Devolver Digital has a… unique style when it comes to announcing new games. Their “Devolver Directs” are infamous for being gory, ridiculous, and ultimately hilarious. This year’s is no different, with the publisher going out of their way once again to deliver amidst one of the worst public health crises the world has ever seen. Credit to Devolver Digital for still managing to put on a great showcase. Here are all the Devolver Direct announcements in one big list in case you missed it.
Shadow Warrior 3 Gameplay Trailer
Straight out of the gates, Devolver Digital gave us an extended look at Shadow Warrior 3. The trailer includes a look at some of the enemies you’ll be facing alongside some new gameplay mechanics. One of these mechanics is a nifty grappling hook that can be used in and out of combat. Just from the trailer alone, it’s a game that reeks quality and was one of Devolver’s more impressive games from the showcase. The game looks like Doom with ninjas, and the large scale, high-octane action makes this a game to keep an eye on. Shadow Warrior 3 has a 2021 release window and will likely launch PC and next-gen consoles.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout was a game we already knew about, but the Devolver Direct provided new details. This includes a release date, and it’s sooner than you think. For everyone unaware, Fall Guys is a slapstick battle royale game that has you and 59 other players navigate a Total Wipeout/Takeshi’s Castle style obstacle course. Your goal is to get to the end of the course first and avoid obstacles that will knock you out.
This recent gameplay trailer showed us some seemingly new modes, including some that have you working as a team. The trailer also hints at fully customisable characters with clothing to unlock in game. It’s definitely a unique title and one that you can play as early as next month. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout will launch on August 4th, 2020 for PS4 and PC.
Like Fall Guys, Carrion is another game from Devolver Digital announced months before their event. Making its first appearance at E3 2019, we finally know more details about the mysterious title. From the gameplay trailers we’ve seen, it looks like you play as a science experiment gone wrong, and have to tear through the laboratory that holds you to escape. Small snippets from these trailers seem to show us that there will be a large emphasis on stealth.
We won’t have to wait long to find out more though, as the game releases on July 23rd for PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Players with an Xbox Game Pass subscription will be delighted to know that the title will be coming to Xbox Game Pass and will be downloadable on release.
The first of Devolver Digital’s two new game announcements was Olija. This pixel-art, action-adventure has you play as Farraday who is trapped in the country of Terraphage after being shipwrecked. There’s a little bit of confusion with this title as the trailer indicates that the game would be made available immediately. However, when visiting the game’s Steam page, the release date is still reading Fall 2020. Olija is available on PC and Nintendo Switch and hopefully this release date debacle will be made clear soon.
Serious Sam 4 Gameplay Trailer
Serious Sam 4 is another game we already know about, but we got a glimpse as some more gameplay with the game’s new gameplay trailer. I’ve never played a Serious Sam game before, so can’t really tell you much about new features, but the game certainly has that fast-paced gunplay that the series is known for. Serious Sam 4 has a release window of August 2020 and will be available exclusively for PC and Google Stadia.
Devolverland Expo is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Devolver Digital capped off their event with a completely brand new game announcement that completely tears down any semblance of a fourth wall. You get to explore an abandoned convention hall dedicated to Devolver Digital published titles including every game you’ve read about on this list. Only this publisher could pull off a project this ridiculous and ambitious. The best part about it is that game is completely free and is available right now exclusively on Steam. Go check it out if you’re interested.
So that’s all the Devolver Direct announcements from the event. The entire conference is on YouTube if you want to see the entire thing. There were celebrity appearances, a crazy plot, memes, and jokes galore. It’s worth watching even if you’re not looking forward to any of the games here. Hopefully, Devolver can go one step further next year when they’re back on an actual stage.