Asobo Studio’s highly anticipated sequel to A Plague Tale: Innocence is but a hop, skip and a lunge away, meaning we can probably go ahead and talk about it without feeling guilty. The question is, with only a set amount of time on the clock before its launch date, how much material can we actually scrape together before it goes live?
Luckily, Asobo has been pretty generous with the scoop for Requiem, providing enough material to keep us gripped ever since it made its announcement at The Game Awards 2021. But just to recap, let’s go ahead and break down everything we know so far into five chunks. What is A Plague Tale: Requiem, and what can we expect from Asobo’s rat-infested sequel? Well, let’s explore it.
5. The story
A Plague Tale: Requiem picks up with Amicia de Rune and her younger brother Hugo many years after the events of Innocence. Based in the far south of a new homeland, the siblings look to forge a new life and put a lid of Hugo’s curse once and for all. However, when said curse reawakens and plunges Hugo back into a desperate struggle for survival, the two are forced to flee once again and scout out a prophesized island that potentially holds the answers to their underlying questions.
Similar to Innocence, A Plague Tale: Requiem will be a story-driven action-adventure game, with gameplay including plenty of stealth sections, all-out warfare, and a whole lot of puzzles to conquer. Oh, and according to the devs, combat will play a much larger role this time around, meaning players won’t be restricted to the use of a sling and nothing more for the duration of the journey.
4. From the horse’s mouth
“Far across the sea, an island calls…Embark on a heartrending journey into a brutal, breathtaking world twisted by supernatural forces,” the official description for the game reads.”Discover the cost of saving those you love in a desperate struggle for survival. Strike from the shadows or unleash hell, overcoming foes and challenges with a variety of weapons, tools and unearthly powers.”
“After escaping their devastated homeland, Amicia and Hugo travel far south, to new regions and vibrant cities. There, they attempt to start a new life and control Hugo’s curse. But, when Hugo’s powers reawaken, death and destruction return in a flood of devouring rats. Forced to flee once more, the siblings place their hopes in a prophesized island that may hold the key to saving Hugo.”
3. A longer journey
One thing Asobo has shot for with Requiem is an ever longer story than the first game. This was confirmed back in September 2021, when Focus Entertainment called out for players to test the game in two halves. Apparently, each one amounted to around eight hours, meaning the whole game will be teetering towards the sixteen hour marker.
Of course, sixteen hours is an ideal amount for a story-driven game in this day and age. Plus, its predecessor, although already packed full of content, was only just about pushing the ten hour milestone. So, we’re pretty content with that. Completionists, on the other hand, could be putting in upwards of twenty to thirty hours to platinum the game.
2. Let’s talk platforms
It was, of course, announced early on that A Plague Tale: Requiem wouldn’t be making its way over to ex-gen consoles on launch. That means PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users won’t be able to boot up Asobo’s upcoming creation without picking up either of the upgraded consoles. The game will, of course, release on Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, Switch, and PC.
Oh, and there’s some good news for Game Pass subscribers, too. To our absolute surprise, A Plague Tale: Requiem will, in fact, be a day one title on the platform. So, for as little as $9.99 a month, you can essentially delve into the sequel and play it straight off the bat. It’s a win-win for Microsoft fans.
1. What about the release date?
A Plague Tale: Requiem is expected to launch sometime in 2022. Unfortunately, that’s about as much as Asobo Studio has confirmed. Other than that, it’s unclear whether or not it will launch in the near future, or during the final few months of the year. Either way, Asobo seem pretty confident with the game launching over the next twelve months.
Of course, you’re more than welcome to drop in on the official social handle for more updates on the game. We’ll be sure to patch you in on any updates that come our way. In the meantime, you can whet your appetite for Requiem with the announcement trailer below.
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