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Blackout Protocol

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Action
Publisher: Ocean Drive Studio
Developer: Ocean Drive Studio
Release Date: 2024

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'Blackout Protocol' Available On Steam Early Access, Reveals Development Roadmap - Trailer

by Rainier on July 19, 2023 @ 9:04 a.m. PDT

Blackout Protocol is a 3-player co-op twin-stick shooter with persistent rogue-lite elements and a tense, spooky atmosphere.

Blackout Protocol invites action lovers to a frenetic twin-stick shooter where 3 players will collaborate to eradicate a very real menace. The three agents will be deployed in a remote containment facility that went dark after an internal breach. Shoot your way through hordes of creatures and use data cubes, credits and blueprints to upgrade your equipment at the next safe zone.. if you can reach it!

As employees of S2P Corporation, your work seemed so noble: advancing humanity through cutting-edge research into paranatural entities. That is, until they had something to say about it.

Now an internal containment breach has knocked out the power at Section 13, an underground research base where S2P houses its most dangerous subjects. With the entire facility in the dark—literally—it's up to you and a squad of intrepid coworkers to arm yourselves, delve into the depths, and shed light on what lies within.

Arm up, shed some light, and take back control...or die trying, again and again.

Ocean Drive Studio is over the moon as Blackout Protocol is now available through Steam Early Access!

PC gamers are invited to join the fray, face hordes of zombies together and help the developer craft the action game of their dreams in the process! To celebrate the launch Blackout Protocol's price is discounted for a week so players can grab it for $9.75!

Blackout Protocol Early Access launch content:

  • 4 characters, more will be added during the Early Access campaign.
  • 5 levels: Parking Lot, Lobby, Office, Warehouse, Isolation Chamber (Boss). More will be added during the Early Access campaign.
  • Reworked balancing for difficulty levels and party size. The balancing will continue to be tweaked based on players’ feedback.
  • Introducing a whole new mode in beta state: Swarm Defense Mode
  • Fully voiced in English!

“The main difference would be the amount of content accessible to players. We will cover the scope of Early Access in the next question, so to keep the focus on official launch: the full version will take players through the entirety of Section 13 base, have additional weapons/skills/enemies, and more playable characters! We are also planning to add more variety in the procedural generation algorithm–this should give players a richer experience as they delve deeper into Section 13 base.”

Ocean Drive Studio also shares today their plans for Blackout Protocol with a detailed Early Access campaign roadmap!

Key Features:

  • Watch Your Backs . . . and Your Aim: Communication between coworkers is key to surviving the trials of office life. Gather your trio and cover each other’s six as you tackle each floor of Section 13. But with dark, narrow corridors and shifting architecture, friendly fire is a constant threat — so mind where you're pointing that prototype lightning cannon!
  • Illuminate the Situation: Like any workplace, foul creatures lurk in the shadows...and they'd prefer to keep it that way. To take back control, you'll have to wield the light against them, using your trusty flashlights (and the base's electrical system) to seize the advantage. But be careful: monsters react to being exposed in unique ways, and they're not all shy about voicing their displeasure.
  • Try Not to Panic: Every job has its stressors, whether it's tension with management, a slide deck that won't cooperate, or debilitating psionic damage caused by traumatic contact with otherworldly horrors. As you battle your way to the heart of the facility, keep an eye on your Panic Gauge, or suffer the consequences.
  • Get Better or Get Stronger: To support your mission, S2P Corporation is proud to provide select agents with access to its platinum benefits package: the Death Nullification System, or DNS. In the event of catastrophic mission failure, DNS will evacuate your consciousness and transmit it backwards through time. This will enable you to preserve certain skills and abilities between runs, ensuring your next attempt will be a little bit easier.

You may also taste copper for a few hours. That's normal.

Blackout Protocol is coming to PC (Steam Early Access in 2023), followed by consoles at a later time.

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