I’m admittedly a bit burnt out on battle royale shooters, however I’m nonetheless going to be making an attempt Stormdivers as a result of it’s by Housemarque, masters of explosions, lasers and arcade shooters. This weekend (beginning 1pm GMT on Saturday, January 26th), they’ll be working a brief open beta for duos. Grab a buddy, sign up for a free key here and hopefully I’ll see you on the longer term space-battlefield tomorrow. Check out the trailer beneath, which unsurprisingly comprises some very swooshy particle results and large zappy laser weapons.
While there’s nonetheless just a few boring weapons in there, Stormdivers does look to play a bit extra apparently than most battle royales. Your preliminary character construct contains two particular talents picked from a pool. Stuff like summoning immediate defensive partitions, teleporting, turning near-invisible, self-healing and so forth. Players are additionally outfitted with jetpacks to permit for lots extra aerial management, though no actual flight. I’m a bit disillusioned by what I’ve seen of the map, although – a lot of acquainted valleys and bushes, even when there are some bizarre alien mega-structures looming over all of it.
While I’ve my reservations, I’m curious to see what Housemarque can carry to the desk. The studio have been well-known for his or her quick, twitchy arcade games since Super Stardust within the 90s. Sadly, their newest – Nex Machina, a twin-stick shooter co-developed with Robotron creator Eugene Jarvis – didn’t promote, regardless of being an excellent game, main them to declare that “arcade is dead”. Here’s hoping they’ll carry a few of that over-the-top burnt neon fashion to this more and more well-worn style, then, and that it finds its area of interest. Far too many multiplayer games from smaller studios have fizzled out earlier than leaving early entry this previous yr, and I’d hate to see it occur once more right here.