Chronos: Before the Ashes Is Coming If The Terrible Trailer Doesn’t Scare You Off

Chronos: Before the Ashes Is Coming If The Terrible Trailer Doesn’t Scare You Off
Image: THQ Nordic
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A prequel to 2019’s popular Remnant: From the Ashes is coming — if you can get past THQ Nordic’s shocking trailer announcement.

It’s called Chronos: Before the Ashes, based on the 2016 VR game of a similar name, and is slated as a prequel to Remnant: From the Ashes.

The RPG game will see you as a young explorer who sets out to save his home from an ancient evil. To do so, the hero has to enter a labyrinth, fighting monsters and creatures that want to kill you along the way.

That’s a pretty standard storyline for a bunch of video games but what sets it apart is that each time you die, you have to re-enter the labyrinth and you age a year. It’s not exactly clear how this affects gameplay but the release information suggests the older you age, the more wise you’ll need to be about magic. Presumably, that means you don’t want to die too often if you can avoid it.

THQ Nordic announced the game’s upcoming arrival with a trailer that seemed to do the opposite of what it’s supposed to:

The nearly-two minute trailer is set in the ’80s and includes a real-life teenager — a red flag for any video game trailer — who just can’t wait to get back into the game. It’s possibly one of the worst trailers I’ve seen.

Thankfully, in the glimpses of gameplay you do see, the game looks beautiful.

Image: THQ Nordic
Image: THQ Nordic
Image: THQ Nordic

The game’s release will be welcome news for anyone who missed out on playing the 2016 Chronos, an exclusive on Oculus Rift VR.

Chronos: Before the Ashes will be out on December 1 on PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. Hopefully, that’s long enough to forget about the trailer’s existence.


  • Someone probably needs to explain to the author of this article that the trailer is a pisstake of terrible 80s video commercials and is not meant to be taken at face value.

    It’s MEANT to be awful, so mission accomplished.

    • It does it so badly, though. It hits off the mark. The whole thing feels like a weirdly contrived version of an 80s thing without being silly enough to be a pisstake. It’s like they tried to hit the same vibe as “real” 80s nostalgia and failed.

      More than that, what does it have to do with the game? It doesn’t fit the tone or presentation of the game in any way. There’s a tenuous link to the game being a prequel, so I guess the thought was the trailer should be back in time, too? But in that case, why the 80s? That was 40 years ago! I remember the 80s because I’m an old man. The demographic for this is likely going to be pushing for 18-34 markets, only about 10% of whom will have any first hand connection to the ad.

      This is one of the worst trailers I’ve ever seen.

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