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NACON, Cyanide Studio and Leikir Studio unveiled the new gameplay trailer for Rogue Lords, which introduces a deep and very unique mechanic. In this turn-based roguelike, gamers play as the devil and can therefore play by different rules than their opponents.
In Rogue Lords, you play as the devil, who was defeated by demon hunters several years ago. To regain your power, your disciples – nine evil geniuses who have signed a pact with you – must seek out some legendary artefacts. To defeat your enemies, you must use your diabolical powers to cheat, in exchange for some of your Diabolic Essence. But be careful! If you use up all your essence, your run will end.
You will face demon hunters on your way to achieving your goal. These vile paragons of virtue stand in your way at every fight as part of one or more waves of enemies. If the health bar of one of your disciples is fully depleted, the disciple can still fight but is vulnerable. However, their death is not the only option: each time they take damage in this state, you can use some of your Diabolic Essence to protect them.
To avoid this critical situation, you can sacrifice some of your life’s essence beforehand to manipulate the health bars of your disciples and better withstand certain attacks. You can also do the same to the health bars of your enemies to weaken them. And your diabolical powers don’t end there! You can also steal buffs from your opponents or return debuffs to those who inflicted them. It’s up to you to defend enemy attacks and create devastating combos.
Your Diabolic Essence is also highly useful during interactive events. Your chances of success vary according to the actions required and the skills of your disciples. But by activating Devil Mode, you can tip the balance in your favour to obtain your preferred result and give mortals good reason to fear you. If successful, you can gain valuable bonuses for the rest of your run.
With each run, the world map is randomly generated, and you will be offered several paths. You choose your route based on the events you want to trigger. But even when you have committed to a route, nothing is ever final for the devil. By sacrificing some of your essence, you can take secret paths to easily reach places with powers that can change the course of your quest.
Stay tuned because Rogue Lords will be back soon with more information. The game will be available in 2021 on PC, PlayStation®4, Xbox One and Nintendo SwitchTM..
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Stonefly, a chill and tranquil action adventure game from Flight School Studio, the award-winning independent game studio behind the 2019 hit Creature in the Well, launches June 1, 2021 on PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store. Stonefly takes players on a mech adventure through an enchanting forest, as they follow the coming-of-age story of Annika Stonefly, a brilliant but naïve inventor on a quest to recover a lost family heirloom. The game is published by MWM Interactive, a division of leading entertainment company Madison Wells, that is dedicated to bringing players inventive, artful and compelling games from independent developers around the world.
“Our small team set out to create something visually unique and mechanically original with Stonefly and we think players are going to love following Annika’s journey and gliding around the world we’ve created,” said Bohdon Sayre, Game Director at Flight School Studio. “We always challenge ourselves to put stakes in the ground outside the norm, and MWM Interactive have been a great partner to allow us the creative freedom to take risks and explore new territory. Stonefly is an ambitious project, different than anything we’ve made before, and a game that we are really proud of.”
Featuring richly handcrafted art inspired by mid-century modern design and nature, Stonefly follows Annika on her quest to recover her dad’s beloved rig after it is taken by a thief in the night. As Annika, players invent and craft abilities for their very own mech, as they venture into the wilderness, harnessing the wind to strategically glide among beautiful flora and dangerous fauna on missions to harvest materials. Along the way, players develop cool tech, join a band of castaway pilots known as the Acorn Corps, confront hordes of hungry bugs, and help Annika uncover her true potential and embrace her legacy.
Stonefly will be available June 1 for PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One consoles, the Nintendo Switch system and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store. Pre-orders are now available on the Epic Games Store. Players can also add Stonefly to their wishlists on Steam or the Epic Games Store.
Publisher Assemble Entertainment and developer Team ADOM announced the launch of a massive new update for their “modern-meets-classic” roguelike dungeon crawler Ultimate ADOM – Caverns of Chaos. The “Corruption and Hunger” update comes with two challenging new mechanics, two new playable classes — the Chaos Knight and the Troll, and a host of fixes and patches. Ultimate ADOM – Caverns of Chaos is currently available in Early Access on Steam for Windows PC, Mac, and Linux.
With “Corruption and Hunger,” the dev team has implemented a wide breadth of fixes and gameplay improvements. The update also adds mechanics that introduce even more layers to an already rich experience, as well as offering a new class and a new race for players to experiment with: The Chaos Knight, who thrives by absorbing corruption, and the Troll, who comes ready to smash things, but requires a lot of food to keep those enormous muscles working. The update also adds prefixes and suffixes to the armor types, which allows for the creation of a staggering 200 million new items.
Ultimate ADOM – Caverns of Chaos is a follow-up to the genre-defining roguelike title from 25-years ago! With challenging gameplay, permadeath, randomly generated levels, and more items, crafting, and skills than you can shake a severed limb at, Caverns of Chaos is a title that rewards multiple playthroughs and players who crave that “just one more run before bed” feeling.
Key Features in the “Corruption and Hunger” Update:
- New Mechanic: Corruption — Corruption will infect and mutate your character, regardless of class, which can cause nifty mutations and provide powerful new abilities — unless you absorb too much, in which case your character will morph into a quivering lump of ChAoS
- New Mechanic: Hunger — Traversing monster-infested dungeons requires nourishment, but due to scarce food supplies, keeping your brave warriors from getting “hangry” and lashing out is a full-time gig
- New Class; The Chaos Knight — Much like the Incredible Hulk, the Chaos Knight gets power from the Corruption that infests the dungeons, acquiring new abilities, mutations, and strength — just don’t absorb too much, lest you devolve into a useless wad
- New Race: The Troll — The perfect class for players who like a ton of destructive power, the troll is ready to bash, smash, and crash its way through the deep dark. Just remember to keep a lot of tasty food on hand, as this level of physical might requires plenty of energy to march onward
- New Crafting Feature: Prefixes and Suffixes — With the latest update comes a prefix/suffix system for armor, which means a whopping 200 million potential unique items for players to experiment with, which means no build is ever the same!
Ultimate ADOM – Caverns of Chaos is now available on Windows PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam for £17.49/€19.99. The game is currently available in English with German, French, Russian, and Simplified Chinese in the works. For more on the game and the development progress, visit the official site at https -//www.ultimate-adom.com.
Assemble Entertainment is also offering a “Save the World” Edition for Ultimate ADOM – Caverns of Chaos that contains bonus wallpapers and the original soundtrack! In keeping with the game’s theme of battling corruption, for every “Save the World Edition” sold, Assemble will donate 10% of the proceeds to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The “Save the World Edition” is available on Steam for £25.99/€29.99
For more information about development, early access roadmap info, and dev diaries, follow the developer blog here.
Old People Mayhem Sandbox ‘Just Die Already’ to Launch on PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and PC on May 20th 2021
Having spent the last 12 months couped up in our houses, it’ll soon be time to collectively step out and breathe in the fresh air. Of course, that’s all before we strap two live fireworks to our tender bodies, propelling us up into the sky before we come crashing back down to the ground, landing in the open jaws of a handy shark who has taken refuge in a nearby river.
Oh wait. No. That’s Just Die Already – the old aged pensioner playground that Curve Digital and DoubleMoose has announced to be launching on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch as well as PC on Steam and Epic Games Store on Thursday May 20th, 2021.
If this is the first time you’ve heard about Just Die Already – and, given we’ve all had so little to do during the last year that even thankless tasks such as “reading a book” or “making conversation with a loved one” have almost seemed legitimate, we frankly find that hard to believe – then hold onto your dentures: Just Die Already tells the tale of old folk who have just been kicked out of their retirement homes, competing with each other to secure a sweet spot some place new by performing dangerous challenges to qualify for free care.
Players can either take on Just Die Already alone or compete in four-player online multiplayer (fully cross-platform too, thanks to Epic Online Services), ticking off dangerous challenges that put your life – and, indeed, every atom of your being – in danger. You’ll lose limbs getting eaten by sharks, you’ll break every single one of your bones, you’ll get squished and squashed and shot to pieces and, if you’re lucky, you’ll stay alive long enough to earn your place at a prized retirement home.
“Just Die Already might be a fictional tale of OAPs competing for spots in retirement homes, but given the folks in those homes have food & drink, company, and – most importantly – haircuts on tap, I’m starting to think I should join then,” offers DoubleMoose co-founder Armin Ibrisagic. “Seriously, after a year of COVID-dodging, there’s not a single person in a retirement home who doesn’t look younger and fresher than anyone at DoubleMoose. At least we can now take on the comparatively sprightly forms of Just Die Already’s cast of characters when the game launches on May 20th.”
For more insights into Frank’s mind, the protagonist of Just Die Already, follow the Twitter account here: @JustDieGame. Be warned: Frank does not hold back…or even know what Twitter is, really.
Just Die Already will launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch as well as PC on Steam and Epic Games Store on Thursday May 20th, 2021 for £11.99/$14.99/€13.99.
German publisher Assemble Entertainment and developer SmokeStab Studio announced the Early Access launch of their highly-anticipated award-winning rogue-lite shooter Orbital Bullet. Now available on Windows PC via Steam, Orbital Bullet introduces a genre-bending 360° rotating level design, providing a whirling and swirling high-octane guns-blazing action-platforming experience where you’ll need to play a deadly game of “ring-around-the-rosie” in order to outsmart enemies and dodge all manner of propelled perils.
“Orbital Bullet is a title that screams ‘instant classic,’ and we’re thrilled to have such a unique and refreshing addition to the beloved genre in our quickly expanding roster,” said Assemble Entertainment CEO Stefan Marcinek. “The game brings something long-desired to the table in the form of fast-paced action and eccentric gameplay paired with distinctive level design and classic rogue-like merit.”
Orbital Bullet is included in Assemble Entertainment’s massive (and exclusive) publisher sale on Steam, where almost the entire portfolio of indie titles are available for up to 90% off for a limited time.
To celebrate the Early Access release, Assemble Entertainment has unveiled a brand new launch trailer, depicting one of Orbital Bullet’s not-yet-seen level biomes: the Water Planet. In addition to the lush and flourishing Jungle and Cave biomes, the Water Planet introduces new bosses, tricky puzzles, and environmental perplexities.
Orbital Bullet is a multi-award-winning action-platformer that takes the tried-and-true, highly addictive rogue-lite formula and adds a unique twist with a 360° rotating level design. Players can expect fluid, fast-paced gameplay featuring procedurally generated enemies and level elements, with “instant-transmission” upon completion of a stage — keeping the rhythm going and the action flowing! Of course, it wouldn’t be a rogue-lite without a deep skill tree, game-changing body modifications, upgrades, and of course, a diverse range of heavy weaponry with which to dispatch the hordes of enemies keeping you from reaching the next level!
Key Features of Orbital Bullet:
- Nothing ‘Rosie’ About This Ring: A unique 2.5D ring-shaped world offers a one-of-a-kind setting fresh for the genre with a rotating 360° level design. Make the most satisfying long-range curved snipes you’ve ever made, or blast and shred enemies with a load from the Hyper Shotgun
- Bullets and Body Mods: It wouldn’t be a rogue-like without all sorts of nifty upgrades, mods, skill trees, and heavy weapons to keep your sci-fi fustigator strapped and ready for action — enhance your character’s vigor by unlocking permanent upgrades such as the Combo System, the Medi-Backpack, or a stronger starting weapon.
- Stay Classy: Four meticulously crafted classes can be unlocked by solving challenging puzzles and include epic abilities per class, such as the turret-wielding Engineer or the fire-fueled Hellion.
- Intense Arcade Action: A game that defines “one more run”, Orbital Bullet throws players into the fray with fierce, frenetic action. Jump, dodge, and shoot your way through hordes of enemies as you wind your way around several beautiful and unique biomes.
- No Time to Relax: Instant level transitions upon completion of a stage keep the mayhem flowing and your trigger finger dialed; no more interrupting the rhythm with cutscenes or hub worlds!
The promising and already highly acclaimed action-platformer has already won several awards, including “Best Concept with Prototype” at GermanDevDays 2019, and the second-place prize in the “Prototype Young Talent Award” category at Deutscher Entwicklerpreis 2019. The Heidelberg-based studio SmokeStab also had Orbital Bullet nominated for the highly industry-relevant IGF Awards as “Best Student Game” at GDC 2020.
Throughout Early Access, developer SmokeStab Studio invites casual players, fans, and all members of the community to join the official Discord to share feedback, gameplay recommendations, content suggestions for new weapons, challenges, bosses, planets, enemies, and more during the pre-launch phase.
Developed by SmokeStab Studio and published by Assemble Entertainment, Orbital Bullet is an Early Access title currently available on Steam for £10.29 / €12.99 . On theme with the game’s diverse biome-based environments, Assemble Entertainment has teamed up with Ocean Cleanup — a non-profit foundation leading the world’s largest coordinated ocean cleanup effort — to offer a special Save The World Edition on Steam for £18.99 /€ 22.00 , which includes the official game soundtrack and a 10% donation to the cause. Learn more at https://www.orbitalbullet.com.
Team17 and Unicube have announced the sequel to the resource management survival game, Sheltered. Launching on Steam later this year, Sheltered 2 is set in a fractured post-apocalyptic world, where life is no longer what it once was. Boasting a new 3D art style, combat system, factions, and challenges for players to face in the desolate wasteland they call home, Sheltered 2 is a dark and punishing addition to the series.
Building upon the original 2015 game, Sheltered 2 brings deeper strategic gameplay to the post-apocalypse. Players will be tasked with creating a leader and building their own faction, all while managing resources, balancing survivor needs, and keeping their base safe from external threats; everything from starvation and dehydration to radiation and enemy raids can prove fatal.
Sheltered 2’s new factions system will be pivotal to a base’s success; players are able to send out expeditions to explore the vast and unforgiving wilderness, enabling them to forge relationships or ignite bitter rivalries that will be catastrophic if not navigated correctly. Players can also trade resources with other factions, allowing both bases to survive and thrive together; or they can go head-to-head with rivals in an expanded combat system, using force to grow their foothold in the wasteland.
Sheltered 2 Key Features:
- Factions: The factions system allows players to forge relationships with other groups to provide their base with resources and support, or they can grab their weapons and take things the old-fashioned way
- Resource Management: Players will balance the needs and wants of their survivors, manage scarce resources, craft items needed to maintain the shelter, and build equipment to keep their group alive
- Permadeath: New for Sheltered 2. The leader is the most important member of the shelter, so permadeath means that if they die, the game is over. Starvation, asphyxiation, extreme temperatures, and combat are just some of the challenges players will face in the harsh wasteland
- Combat & Weapons: When negotiations fail, players will wield a huge variety of makeshift weaponry against hostile outsiders, fighting to the death in turn-based combat to win the critical resources needed to survive
- Characters: Survivors have their own personalities, traits, desires, and skills to acquire, and the ability to customise each individually means every faction member is unique.
Dean Foster & Sonny Meek, Unicube, said:
“We’re excited to work with Team17 again for Sheltered 2; their support with the first game, and with the upcoming sequel, has been fantastic and we can’t wait for players to experience the bleak and challenging world we’ve created in Sheltered 2.”
Danny Hartshorne, Producer, Team17, said:
“Working with Unicube on Sheltered 2 allowed us to build upon the solid foundation of the first game and we’ve worked together to create a dark and gritty sequel, which we hope players will enjoy when it launches later this year.”
Assemble Entertainment and developer DigiTales Interactive’s story-driven sci-fi noir adventure Lacuna is headed to Windows PC via Steam on 20th May, 2021, for a full commercial launch. To celebrate the announcement of the release date, the publisher has made a permanent free-to-play prologue demo available on Steam, featuring an hour of riveting playtime.
Lacuna — winner of ‘Best Prototype’ at Game Award Saar and second place for “Best Game” at Indie Game Fest 2019 — is a story-based pixel art adventure set in a beautiful 2D sci-fi noir universe that challenges the player to utilize extensive dialogue options to make decisions with potentially serious consequences. In the game, players must use their moral compass to navigate an emotionally intense experience that may or may not stimulate some critical self-reflection.
In Lacuna, you’ll step into the tattered loafers of long-time Central Department of Investigation (CDI) agent Neil Conrad, who’s just been informed of a grisly murder that will soon turn the world on its head. Attention to detail and an inquisitive mind will prove helpful as you put the scattered pieces of the case together until the truth reveals itself…or not. The story of Lacuna branches, and finally ends, based on your actions throughout the game — and there’s no going back. Don’t try rushing to the end, or you’ll pay a hefty price; play your cards right and you might just make it out alive.
Lacuna does away with the baggage of many over-used adventure game tropes such as the “point-and-click” mechanic, repeating dialogue options, counter-intuitive puzzles, pixel hunting, and interruptive story breaks. Instead, Lacuna utilizes normal WASD/controller controls, dynamic conversational choices, story-driven mysteries, optional interactables, multiple unique endings, and a story that marches onward in spite of obstacles.
Additionally, Assemble Entertainment formally kicks off its massive annual publisher sale on Steam at 6:00pm UK / 7:00pm CET. As part of the promotion, almost all Assemble Entertainment titles are heavily discounted — some by up to 90%! Learn more and browse the discounted portfolio here
Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV) announced today that Elite Dangerous: Odyssey, the highly anticipated new era for Elite Dangerous, releases on 19 May for Windows PC via Steam, the Epic Games Store and FrontierStore.net.
Prospective Commanders can pre-order the Elite Dangerous: Odyssey expansion with an SRP of £29.99/$39.99/€34.99. The Deluxe Alpha expansion pack is still available, with an SRP of £39.99/$54.99/€46.99. This includes the Odyssey expansion, access to the ongoing Alpha phase ending on 30 April, and the official soundtrack. Both pre-order packs grant access to the exclusive Pioneer suit skin as a pre-order bonus.
Odyssey constitutes the most ambitious Elite Dangerous expansion to date, delivering on the promise of allowing Commanders to explore atmospheric planets on foot for the first time, taking on new missions, and engaging in intense tactical combat, expanding Elite Dangerous’ gameplay from the iconic cockpit experience players have come to know and love over the last seven years.
Elite Dangerous: Odyssey players can customize their characters for ground operations with different specialized suits and gear options, including the Remlok Maverick scavenger suit for salvage missions, the Supratech Artemis explorer suit for exobiology investigation, and the Manticore Dominator combat suit for Commanders daring to enter the sphere of combat in the perilous Conflict Zones.
Independently of their chosen career path, players can meet with other Commanders in social hubs across the galaxy, where they can plan their next missions, form alliances, and acquire and upgrade their gear. This seamless integration of a finely detailed on-foot experience combined with the galaxy-spanning distances of the classic Elite gameplay results on a more wide-ranging experience for all Commanders to enjoy in their own style.
Elite Dangerous: Odyssey releases on PC on 19 May. The Odyssey Alpha phase shall end on 30 April. Releases on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system are planned for autumn 2021.
For more information, follow Elite Dangerous on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Visit the Elite Dangerous official website at elitedangerous.com. For media assets, visit Frontier.co.uk/media.
Developer Alter Games and Publisher Daedalic Entertainment are happy to announce Partisans 1941 – Back Into Battle, a major DLC for the modern take on the real-time tactics genre. Partisans 1941 – Back Into Battle releases Thursday, April 29th and adds brand-new sandbox gameplay for high replayability, including two new game modes, customizable scenarios and more.
Partisans 1941 – Back Into Battle expands the main game with new gameplay features and modes that are tailored for high replayability. In Missions mode, choose your own team of Partisans, their skills, and their equipment to tackle a variety of existing and new maps. Five familiar locations are playable by everyone who owns the main game, while owners of the DLC will receive access to seven exclusive missions.. The DLC-exclusive mode Heroic Defense is a wave-defense scenario that offers additional challenges for fans of the genre.
- Missions Mode: even more brand new challenges in seven new locations.
- Never seen scenarios with modifiers. Freely choose your Partisan team, skills and equipment.
- Heroic Defense mode: New wave-defense mode for the toughest of commanders.
- Additional campfire dialogue for the Partisans, giving you new insight into their personalities.
Partisans 1941 is a unique take on the genre set on the occupied Eastern Front during WWII. It features tactical squad combat, stealth elements, character progression, and resource management. Take control of Partisans, a brave group of resistance fighters, opposing the Nazi occupation behind enemy lines. Players can recruit soldiers and civilians as unique allies to tackle a variety of challenges – from focused sabotage to extensive attacks on German supply lines. The expandable home base deep in the forest serves as a hub in-between missions to arm and upgrade Partisans troops, manage and distribute resources, and take a break until the next objective awaits.
- A fresh approach to the tactics genre: A mix of combat, stealth, ambushes, and a variety of special items brings chaos to the enemy ranks. Choose your own way of completing each mission and enjoy around 20 hours of playtime.
- Lead a squad of partisans: Find, recruit, and level up new resistance members to build the squad of your choice. Use your characters’ strengths to find the right solution to different situations.
- Experience the life of a resistance group: Experience a partisan’s routine in between missions – develop your base, prepare for the next assignments, ensure you have the resources for the partisan’s survival and keep your troops motivated.
- A different perspective on WWII: Experience the story of a fierce resistance against the German occupation on the Eastern Front. Follow the stories and motives of various people who join the partisan forces – from soldiers to common folk.
Partisans 1941is developed by Russian studio Alter Games and published by German studio Daedalic Entertainment. Partisans 1941 – Back Into Battle releases on Steam on April 29th, 2021.