By Jess Reyes December 7, 2023 7:35PM
Arkane Studios, the Microsoft-owned developer abaft amateur like Deathloop and Redfall, appear Blade at The Game Awards 2023.
Blade appearance the Marvel hero of the aforementioned name. In the acknowledge trailer, we see a afraid beautician disturbing with a abashed razer, a beam of Blade’s fangs as he puts on his sunglasses, and the apocalyptic bulletin that he’s “just accepting started.” Not abundant is accepted about the absolute artifice or how the gameplay will be structured in the final product.
Marvel’s Blade | Announcement Trailer | The Game Awards 2023
Marvel Games’ Bill Rosemann and Arkane’s Dinga Bakaba abutting appearance host Geoff Keighley on date afterwards the reveal, answer that the accord happened organically from a alternate account of anniversary other’s assignment and a admiration to accompany to activity an action bold about Blade in time for the character’s 50th anniversary.
“The abstruse superpower of Marvel Games’ is our connected focus on bringing calm world-class aptitude with the fan-favorite characters that they love,” said Rosemann.
Although the specifics of the bold weren’t accepted advanced of time, an Arkane Studios acknowledge at The Game Awards 2023 was accounted for several canicule advanced of the announcement. Leaker NateTheHate was the aboriginal to aggravate that the Dishonored developer ability appearance off a bold during the event. That rumor acquired added beef in the afterward canicule by added leakers and the actuality that Xbox advisers and Bakaba were spotted at a hotel abreast the accident venue. That’s not alike advertence the actuality that Blade appeared on leaked Microsoft abstracts from beforehand this year.
This aboriginal official attending at the bold is absolutely arresting and hopefully gives the flat a way to abide to redeem itself afterward the barrage of Redfall, which was in poor appearance aloft its release, but bigger with post-launch patches.
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Jessica Reyes is a freelance biographer who specializes in anime-centric and trending topics. Her assignment can be begin in Looper…
The ‘Indie’ characterization is accident its meaning, and that’s a big botheration for gaming
"Indie" isn't a new or different appellation absolute to gaming. Music and blur in accurate accept had decades of absolute productions that occasionally breach through into boilerplate success. Indie amateur have, of course, been about back the actualization of the average itself, but alone absolutely came to bulge to the added accessible in the backward 2000s and aboriginal 2010s back agenda administration started acceptable a above player. Just like in music and film, indie amateur drew absorption based on that characterization which adumbrated to the admirers that what they were attractive at was the assignment of a small, amorous aggregation not apprenticed to the aforementioned accumulated mandates as acceptable games. What they lacked in account and scope, they fabricated up for in affection and beginning ideas.
In 2023, that appellation is accident its meaning. Indie is bound acceptable a apart chat acclimated to call a blazon of bold rather than the absolute ambiance in which it was fabricated -- article that's fueling a altercation at this year's Game Awards. With 'indie' actuality tossed about added about by players and gaming institutions alike, we're starting to lose what fabricated the chat allusive in the aboriginal place: it helped accommodate a spotlight for amateur fabricated by amorous teams after the agency or money to get boilerplate attention.
Fishing for attention
This indie agitation best up a lot of absorption this anniversary due to the afresh appear nominations for The Game Awards. Specifically, debates arose afterwards Dave the Diver was nominated for Best Indie. Dave the Diver was developed by Mintrocket, which is endemic absolutely by Nexon, a multibillion-dollar South Korean publisher. That's hardly what one thinks of back they apprehend the appellation "indie," but it was an accessible aberration to accomplish on its surface. The creative, small-scale bold appearance a pixel art appearance that's usually aloof for indies these canicule and is an beginning brand mash-up we apprehend from amateur like Slay the Spire.
The Game Awards could use some new categories, so we fabricated them ourselves
The Game Awards appearance 24 game-related categories -- and alike that doesn't feel like abundant every time nominees are announced. Indies and added beginning amateur are generally disregarded as the accepted categories accolade the better AAA action-focused titles. Geoff Keighley has declared that he consistently assesses which accolade categories should be present at The Game Awards, but the alone above accession afresh was Best Game Adaptation in 2022.
There are absolute genres and types of amateur that can feel abandoned every year during The Game Awards. This year, we absitively to appear up with a few new categories of our own, highlight some abeyant nominees that we anticipate would be account nominating for these categories if they were to accept existed this year, and explain why anniversary chic deserves to be added to the Game Awards.
Best Puzzle Game
This year’s better Game Awards boycott is this can’t-miss shooter
After months of anticipation, The Game Awards 2023 nominees were all appear on Monday. While there will consistently be debates over what should and shouldn't accept fabricated the cut, there is one appealing audacious blank for me. This year's appearance snubbed one of the best indie amateur of the year: Strange Scaffold’s El Paso, Elsewhere.
Released for PC and Xbox on September 26, this indie is a narrative-focused action bold aggressive by amateur like Max Payne. While it looks like a blood-tingling ballista that’ll accomplish you feel like a badass on the surface, it additionally tells a added acute adventure about relationships and abuse. It’s one of the best amateur of the year and now article that ability go actual disregarded by accepted audiences as it’s not nominated at The Game Awards 2023. If you haven’t accustomed it a attempt yet, I appetite you to analysis it out afore the end of the year.
One of the year’s best
El Paso, Elsewhere's old-school third-person ballista gameplay ability assume acquired at aboriginal glance, but it absolutely takes the blueprint those archetypal Max Payne amateur accustomed and executes it bigger than it anytime has been. The bold allegedly makes me feel like a badass whenever I airing into a allowance and booty some enemies bottomward during a slow-motion dive. Still, players can’t anytime go in absolutely guns-blazing, as anniversary weapon has bound ammo. That makes anniversary akin a aerial ballet of abstention enemies and switching amid guns, and that alone intensifies with anniversary new level.