From Parabellum to Hex
John Wick John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is set to hit Cinemas on May 15 around the world. Gamers will also have the chance to become the Assassin himself as John Wick is set to get his own self-titled video game: – John Wick Hex. The release trailer is here: –
John Wick Hex is currently in development at Bithell Games – the same studio behind Thomas Was Alone, Volume, and Subsurface Circular – Hex and will be available on Console and PC Platform allegedly through the Epic Games Store. I’m not entirely sold on the “unique graphic noir art” style that we’ve seen in the trailer thus far, but it just might grow on me if the rest of the game can deliver. What has been promised so far is all here.
An Interesting Development
According to lead developer Mike Bithell, John Wick Hex will not be an FPS but a strategy game. Bithell and publisher Good Sheperd Entertainment have described John Wick Hex as a “fast-paced, action-oriented strategy game that makes you think and strike like John Wick.” Much of the games mechanics and gameplay was developed with input from the creative minds and stunt teams that have worked on the movie trilogy.
The strategic element is present as every action taken will have cost and consequences. Be prepared to pay the price for failing to think strategically and tactically. I’m not sure if the game will let you scum save a-la X-COM. If this works the way Bithell hopes, every move you make should feel like a scene from the movies.
I know Gun-Fu
If the gunfights and brawls of John Wick Hex are anything like the movie, you will have to master the art of Gun-Fu. John Wick Hex will keep that strategic thinking alive in every fight with finite ammo and realistic gunfight dynamics. You will have to plan reloads, incapacitate as much as kill, scavenge weapons and keep your momentum to throw the enemy off balance. And headshots. We’re going to have lots of headshots.
Familiar Faces and Voices
From the trailer, we already know that Lance Reddick will reprise his role as the Concierge of the Continental Hotel. Ian McShane will also be the voice of Winston. I’m wondering who else we’ll hear from. I’m hoping Laurence Fishbourne will be back somehow to help “move things” along. Other voice talents are expected to be revealed at a later date. Here’s hoping Keanu Reeves will voice himself.
Did they kill his dog and steal his car? Again?
John Wick Hex will feature an original story that is separate from the film series. What we do know is that progression through the story will unlock more weapons, more suits and more locations to explore. While there has been no revelation on what the story will be, I am hoping for two things. The first is that we will get to undertake the jobs that allowed John Wick to retire. Second, I want to see more of the world of John Wick. I mean the Intercontinental, the Sommelier, the Tailor and all those other ancillaries that just helped make this hidden world of assassins and assassination so cool.
While no release date has been announced for John Wick Hex, the release date of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum has been announced – 15th of May. I’m going to go buy my ticket for that one. Until John Wick Hex hits the shelves, I’ll have to make do with a John Wick movie marathon – or see if that TV series with Keanu Reeves onboard as an Executive Producer actually went somewhere.