As promised, Studio Asobo finally announced the release date for A Plague Tale: Requiem during a special showcase that featured an extended look at the stealth game’s action segments. A Plague Tale: Requiem will be released on October 18 and will feature ray tracing and NVIDIA DLSS support for PC. As well as taking a look at Requiem’s story and combat during the showcase, we also see Hugo wielding his rat powers to send swarms of rodents after his enemies and help avoid fights whenever possible.
A Plague Tale: Requiem follows Hugo and Amicia once again, but this time, they emerged from the slums and sewers of the original game and traveled across the ocean to new lands to make their home. Hugo once again needs protection, and Amicia steps up to the task, albeit a bit reluctantly, since she doesn’t much like murdering people. A mysterious curse afflicts Hugo, and Amicia is desperate to find a way to end it.
The journey takes them across the Mediterranean, and though state forces are after them once again (knights tend to get a little sarcastic if you murder some of their comrades), not all the brothers they meet are out to harm them.
The gameplay shown by Studio Asobo during the presentation followed the brothers out of a town, after a kind soul helped them escape their pursuers, and into the catacombs of an abandoned quarry. Hugo’s curse allows him to communicate with rats, borrowing their senses to track the scent of blood, meaning he can detect nearby soldiers, even if they are hiding.
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That’s good news for Amicia, who can easily dispatch an unsuspecting soldier without drawing anyone’s attention – or not, if you want to be a little louder and more violent.
Amicia and Hugo discuss how many lives Amicia has taken, and Amicia even comments that she probably didn’t need to kill as many soldiers as she did, but it seems that pang of conscience is just for story purposes. You still need to kill as many soldiers as you can to survive and that too brutally. Knife attacks, neck strikes, and firebombing are all fair game.