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You probably know Beamdog as the team behind all the Infinity Engine Enhanced Editions. But with those games (sans Icewind Dale II) all properly remastered and available on numerous platforms, for a while now Beamdog has been quietly working on an original project.
Entitled MythForce, that project is described as a first-person roguelite adventure inspired by "Saturday-morning" cartoons. The game will be launching into early access on the Epic Games Store on April 20, 2022, priced at $29.99 or your regional equivalent.
Here's the announcement trailer:
The game's description:
Inspired by beloved 80s cartoons, MythForce unites swords & sorcery with gripping 1st-person combat in a roguelite adventure fit for Saturday mornings. Brave the dungeon alone or join forces with friends to take on an ever-changing Castle of Evil!
Saturday Mornings Are Back!
Become a cartoon hero in a bodacious 80s fantasy world. Scratch that nostalgic itch with wholesome fun that’s easy to pick up and play (but tough to master).
In true rogue-lite fashion, each time you’re defeated, you’ll have to start over at the beginning— but every playthrough makes you a little stronger.
Level up as you explore the dungeon, uncovering magical artifacts and upgrades to make you say “I HAVE THE POWER!”
Immersive 1st-Person Fantasy
Wield legendary weapons and powerful magic to smite hordes of enemies in an immersive fantasy dungeon-crawl through a colorful cartoon castle.
Fresh adventures await with each new attempt to storm the keep! Explore a replayable dungeon with treasure, traps, and terrors lurking around every corner.
Coordinated Co-op Chaos!
Brave the dungeon alone or join forces in co-op mode for up to 4 players. Choose your team wisely— each hero brings unique skills to the fight!
Brave Heroes of Eldryth!
Victoria the valiant Knight joins forces with Rico the charming Rogue, Maggie the wise Mage, and Hawkins the deadly Hunter. Together, they form the legendary team known as… MythForce!
These courageous champions are all that stand between Eldryth and the tyranny of the vampire lord, Deadalus. Will our heroes prevail against the many malevolent minions, tricks, and traps in his ever-changing dungeon?
Tune into the adventure to find out!
And a press release with a few quotes from Beamdog's CEO Trent Oster:
EDMONTON, Canada. April 12, 2022— Beamdog today revealed their first original title: MythForce. Inspired by beloved 80s cartoons, MythForce unites colorful swords & sorcery with gripping first-person combat in a roguelite adventure. Published by Aspyr Media, the game will launch into Early Access on April 20, 2022 as an Epic Games Store exclusive for Windows PCs, priced at $29.99 USD.
“I’m beyond excited to finally show off our team’s original work,” said Trent Oster, Beamdog CEO. “MythForce is pure, unadulterated fun— right out of the Saturday mornings of my childhood. 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.”
The Early Access launch includes four playable heroes for MythForce Episode 1: Bastion of the Beastlord. Wielding legendary weapons and powerful magic, the heroes of MythForce face a series of increasingly difficult challenges as they explore overgrown ruins teeming with cartoon enemies. Players can brave the dungeon alone or join forces with friends in online co-op mode for up to four people.
Heroes level-up as they explore the dungeon, unlocking different perks for each playthrough, as well as special rank upgrades that carry over to new sessions. Procedurally-generated maps with randomized encounters and loot keep each playthrough fresh. In true roguelite fashion, each time players are defeated they have to start over at the beginning, but every playthrough makes them a little stronger.
MythForce is currently available to wishlist from the Epic Games Store, and Episode 1: Bastion of the Beastlord will be playable on April 20, 2022. Beamdog will release additional episodes and updates during Early Access, incorporating input from Early Access community members.
“MythForce is a feel-good game that speaks to the kid in us. In Early Access we want to collaborate with players who are excited by our wholesome, 80s vision for MythForce, and build up the best game possible. Community will be key to getting us to 1.0,” said Oster.