Beamdog, a developer most known for rereleases of classic computer RPGs, has just revealed MythForce. This new game keeps up the team’s fantasy lineage while shifting the genre to a first-person action roguelite. The change in genre also comes with a change in visual style as it looks like it was ripped straight off an ’80s Saturday morning cartoon with its cel-shaded art direction. Mythforce is coming out on April 20 in early access on the Epic Games Store, meaning that players can tune in quite soon.
Both the gameplay trailer and the animated introduction (complete with a catchy theme tune) show off MythForce‘s band of four heroes. Players can team up with friends in online co-op to embody the whole adventuring party or just take out their favorite warrior for a solo spin against the hordes of skeletons that lie behind every procedurally generated dungeon door.
Beamdog CEO Trent Oster spoke with GameInformer for MythForce‘s reveal, admitting that it was a lot different than what fans typically expect from the studio.
“MythForce is pure, unadulterated fun – right out of the Saturday mornings of my childhood,” he said. “With a simple yet satisfying game loop, it’s a big departure from the RPG classics we’re known for, but the Beamdog DNA is evident if you know where to look.”
And since it is an early access release, it won’t be the full game. This abbreviated look at the title will contain the first chapter (titled Episode 1: Bastion of the Beastlord), with more adventures to come as development continues.