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Hello and welcome back to yet another of our Indie News Roundups. It’s that time of the week when we hoover up a;; the best stories of the week and dump them on to a page for you to eat with your eyeballs. So get a cup of tea, get comfy, and get caught up.
Echo developer Ultra Ultra closes its doors
Indie studio Ultra Ultra, who brought us the AI adapting Echo in 2017, has shuttered its doors. The Danish-based outfit hasn’t given any specific details that led to its closure but has confirmed in replies to fans on Twitter that a film adaptation of Echo is still in the works.
We’re terribly sad to report that Ultra Ultra has ceased to exist. We are grateful to have had the chance to crystallize something truly from the heart. ECHO will remain available on stores.— Ultra Ultra (@theUltraUltra) May 7, 2019
Ultra Ultra was home to a handful of former Hitman developers who left IO Interactive after being dropped by Square Enix. The developer said on its Twitter page that they “are truly grateful to have had the chance to crystallize something truly from the heart.”
Mike Bithell is developing a John Wick game
John Wick Hex has been announced with – as you’d expect – a strikingly stylish trailer. The game is being developed by a small team with Thomas Was Alone’s Mike Bithell heading the project as director.
We don’t know anything in the way of a release date but the trailer does suggest that John Wick Hex will be a mix of combat and strategy gameplay. The trailer’s description says that players “must choose every action and attack they make, while considering their immediate cost and consequences,” which suggests that players will have to contend with Action Points as they gun-fu their way around the place, in a move that sounds like it’ll be similar to All Walls Must Fall in its gameplay.
Bithell has teamed up with fight choreographers from the John Wick films to inject that slick look into the game while John Wick Hex will feature an entirely original story, I’m guessing that it’ll be John Wick’s ferret that gets snuffed out and sends him on a murderous rampage.
Details on the game are being kept close to the chest at the moment but it will be at E3 next month so it’s worth keeping an eye out if it’s peaked your interest.
There’s another trailer for A Plague Tale: Innocence before its release next week
Asobo Studio has released another trailer for it’s grim adventure, A Plague Tale: Innocence, ahead of its release next week.
Now, you might think that, what with their terrifying ability to tear through humans pretty quickly, the rats of A Plague Tale would be t he monsters the trailer refers to. It’s not quite the case though and as it always seems to be in dark times, it’s man who’s the real monster.
The latest trailer gives us a better look at helmet fashionista and the game’s antagonist, Lord Nicholas, who spends th trailer being a terrifying bastard. Ol’ mask face has a bit of an issue with one-half of our sibling protagonists, Hugo, who’s racing around France with his sister Amicia as they try not to get killed by everything.
It’s a neat little trailer that’s managed to get us even more excited about the game since our preview earlier this year and we won’t have to wait too long to get thoroughly depressed by A Plague Tale: Innocence when it releases on May 14 for PC and console.