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Check Out Video of Overload, the Spiritual Successor to Descent

Overload brings the same great 6DOF gameplay of Descent in a modern package.


Overload is a new six-degree-of-freedom shooter from the makers of Descent. Revival Productions is creating a title that combines that classic Descent-style gameplay with modern tech. Currently, Overload is on Steam Early Access, but it already has a good chunk of content. The developers have promised regular updates every 3-4 weeks and when the full game launches it'll have a story mode from the writer of Freespace 2.

Right now on Steam Early Access, you can purchase Overload for $24.99. In the current build of the game you can access:

  • 4 Challenge Mode levels
  • Infinite and Countdown mode variants that focus on survival or efficiency
  • A training level
  • One sample single-player level
  • Seven primary weapons and five types of missiles
  • Ten different enemies

The full game, expected to release sometime in 2017 will include:

  • Single-player campaign with 15+ full-size levels
  • 12+ Challenge Mode Levels
  • XP-based unlock system with upgradable ship and 16+ upgradable weapons
  • 20+ robot types and three huge bosses
  • A soundtrack by Dan Wentz (Descent 2) and Allister Brimble (Descent 1 Redbook)

After the full launch, there will also be a multiplayer expansion and level editor released.

Overload also has a rare opportunity for potential players that we don't see a lot of anymore: a demo. You can play a teaser of Overload and try the game before you buy it! How novel!

One of the first computer games I remember playing as a kid was Terminal Velocity, and the experience turned me on to PC gaming. If you have a love for Descent and want a great modern update that stays faithful to the 6DOF gameplay, Overload looks to be worth a try.

For more videos, including gameplay and interviews, visit the Shacknews and YouTube channels.

Special thanks to Daniel Perez for the footage

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From The Chatty
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    March 16, 2017 11:30 AM

    Shack Staff posted a new article, Check Out Video of Overload, the Spiritual Successor to Descent

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      March 16, 2017 11:57 AM

      having played the first mission just a few days ago I'd say it was great and scratched all the right places. If you liked descent or really just a uniquish type of game gotta try it out.

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        March 16, 2017 1:44 PM

        I liked Descent. I like Overload. I'm looking forward to seeing how it shapes up further down its development cycle.

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      March 16, 2017 12:11 PM


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      March 16, 2017 12:24 PM

      This is probably the most pedantic whiny comment about an article ever but does Terminal Velocity count as a Descent-like? I kind of considered it to be it's own thing along with Fury 3.

      But yes, Overload is really good and people should consider buying the early access or at least trying the demo. Just everything about it feels like the perfect modernization of Descent.

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        March 16, 2017 12:55 PM

        I mean they're definitely different, but Terminal Velocity was similar enough to interest me in playing Descent. Weirdly enough I missed out on Fury 3 and its sequel. Looks like I'm gonna have to get a VM started for some Windows 3.1 fun soon.

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          March 16, 2017 1:55 PM

          Oh ok, got it.

          Yeah, if you liked Terminal Velocity then you'll probably like those since they're basically the same thing, maybe even to a fault.

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