New twin-stick rogue-like action game Forced Showdown coming next month

Danish developer BetaDwarf has announced a March release for their new top-down, twin-stick, rogue-like action game with deck-building elements called Forced Showdown.

The game is a spin-off of the company’s first release, Forced, which has an interesting origin story that any budding developer should look at. It’s available on Steam, PS4 and Xbox One.

Forced Showdown was originally titled Forced: Eternal Arenas, however during their (successful) Kickstarter campaign, they were informed that “another, much bigger, company announced a game with a name that is very similar” to theirs. The funding campaign went on to raise US$76,014 of their US$75,000 goal with 2,095 backers in early November last year.

Gameplay trailer

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Screenshot gallery of Forced Showdown

Forced Showdown mashes up elements from its predecessor with card deck-building mechanics for special abilities customisation in procedurally generated, arena style battles. The game is designed to be played with up to four friends, with a co-operative campaign mode and daily challenges to keep players coming back. Further details from the developer:

  • 4 Unique Gladiators and Play Styles
    Each champion has their own unique weapon and special abilities. Unlock their true potential by exploring and extending their possibilities with cards.
  • Play Your Way: Deck-Building
    Build the perfect deck of cards to enhance the abilities of your champion.
  • Endless Replayablity
    Hone your skills in campaign mode then compete in the daily challenges to see who is the most dangerous gladiator this side of the galaxy. New seasons every month!
  • It’s Dangerous to Go Alone!
    Companion creatures can help you overcome the dangers of the arena with their extraordinary abilities.
  • Exotic Enemies
    C-SAR has ensured a great host of varied enemies, all with unique fighting styles and skills. Slay the mighty Titans and win the adoration of the spectators.
  • Are You Not Entertained?
    C-SAR has an almost endless amount of procedurally generated arenas, show rules, show boons, quests, cards, enemies, bosses, boss cards, companions, worlds, traps, online competitions and more.

As an added bonus the original Forced is currently 85% off on Steam, with the base “Slightly Better Edition”  version down to $3.16 for the next 44 hours (as of this writing). Forced Showdown will release on Steam for PC on March 29th. No word of a Mac or Linux release yet.

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