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Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: RPG/Action
Developer: Novarama
Release Date: Oct. 21, 2021

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'Killsquad' Leaving Early Access, Release Date Set - Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2021 @ 3:56 p.m. PDT

Killsquad is a top-down co-op action RPG set within the futuristic world of bounty hunters known as killsquads.

Killsquad features an in-depth loot and class system with procedurally generated levels and missions ensuring no play session, either in single player or with friends is the same.Taking place in a futuristic pulp sci-fi setting, Killsquad blends a space western styling with the top down isometric look and feel of a traditional RPG. Featuring dynamic planets that pose as much as a threat to players as the enemy inhabitants do, players embark on a contract and encounter an array of deadly creatures, automated defence systems and other lethal adversaries as they navigate the exotic, richly detailed environments of each planet.

Killsquad revolves around quick session oriented missions, giving players an intense action based single and multiplayer experience. The procedurally generated levels and fast paced nature of the game invites repeat play-throughs while taking classic staples of the action RPG genre in a fresh direction. With community at its core, Killsquad introduces a live contract system with players being offered contracts for them to undertake in real time. These contracts effectively embrace a true community feel where other players can drop in and tag along in an open contract all enjoying the same experience, you can never have too much firepower.

Killsquad introduces a live contract system allowing players to join other players and tag along in an open contract for a share of loot and kudos as they take down various nefarious enemies and boss characters while navigating dynamic planets that pose as much of a threat as the enemy inhabitants do. With a variety of different weapons and contracts to unlock as 6well as equipment to acquire, players have a seemingly endless selection of options to utilize in a deadly universe that’s always active.

This landmark signals a remarkable turnaround for the four-player co-op action title, with Novarama’s unwavering commitment to its community turning a less-than-ideal Early Access start into a stunning success, with plenty more planned post-release.

Originally hitting early access in 2019, Killsquad has been supported through a sometimes difficult development process only made more complicated by the disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic. Determined to deliver on its commitment to quality and give its community a game that meets the high standards it sets for itself, Novarama pledged that it would not give up on Killsquad and would only release it when players deemed it ready. With the game enjoying 80+ Steam review scores in every month of 2021, that time is October 21st.

However, that doesn’t mean the journey is over. Novarama have big plans to continue supporting Killsquad post-release and look forward to sharing more details on what the game’s content roadmap looks like in the near future.

“I’m so proud of what the team has achieved in getting Killsquad to the great place it is today for its October 21st release,” said Creative Director Dani Sanchez-Crespo.  “We’ve always listened to player feedback and we were determined that we were going to fix the issues our community identified, so I’m delighted that we’ve fulfilled that commitment. But we’re not done yet! Look forward to information on the exciting post-release plans we have soon!”

Players can select one of 4 different heroes to play, each of which has their own distinct capabilities based on their class: Assassin, Warrior, Specialist or Support. Each class takes skill to master, thanks to a fast console-style control mechanic which unlocks character-specific abilities and traits. Killsquad’s class system means players have access to plenty of upgradeable gear and design options to completely customize their chosen character including their appearance with character skins. With a variety of different weapons and contracts to unlock and equipment to acquire, players have a seemingly endless selection of options to utilize in a deadly universe that’s always active.

Character customisation is an important part of Killsquad, starting with its five hero classes, each with their own unique weapons and skills. As you progress through the game, powerful upgrades can be acquired for those skills, and you can spend your hard-earned bounty from successfully completed contracts on new weapons and gear. Then there’s the cavalcade of loot that can be levelled up to provide powerful passive bonuses. That’s all to say that there are a lot of ways for players to define their own playstyle.

Currently available through Steam Early Access, Killsquad is coming to PC (Steam) on October 21, 2021, with PS4 and Xbox One versions to follow.

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