Forget about synth pop, it’s all about heavy metal in this post-apocalyptic sci-fi shooter
Publisher Avalanche Studios Developer Avalanche Studios ETA 26 March
Avalanche Studios has been drip-feeding us information about its fantastic-looking ’80s sci-fi co-op survival game, and we are eager to get our hands on the finished product. Well, that wait will soon be over because Avalanche has now announced that the game will be releasing at the end of the month.
It has a pretty simple set-up. Situated in ’80s Sweden, a bunch of friends head out on a boat for a little getaway, but upon their return their boat gets shot at and capsizes. Swimming ashore, they discover that their home is now a very different place. No sign of human life can be seen, and the whole place is crawling with hostile robots. You’ll need to scavenge for supplies and resources if you hope to hold your own against these menacing machines. But there’s also a mystery for you to solve, and by exploring you’ll uncover, piece by piece, what happened and maybe bring everyone back. Provided the robots haven’t killed them all.
The game is huge, so you’ll be doing a lot of exploring. Any location you see in the distance is reachable. To achieve this, Avalanche is taking advantage of its very own Apex engine, which, as well as helping the games look nice, is perfectly adapted to handle large open worlds. It’s the same engine used for most Avalanche titles, including Mad Max, the Just Cause series and most recently for its id Software collaboration, Rage 2.
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“Focusing on a particular skill tree will give you different ways to play”
You’ll be able to customise your character by picking up new clothes and equipment. Each item will not only make you look good, but will also offer stat bonuses. Progression in the game consists of spending skill points in four different skill trees: combat, support, survival and tech. Focusing on a particular skill tree will give you different ways to play. Combat will predictably improve your effectiveness in battle, altering traits like weapon power and handling. Support will slot snugly into a medic role. Survival will be the tree for those that prefer to work alone. And finally, tech will let you make better use of your explosives. Playing with a group and combining different specialities will give you a well-rounded team that’ll be better equipped to surviving against whatever is thrown at you. If you don’t want to play with others, that’s fine, too; it’s possible to play the whole game all by yourself, giving you the freedom to explore at your own pace. But be warned, enemies will be more difficult while playing solo.
We’ve been looking forward to this title for quite a while, even if its just to give us an excuse to pump out some classic ’80s pop tunes. Roll on 26 March…
BelowYou and your friends must survive what looks to be a robopocalypse. Yeah, good luck.