Day 1 of the IGN Expo featured several exclusive game trailers and showcased gameplay from upcoming titles set for release this summer. The stream was also home to multiple developer interviews jam-packed with info nuggets as they answered viewer questions live. The most intriguing bit probably came during the Observer: System Redux segment where fans were treated to next-gen footage of the game.
Set in the year 2084, a future detective named Dan is shown analyzing a crime scene with his high tech gadgets, as well as his ability to hack into the minds of others. When he finds the victim already dead, Dan realizes there’s no mind to hack into anymore, so he employs the use of two key scanners. EM Visions analyzes electronic devices, while Bio Vision helps pick up organic traces and clues. While all of this plays out, a narrator describes how devs were able to use next-gen power to create upgraded animations, models, textures, simulations, lighting and provide a 4k resolution at 60 frames per second. They also take advantage of SSD’s to shorten loading times, making them “mostly unnoticeable” to the player.
Day 1 of the IGN Expo featured some other cool moments, like the exclusive reveal of Alex the Kid in Miracle World DX coming to PC and “Nintendo, Xbox, and PlayStation consoles.” The remake will revive one of Sega’s beloved mascots from the ’80s, along with new levels, boss fights, and new modes like Boss Rush. More information and gameplay from the Bounty of Blood Borderlands 3 DLC was also released, with devs discussing the value of the new content to first-time and long-time players. Players will travel to a new old western themed planet and answer the sheriff’s bounty for a group called the Devil Riders. Newer players will be given a level boost if they are not far along enough in the game to travel; this will allow them to create a character from this new starting point.
Viewers in the chat were noticeably anticipating the exclusive trailer and gameplay segment for Mortal Shell. Despite not being the most hyped title, the game has a cult fanbase that follows the game’s development via their discord server. Devs admit their obvious Dark Souls influence, but also gives credit to older titles like Blade of Darkness for inspiring them to create the game. The game follows as a knight-esque warrior searches to find four unique shells in a medieval world. Each shell has it’s own storyline, and playing through them will provide you new unique powers associated with them. A beta for the game is coming July 3rd, with more information available on their discord.
The full stream is available on IGN’s official Twitch and YouTube pages.