Publisher Bigben have released a video and press release showcasing the big games they’ll be publishing this year, including the previously unannounced Blood Bowl III and another titles based on the Vampire: The Masquerade licence.
Bigben mean to focus on four genres for this year’s releases: Racing, Sport, Simulation, and Action & Adventure.
For the Racing pillar, this year will see the latest edition of the WRC franchise, WRC 8, as well as two new titles: Overpass, a game where players navigate and race across technically challenging off-road courses with buggies and quads; and FIA European Truck Racing Championship, which provides a unique simulation experience at the wheel of a 5-tonne racing truck.
For the Sport pillar, there’s Spike Volleyball, which was released in February. Tour de France and Pro Cycling Manager join the Bigben portfolio following the acquisition of Cyanide. Rugby by EKO marks the return of the simulation that all rugby fans have been eagerly anticipating. On the courts of Tennis World Tour – Roland Garros Edition, gamers can play as Nadal on the legendary Parisian clay courts.
in Simulation games, the critically acclaimed fishing game The Fisherman – Fishing Planet is releasing as a premium version on console; Farmer’s Dynasty is the perfect combination of a farm simulator and life simulator; and Bee Simulator, the game allows players to change their perspective and explore the world through the eyes of a bee.
The Action & Adventure titles include some of Bigben’s most ambitious projects of 2019. Warhammer: Chaosbane (EKO) is a prime example. Releasing on June 4th, players will join the Great War against Chaos and explore the Warhammer Fantasy Battles universe.
In The Sinking City, developed by Frogwares and inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, gamers play as Charles Reed, a private detective who arrives in Oakmont, Massachusetts to investigate the origin of an unprecedented and supernatural flood. Paranoia: Happiness is Mandatory (Black Shamrock/Cyanide), inspired by the cult role-playing game Paranoia, is an RPG with original mechanics and quirky humour set in a dystopian world. Other major projects such as Werewolf: The Apocalypse – EarthBlood complete their line-up, with more promised at E3 in June.
Bigben has also announced their partnership with Paradox will be extended and that a game under the Vampire: The Masquerade licence is in development. Developed by Big Bad Wolf, creators of the episodic adventure game The Council, the game aims to define a new genre: the narrative RPG, inspired by the rules of the tabletop RPG. The studio will share more information at Gamescom in August.
Cyanide is also pleased to announce a new partnership has been signed for the third edition of Blood Bowl, the iconic game from Games Workshop. Blood Bowl 3 will coincide with the release of the new paper edition in 2020, which is being revamped with all-new game rules. More information about Blood Bowl 3 will be shared in the coming months.
Indeed it looks like a busy and intriguing catalogue of games is coming from Begben in the future. We can’t wait to play them.