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Void Bastards

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One
Genre: Action
Publisher: Humble Bundle
Developer: Blue Manchu Games
Release Date: May 29, 2019

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by Rainier on May 14, 2019 @ 9:18 a.m. PDT

Void Bastards is a revolutionary new strategy-shooter that will test your wits as well as exercise your aim.

Can you lead the misfit prisoners of the Void Ark through the derelict spaceships and myriad dangers of the Sargasso Nebula? Will you make the right choices about what to do, where to go and when to fight? Master combat, manage ship controls, scavenge supplies, craft improvised tools and much more!

Forget everything you know about first-person shooters: Void Bastards asks you to take charge, not just point your gun and fire. Your task is to lead the rag-tag Void Bastards out of the Sargasso Nebula. You make the decisions: where to go, what to do and who to fight. And then you must carry out that strategy in the face of strange and terrible enemies.

On board derelict spaceships you’ll plan your mission, taking note of the ship layout, what hazards and enemies you might encounter and what terminals and other ship systems you can use to your advantage.

Move carefully through the dangerous ships, searching for supplies and manipulating control systems. React to what you find - will you detour to the generator to bring the power back online or will you fight your way into the security module to disable the ship’s defenses? Choose carefully when to fight, when to run and when just to be a bastard.


Jonathan Chey, Design Director of “Bioshock” and “System Shock 2” took the two games as inspiration for his upcoming title. “I love the deep simulational gameplay of BioShock and System Shock 2 - they aren’t just run and gun shooters. But I wanted to find a way to experience more of that gameplay without having to replay the same story over and over. Wrapping the shooter inside a strategy game turned out to be a great way to do that!”

“Void Bastards” has players take control of misfit prisoners of the Void Ark, each with unique traits, as they jump from ship to ship across the Sargasso Nebula scrounging for craftable gear, upgrades, and loot to ensure survival. Players are given a variety of options to make their way across the Nebula, from blowing up and looting everything in their path, sneaking around mutant citizens for key pieces of gear, or simply jettisoning everything into space.

Use your hard-won supplies to improvise tools and weapons, from the distracting robo-kitty to the horribly unstable clusterflak.

Navigate your tiny escape pod through the vast nebula. Flee from void whales and pirates, and politely avoid the hungry hermits. All the while you must keep scavenging for the food, fuel, and other resources that keep you alive.

Void Bastards features a 12-15 hour campaign that you can complete with an endless supply of prisoners, each with their own unique traits. When one dies, another steps forward to carry on the fight. Don’t worry, though: Any crafting progress you’ve made is retained from one to another.

Key Features:

  • Navigate a hazard filled nebula, choosing which ships to enter and which to avoid.
  • Calculate your odds before entering a wreck, equipping the best tools for the job.
  • Plan your mission using a ship map, taking account of power plants, warp chambers, security system s, radiation leaks and other features of he interactive environment.
  • Outfight mutant crew, security robots and other enemies using poison darts, rifters, robotic pets and whole host of other jury - rigged tools.
  • React to evolving scenarios, reassessing whether to push through to the ship's cafeteria or escape back to the pod without any food.
  • Escape with your loot, whether it be warp keys to evade nebula hazards or torpedoes to fight off pirate frigates. • Grow your prisoner, choosing what traits to keep and what to erase.
  • Craft new tools and upgrade old ones as you work your way to the nebula’s core.
  • Continue with a new prisoner and a new suite of traits when you die - but enjoy keeping all the tools and upgrades that your predecessors crafted.

Inspired by BioShock and System Shock 2 and led by Irrational Games co-founder Jonathan Chey, Void Bastards will release for PC & Xbox One (with day one Xbox Game Pass availability) on May 29, 2019.


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