THE E3ODUS [E3 2019 Previews]: Harry Potter / Vampire Masquerade / Resident Evil 8.

“Sister” Sarah G

HARRY POTTER: WIZARDS UNITE (Niantic/PortKey Games/WBIE – Android/iOS – 2019) – Are you a hardcore Potterhead who looks at all their friends sharing Pokemon Go trainer requests and wished that there was a similar game that would let them catch Thestrals?

Wait no more, Muggles!

Wizards Unite is a Potter version of Pokemon Go, where your GPS and actual location and phone camera are used to help you track and capture fantastic beasts and locate portkeys that will bring you into 360 augmented reality versions of famous Wizarding World sites. The game is currently beta testing in Australia and will be released later this year.

VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE – BLOODLINES 2 (Hardsuit Labs/Paradox Interactive – PS4/X1/PC – Q1 2020) – The Masquerade is back– bigger, badder, and darker than the original. An RPG game that plays off of the old pen & paper/real world games, this sequel to Bloodlines moves the action from Los Angeles to Seattle. Players start as a factionless vamp and choose a family and a faction and fight for power and control over the city. Its narrative-driven play and multiple options encourage repeat game play and multiple side quests increase overall gameplay time.

Unlike in a traditional, physical RPG, you can’t choose or design your character but you can choose your human occupation, which will have an influence on how others react to you throughout gameplay. Bloodlines 2 currently has five playable clans: the Brujah, Tremere, Toreador, Ventrue, and Malkavian, and every player starts off as a Thinblood. Initial powers are limited but will increase as you develop your character and join a clan; additional clans and powers will be added after the initial game release.

RESIDENT EVIL 8 (Capcom – PS5/Xbox Scarlett – Q1 2021???) – What do we know? There is going to be a new game released for the next generation of consoles. What else do we know? Basically nothing. Will you still be playing in first person perspective, like you did in Biohazard? No clue. When will it come out? No clue. Will RE8 continue RE7’s survival horror vibe? Probably, but really, no clue. Where will it be set? Haven’t the faintest…

Shinji Mikami, the creators of the original Resident Evil, has expressed interest in coming back to the series. Is he actually involved? No clue. To sum it up: there will be a new Resident Evil game, probably sometime after Fall 2020. But beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess.

-Sarah Obloy

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