Game developer Devolver Digital announces release date for Weird West

The game is currently available for pre-order on Steam and will give players an in-game bonus horse named Calamity, providing extra storage space and some option essentials. As it stands, there is no word on a next-gen release.

Devolver Digital has released a new gameplay trailer for their awaited Western RPG title – Weird West. Last year, first displayed at the Devolverland Expo, the game earned its original hype due to Raphael Colantonio’s involvement (creator of Dishonored and Prey) as the creative director.

Now that the game is in the process of being complete, they have released a first-of-many broader look into the gameplay mechanics. Weird West will be released on 11 January 2022 on the Playstation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC via Steam.

The trailer launches us into a dark fantasy reimagining of the Wild West, where lawmen and gunslingers live among fantastical beings. This is the nature you’d anticipate seeing from the inventor of Dishonored. In this game, there will be a total of five individual, twisted passages from several prospects, jumping from one character to the other until they all gather in the last chapter.

The trailer reveals that the first of five paths starts as bounty hunter Jane Bell, seeking revenge for her murdered son and abducted spouse. From the looks of it, it looks like each of those main characters has unique abilities, differing from shapeshifting, teleportation, and alchemy.

The trailer also stirred upon interactions within the world. Despite using a 2.5D top-down approach, the developers added many RPG-like details to make the experience incredibly immersive. You can throw items as diversions, search barrels for things and place them into your inventory, purchase weapons, carry or bury bodies, set stuff on fire, and they’ve also added a dedicated kick-button.

In Raphael’s words, “One of our goals with Weird West is for everything that seems interactive to actually be interactive.” As for the battle, you have stealth takedowns, loads of gunplay, and what seems to be a clone of the “Dead Eye” ability from the Red Dead Redemption games.

We also get a glimpse into the character menu screen, from where you can obtain the inventory, enhance abilities, add perks, and access relevant documents and the world map. Fast travel is also a viable choice to venture into earlier identified locations and the undiscovered ones. Quests are plentiful, though we only get to see one of them as we pick our bounty target from the town’s notice board.

Overall, Weird West looks like a great combination of the related themes of Red Dead Redemption and Dishonored, appearing in a fun-filled experience lasting nearly 40 hours. The game is currently available for pre-order on Steam and will give players an in-game bonus horse named Calamity, providing extra storage space and some option essentials. As it stands, there is no word on a next-gen release.

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