Revival Productions announced that the spiritual successor to Descent, called Overload, will launch first on PC starting May 31st next month. You’ll be able to pick up a digital copy of the game for $34.99.
The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game are scheduled to go live at some point during the third quarter of 2018. Right now a solid release date has been ironed out for the home consoles, but it’ll likely arrive after the PC version gets sorted.
The hook for the game is that it’s a six-degrees of flight action-arcade shooter, also referred to as a 6DOF game. Overload is mirrored after the gameplay of the classic Interplay game, Descent, which came out way back in 1994. Various members of Revival Productions are actually from the original design team behind Descent, and they wanted to recreate that kind of gameplay experience for today’s generation of gamer.
The gameplay encompasses the same six-degrees of freedom you remember from Descent, but with improved graphics, refined gameplay, and smoother controls.
Mike Kulas, the co-creator of Overload, mentioned in the press release that due to support from the community they’ve been able to add in a lot of features that gamers requested, including VR support and a challenge mode…
“We started Overload as a nostalgic homage to Descent, but it’s really grown into something more. We were able to create a deep story with voice, a new challenge mode and add VR support. And all this is on top of graphics and sound we could only dream about 20 years ago,”
The full game features a 15-level single-player campaign mode, along with secret levels that you can access, various level challenges to overcome both from the AI enemies and from environmental hazards, as well as 20 different robots and super-robot variants to face off against, a challenge mode with 12 levels, a training mode, achievements, six difficulty settings, keyboard and mouse support, VR support, and a roadmap with level editor planned for release.
If you’re curious about Overload and want to play it before it officially releases, you can do so with a free teaser demo that’s available both for normal PC play and for VR headset owners. You can grab the demo from over on the Steam store page.