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This Means Warp

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Management
Publisher: Jagex Partners
Developer: Outlier

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'This Means Warp' Early Access Update Adds Advanced Difficulty Settings, New Gameplay Options

by Rainier on May 2, 2022 @ 4:00 a.m. PDT

This Means Warp is an intense 1-4 player co-op spaceship management roguelite game.

Explore a procedurally generated universe in real-time, upgrade your ship, battle increasingly dangerous enemies, and adapt your strategies in a constantly changing and challenging fight for survival.

Designed with multiplayer and replayability at its core, This Means Warp encourages players to cooperate and think tactically in hectic, real-time space battles, and adopt shrewd strategies as they guide their ship through a hostile, procedurally generated universe.

Taking inspiration from roguelikes such as FTL and party games such as the Overcooked series, This Means Warp sees players control crew members onboard a ship, manning different systems, targeting weapons and conducting repairs, and ultimately charting a course through the treacherous void of space. Purchase new weapons/systems for your ship, battle increasingly challenging enemies, and choose your path through a wide array of varied and dangerous encounters.

The stakes are high - if your ship is destroyed, it’s game over!

Outlier Games has released of its first Steam Early Access update for This Means Warp, introducing new game-modes, advanced difficulty settings, along with new enemies and missions for players to encounter as they race across the galaxy.  

The first update focuses on bringing greater replayability to This Means Warp with new game mode scenarios to unlock - curated experiences that change up the gameplay with different rules for each new run. Each scenario completed unlocks the next, all the way up to “Custom Mode” where players can edit the variables themselves and create their own challenges.

Players that have beaten the game once on “hard” difficulty will be able to unlock “Nightmare” difficulty, the first of an escalating scale of Nightmare modes designed to be played until they are no-longer beatable, all featuring progressively more powerful enemies and harder all around gameplay. Not for the faint of heart! The update will also introduce minor tweaks like crew experience, allowing crew members to increase their stats throughout a run - and a clutch of new enemies and mission types to add variety to any run. 

Technical director and co-founder of Outlier Games Paul Froggatt said: “We’ve been blown away by the positive reception for This Means Warp since its early access launch last month. We see this first update as a way of delivering on the promise of the game to our growing community, by providing more variety and more ways to play the game while we continue to work on the long term roadmap. We can’t wait to show them what we’ve been working on and prove our commitment to making This Means Warp a truly community driven game, where players are involved in guiding it’s development every step of the way.”

Key Features:

  • 1-4 players with singleplayer, local multiplayer, and online multiplayer
  • Procedurally generated maps, enemies, encounters and items to make every run unique
  • Real-time action - you'll have to think on your feet to survive
  • Challenging, high-stakes combat - target individual sub-systems to disrupt and disable enemies
  • Wide selection of ship systems, items, and upgrades to customize your ship and develop your playstyle
  • Dynamic story that reacts to your choices and changes every time you play
  • Diverse cast of characters to meet and recruit

This Means Warp is coming to PC (Steam ) in 2022.

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