This week in games: Free copies of Morrowind, Divinity: Original Sin 2 gets a tactics spinoff

Myst developer Cyan is running a Kickstarter campaign for a new game, Firmament, and Gearbox finally announced Borderlands 3. But that’s just the start of this week’s news, which also contained release date announcements for Heaven’s Vault, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, and Observation, plus the announcement of a new Divinity: Original Sin spinoff tactics game, CD Projekt teasing not one but two games before 2021, and free copies of Morrowind to celebrate the Elder Scrolls anniversary.

This is gaming news for March 25 to 29.

Wake up, we’re here

This week’s free game offer is near and dear to my heart. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Elder Scrolls, Bethesda is giving away free copies of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, a.k.a. one of my favorite games of all time. I even spent nearly a week last year installing the latest mods before playing it again. If you missed out on the best Elder Scrolls in its heyday…well, it’s aged a lot in the ensuing 15 years, but now you can give it a try for free—provided you don’t mind creating a Bethesda.net account. After some code redemption errors earlier this week, Bethesda extended the offer through the weekend, so get on it.

Divinity: Fallen Heroes

Forget Borderlands, the most exciting game reveal this week is Divinity: Fallen Heroes. Set in the same world as Divinity: Original Sin and co-developed with Logic Artists, Larian’s describing it as a “tactical game with all the depth of an RPG.” It’s more combat-focused than Original Sin and its sequel, but Fallen Heroes nevertheless aims to tie a lot of story into the framework around its 60-odd missions—including heroes that may leave your party if they don’t like your decisions.

There’s a short reveal trailer below, including glimpses of chain-reaction combat mishaps and the squad selection screen. Expect more to roll out soon, as Fallen Heroes is set to release in 2019.

Almost heaven

We’ve been looking forward to Inkle’s archaeological space adventure Heaven’s Vault for over two years now, so it’s a relief to hear it’s almost ready. On Thursday the team announced an April 16 release date, less than three weeks from now. Let’s run the trailer one more time, yeah? I’m excited.

I can’t do that, Dave

Another much-anticipated 2019 release, Observation got a firm date this week as well: May 21. As a refresher, this is the 2001: A Space Odyssey-style game where you play as the artificial intelligence on a space station, viewing the action through the cameras onboard. It’s from the Stories Untold developers, which automatically means it’s piqued my interest—though news that it’s an Epic Games Store exclusive might drive some of you away. Ah well.

Wolfensynth

And as we wind up for our fourth release date story—well, I guess this is the week the 2019 release calendar really started to fill in, eh? Wolfenstein: Youngblood, the co-op enabled spin-off to 2017’s Wolfenstein: The New Colossus, locked down a July 26 release date this week. Yes, July, the month nobody ever releases a game.

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