Among upcoming video games, medieval Europe is seen through the eyes of a Japanese comic book series in "Berserk and the Band of the Hawk," an action franchise switches genres for strategy release "Halo Wars 2," and a town of cartoon animals discuss daily life and sinister developments in "Night in the Woods."
Berserk and the Band of the Hawk
Systems: PS4, PlayStation Vita, WinPC
Date: week of February 21
With the very recent "Nioh" having enjoyed such a fantastic reception, one might fear for the same publisher's international release of "Berserk...," also a Japanese-developed historical action game, were it not for the fact that the "Dynasty Warriors" and manga crossover has already enjoyed a strong October 2016 launch in Japan.
Halo Wars 2
Systems: Windows 10 PCs, Xbox One
Date: February 21
With its real-time strategy predecessor pushing boundaries on console, this follow-up promises more tactical intrigue within the "Halo" franchise universe, and this time on PC as well as Xbox.
Night in the Woods
Systems: PS4, WinPC, Mac, Linux
Date: February 21
Find out what happens when cartoon cat Mae returns to her hometown, hoping to pick up a slacker's lifestyle, only to discover that things have somehow changed and there's something hiding in the woods. Preceded by free prologues "Lost Constellation" and "Longest Night."
Torment: Tides of Numenera
Systems: PS4, XBO, WinPC, Mac, Linux
Date: February 28
One of Kickstarter's biggest video games to date, and a return to the narrative-driven fantasy world of an outstanding 1999 predecessor that's still influential today. Supporters have been playing the home computer versions early after backing on Kickstarter or through pledging on the game's website.
Horizon Zero Dawn
Date: week of February 28
A visually spectacular open-world expedition for human adventurer Aloy, wandering among robo-dinosaur herds and looking for the answers behind her identity and civilization's fall. Presented as one of the console's biggest upcoming releases since a first unveiling in mid-2015.