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This week in games: Theme Hospital’s spiritual successor, rumors of Fable’s return from death

Hope you’re all enjoying your game backlogs as we continue on through January, the lazy river of months.

This week proves the slow period won’t last forever, as we take a look at Q.U.B.E. 2 and Underworld Ascendant, a new Theme Hospital successor, plus the upcoming Civilization VI and Total Warhammer II expansions. Rumor also has it Microsoft’s working on a new Fable and there’s an Alien shooter coming from Fox (instead of the Alien: Isolation sequel people actually wanted). Lastly, Epic discusses winding down Paragon development to focus on Fortnite, of all things.

This is gaming news for January 15 to 19.

Q.U.B.E. 2

I played a bit of Q.U.B.E. 2 at PAX last year and was admittedly impressed—not so much by the puzzles, which were pretty similar to the original Q.U.B.E., but by the environments. After the minimalist white-walled rooms of the first game, the sequel’s crumbling temple-like structures and lush foliage were jaw-dropping. Think: The jump between Portal and Portal 2, and you’ll start to understand. Or just watch the trailer below for a glimpse of the new look before its “Early 2018” launch.

Start of a new age

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition was originally supposed to release last October, but was delayed a mere five days before release. Sounds like it’s just about ready to go now though, and Microsoft’s given it a new date: February 20. More details here, if you want them.

Down with the sickness

If you have fond memories of 1997’s Theme Hospital, good news: There’s a sequel in the works. Well, spiritual successor really. Sega announced Two Point Hospital this week, and it’s helmed by Lionhead and Bullfrog vets Gary Carr and Mark Webley. Basically, you remember how Lionhead was shut down in 2016? Well, we’re now at the point where some of those people have formed indie studios and have games to show off. Look for Two Point Hospital later in 2018.


Speaking of Lionhead, there’s a rumor this week that Microsoft is making a new Fable game. That’s a bit surprising, as Microsoft canceled off Fable Legends when it closed down Lionhead—and, I thought, basically wrote off Fable entirely. But now Eurogamer reports Forza Horizon developer Playground Games is working on a new Fable, which if true would be a huge departure for the racing-centric studio. Then again…it’s not like Microsoft has a ton of exclusives at this point. Probably can’t afford to lose Fable too.

No longer alone

Well this is disappointing. About a year ago there were rumors Creative Assembly was working on a new Alien: Isolation sequel. Then a few days later those rumors were quashed. And now? Now GamesIndustry.biz reports a new Alien shooter is in the works, courtesy of Fox’s internal games department FoxNext and developer Cold Iron.

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