Game Trailers: Adrift, Tacoma, Finch, Hazelight

Both the 2014 Game Awards on Friday night and yesterday’s all-day Playstation Experience event saw some major revelations, world premiere trailers and fresh gameplay footage on offer for quite a few of the biggest and most interesting games of next year. In this group are first ever looks at several upcoming games many aren’t aware of and which show great promise:

Adrift
Though announced earlier this year, 505 Games (“ARMa,” “Sniper Elite,” “Payday 2,” “Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons”) have kept mum about this title which is described as a first-person experience that tells the story of an astronaut in peril. Essentially “Gravity” without all the self-actualisation themes and Clooney character offering tales of homespun nonsense, this is pure survival thriller action in which the player must fight to stay alive by exploring the wreckage for precious resources and repair their damaged emergency escape vehicle in order to safely return home. It hits next Summer.

Tacoma
Fulbright, the creators of the acclaimed indie “Gone Home,” try their hand at a first person exploration story. The first person sci-fi game sees you as an astronaut exploring the lunar base of Tacoma where it appears something has happened. Thankfully this doesn’t appear to be a “Dead Space” rip-off, this lunar base seems very high-end and the environment more akin to what Bioshock’s Rapture might have looked like before it went to hell.

What Remains of Edith Finch
A vague teaser announces this psychological horror game described as a collection of short stories about a cursed family in Washington state. Whilst there’s a definite “The Vanishing of Ethan Carter” feel to it, one of the big selling points of this game is that it comes from the makers of the brilliant “The Unfinished Swan”.

Hazelight
The makers of the acclaimed “Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons” are returning with this title about which we still know little. The trailer is more a talking heads piece with talk of things to come, and ends with game footage of two stowaways on a train travelling through some unnamed countryside at night. It’s more about promise at the moment, but it’s nice to know it’s coming.