You'll be forgiven for not remembering 2019's A Plague Tale: Innocence. Asobo Studio's action-adventure stealth title might have been a critical darling featuring one of the most badass heroines in gaming, but it didn't stand out in a stacked 2019 slate.
However, the cult classic game did sell well enough to warrant a sequel, which might be coming out soon, as per a very reliable source.
According to a Microsoft Store leak, A Plague Tale: Requiem could come out on June 17. Although the listing itself states that the game will be out by June 17, 2021, and not 2022, this could be a typo. Not to mention, a summer launch window, even if it is not June 17, makes a lot of sense as both the original game and the remaster were released right around the same time.
Some also think that Asobo could announce the game's release date tomorrow at the Future Games Show.
Microsoft first revealed A Plague Tale: Requiem at E3 2021, confirming that the sequel will be available day and date on the Xbox Game Pass at launch. What's also interesting about the particular leak is that eagle-eyed observers spotted the achievements for the upcoming follow-up on Xbox Live servers. Not to mention, Xbox app users can already pre-load the game, hinting that A Plague Tale: Requiem is bound to come out sooner rather than later.
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This isn't the first time that the Microsoft Store has leaked the release date of an upcoming game. For the most part, the advanced listings have been spot-on, so it's worth circling June 17 on your calendars, just in case.
As previously mentioned, A Plague Tale: Innocence was one of the biggest sleeper hits of 2019, if not the last console generation. The combination of a lack of marketing and some gameplay-related issues turned away a lot of folks from giving Asobo's original IP a try. But, once word of mouth got out and Asobo started fixing most of the game's issues, more players started to appreciate the game. It also didn't hurt that A Plague Tale: Innocence had a gripping narrative and unique stealth-based mechanics that led to one of the more memorable gaming experiences in recent memory, rats and all.
The little gameplay we've seen of A Plague Tale: Requiem suggests that Asobo is building on everything good with the first game while making sure that it has minimal issues.
Hopefully, with all of this corroborating evidence showing up in quick succession, Asobo Studios and Focus Home Interactive step forward with another trailer for A Plague Tale: Requiem as well as a release date.