Sublevel Zero gets a release date

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Back in May, we covered a few great titles that were shown at GAMAYO 8 , including an early build of six-degrees of freedom (6DOF) shooter Sublevel Zero. The game harkens back to the classic (and, as we pointed out, woefully under-genred) Descent series, modernising it with roguelike attributes, prettier graphics and a good dose of retro sounds. While the version we saw may have had a few bugs, we were definitely impressed by what the developers have been doing

Sigtrap Games have finally given a date for the release of the game: 8 October 2015! You can expect a fair amount of gameplay for your money since all the levels are procedurally generated, meaning each playthrough will be a new experience. Visually, not a huge amount has changed from the retro-modern graphical style we saw, but the last few months will have been plenty of time to add more content and polish.

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6 Degrees of Freedom

Your gunship is free to fly and rotate in all directions. You can attack from any angle, and so can your enemies. If you’re familiar with such names as Descent and Forsaken, feel free to reminisce.

Procedural

Levels are randomly generated every time you play. Descend into a low poly, pixelpunk fever dream.

Permadeath

No lives. No saves. Make every shot, every decision count. Think on your feet and adapt to the changing environment before it’s too late.

Looting and Crafting

Collect a wide range of randomly-generated weapons, upgrades and game-changing items. Craft them together to equip your gunship for your play style. Unlock more items and blueprints as you play.

Oculus Rift Support

Why not dive face-first into an immersive world that really, really wants you to die? You’ll look a bit strange, but you won’t care.

Retro Tunes

Shoot everything that moves to an accompaniment of awesome 8-bit inspired music.

Sublevel Zero will be released 8 October on Steam for Windows, OS X and Linux/SteamOS.

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About Dan Morse

From the Atari 2600 right through to bleeding fast PCs, Dan's played on them all. One thing that's never changed is an unwavering passion for video games. Twitter: @happydan | Steam: happydan | GOG: happydan