ReCore stands out as one of Microsoft’s most exciting exclusives this year, and like last year’s Rise of the Tomb Raider, it features a strong female protagonist hoping to carry on the legacy of her father. In the game’s launch trailer, Joule Adams is given some life lessons to help her survive on Far Eden.
“Dear Joule: I don’t have time to explain, but things didn’t go like we planned. I left you with a few things to always hold onto,” says Dr. Thomas Adams.
Those three things happen to perfectly line up with the robotic companions with whom Joule will ally on Far Eden — loyalty, elusiveness, and brute force. In addition to using magnetic tracks and her spider-like friends to reach previously unavailable locations, Joule can also use an enormous mech straight out of Titanfall to cause massive damage to enemies. There’s no word on any giant enemy crabs the game might be hiding.
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ReCore features a performance capture cast that is no stranger to science-fiction. Joule is played by Erika Soto, who you’ll also hear in next year’s Halo Wars 2, and her father is played by Connor Trinneer, who has appeared in Stargate: Atlantis, Star Trek: Enterprise, and Star Runners. That’s a lot of stars.
“If you remember these lessons, you will survive,” Thomas adds. “If anyone can, it’s you.”
Though we’ve seen a small amount of gameplay from the new IP before, the trailer gives us a beautiful look at the barren landscapes of Far Eden. The contrast of natural structures like mountains and caves with advanced robotic technology certainly draws some comparison to Star Wars’ Tatooine.
ReCore hits Xbox One and PC on September 13 at a reduced price of $40. It will be the first game in the “Xbox Play Anywhere” program, giving digital purchasers the option to play on both platforms and transfer their save data between the two at will. Its senior creative director is Joseph Staten, who previously worked with Bungie to write the studio’s Halo games.