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Dreamscaper

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC
Genre: RPG/Action
Developer: Afterburner Studios
Release Date: 2020

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'Dreamscaper' (ALL) Comes to Steam Early Access This Summer - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 27, 2020 @ 10:11 a.m. PDT

Dreamscaper is a strategic, fluid, and dynamic action-RPG roguelite blending elements from brawlers, top-down shooters, and dungeon crawlers.

Every slumber is a different dungeon and you must unlock the power of your dreams to see a new day.

Play as Cassidy and dive into her subconscious, taking on the surreal nightmares she wrestles with in order to save her from a dark fate.

A rich, expansive combat system rewards skilled play. Use careful positioning, exact timing and quick reflexes to defeat foes with an abundance of combat options.

Each weapon class in Dreamscaper is unique, from rending the earth below your nightmares to whipping a yo-yo into their faces. You’ll have a myriad of ways to approach combat.

Adventure through beautiful, haunting dreams to discover untold secrets, vanquish nightmares, and upgrade your gear all while uncovering Cassidy’s story.

Lean into the nightmares and make the rush of permadeath your ally as progressive exploration, a multitude of surreal items, and an ever-changing world create deep replay-ability

Live Cassidy's waking life and forge friendships with the people around her. Empower Cassidy with their hopes and memories to dispel the darkness of her nightmares.


Featuring an otherworldly, dynamic musical score by industry composer, Dale North, Dreamscaper is due out on Steam Early Access this summer. 

“We are excited to officially announce that Dreamscaper is coming to Steam Early Access this summer,” said Ian Cofino from Afterburner Studios. “Dreamscaper is a very personal project to us. We wanted to explore themes like depression and mental health, but do it in a more approachable way. Casidy’s journey of empowerment and overcoming her anxieties felt like a premise everyone of us could relate to. We're thrilled with how much Dreamscaper has resonated with players across the world.”

Vanquish the deadly enemies and bosses that invade Cassidy's dreams, clearing the dark miasma that surrounds her.

Each enemy and boss in Dreamscaper is a representation of one of Cassidy's most negative emotions.

Battle bosses with styles and attack patterns that embody Isolation, Fear, Negativity, Loss and more.

Warp the Dreamscape around you with “Lucid Powers” – surreal dream attacks and abilities that manipulate the elements, warp space, and even control time itself.

Explore the ever changing Dreamscapes and discover powerful artifacts, surreal scenery and a multitude of unique events, challenges and puzzles.

Unravel Cassidy’s story as you plunge through her subconscious, build relationships in the real world and discover dream vignettes. Each dream is another peek into Cassidy’s memories and experiences.

Key Features:

  • An expansive combat system that rewards skilled play - shoot off finger guns, rend the earth below you or whip a yo-yo into enemies with a slew of dream inspired weaponry
  • Adventure through six beautiful, haunting dreamscapes to discover powerful artifacts, surreal scenery and a multitude of unique events, challenges and puzzles
  • Day / night gameplay - explore the waking and dreaming world to learn Cassidy's story, your actions in one affect the other
  • Deep item progression that creates synergies and new possibilities every run, encouraging experimentation and high replay-ability
  • Warp the Dreamscape around you with “Lucid Powers” – surreal dream attacks and abilities that manipulate the elements, warp space, and even control time itself
  • Live Cassidy's waking life and forge friendships with the people around her. Empower Cassidy with their hopes and memories to dispel the darkness of her nightmares
  • A beautiful, dynamic soundtrack composed by Dale North that adapts to player experience

Dreamscaper releases on Nintendo Switch and PC (Steam) in 2020, with PS4 and Xbox One platforms being considered.


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