Rocketwerkz announced that Living Dark’s Steam page has officially gone live. The game is still a long ways off from release, with a tentative release window set for 2019, but that hasn’t stopped the eager developers from keeping gamers abreast of the development progress being made for the futuristic, cyberpunk, neo-noir role-playing title.
The Unreal Engine 4-powered game is a 2.5 side-scrolling adventure with depth-based exploration, not unlike Odd Tales’ The Last Night, which is being developed by Tim Soret. The big difference between both games is that Living Dark is in a fully realized 3D world, where-as the Unity 3D-powered The Last Night is a visually captivating pixel-oriented game.
We haven’t seen a whole lot of the gameplay yet, but what little was showcased basically provided gamers a look at some very liberal mechanics – and by liberal, I’m referring to the act of freedom. You can explore anywhere, go into a ton of different buildings, and check out certain hand-made and procedurally generated areas of the map.
The Steam page has been updated with a few new screenshots from Living Dark, including a strip club segment that I’m seeing for the very first time.
There’s a half-naked chick just off to the far right of the screen, indicating that RocketWerkz is one of the last remaining developers who haven’t given in and given up to the Intersectional Inquisition.
You can scope out a brief look at one of the scenario segments showcasing a police raid on a drug hideout in the teaser trailer below.
The gameplay itself is being themed around what the developers are calling a procedural narrative. It changes and develops based on how players interact with NPCs and the decisions they make that alter the flow of the story.
Lead programmer Jayde Cohen recently discussed how the procedural narrative works, and what sort of structures are being put into place to bring this unique narrative structure to life.
So far the game seems like it has a ton of potential. Hopefully it’s all realized in a cohesive and coherent manner, especially if the developers want gamers to come away being entertained and engrossed with the world and the lore they’re creating for it.
You can add Living Dark to your wishlist or follow the game by visiting the Steam store page.