direct sequel State Of Decay 2
promises more of the fortress-building, seat-of-the-pants survival of its predecessor, plus a very widely requested co-operative mode for up to four players.
At PAX East, game studio Undead Labs updated its horde of fans with a two-minute trailer showing the sorts of environments, outposts, survivors, vehicles, monsters and weaponry players can expect to find in State Of Decay 2
when it launches in May for Xbox One and Windows PCs.
By contrast, Ion Maiden
is relatively new on the scene – despite its nostalgic looks and retro engine.
The action-shooter takes the butt-kicking heroine from 2016's relative flop Bombshell
and makes her the star of a different style of game, received in an altogether different manner.
As well as a title that references a 1980s metal band (Brit rockers Iron Maiden), Voidpoint's breakthrough is constructed using the Build engine, a software suite well associated with publisher 3D Realms and 1990s icons Duke Nukem 3D
and Shadow Warrior
That's in keeping with Ion Maiden
and its fast-moving, carefully designed, and often quite visceral contents but, perhaps against expectations given the fate of Bombshell
, Ion Maiden
has been well-received since its late February release; Voidpoint took the PAX East opportunity to announce a new game mode, King of the Hill – except in this case, it's Queen of the Hill. Of course.
— AFP Relaxnews