Hoping to learn more about A Plague Tale: Requiem? You’ve come to the right place. Following on from 2019’s critically acclaimed A Plague Tale: Innocence, a grim tale set during plague-ridden 14th century Medieval France, Asobo Studio and Focus Home interactive are back with a direct sequel. Playing as Amicia and Hugo de Rune once more, the time for innocence has passed and Requiem explores what happens next.
With the family searching for a new home in the far south, so begins a new tale of survival. This time around, we’re swapping the war-torn scenery for more vibrant settings on the French coast, leaving Aquitaine behind. It’s a more colourful sequel but make no mistake, A Plague Tale: Requiem should be just as emotional as its predecessor. With over a month until launch, you might be wondering what we’re in for this time around. Here’s everything we know about A Plague Tale: Requiem.
A Plague Tale: Requiem – Release Date and Platforms
Asobo Studio’s upcoming sequel launches on October 18, 2022, arriving on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PC, and Nintendo Switch (via cloud streaming). Costing £43.99 on PC and £49.99 on consoles, Requiem’s also coming to Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass subscription. That’s available day one for PC, consoles, and cloud.
Unlike Innocence, Requiem’s skipping the PS4 and Xbox One, which isn’t too surprising since we’re now two years into the current console generation. That said, anyone subscribed to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate can access the cloud version through your Xbox One, providing you’ve got a strong internet connection. Mileage will vary but it’s a potential workaround.
A Plague Tale: Requiem – Gameplay and Setting
Taking us to 14th century Medieval France, Requiem sees the return of Amicia de Rune and her brother Hugo, six months after Innocence. Searching for a new home in Southern France, we’re joined by their mother Béatrice and young alchemist friend Lucas but unfortunately, Hugo’s powers have returned. Seeking a cure for Hugo’s blood disease, we’ll need to avoid Inquisition soldiers and plague infested rat hordes. All while grappling with the emotional trauma of killing to survive.
A Plague Tale: Requiem’s gameplay doesn’t deviate far from Innocence, retaining that same action-adventure stealth gameplay in third-person. Amicia needs to avoid hostile encounters where possible but unlike Innocence’s instant kills, she doesn’t die after one enemy hit and can return to stealth if spotted. Armed with several weapons, those range between knives to crossbows, which pierce armoured foes. Some locations have tar, used to increase light and set foes ablaze.
Unsurprisingly, Requiem places heavy emphasis on these infested rats. Using his connection to the plague, Hugo can now manipulate these hordes to his advantage, either for solving puzzles or killing enemies. He’s also got an Echo ability that lets him see enemies through walls, a handy tool when in stealth. Like before, rats fear well-lit locations, but should you stray towards the darkness, they’ll soon attack our brother-sister duo.
A Plague Tale: Requiem – Cast
So far, we’ve only had a handful of cast members confirmed for A Plague Tale: Requiem. Returning from A Plague Tale: Innocence, Charlotte Burney and Logan Hannan are back as Amicia de Rune and Hugo de Rune, respectively. Lucy Briggs-Owen joins the cast as their mother, Béatrice de Rune, alongside Kit Connor as Lucas. Otherwise, much of A Plague Tale: Requiem’s cast remains a mystery. It’s unknown if Sean Bean’s returning as the narrator but we’ll keep this updated once we know.
A Plague Tale: Requiem – Trailer
We first learned about A Plague Tale: Requiem back at E3 2021, thanks to a first look reveal trailer during the Xbox Games Showcase. Giving us a brief look at Requiem, it sets the scene well, and you can see this trailer in full below:
Since then, we’ve had a few closer looks at Requiem. Following a gameplay reveal trailer at The Game Awards 2021, it later appeared during the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2022. Most recently, Focus Home Interactive released an extended gameplay trailer back in June. This sequence sees Amicia and Hugo through a quarry, trying to avoid soldiers looking to capture the duo. Lasting for 12 minutes, you can also watch this below:
A Plague Tale: Requiem – System Requirements
Naturally, you won’t need to worry about system requirements if you’re playing A Plague Tale: Requiem on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, or the Nintendo Switch cloud-version. But if you’re on PC and need to know A Plague Tale: Requiem’s minimum and recommended PC requirements, unfortunately, there’s bad news. Focus Home Entertainment hasn’t confirmed this right now.
As a game only running natively on current-gen consoles, we’d speculate you’ll need a mid-range setup to get A Plague Tale: Requiem working on PC. During a Requiem preview, Asobo specifically talked up the new generation allowing them to render “more than 300,000” rats at once. With just a month left until launch, we’d hope for news soon, so we’ll keep this updated as we learn more.
If you need a little more plague in your life (though after the last couple of years, we would forgive some trepidation), then head over to our store and check out A Plague Tale: Requiem at a price you’ll love to see.