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Trident's Wake

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Action
Developer: Bacus Studios
Release Date: June 4, 2019

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'Trident's Wake' Early Access Update Adds New Content

by Rainier on March 25, 2019 @ 8:44 a.m. PDT

Trident's Wake is a twin-stick co-op space shooter that follows a group of soldiers tasked with taking back a colony ship, The Trident, from an unknown alien force that has infested its decks.

Tasked with taking back a colony ship, The Trident, from an unknown alien force that has infested its decks, players must upload their human consciousness (known as an Echo) into a combat robot Sentinel and take back the ship sector-by-sector. Featuring over 20 hours of campaign gameplay, multiple character classes, an arsenal of deadly weapons and online co-op for endless replayability, Trident's Wake is a fresh new addition to the twin-stick shooter genre.

Humanity has left Earth with its last consignment of embryos aboard the colony ship, The Trident. Adrift in deep space, The Trident has been overrun by the alien scourge and only you can stop them. Players must progress through multiple sectors aboard the ship including the open-ended Industrial Zone, Storage Bay, Hangars and the ship's Medical Facility, among others. Each level is populated by nine distinct enemy types – ranging from close-quarter shotgun-wielding Humanoids to Kamikaze units that rush the player and explode after a short delay.

Differentiating itself from the other twin-stick shooters, Trident’s Wake features a two-tier currency system in addition to traditional XP for its progression system. The first currency, Matheria, allows players to unlock and customise up to 11 unique weapons. These include standard bullet-based weapons such as Assault Rifles, Shotguns and Miniguns to Plasma Rifles, capable of powerful kinetic damage and laser-powered Beamers that pierce through enemy armour with pinpoint accuracy. Matheria can also be used to unlock and upgrade different Sentinel abilities. Rarer tier-two currency known as Weapon Parts is used to upgrade weapons through multiple tiers for increased damage, reload capacity, accuracy and magazine size.

Both currencies also allow players to upgrade three unique character classes, known as the Sentinel Chassis. Each Sentinel Chassis can choose from up to 9 unique abilities. Abilities include both offensive and defensive power-ups, such as the Shield Nova – a shockwave-blasting offensive ability and the Bulwark, a temporary barrier that absorbs enemy gunfire.  

With extensive community feedback and plenty of hard work, developer Bacus Studios and publisher Graffiti Games are today releasing the first major update for the procedurally-generated, co-operative twin-stick shooter Trident’s Wake.

Today’s major update includes:

  • New Sentinel: Roka – A hardy “tank-style” Sentinel with extra health that can take a beating. The Roka focuses on closing pathways by dropping an energy wall that can provide relief when the enemy attacks in hordes.
  • New Sector: Crew Quarters – A once cozy section of the Trident featuring trees, park areas and other outdoor-styled amenities, it has now been occupied by enemy forces that must be destroyed.

Additional updates:

  • Improved Hosting and Steam Invite
  • Voice Chat
  • A Cinematic Intro That Provides The Game’s Backstory
  • Sentinel Garage Animations
  • Much More

Trident’s Wake has an amazing community that is providing valuable feedback during Early Access, which we used to shape our first major update,” said Ignacio “Nacho" Baldini, C.E.O. and Founder of Bacus Studios. “We want to show the community that they are truly helping to shape the game and we can’t wait to use their continued feedback for the next major update.”

Trident’s Wake’s is designed with maximum replayability and variety in mind as its level designs, enemy spawns, and objective types are randomised with virtually no repetition. Gameplay variety will be further enhanced with online multiplayer modes including local couch co-op or online multiplayer with friends, supporting up to 4-players.

Key Features:

  • Several Sentinels to choose from, each with a unique ability and set of stats that cater to different playstyles.
  • Customize your Sentinels with a personalized look to better represent you during your missions.
  • An engaging progression system, which rewards you with new weapons, abilities and upgrades.
  • A wide array of weapons and abilities that can make you a hero… or a martyr!
  • Fully cooperative gameplay. Plan your loadout to complement your squad and you’ll be able to overcome even the most challenging encounters.
  • Friendly fire. Because Sentinels aren't immune to bullets just because they’re fired from your gun.
  • Local Co-Op. Turn that pizza party into an exhilarating game night with just one account and a few controllers. You’ll still get to progress!
  • Weapon tinkering. Customize your favorite weapons by favoring certain aspects, and re-roll its stats until you get them just right.
  • Weapon upgrades: Because there’s no such thing as “too much firepower”.
  • Fully fleshed out settings within a massive colony ship: discover the fate of humanity’s last hope while experiencing breath-taking environments.
  • Pseudo-procedural mission generator, controller support, performance medals, and more!

Trident's Wake available for PC as digital download through Steam for $14.99

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