Epic Games Announces Paragon, the Faint Outline of a Game

Epic Games Announces Paragon, the Faint Outline of a Game

Is it a shooter? A MOBA? A card game? The teaser site isn't big on information.

Epic Games has announced a game called Paragon. Each week, at the official Paragon website, Epic will reveal a new hero for the game. This week's hero is Twinblast.

Twinblast is a hero with metal arms, short hair, dogtags, and guns. Theoretically, Twinblast shoots things, but it's possible that he's a soft-spoken man who carries weapons to hide the secret shame of having bionic future arms. Perhaps he lost them in an accident. Maybe he didn't ask for this. I'm unsure what emotional depths Twinblast will take me to.

Next Thursday we will meet Steel. Then Sparrow, Dekker, and Grux. Their names point to hidden stories of pain and pathos.

What kind of game is Paragon? No clue. Given what's on the official website, it could be for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, mobile, or Atari Jaguar. The lack of red hue rules out Virtual Boy though. You can unlock items in this future game depending on what vague concept you fight for.

Is it a shooter? Epic Games knows shooters very well, but it could be a MOBA, a card game, an Infinity Blade-style first-person game. Maybe it's Epic's take on Rise of the Incarnates. We don't know.

Sarcasm aside, it's most likely that this is a shooter for PC. It's probably one of the many hero-based arena shooters that seem to be all the rage these days. That means it'll stand alongside Overwatch, Gigantic, Battleborn, and Lawbreakers. The character design for Twinblast doesn't particularly inspire any sort of confidence in the game, but perhaps the designs will get better with further reveals.

Okay?

The larger point of the sarcasm above is you can tease something if the audience already has a hook to work with. You can tease a Warcraft film trailer or a Preacher TV show trailer because we already know what Warcraft and Preacher are. There is something known we are anticipating. Once you take that out of the equation, you're being cryptic and withholding information for no reason. You can overcome that with something visually or conceptually interesting, but Twinblast is a bizarre mix of "basic shooter protagonist". He probably was betrayed, left for dead, his loved ones are gone, and his former commander is the culprit.

Even the official PR for the game only notes that it's coming from PC in 2016. It's a tease that leads nowhere. No cool trailer. No unique ideas. It's the scaffolding for something else, but at this point I have to wonder why Epic announced it this early.

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Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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