What do you get if you take four borderline psychopaths, send them back in time, and give them the responsibility of saving the Earth? You get Rogue Continuum, a new co-op Rogue-like planet-crawler headed to Early Access next month.
Somewhat predictably, our heroes – a wise-cracking space marine, a homicidal robot, a chainsaw-wielding aristocrat and an ice-cold sniper – aren’t exactly known for their gentle touch. They’re going to prevent the destruction of earth by blowing some of it up, as they kill all the aliens who might have plans for our planet.
Each character has their own unique abilities, weapons and play-styles, in a world with a persistent progression system. Play as whichever one you choose, or grab three mates and play as all of them.
If the game sounds familiar, I’d like you to cast your mind back to a little indie project called Space Sluggers. Don’t go thinking this one’s ripped them off though – it’s actually the same game. After more than a year in development, the teams at Rocktastic Games and Surprise Attack felt the project had changed considerably and deserved a new name. The elite strike force (team of psychopaths) are still the Space Sluggers, but the game’s looking at something a bit bigger, now.
Development is still progressing, too – and you’re invited to join in. When Rogue Continuum hits Early Access next month, the studio wants your input, letting the community help to shape the game.
The Early Access launch will feature four main characters and the game’s core features, but the four-person multiplayer will be limited to local only (which isn’t such a bad thing). When Rogue Continuum sees an official release in 2016 for PC, Mac and Linux, the studio’s promising “more environments, characters, weapons, enemies and items”, as well as – of course – online multiplayer.
Keep an eye on this one – Rogue Continuum will be playable at PAX Prime if you’re lucky enough to be in Seattle this weekend, but the rest of us will have to wait just a few more weeks.