Within the nice sci-fi survival horror game-off of the early 2020s, The Callisto Protocol has already proven its playing cards, leaving the Lifeless Area Remake to determine which one will get to be A Bug’s Life, and who’s caught being Antz (or vice versa, for those who’re an Antz fan.) The Lifeless Area Remake does have a brand new benefit, nevertheless, as identified by Rock Paper Shotgun: all pre-orders of the Lifeless Area Remake now include a free copy of Lifeless Area 2 that unlocks with the Remake’s launch on January 27.

In our assessment of Lifeless Area 2 from 2011, Dan Stapleton concluded that “Lifeless Area 2 would not attempt to innovate, but it surely’s a extremely polished gameplay expertise,” and awarded the game an enviable 87%. Lifeless Area 2 is included on EA Play today, and in any other case goes for $20 when not on sale, so this pre-order bonus is a reasonably first rate deal, all issues thought-about.

Together with a game’s personal sequel as its pre order bonus feels slightly foolish to me, just like the absurd logical conclusion of remake-mania, but it surely’s nonetheless a reasonably attractive addition. This move does make me marvel simply what EA’s plans for the way forward for Lifeless Area will likely be, supplied the Lifeless Area Remake sells effectively sufficient. Did Lifeless Area 3 depart the sequence in a very good place for a continuation, or is Lifeless Area 2 simply begging for 4K textures and ray traced lighting? Would a brand new reboot continuity, a la Last Fantasy 7, make extra sense going ahead?

Regardless of the far future might hold, the Lifeless Area Remake and its sequel pack-in bonus arrive January 27. In case you’re in search of extra in-depth protection of the Lifeless Area Remake to tell your buy, take a look at our hands-on preview from again in October.