The Unliving, you mean dead? – Still Brewing
What do we know so far?
Who are behind The Unliving?
The Unliving is being developed by RocketBrush Studios. RocketBrush have up until this point been primarily an art outsourcing company. They have contributed art and assets to a number of games, including a lot of mobile titles. However, it seems they want to push themselves further and develop a new game entirely. Publishing is being handled by Team17 Digital. That name may sound familiar to you as they have a number of high profile releases. Including Yooka-Laylee, Moving Out, and Monster Sanctuary. Suffice to say that The Unliving will be in good company.
What kind of game will it be?
The game is billed as a rogue-lite action RPG. There will also be a focus on army building, however, the extent of the army management aspects has not been revealed. But the screenshots and trailer do indicate large scale battles will be the norm. After some further digging, I have found that the army will be able to be tactically managed to a point. But if it gets too large it will end up as an uncontrollable horde, so balance is key.
Where will we find it?
From the information revealed so far, the game will be launching on PC (Steam). At this stage, the focus is on the Steam version of the game. The developers have confirmed their intention to launch the game on consoles at some point. And with their background in mobile gaming, there may even be the possibility of a mobile version. Or perhaps even a sister app. But for now, they are pushing toward a playable Windows PC build.
When can we get it?
As briefly alluded to above, the game is a fair way from release currently. There are no specifics at this stage. But the Steam page lists the release as 2021. There are so many things that can change within that time though so it could potentially be pushed back or moved forward. The developers have also mentioned the possibility of an Early Access release, but there are no firm plans set at this stage.
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As you may have guessed from the title The Unliving, the game uses death as a central motif. But more than that it uses death as a game mechanic. And even more than that it uses undeath. Much like Sword of the Necromancer The Unliving will see you defeating enemies and resurrecting them to serve you. However, unlike SofN in this game, you’ll be able to raise tens if not hundreds of former enemies to fight for you. Additionally, you as the necromancer can cast dark magic. But dark magic isn’t free, it requires a sacrifice. And seeing as you can raise an undead army, maybe giving a few of them up to cause some more havoc isn’t too much to ask.
In fact, each of the units you can “enlist” in the game will have their own spell that their sacrifice will entitle you to use. So not only do you need to make sure you have enough units to engage the enemy, but not so many that they can be destroyed by tactical maneuvers like flanking. But you also need to weigh up who to sacrifice, assuming you’re going to sacrifice anyone at all.
However, even if you decide to sacrifice a unit, death is not the end. You’ll find plenty more corpses to resurrect, and if you don’t well, then make some. Even for your character death is not the end. With his necromancy, he can raise from the dead as well. Creating a perfect setting for a rogue-lite.
We here at Sip Read Repeat hope to bring you a full review when we can. Check back later and keep gaming and drinking (coffee).
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One half of the YouTube brother duo, The Game Bros with Sirhc and Ar0n, Chris is a lover of games, movies and other great things you can do from home.
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