We feel a bit like a progressive rock act with a title like this, but hey, if there’s one groundbreaking creative force it must be our local video game developers. As promised, here’s your second batch of #BelgianGamesIndustry achievements for the week.
You know what’s up when the founding father of Belgian video games Swen Vincke puts on
his robe and wizard hat knight’s armour: it’s Panel From Hell time. With Patch 6, Larian Studios added loads of content to the Early Access version of Baldur’s Gate 3.
Highlights of the update include the new Sorcerer class, a massive graphical upgrade, and the hellish region of Grymforge. Plenty of reason to dive back into the adventure if you haven’t gathered your party for a while.
There’s big things in the works on the other side of the country as well. THQ Nordic and Appeal Studios have announced a sequel to 1999 Belgian cult classic Outcast. Outcast 2 – A New Beginning will see the return of hero Cutter Slade in an open world action-adventure built for pc and next gen consoles, and should release somewhere next year.
Another interesting announcement was Warhammer 40,000: Shootas, Blood & Teef that’s currently in development at our member Rogueside. It looks like the proven Guns, Gore & Cannoli formula spiced up with some Warhammer 40K and it looks delicious. Also hitting next year.
It’s never easy to delay a game but I-Illusions did it with such cool that it’s an achievement in and on itself. With Shredders sliding to February and both Outcast 2 and Baldur’s Gate 3 (presumably) hitting next year, 2022 could become the biggest year for Belgian video games by far.
That’s not to say there aren’t good things happening right now. Oisoi succesfully completed a Kickstarter campaign to realise the full online multiplayer potential of their virtual reality painting experience with Painting VR World.
Meanwhile, Kickstarter craze of 2021 Dungeon Alchemist has entered closed beta. It it really closed though when over 20.000 Kickstarter backers get access to the AI-driven map-making tool? Anyway, the team have been hard at work to add features and assets, and there’s a roadmap where you can follow the broad strokes of development.
It’s really cool to see the gradual expansion of cozy puzzle video game Sizeable. Developer Business Goose Studios, Belgian Game Award winners for Best Debut Game, have added free levels themed around monuments, fairy tales, and holidays, the one even more clever and beautiful than the other. No wonder it’s part of the Pleasing to the Eyes bundle on Steam.
So, is there still something on the cards for 2021? Maybe? The latest trailer for like Charlie’s Ghost on the Shore makes us pine in woe that we still don’t have an official release date. The team has plenty to be confident about as well, as one of their voice actors Stephane Cornicard won Best Male Performane at the latest OneVoiceAwards for his performance of the old sailer Scruff.
That’s it for now! It looks like we’ll have another tough winter ahead of us, so we hope these retrospectives of what we have achieved in our little country will provide both courage and inspiration to power through. Good luck and stay safe, everone!