[Games Around the Corner] Week 40, 2020 – The Forgotten Realms Beckon
This week sees the release of the latest entry in the Baldur’s Gate RPG series. There are also some racing games, a spin-off of The Escapists, and FIFA 21.
Baldur’s Gate 3
Made by Divinity: Original Sin 2’s Larian Studios, Baldur’s Gate 3 will bring players back to the Forgotten Realms setting of Dungeons and Dragons. The CRPG promises freedom in exploration and interaction, and will let players play alone with AI companions or with up to three other players. Players will have various D&D races and classes to choose from, and will have the choice to play as an “origin character with a hand-crafted background” as well. The turn-based combat will be based on 5th edition D&D, and players will also be able to activate turn-based mode at any point in the game. Baldur’s Gate 3 will be released as an Early Access title on PC and Stadia on 6 October.
Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix
Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix features 30 characters, ranging from Aang and Patrick to Tommy and Danny Phantom, as racers, and another 70+ more as team members. Over 28 “slime-filled” tracks and 80 kart upgrades are in the game, and players can play with others via local and online multiplayer. The game will be playable on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Switch, and PS4 on 6 October.
Ride 4 is a motorcycle racing game that promises hundreds of officially licensed and customizable bikes and dozens of detailed tracks, plus a “fully dynamic” weather conditions system and complete day/night cycle. It also features a neural AI called A.N.N.A. (Artificial Neural Network Agent), which is based on machines learning. Players can experience a “dynamic adventure” that will take them through regional events and professional leagues, or race online in multiplayer. The game will be released on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on 8 October.
The latest game in the FIFA series, FIFA 21 will have over 700 teams, more than 90 stadiums, and over 30 leagues. Street football-centric Volta Football is back, and there will also be FIFA Ultimate Team (now playable in co-op), Career Mode, and House Rules. The game will be out on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on 9 October.
A spin-off of prison break game The Escapists, The Survivalists will have players attempt to survive on a procedurally generated island with up to three other players. Aside from harvesting resources and getting monkeys to help out with construction or even combat, players can hunt for loot in temples. The game will be released on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch on 9 October.