Focus Entertainment and Asobo Studio revealed APlague Tale: Requiem during last year’s E3 2021. The direct sequel to 2019’s A Plague Tale: Innocence, the stealth survival game, continues the story of the 14th-century teenager Amicia de Rune as she tries to protect her little brother Hugo from the agents of the French Inquisition.
A Plague Tale: Requiem now has a specific release date, hitting stores and digital retailers on October 18th. This announcement came at the end of A Plague Tale: Requiem’s extended gameplay trailer, released today.
Focus shared a gameplay trailer for A Plague Tale: Requiem during the Microsoft/Bethesda Showcase on June 12th. It showed Requiem’s more action-focused approach to stealth and how the violence is starting to affect Amicia’s personality. Today’s trailer focuses on one of the several locations shown last week, offering up more than ten minutes of nearly uninterrupted gameplay. It also offered fans clues about the story, revealing that the kids are searching for a mysterious island somewhere in the Mediterranean.
Requiem’s latest trailer opens with a scene of A Plague Tale’s Amicia and Hugo playing on a swing as they talk about the future. It’s a wholesome moment between the two siblings, contrasting the violence that’s come to dominate their lives. The pair then make their way to a traveling monk who might be able to help with their quest. Unfortunately, their meeting is interrupted by a group of soldiers hunting for Amicia and her brother.
While Amicia has a variety of weapons at her disposal, the first half of the gameplay trailer focuses mainly on Hugo’s powers. His telepathic link with the rats allows Hugo to “feel” the presence of the soldiers searching the tunnels ahead. This manifests in the power to see enemies through walls, like Dishonored’s Dark Vision ability. This makes it much easier for the siblings to evade their pursuers, though they still need to rely on some more mundane tricks, such as Amicia’s penchant for chucking pottery.
However, the stealth combat shines in the trailer’s second half, where Amicia quietly eliminates the soldiers standing between them and the relative safety of a nearby building. Amicia’s new crossbow lets her eliminate distant foes, but it is far from the only trick up her sleeve. Smoke pots allow her to stun enemies, while firebombs can ignite pools of oil or tall grass. The trailer twice shows Amicia luring enemies into position with thrown objects or her sling before setting them alight. She also has a variety of melee takedowns at her disposal, as the new trailer demonstrates.
The final scene showcases another of Hugo’s powers in Requiem, demonstrating how he can control swarms of rats to devour enemies. Unfortunately, it’s not a power he has much control over, as a flood of rats closes in on A Plague Tale’s brother and sister team. While it’s probably safe to assume the pair survive, it’s undoubtedly a climactic way to cap off the gameplay demo.
A Plague Tale: Requiem releases on October 18th, 2022 for PC, PS5, Switch, and Xbox Series X/S.