As someone who grew up with a large number of mid-range, mid-budget games in the late 90s and early 2000s, I get a good feeling when I see games like A Plague Tale getting sequels and generally doing well. It gives me hope that there’s still a place for games that aren’t frugal indie games or AAA franchises, but somewhere in between (even if that place appears to be Game Pass).
But maybe it’s doing A Plague Tale: Requiem a disservice to call it ‘average quality’ because, based on the new trailer shown on Xbox and Bethesda Showcase, it’s just so gorgeous (well, as gorgeous as you could possibly imagine) . imagine the rat-infested streets and shit puddles of medieval France).
The sequel to 2019’s A Plague Tale: Innocence appears to continue the story of the first, with series hero Amicia and his younger brother Hugo – whose blood is infused with some sort of evil that gives him the power to control rats – once again. once roaming 14th century France while stealthily solving puzzles, passing hostile guards.
The game feels a little less mouse-centric this time around, with much of the focus on Amicia throwing fire, backstabbing enemies, and crawling under tables to avoid being seen. With that being said, the trailer ends with little Hugo being told to harness his powers, followed by a swarm of rats attacking some poor guard, so it looks like the ‘rat control’ hook will return to some extent. While ‘rat swarm control’ isn’t at the top of my must-have superpowers list, I can’t deny that back then it seemed like it would be very useful.
For now, the release date for A Plague Tale: Requiem remains a vague ‘2022’, with the game coming to PC Game Pass on day one.