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Have A Nice Death

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Gearbox Publishing
Developer: Magic Design Studios
Release Date: March 22, 2023

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'Have A Nice Death' Gameplay Overview Ahead Of Next Week's Launch - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 17, 2023 @ 2:03 p.m. PDT

Have A Nice Death is a new hand-drawn 2D Action Rogue-lite that explores office life in the underworld.

Have a Nice Death is a hand-drawn 2D Action Rogue-Lite where gamers will assume the role of Death, Founder and CEO of Death Incorporated, the massive underworld organization responsible for processing souls in the afterlife.

As the company’s fearless leader, they will explore the darkly charming, procedurally-generated departments of the corporation’s headquarters to round up and rehabilitate rogue employees who have been ignoring company protocol and snatching up far too many souls on Earth. Getting the department bosses — also known as Sorrows — and their minions under control, however, is a difficult task and will require multiple runs to complete.

Luckily, players will have an arsenal of weapons, spells and special skills on hand to get the job done.

The Gameplay Overview trailer shares everything new players should know about Have a Nice Death before they jump into the darkly charming roguelike on March 22. 

What are the top 8 things new players should know about Have a Nice Death

  1. For starters... Have a Nice Death is a 2D action roguelike where you play as Death, Founder and CEO of Death Incorporated, the giant underworld organization responsible for processing
    souls in the afterlife.
  2. Your mission as Death Inc. CEO: Hack’n’scythe your way through all the departments of Death Incorporated…and set the company back in order so you can say no to burnout and get on with your vacation plans!
  3. Departments change each playthrough: Each department (world) in Have a Nice Death is not only darkly charming, they’re also procedurally-generated with each floor bringing a wide variety of options – making every playthrough attempt fresh and exciting like a nice cup of Death Inc. koffee. 
  4. You have many tools of the trade to choose from: With 70 weapons and spells at your disposal, you’ll be sure to find the perfect tool to get out of control departments back to work and accomplish your mission. 
  5. Dying has its benefits: After each attempt, you’ll get performance review that will grant you ingots (gold money!) that you can use to unlock unique weapons, items and upgrades that will help you progress on your journey. 
  6. There’s more than one difficulty option: Aside from the default difficulty mode, “Imminent Breakdown”, there’s a beginner-friendly mode, “Self-Fulfillment” along with 15 Breakdown difficulty modes to challenge yourself with and become the ultimate CEO. 
  7. Being CEO has its perks: Running Death Incorporated is a challenging endeavor, but luckily you have a plethora of useful perks: 
    • Getting powerful curses: You can give yourself helpful curses that grant you permanent passive bonuses or buffs... some curses only come with downsides every once in a while.
    • Signing contracts: Before you head out and get to work, you can accept special contracts that grant you challenges to complete and instant bonuses, such as a new weapon or spell to use in your run. 
    • Shopping and upgrading (till you drop!): In-between runs, you can get new items and weapons from the Shop and upgrade weapons at the Forge – and when you return to your office, you can even get new decorations from Muriel the Reverent. 
  8. Last but not least: Don your cloak, grab your scythe, and get ready to…Have a Nice Death!

Key Features:

  • Welcome to Death Incorporated – Discover and explore the seven darkly-charming, procedurally-generated departments of Death Inc., where you’ll meet a diverse cast of memorable characters—like your affable pumpkin-headed assistant, Pump Quinn—who are always willing to share the latest office gossip.
  • Reap What You Sow – Sharpen your skills (and scythe) through fast-paced hack n’ slash combat, utilizing over 70 unique weapons and spells you can find and upgrade to create devastating combinations.
  • Death Never Sleeps – Since Death can’t die, use what you’ve learned and earned to overcome the numerous minions and bosses in each department of Death Incorporated... over and over. A performance review after every run guarantees that you’ll unlock interesting items and upgrades that will help you progress on your journey.
  • When Life Gives You Curses – Taking more power for yourself is a controversial move in Death Incorporated’s company culture. For instance, adopting a Curse upgrade for yourself might result in the Labor Inspector granting your subordinates enhanced powers, or worse, raising the cost of koffee and other items that are vital to your work output.
  • Prove You’re the Best Underworld Boss – After completing your first adventure across Death, Inc., there's still work that needs to be done to prove you’re the best boss there is. From completing special challenges and trying out recently-unlocked difficulty modes that feature unique modifiers to earning rewards to complete your Pitbook by getting all the weapons, spells, curses and upgrades – your “to-do” list is far from completed.
  • You Call the Shots – Make your playthrough the most optimal experience that’s right for you, boss. With various accessibility options at your disposal, including adjusting sound and language settings, and full controller remapping functionality support -- you’re free to fully customize your experience before hacking’n’scything away.

Currently available through Steam Early Access, Have A Nice Death is coming to Nintendo Switch and PC (Steam) on March 22, 2023 at $24.99.

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