Rain World: Downpour official artwork

In an announcement that I must admit comes as quite a shock given that Rain World launched five years ago, the Videocult team has just revealed a brand new expansion! Rain World: Downpour will bring with it ten expansive new regions to explore with "thousands of new maps", five additional characters with their own unique abilities and skillsets, as well as a tricky Challenge Mode that will push you to the limit in a variety of pre-constructed scenarios and arenas.

The good news doesn't end there, however, as Downpour will also bring with it a bunch of quality-of-life improvements and additions to the base version of Rain World. You can expect to see a new map system, a highly useful collectibles tracker, alternate routing options, tutorialized hints, and the list goes on.

Nightmare Reaper official artwork and logo

After spending a couple of years in Steam Early Access, the roguelite 'boomer shooter' Nightmare Reaper has now been unleashed in full. As you might imagine from that brief description alone, Nightmare Reaper is all about using excessive violence to blast apart hordes upon hordes of enemies, scouring the levels for precious loot and secrets, and then marching onto further conquests armed with a variety of new weapons and enhancements.

Since words alone aren't exactly the best at describing frantic FPS games, allow me to also share with you the launch trailer. It should clue you in quite quickly on just what Nightmare Reaper is trying to do. Have a look:

Marauders official key art without logo

Seemingly inspired by games like Escape from Tarkov, the upcoming Marauders is a tactical first-person shooter set in an alternate history version of the early 1990s where World War 1 had not only never ended, but somehow also spread to the stars. As for the actual gameplay, Marauders is all about exploring hostile ships and wrecks, looting anything that isn't nailed down particularly well, and then escaping before other players or teams can mess with you or your haul.

You can get a bit of a sneak peek at what all of this looks like in action through the freshly posted trailer. Have a gander:

Songs of Conquest screenshot of a HOMAM 3 looking world

[Update]: Songs of Conquest has now arrived, and so far it's looking quite solid!

These past few weeks have been pretty good for fans of the classic Might and Magic games! Not only has Ubisoft announced they have a Might & Magic AAA project in development, but the heavily Heroes of Might and Magic inspired Songs of Conquest has now also been pinned for a May 10th, 2022 Steam Early Access launch.

As you might imagine given its inspiration, Songs of Conquest is a turn-based strategy that's all about exploring a giant map in search of treasure and resources, upgrading your home base in order to unlock new units and abilities, and then using said armies to engage in large-scale battles against your opponents. It's pretty much Heroes of Might and Magic 3 at its core, just with a couple of fun little twists to spice things up.

Lone Fungus screenshot of the character jumping around

The upcoming Lone Fungus is a colorful Metroidvania action-adventure starring a surprisingly acrobatic mushroom on a mission to save the world. While the choice of protagonist is certainly a bit odd, the actual gameplay should be quite familiar as it's all about exploring a huge and interconnected world, unlocking new abilities and items that let you fight more effectively or venture into previously inaccessible areas, and naturally, beating up hordes of cutesy enemies along the way.

Since a Metroidvania game lives and dies by the quality of its gameplay, allow me to share with you one of the recent trailers. It should give you a pretty good idea of just what Lone Fungus is all about. Have a peek:

The Planet Crafter official artwork and logo

As the name might suggest, The Planet Crafter is a large-scale survival game that will task you with terraforming an entire planet on your own! In order to do so you'll need to gather resources and craft advanced tools, build complex machines to create a breathable atmosphere and drinkable water, deal with all sorts of natural disasters like meteor showers, and ideally manage all of that without starving to death on a hostile planet.

If you're curious what all of this looks like in action, as well as how much you can truly change the planet itself, you'll find your answers in the brief trailer below. Have a peek:

Sons of the Forest skull club screenshot

If you were looking forward to chopping down trees and mutant cannibals in equal measure once Sons of the Forest arrives this May 20th, you might want to start making other plans. According to the freshly posted developer update, the sequel to the 2018 survival-horror The Forest has now been pushed back a couple of months.

"Over these past few weeks, we have realized that our May 2022 release date for Sons Of The Forest was overly ambitious," explains the brief announcement. "To be able to deliver our vision of the next step in survival games, we’ve decided to move our release date to October 2022."

Freedom Planet 2 official artwork and logo

Freedom Planet 2 was originally supposed to release at some point in 2018, but sadly it ran into quite a few hiccups during development and so it had to be delayed time and time and time again. Many years have gone by since then, but I'm happy to say that the long wait will soon be over as Freedom Planet 2 has finally received an actual release date - September 13th, 2022!

"We have previously stated that we would have a spring release date - however, we had to push this back due to a few unforeseen circumstances," explains the brief update. "We are eager to launch on multiple platforms at the same time alongside the PC version, and these additional ports will need more time to go through testing and certification than we anticipated."

The Iron Oath official artwork with the logo

[Update]: My review for The Iron Oath is now out, and in short it's a promising turn-based strategy, though still quite rough around the edges.

As is tradition for the genre, the upcoming The Iron Oath is all about building up your team, exploring the world in search of treasure and secrets, and naturally, resolving most of your disagreements through good ol' fashioned turn-based combat. However, instead of having just one team you need to take care of, The Iron Oath will task you with managing and financing an entire mercenary guild through the ages!

As time goes by your mercenaries will age, retire or simply become incapacitated, so sticking to just one winning strategy won't get you very far. Instead you'll need to cultivate a diverse roster of mercenaries, foster political relationships with the factions you believe most likely to stand the test of time, and ideally pick and choose contracts that won't make you the least popular person around.

Turbo Overkill screenshot of the chainsaw leg in action

[Update]: Turbo Overkill has now arrived, and as I've detailed in my review, the chainsaw leg isn't even the best bit!

I hope you're not tired of the recent resurgence of retro FPS games, because there is a brand new one coming in the near future - Turbo Overkill. As befitting its name, Turbo Overkill is a fast-paced and cyberpunk themed FPS where your character is apparently so unhinged he has straight up replaced one of his legs with a chainsaw!

What this nonsense looks like in actual gameplay, as well as what sort of 'boomer shooter' Turbo Overkill even is, that you can find out through the freshly posted trailer. Have a peek: