Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Men of Medan has a release date!

We at HQ are really looking forward to play Men of Medan. Today the release date for this game is announced: August 30 2019!

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe and Supermassive Games confirm that the first part in The Dark Pictures Anthology, Man of Medan, will be available on August 30, 2019 for PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC Digital.

Man of Medan is available as a pre-order from today via participating stores. Players who pre-order the game get exclusive Day 1 access to the Curator’s Cut - an alternative path from a new perspective.

Once players have finished the game, they will end up in the Curator’s Cut (which will later be available for free to all players), with the following options:

  • A new perspective with alternative characters in previously played scenes
  • New decisions and choices within each scene that change the story in different ways
  • New scenes and secrets that were not available in the original game session

“What makes the Curator’s Cut unique compared to the traditional Director’s Cut is that it offers the player new ways to directly influence the story and outcomes. Players see events and relationships from the perspective of previously unavailable characters and can now change these events and relationships, ”said Pete Samuels, Executive Producer, The Dark Pictures Anthology, Supermassive Games.
"It adds a completely new layer to how the player understands and deals with the story in a way that has never been shown before, and we are delighted that players can experience it."

Monday, May 20, 2019

Night Call: Find the killer before it’s too late!

A very exciting and dark game is coming our way. Monkey Moon & BlackMuffin Studio developed this game and it's published by Raw Fury. Night Call puts you in the seat of a taxi driver. You meet new people every night as they ride in the back of your cab.

You need to earn enough to pay the bills of course, but with a killer on the loose it's best to get those strangers talk fast! Someone must know something that can help, right? Listen to them carefully, maybe even the murderer will slip up… Will you sacrifice your income in your desperate search for the killer or forsake information to make ends meet? Choose quickly – time is running out.

Can you uncover the identity of the killer? A guilty suspect in one play-through may be completely innocent in the next. Night Call is a non-linear narrative game that has over 70 characters. Each time you start a new game, about a third of these will enter your cab. Maybe one of them is the killer?

For more info, please check the official website.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Accidental Queens’ audio-based narrative mystery Alt-Frequencies launches today!

From the creators of the indie hit 'A Normal Lost Phone' and co-produced by ARTE (Bury me, my Love) comes an intriguing new mystery with entirely unique gameplay mechanics

Lauded development studio Accidental Queens (A Normal Lost Phone), co-producer ARTE (Bury me, my Love) and publisher Plug In Digital confirmed that their narrative-driven, audio-based mystery game lands on PC and mobile today. 
The studio has also released a brand new launch trailer to celebrate the game’s arrival, which you can watch here.

Alt-Frequencies tasks players with unravelling a mystery taking place between multiple radio stations among a disparate group of people, intersecting where interactive investigation meets podcasting. Record, rewind time and broadcast snippets of radio shows to find out the truth about the time loop, a conspiracy and the biggest vote in history.

Alt-Frequencies supports Visually Impaired players and Blind gamers with inclusion of players of various disabilities being a cornerstone of the game design. In Alt-Frequencies players will solve a series of puzzles to progress in their investigation. A radio/audio format is used as the game’s key mechanic, delivering an innovative and original method of non-linear storytelling which has become the signature calling card of acclaimed development studio Accidental Queens.

Players will get an intimate look into the lives of radio hosts, conspiracy theorists, students, politicians, underground activists, train station managers and even a dog as they manipulate and redistribute information between them and impact their lives in various ways.

The official soundtrack for the game is available to preorder, and you can listen to already released tracks on Bandcamp.

Keep tabs on Accidental Queens and Alt-Frequencies at the official website, and on social media Twitter and Facebook.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The story continues: Life is Strange 2, episode 3!

You know what I did last weekend? Well, I played episode 3 of Life is Strange 2 of course! And boy oh boy, what a wild ride it was.

It's been a while since the second episode, so Sean is kind enough to summarize what happened up till now and like in the second episode, the metaphorical wolf story is used for this purpose. The story about brothers Sean and Daniel continues and in this episode they are part of the camp of a couple of youngsters, who are living in the forest. The bond between Daniel and Sean will again be tested,
especially because there is drugs and alcohol involved. Speaking of drugs, I can now honestly say that I learned how to harvest marijuana plants. I also did some knife throwing and if you play it well, you can get Sean a new haircut!

I can't tell you much without spoiling anything, but I can tell you that you will definitely want to play this one. This is an episode that really makes a significant difference between your options. And for  the first time I was asking myself if I shouldn't play the episode again and change my actions. (for some reason, I like to stick with my decisions to see what happens and have another full playthrough some time later, and make different choices)

Life is Strange 2: Episode 3 - Wastelands is definitely one for the books! So, now my waiting continues, because episode 4 is set to be released on the 22nd of August and the fifth one on the 3rd of December of 2019.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Binga, benga, beta Time: Fromto!

Last year Ferry and I (Diana) visited Indigo, THE indie gaming festival of the Netherlands! We came across a very nice stand and met the awesome people of Studio Erikson with their upcoming game Fromto.

Now Ferry, played the game during this event and ever since he can't stop talking about how cool this game is. Luckily, between May 2 and 9 the open beta on Steam took place and together with Ferry I had the opportunity to play this awesome game!

The charm of this game is definitely the artwork created by the 2 and 5 year old children of developer Erik Habets. Everything looks childish, but don't be mistaken. This game is not easy to complete. Players control a car and have to try to complete a race track, which involves not only driving, but also jumping and flipping.

Every level is designed in a way, so you can't complete the track the first time. After every player gave it a try, it's building time. Every player get;s the opportunity to build certain items. You can either work together, or trying to make things more difficult for the other players!

Fromto is scheduled for 2019 on PC and Nintendo Switch. For more info, please visit the official website.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

New State of Play airs on 9th May!

The next episode of PlayStation's State of Play will return for a new episode next Thursday, 9th May at 11.00pm BST/midnight CEST.

We already know that there will be no news about the next-generation plans, but we might hear about the Medieval Remake. Here at's HQ we also hope for news about The Last of Us 2, Ghost of Tsushima and Death Stranding. Just to name a few ;) You can watch live on Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.

Missed the first State of Play episode? No problem, just check it out here:

Monday, May 06, 2019

The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr Tabletop RPG Scenario Available Now!

Dive into the world of Elsweyr, the newest The Elder Scrolls Online expansion, in a different way, by playing it as a tabletop RPG! Experienced Dungeon Master and story writer Karrym Herbar joined forces with Bethesda Benelux and ZeniMax Online Studios to create an original tabletop RPG scenario, set in the timeline and universe of The Elder Scrolls Online.

Without spoiling too much; the story takes a maximum of six players to the vast desert, on the border between Cyrodiil and Elsweyr. They are brought together to accompany a caravan with highly valued cargo, under the leadership of the Khajiit Kah’reem. Of course, this escort mission will encounter some expected obstacles, but also a few BIG surprises.

This tabletop RPG storyline can be played with most known rule systems and should take around two to three hours of paper-based adventuring. Together with the full scenario comes six original ESO character sheets, including a Khajiit Dragonknight and an Imperial Necromancer.

You can obtain the full story line and six character sheets for free via this download link. Happy hunting!