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    May is rich not only in holidays, but also in interesting sequels and new releases. The Izvestia selection contains the most anticipated and curious gaming news of the month.

    Darkest Dungeon II

    When: out now Platforms: PC Genre: roguelike

    The gloomy “bagel” Darkest Dungeon (“Darkest Dungeon”) with stylish comic graphics in the spirit of Mike Mignola’s works has got a sequel. And it’s finally out of early access on Steam.

    The new DD will appeal to fans of the original, it retains both the atmosphere and the main gameplay mechanics. There were also some innovations: now the heroes explore the world on a stagecoach, and the familiar shelter in which the characters could be regrouped and patched up is no more. The development of the characters has become even better. Each mercenary has a set of skills with positive and negative effects, character traits, skill development branches. During the battles, the heroes build relationships with each other, and this directly affects the style of play and the passage.

    The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

    When: out now Platforms: Nintendo Switch Genre: adventure, sandbox

    Another sequel that thousands of players have been eagerly waiting for. And, judging by the first estimates, Tears of the Kingdom can safely claim the title of “Game of the Year”. Gamers expect everything that was so good part of the series – Breath of the Wild: a huge world to explore, a developed combat system, an exciting, albeit classic plot for The Legend of Zelda games – the kingdom of Hyrule is again in danger. The crafting system has been upgraded – Link can create weapons from items collected around the world, in addition, vehicles have been improved. The already huge space for adventure has also expanded thanks to a new plane – flying islands.

    The Outlast Trials

    Photo: Red Barrels

    When: May 18 Platforms: PC Genre: cooperative horror

    The Outlast mini-series is considered solid among the host of horror games on Steam. The first game was about a creepy secluded mental hospital, in the second the hero investigated the murder of a pregnant woman among the scenery in the spirit of the movie “Children of the Corn”. The creator studio Red Barrels was haunted by the fame of the horror co-op Dead by Deadlight, so they decided to make their own project based on their own developments.

    The plot of the online thriller echoes the first The Outlast – inhuman experiments are being carried out on the patients-captives of the psychiatric hospital. Unlike Dead by Deadlight, you can’t play as evil maniacs and aggressive psychos, but you can customize your prison cell. The Outlast Trials is out in Early Access.

    Amnesia: The Bunker

    When: May 23rd Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S. Genre: first person horror

    A newcomer to the list of excellent horror games from the developers of Frictional Games. The action of the new part of “Amnesia” will unfold during the First World War. You will play as a soldier hiding in a mysterious abandoned bunker. The story is not meant to be completely linear. The bunker can be explored at will, as well as realistically interact with objects and, for example, blow them up. Unlike the previous parts, the hero will be given a weapon in his hands, but it will not save him from all the monsters. Hide and seek in the dark will remain the main gameplay feature.

    The Lord of the Rings: Gollum

    When: May 25 Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S Genre: stealth, adventure

    Daedalic Studio is known mainly for its quests (one Deponia is worth something). The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is the first full-fledged adventure game of developers and immediately on the original theme. It will allow you to try on the role of the famous Gollum, the negative hero of the Lord of the Rings book trilogy.

    Age of Wonders 4

    When: Already out Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S Genre: Strategy

    Today it is difficult to surprise anyone with a global strategy in a fantasy setting, there have been many good projects in recent years. The third part of Age of Wonders could still boast of absolute innovation, but the new episode has to fight to stand out from the competition. Despite the inevitable comparisons, Age of Wonders 4 turned out to be of high quality and worth spending time on it: you should not expect incredible revelations, but the game offers a huge amount, variety of content and competent work on other people’s mistakes in the genre.

    Firmament

    When: May 18 Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, VR Genre: Quest

    The classic Myst quest series is well known to anyone interested in this genre. In 2019, its creators began raising funds on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform to release a new game. It’s predicted to be a modern steampunk adventure that harkens back to the Myst tradition. Players will have to help the main character explore several different worlds and find the mysterious gate behind which ancient knowledge is hidden. He will be assisted by an automaton partner.

    Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun

    Photo: Focus Entertainment

    When: May 23rd Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch Genre: retro shooter

    Warhammer 40,000 is a hugely popular tactical board game that tells the story of thousands of years of space warfare between the Imperium of humans and other races. As part of the franchise, books and video games of various genres are released. The appearance of Boltgun was very logical – the vintage style of the so-called boomer shooter is the best fit for a world in which the war never stops. The plot of Boltgun is extremely simple: a space marine cleans the planet from the hordes of Chaos. Fans of the Doom series are strongly recommended to play.

    Above Snakes

    When: May 25th Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch Genre: survival sim, sandbox

    A bright isometric simulator of the explorer of the Wild West. The creators promise a large-scale sandbox where you can do crafts, farming, hunting and, of course, build yourself a shelter in order to stay alive and prevent wild animals from feasting on the bones of the protagonist.

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