EGX Rezzed usually takes place in either March or April each year. Thousands of gamers hit the rooms at the Tobacco Dock in London to play video games all weekend and talk to their creators on the show floor, as well as attend developer sessions, get careers advice and have their portfolios reviewed.
Sadly though, the organisers announced that the event scheduled for 26-28 March 2020 would be postponed. CORVID-19 is having a huge impact on the world and with just under 2,000 confirmed cases in the UK at the time of writing, everyone is understandably concerned. As stated on the website: “Maintaining social distancing is neither feasible at, nor in the spirit of, the interactive and community nature of Rezzed. It is the community that makes Rezzed so special and it is our duty to make sure that your safety comes first.”
I’m glad this is the outcome. My other-half and I had been in two minds about attending following our decision to not go to March’s London Gaming Market, and it’s good to hear that the organisers are looking out for their customers’ safety. Despite realising last year that over 45% of the titles on display had been at previous events or were already available to purchase, I’m still a little disappointed about not being able to go this month; so I’ve been thinking about the games I’d have checked out if everything was well and the show had gone ahead.
Dark Nights with Poe and Munro
I love full-motion video (FMV) games despite their quirks and have played all the releases by D’Avekki Studios in recent years. I loved the radio show featured throughout The Shapeshifting Detective – and now hosts Poe and Munroe are back with their own title! Players guide them through six supernatural mysteries including a talking painting that grants wishes, a nightmare stalker who won’t let go and a hilted ghost who’s looking for everlasting closure. Will you be able to keep the duo together, and alive?
The first teaser trailer for Faraday Protocol reveals barely anything and so it’s hard to know what this one has in store for us. Now that information has been removed from the EGX Rezzed website in light of its postponement, I’ve been able to find very few details online at all. Here’s the best I can come up with: “A 3D first-person story-driven puzzle game with a vintage sci-fi flavour, which combines a futuristic set up with the most classic science fiction elements.” Alright, Red Koi Box: consider me intrigued.
Given that mørkredd means ‘afraid of the dark’ in Norwegian, it’s obvious who the enemy is going to be in this atmospheric puzzle-platformer. Your goal is to ferry a large glowing orb of light through a pitch-black where stepping into the shadows will instantly kill you. You don’t have to go it alone however because there’s the option to bring a friend along for the ride, but this won’t make it any easier judging from the trailer: getting the ball to stay on the right path looks like it’s going to be pretty tricky.
No Longer Home
Before going to Rezzed I would have made a point of playing Friary Road, the short prequel to Humble Grove’s No Longer Home. This point-and-click tells the story of two university graduates who are preparing to move out of their shared apartment and are disillusioned by their time in the UK. One is getting ready to move back to Japan, leaving the other and their friends behind… but something strange is growing deep under their South London flat. There are some surreal elements to the trailer so I’m looking forward to finding out what they’re all about.
Shadows of Doubt
The Rezzed event in 2018 may have been overrun with detective games, but I love them so I’m not complaining that ColePowered Games are making another. Shadows of Doubt is set an in alternate 1980s where the government outsources police work to private corporations and contractors. You’re a private intelligence investigator who makes money by selling information, and you’ll need to break into apartments, rifle through secret documents and hack security systems in order to capture a serial killer.
Those Who Remain
I can’t remember how I initially came across Those Who Remain by Camel 101 but it’s one I’ve had my eye on for a while. A dark night and a few whiskeys see Edwards get into his car to drive to a destination and end his secret affair, but little does he know what’s in store for him. The town has been warped by the darkness and the deeds of the people who live there and he’ll need to travel between worlds to discover what happened. The trailer looks really creepy: I think this is going to be one I get my other-half to play while I watch from behind my hands.
Were you planning on going to EGX Rezzed this year? If so, which games were you looking forward to? Hopefully I’ll see you there at some point this summer once the new dates have been announced.
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