THQ Nordic: A Remake, Outcast 2, Jagged Alliance 3, and more

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THQ Nordic has announced a bunch of new games. New releases include a remake of Destroy All Humans! 2 as well as sequels to Outcast and the classic round tactics Jagged Alliance. There are also free games.

An expected remake

Destroy all humans too! 2 is being created from scratch by THQ Nordic. Since the remake of the first part, which was only released last year, was well received, the announcement is expected. In Part 2, which is subtitled “Reprobed” in its new version, the alien Crypto joins the “hairless monkeys” – humans – in order to take revenge on the KGB for the destruction of his spaceship and, at the same time, to subjugate the earth. The plot is set in a satirically distorted version of the 1960s. The game will appear “soon” for the PC, the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series S | X including a split-screen co-op mode.

An unexpected continuation for Outcast

Outcast has the reputation of a cult hit and a milestone: The title laid the foundation for modern open-world games in 1999. A sequel by the original developers failed in 2014 due to a lack of interest on Kickstarter. After purchasing the trademark rights, THQ Nordic dares to make a new attempt, for which the development team behind the classic has been hired.

In Outcast, hero Cutter Slade will again travel to the alien world Adelpha, which was subjugated by robots. The task will be to save the residents in an open-world manner. It speaks of a non-linear story, a crafting system and a strange world to explore.

A real continuation for Jagged Alliance

The last new announcement also revives what has long been forgotten. 22 years after Jagged Alliance 2, a real third part will appear. There have been sequels with subtitle names in the meantime, but qualitatively they did not compete with good entertainment. In fact, Part 3 should be based on its predecessor and become a “real successor”, the publisher promises. That means the return of a tactical map for selecting missions and managing your own areas. The aim will again be the forcible removal of a dictator from a banana republic, for which purpose a separate mercenary force may be led into battle on a turn-based basis. This time, the choice of the developer studio shows that THQ Nordic is serious. Haemimont Games delivered good games with Tropico and Surving Mars.

Two older free games

Parallel to the showcase event, two classics from the THQ Nordic portfolio will be offered free of charge on Steam until September 23. Jagged Alliance Gold from 1994, which includes the add-on Deadly Games, is a little stodgy for today's tastes. The Titan Quest Anniversary Edition, originally published in 2006, is still playable today as a real evergreen, as can be seen from two, albeit moderately recorded, expansions from recent years. At its core, it is a Diablo-style action role-playing game that was set in ancient Greece. In addition, numerous games from the publisher are being sold at reduced rates in parallel to the free campaign.