Crab Champions, feeling crabby – Still Brewing
What do we know so far?
Who are behind Crab Champions?
The team behind the game are Noisestorm. Noisestorm will be handling both the development and publishing of Crab Champions which also appears to be their first Steam release. However, the developer has also created another crab based…thing, in Crab Rave. Also interesting to note is that despite the mention of “team” earlier, Noisestorm is actually a solo developer. Which makes this whole project even more impressive.
What kind of game will it be?
Crab Champions is set to be an action, racing, survival, third-person shooter. This might sound like a lot, but that’s because there are multiple game modes. Survival will see a crab or group of crabs fight against islands of hostile enemies. This game mode also provides an upgrade system and procedural generation making it almost a rogue-lite. However, each run will be self-contained from the sound of it. But you can develop a strategy and work on different builds for your play-style. Secondly, we have the race mode, this is the only mode that does not have weapons. But the goal is simple, make it to the end as fast as possible. Locate shortcuts, chain together movement skills, and move fast. And finally, duel these are 1v1, 2v2, or 3v3 matches that can also be customized with your own rule sets.
Where will we find it?
Right now the game is scheduled for a windows PC release (specifically on Steam). But there is mention of a potential PS4 release. Seeing as the game stems from a meme (the aforementioned Crab Rave in which a crab dances to techno music). There are some reservations about the validity of the project. But from everything released so far, it looks like the game is shaping up to be a sleeper hit. So console releases while not confirmed are within the realm of possibilities.
When can we get it?
The launch of the game is scheduled for August 20th. So there is still a little time for the finishing touches to be applied, but the wait is almost over. The game can be wishlisted on Steam and early indications suggest the game will retail for $9 USD with no in-game loot boxes or microtransactions. All content will be unlockable in-game. The game will be launching in Early Access to begin with. And will eventually move to a full release once everything has been implemented and is running smoothly.
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Similar to another aquatic third-person shooter (Tidal Shock) Crab Champions has a heavy focus on fluid movement and shield usage. However, unlike Tidal Shock, this game takes place on islands so you’ll have to worry about gravity. But these crabs can really move, with everything from scuttling to sliding and even flips. Don’t ask how they can pull the triggers on their guns, they might get a little crabby with you.
Each game mode supports solo play, with Survival being a PvE (player versus environment) and the other two modes supporting in-game AI or bots. So even if you don’t have any friends or don’t feel like playing with strangers you can still enjoy a few rounds.
The graphics on the game are quite impressive for a full team let alone a solo dev. And the Steam page currently has the storage requirement listed at 6GB which is quite reasonable.
The game also boasts a full soundtrack (which will also be available separately), of non-copyrighted music so streamers won’t be affected. This is unsurprising as the developer Noisestorm is primarily a music artist.
Overall the game is shaping up to be quite a lot of fun. Especially when you share it with friends and don’t be shellfish (couldn’t resist).
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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