Castlevania: Lord of Shadows developer MercurySteam has finally announced their new game, Raiders of the Broken Planet, after years of development. The game was originally teased in July of 2015, but went dark until last month after bringing on former Konami studio head Dave Cox to the project. While the then-teaser site was updated with more art, showing desiccated valleys and character concepts of unknown, sci-fi origin, details of the game itself have only just emerged.
Set light years away from Earth, Raiders of the Broken Planet takes place in a dangerous world filled with powerful, intergalactic threats all vying for control of a substance called “Aleph”, which boosts the abilities of its owner to potentially cosmic-level dominion. Though only cursory details of the gameplay have been released so far, its been announced as a “Multiplayer Online Asymmetric Adventure”, which prompts players to team up either against, or with, the planet’s invaders. The game will be story-driven by an episodic narrative, with the current price model planned as per-episode at extremely low price-points. Upon concerns about the emphasis on multiplayer, director Enric Alvarez has announced that the game will indeed be playable solo, though details on the direction and extent of solo play are currently slim. Described as a “shooting, brawling and thinking man’s strategy” game, press release artwork and screenshots show a variety of potential fighting styles and character types, some more human than others.
Raiders of the Broken Planet will be the first game in MercurySteam’s library to be self-published, and while the current beta sign-up is only for PC gamers, Dave Cox announced on twitter that the game will also be coming to PS4 and Xbox One players as well. Beta and release dates are currently slated for later this year. While no specific dates have yet been mentioned, interested gamers can sign up for the PC beta test right now.