Hard West

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action
Developer: Forever Entertainment
Release Date: June 28, 2020

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'Hard West' (ALL) Comes To PS4 Next Week

by Rainier on June 26, 2020 @ 10:00 a.m. PDT

Times are hard, people are ruthless and the land is unforgiving in Hard West, a tactical turn-based western with exploration adventure.

Arm yourself with a six-bullet Colt and nerves of steel and - if you dare - travel through infinite, inhospitable lands of forests, mountains, prairie. The places where law is unknown or corrupted, where wraiths whisper strange and terrible things in their ghost towns, where devil himself can wear hat and act like a sheriff. Be ready for difficult decisions, deceptive gunfights and inexplicable mystic element.

Weird West - the genre mixing classic western novels with horror element - is known almost exclusively from comic books and paper RPG. “Hard West” brings that atmosphere to new medium and transform interesting stories into suggestive experience of blood and lead.

Follow Warren on his descent into the darkest recesses of the human soul, and try to survive in a world full of hard choices and even harder consequences. Because in the frontier world of Hard West, death is a constant presence and the black pacts which you make with forces beyond human comprehension will forever haunt all those around you.

Hard West combines the imaginative minds of the dangerously creative Polish developers to tell a deeply riveting tale which was written in collaboration with Haris Orkin (Company of Heroes 2, Dying Light and Call of Juarez series), and features an original score composed by Marcin Przybylowicz (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt).

Hard West features compelling tactical turn-based combat where players control 1-4 posse members dead-set against a world of satanic cults, arcane rituals, spirits and demons. Collect and master a range of western-inspired special abilities and create powerful combos to customize your gunslingers. You'll need them at their deadliest.

Forever Entertainment has revealed that it is working on bringing Hard West to PS4 as an Ultimate Edition and will include the Scars of Freedom DLC as well as the game's soundtrack.

Hard West: Ultimate Edition is planned for June 28, 2019 and will aprox. cost $28/€25.

Is there any rule that cannot be broken in hardest of times? Will you sell your soul to devil to realize vengeance? Extasy of gold can guide you into horrible actions: burning churches and wiping out cities. In the other hand you will prove you are even more dangerous if you can stay lawful no matter what. But remember - in “Hard West” it is better to stay alive than right.

Key Features:

  • 6 scenarios - at least 1 hour of gameplay each, some endless. 3 of the scenarios have been fully prototyped, include at least 5 tactical encounters each, are completely playable and passable.
  • World map - implemented and tested. The way it’s implemented allows the designers (and some of our lucky backers) almost infinite possibilities in terms of what events and options can be achieved in exploration.
  • Shadow cloak ability - If in thick shadow, character can become invisible for the enemies. Some characters will be able to move within the shadow without becoming visible.
  • Blinding sun - depending on the sun angle, shadows and character direction, he may be blinded by the sun.
  • Shadow spotting - enemies that are not visible/spotted will cast shadows nevertheless. Shadows will be registered as spotted targets and displayed on hud.
  • Creating cover - some objects can be turned over to create cover.
  • Manual targeting and ricochets - player can select to target manually and bounce the bullets off metal objects. Shotgun ricochet results in an area of effect damage around the object instead.
  • Bribing - some enemies will positively react to a satchel of coins thrown their way; depending on the amount and their loyalty, they can flee or even switch sides.
  • Wound system - wounds cripple characters temporarily, but pain makes them stronger. Heal them right away using mixtures, doctors and shamans, or withstand the pain. Survived wounds are forged into permanent perks.
  • Character development - this is a major topic for us, so stay tuned for a detailed design.
  •  Stealth stage - the combat encounters will be preceded by a stage where enemies are not yet alarmed and there are several stealth mechanics accompanying - sound, shadow, distance, disguise and so on.
  • Gunpoint ability - allows for locking on an enemy; when the enemy moves the shot is discharged.

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