Physics based puzzle games are not always easy to get right, but when they do they tend to be distinctly fun. Earlier this week U.K independent game developer Toxic Games announced that their hit 2011 physics-based puzzle, Q.U.B.E., would be getting a sequel.
The sequel, simply titled Q.U.B.E 2, players are put into the shoes of Amelia Cross, a British archaeologist stranded on a beautiful, yet mysterious alien planet. With the help of fellow survivor Emma, Cross must solve the shifting, environmental puzzles, and challenges of the Q.U.B.E, all very similar to the original game.
The first installment in the series was praised for its puzzle mechanics but faced criticism in that it lacked the personality of other games in the genre like Portal. The managing director of Toxic Games, Dan Da Rocha, explained that they hope to fix those issues in the sequel.
“With Q.U.B.E 2 we want to give the player more story but we also want to give them more choice,” said Da Rocha in a press release. ”We’ve developed the tools players can use to solve puzzles, subverting the linearity of the original in favour of something more open, something that allows players to put their own stamp on solutions.”
Accompanying the news, Toxic Games have released a teaser trailer slightly detailing how this new story with unfold. The teaser also shows off the gorgeous environments Q.U.B.E 2 will contain.
There is no set release date for Q.U.B.E 2 as of now, but the project is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in early 2018. For more information, be sure to check back to the site for updates.
Toxic Games will also be at Gamescom in Cologne from August 22nd- 24th giving an early look at the game as well, so be sure to keep your eye out for it.