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Platform(s): PC
Genre: RPG/Strategy
Publisher: Modern Wolf

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'Mechajammer' Updated Demo Available During Dreamhack Beyond

by Rainier on July 28, 2021 @ 9:20 a.m. PDT

Mechajammer is a tactical, turn-based RPG set on a grim future colony world. Immerse yourself in a dystopian cyberpunk reality inspired by low-tech, analog worlds featured in '80s sci-fi/action movies.

Mechajammer is a tactical, turn-based RPG set on a grim future colony world. Immerse yourself in a dystopian cyberpunk reality inspired by low-tech, analog worlds featured in '80s sci-fi/action movies. Explore, interact and fight your way out of the hellhole you find yourself in.

Mechajammer is a CRPG with strong tabletop roots but with a precise, peculiar take on the genre. The foundation of the game is an immersive sim (like an isometric Deus Ex) on which the players will freely choose how to face different tactical situations. Stealth is always an option, as party-based combat is.

The combat system sports a powerful twist as turns take place simultaneously and allow for interrupts, quick reactions, and, in general, an experience that feels like real-time but with the rules of turn-based combat systems.

Mechajammer inspirations are rooted in 80s sci-fi/action movies like Escape from New York, Robocop, and the first Terminator. The gritty, dark and campy atmosphere of these movies is clearly recognizable in Mechajammer with its undertones of analog low-tech. The environments are rendered in a dense wall of grungy, sweaty pixels that mimic the grungy feel of the referenced movies.

Another objective of the team was to capture the bluntness of the story of movies like Escape from New York. Wild, simple, and outrageous with a hero just trying to save his skin with no world-saving nor the usual “unite the underdogs to fight the villain” nonsense.

Modern Wolf has released a new Mechajammee demo for Dreamhack Beyond.

This demo will introduce you to the character creator, combat and dialogue mechanics and a glimpse into what dangers are out to get you on Calitana.

Combat System

Let's say your recovery from your last attack just ended, and you can pick a new action. You see an enemy pop up from taking cover and is pointing a pistol at you, but they haven't shot yet, so you can assume they are in an aiming turn for the moment. You could choose to duck behind your own cover and wait, run for a different cover to flank, take a shot yourself if you think you'll be faster, or throw up your shield to deflect.

It makes combat tense and allows for a variety of tactics like side-stepping a thrown knife (which takes turns to get to you) or interrupting someone mid-attack that wouldn't be possible if everyone took their turns one at a time or all at the exact same time.

Key Features:

  • Open-World Exploration: Freely roam through the streets of an off-world cyberpunk city, the killer jungles outside its walls, and the occult syndicate hollows below.
  • Companions & Squad Commands: Recruit large squads of mercenaries, gang members, and thieves as companions. Issue commands to the whole squad to keep the turn-based combat fast and exciting.
  • Choices & Consequences: You and your crew of deserters have crashed onto a hostile jungle colony. To escape, you must gather rumors, bribe enemies, and earn trust through completing missions. In this immersive sim choose your path wisely, as your story options will shift with every choice.
  • Character Creation: Deep and fully customizable character creation allows you to experiment and design your own playstyle.

Mechajammer is coming to PC (Steam).


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