Outward official artwork and logo

[Update]: The Soroboreans expansion has now arrived alongside highly positive reviews.

If you're like me and you've pretty much explored everything Outward has to offer, you'll be glad to hear that it's very first expansion - The Soroboreans - will be launching this June 16th for PC. As for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, they will be arriving slightly later - on July 7th.

The Soroboreans will bring with it a brand new enchantment system that will let you tweak your weapons, trinkets and armor sets. While no details have been given just yet, I fully expect this system to be both tricky to manage and quite expensive, as is often the case with any sort of power increase in Outward.

Northgard official artwork and logo for the map editor

Northgard is a viking themed strategy game from the makers of Evoland, and as the name itself would suggest, is all about trying to create a thriving colony in the extremely hostile and frigid north. On its own Northgard already has a fair bit of replayability given the various clans and map layouts, but if that's just not enough, I'm very happy to say that the newest update has now also brought in a Map Editor!

The newly added Map Editor allows you to create or modify maps in almost any way. You can fully mess around with the visual design and overall layout of the map, populate it with buildings and resources, paint the landscape with decorations or creatures of your choosing, as well as add and edit special tiles found throughout the world.

Satisfactory screenshot of two players overlooking their factory

[Update]: Satisfactory has now made its way to Early Access alongside mostly positive reviews.

After being exclusive to the Epic Games Store for about a year now, the open world factory-building game Satisfactory is now coming to Steam. You can expect to see it arrive this June 8th as a part of Steam's Early Access program, though the full release is still quite a few years away.

In terms of content, the current version of Satisfactory is perfectly playable and quite fun, though a bit aimless as there's no real story or end-game to dive into. So if you're looking for a carefully guided experience, you might want to stay away for a little while longer. On the other hand, if you love a good sandbox and if creating impossibly complex factories that work despite all known laws of logic sounds like a fun way to spend your time, Satisfactory might just be worth looking into.

Quantum League official artwork without logo

If you're a fan of games with highly unusual and rather innovative mechanics, you should definitely check out the newly launched Quantum League. It's essentially an arena shooter where you and your opponent are stuck in a time loop, with each new round only adding more variables to further fuel the chaos.

Once you're done with your first duel, you'll be able to re-enter the arena again as a different iteration of yourself and then either attempt to save your past self by countering whatever got them killed, or just create an entirely different battle for your opponent to contend with. It's about as wacky as it sounds, but somehow it actually works pretty well!

Poly Bridge 2 official artwork and logo

Much like its predecessor, Poly Bridge 2 has now arrived in order to show everyone exactly how hard the job of an architect truly is. Expect to see numerous bridge-related puzzles that revolve around safely guiding lunatic drivers from one end of the map to another, as well as a slow descent into madness once you realize your carefully constructed bridges are about as effective as ramshackle scrapheaps that fall apart after one use.

As for what exactly this looks like in gameplay terms, the first part anyway, that you'll find out through the recently posted launch trailer. Have a little peek:

Factorio artwork for the rocket launch

Given the current pandemic and plethora of delays that have been announced over the past few months, you might expect that the same fate would befall Factorio. However, in an interesting twist, Factorio developers have instead pushed the launch version's release date forward five weeks, to August 14th!

"The main reason to change the release date is the release of Cyberpunk 2077," reads the official update. "We think any release close to such a monumental game is going to feel some negative effects, such as everybody playing and covering Cyberpunk and taking attention away from other games. So we thought it was best to try release either before Cyberpunk or quite a while after it. Given the two choices, we opted to bring the release date forward."

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator official artwork for the new Western faction

While it has been in Early Access for quite a while now, Totally Accurate Battle Simulator is making good use of its beta status by constantly releasing a stream of solid content updates. This latest one is no different as it not only adds the gun-totting Western faction, but also new victory conditions and secrets to play around with.

When it comes to the new units, they are once again a rather diverse bunch, featuring everything from cactus cosplayers to pickaxe-wielding miners with open butt-flaps. Besides looking appropriately silly, the new units are a genuinely good addition as they offer some much needed anti-horde options, with the cactus boys being the definite standout given how long they can last in a full-blown brawl.

Cultist Simulator official artwork and logo

At first glance, Cultist Simulator is a nearly incomprehensible jumble of cards, timers and bizarre imagery. However, once you break through that initial barrier and really get immersed into things, Cultist Simulator can become a genuinely compelling little adventure filled with intrigue, eldritch monstrosities and even mundane things like worrying about your next paycheck.

So if you would like to give its flavor of madness a try without actually having to put money on the line, you'll be glad to hear that Cultist Simulator is currently having a free weekend. Simply head on over to Cultist Simulator's store page, download yourself a copy, and you'll be able to play for free for the next four days.

Desperados 3 official artwork and logo

[Update]: Desperados 3 has now arrived, and so far the reception is immensely positive!

If you're a fan of Shadow Tactics, or even the oldschool Commandos series, you should definitely keep an eye on the upcoming Desperados 3. Much like its predecessors, Desperados 3 will be a stealth-focused action game where you'll need to carefully plan out your approach, combine a variety of unique abilities in order to distract or disable enemies, and clear out entire bases filled with heavily armed baddies without anyone even suspecting a thing.

As for what exactly this looks like in action, that you'll find out through the recent and rather informative preview. Have a gander, it really is a useful video:

Wildfire official artwork and logo

If you ever got stuck in a stealth game for so long that you just wanted to set the entire level on fire and move on, you might want to take a look at the newly released Wildfire. To put it simply, it's a stealth game where you have to use elemental magic in order to create new pathways, incapacitate enemies, or just sow enough chaos that the guards end up with more pressing matters to attend to than a single mage running around.

As you might guess given the name, fire is by far the most wild and unpredictable of the elements. It will spread and consume absolutely everything in its path, including little ol' you, so do think twice before whipping out a fireball. After all, Wildfire is still a stealth game and you will need to act a bit tricksy in order to succeed, even if everything is likely to go up in flames by the end!