Post-apocalyptic Igavania-styled title HAAK announced a September 16 release date today. Players explore a vast wasteland and oppose a mysterious organization with its own shadowy goals in this godforsaken world.
With dark, moody graphics, the world of HAAK is stark and bleak in its execution. It looks and feels quite lonely, with pans of wide, broken windows and rusting chains. With its sound design and soundtrack, it creates gloomy, immersive environments consisting of futuristic cities and eerie underground secret lairs. There's a sense of wrongness, a discordant note that feels gray and oppressive.
The Energy Hook is the main device that players use to interact with the world. It is a weapon and a tool. Character-specific hacking abilities create a variety of builds and skills for the player to make and test. Agility and good timing are necessary to navigate HAAK's world, as danger is around every corner. There's nothing scarier than the unknown, and so much of the world of HAAK is unknown. In addition to its main plot, there are plenty of side quests, stingers, and foreshadowing. Exploring the world rewards the player with lore and helps fill in the gaps about what, exactly, is going on.
If that intrigues you, HAAK is going to Early Access on Steam, and expects to stay there for about a year. A launch is also planned for the Nintendo Switch as well as Android and iOS devices. Be sure to check back with us here at TechRaptor for any apocalyptic developments, as well as HAAK news.
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