You may know the name Nacon more from the accessories sector such as game controllers, but since an organizational change, Nacon has been the name of the publisher, formerly known as Bigben Interactive, whose successful peripheral business has been merged with the game publishing company.
This is a publisher that will try to make a name for itself where, in recent years, it may have struggled to put together a number of games that would warrant a special annual storefront.
Today they hosted their first digital “Nacon Connect” event and presented their lineup of upcoming games. You can watch the entire stream on Nacon’s YouTube page. Here you will find a summary of the most important news from the event.
Vampire: the masquerade – swan song
Not to be confused with Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2, this is a narrative RPG based on the same original tabletop RPG. Here you play as three different vampires with unique background stories and skills while exploring a narrative from three different perspectives.
We saw a polished-looking cinematic cutscene and heard that the game will be released sometime in 2021.
RaceWard is a new studio under the banner of Nacon, which is made up of many different developers who have experience in developing motorcycle games and also ride motorcycles in real life. With this game they want to offer a highly authentic simulation of real bike races and at the same time try to make them accessible to new players.
There are extensive options for customizing your bike and upgrading individual components.
The game is scheduled to be released in summer 2021.
Next up is a new title from developer Cyanide
Inspired by witch trials in the 17th century in New England. You play as the devil and assemble a team of evil characters to take revenge on your enemies. Obviously a pretty dark topic, and they say the visuals go for Gothic horror and are inspired by Tim Burton’s work.
It is structured like a roguelike, with permadeath and a high degree of randomization with every pass through the game. The battle takes the form of classic turn-based role-playing games, in which you and several teammates compete against enemy teams.
This is the new title from Spiders, whose last game GreedFall was a huge success. With Steelrising, they tend to be more direct action than in previous games. This is a steampunk game set in Paris during the reign of Louis XIV. There’s also a big focus on exploration and side quests. You play as a machine and try to defeat an oppressive ruling class.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse: Earth Blood
Cyanide’s second game from Nacon Connect is in the best possible way a goofy looking werewolf game. We didn’t hear much about details, but they let the action speak. You play as a werewolf and can tear people apart and smash things. Looks interesting to me. Earth blood is expected to appear on February 4, 2021.
Test drive: Unlimited: Solar Crown
The long awaited return from Test Drive, now headed by KT Racing. The physics engine is based on her work with the WRC racing series. Regarding licensed cars, they have already confirmed that they will have Ferrari, Lamborghini and Bugatti cars in the game, as well as extensive customization options for their character and costume.
The game world will revolve around a single island, with all sorts of nooks and crannies to explore. They say if you can see anywhere you can go there.
There is no release date yet, but they will release more details soon.
This is a deck building game from Abrakam Studio with artisanal and villainous elements. This takes place in the same world as the previous game, Faeria, and many of the character classes are based on those found in Faeria. You partnered with Richard Garfield, the inventor of Magic: The Gathering, to design this game, which will work as a co-designer.
Other minor announcements include news that they have partnered with Microsoft to release licensed accessories for the upcoming Xbox Series X, they have a number of old games that are currently reduced to Steam, and a few minor updates for those already released or games coming soon, but overall I think it was a wide selection of interesting games from a variety of different genres. Let us know in the comment section below which of these games you are interested in and which ones you would like to see more of.