The Original 'Rogue' is Coming to Steam in October 2020

Published: October 9, 2020 1:22 PM /


Original Rogue Steam Release cover

An original Rogue Steam release has been discovered, bringing one of the classics of PC gaming to Valve's digital distribution platform later in October 2020.

If you're a younger or inexperienced gamer, you may not have heard of Rogue. However, you may have heard about the "roguelike" and "roguelite" genres. Rogue is the original game that these newer games are "like" — and this classic game from the 80s is finally making its way to Steam as highlighted by Mat Piscatella and Josh Ge.

Rogue, however, is a very different experience from the roguelikes and roguelites you may be used to. This game first came out in the 1980s and makes use of ASCII art to represent the character and game world. Graphics aren't everything, though — the real challenge is in the gameplay.

This classic PC game features permadeath and randomized levels as major elements. Players diving into the Dungeons of Doom have a single objective: travel through 26 deadly levels and retrieve the Amulet of Yendor. Along the way, you'll encounter nasty monsters, powerful deities, and deadly traps. You will also probably die a lot.

Original Rogue Steam release slice

When is the Original Rogue Steam Release Date?

The original Rogue Steam release date will be October 20, 2020. Players will need Windows 7 at the minimum to run this game. Fans of the original should note that this upcoming Steam release is Epyx Rogue v1.49 for IBM PCs.

Rogue is not the only game coming to Steam from the publisher Pixel Games UK this month, either. October 15 will feature the release of the Temple of Apshai Trilogy, October 19 will see the launch of Starshot: Space Circus Fever, and Horace Goes Skiing will debut alongside Rogue on October 20.

No price has been announced for the original Rogue Steam release or these other games yet, either. Based on Pixel Games UK's other releases, these upcoming titles will likely fall somewhere in the $1.99–$5.99 price range. For now, you can add Rogue to your wishlist on Steam.

What do you think of the original Rogue game coming to Steam? What's your favorite PC games from the 80s? Let us know in the comments below!

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