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Against The Storm

Platform(s): PC
Genre: RPG/Action
Publisher: Hooded Horse
Developer: Eremite Games
Release Date: 2023

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'Against The Storm' Leaving Early Access In December, Will Also Debut On PC Game Pass - Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 20, 2023 @ 11:39 a.m. PST

Against the Storm is a roguelite city builder set in a fantasy world tormented by the everlasting rain.

Settle the unknown wilds to discover and rebuild the ruins of a long-forgotten civilization. Develop technologies that will help your citizens tackle destructive storms and extend the frontier of your civilization.

A unique combination of city building and roguelite genres makes each playthrough a unique adventure. Every reclaimed ruin increases your buildings’ collection. Optimize your set and test different strategies with each run to thrive in a world where it never stops to rain!

Build and nurture your settlement in the unforgiving wilds. Take control of a growing population of humans, beavers, and lizardfolk - the last sentient races that opposed neverending storms. Manage their living conditions, diverse eating habits, and utilize their unique proficiency. Gather scarce resources and process them into valuable goods, the most essential of them being hearth-keeping fuel.

Start every playthrough with different conditions and toolsets that guarantee unique experiences on procedurally generated maps. Randomly assigned long-term goals will tempt you with visions of great rewards and motivate you to experiment with new strategies. Expand your meta hub and the collection of buildings by preserving valuable relics of your predecessors.

Eremite Games and Hooded Horse announced that Against the Storm will leave early access (Epic Games StoreSteam and GOG) on December 8, 2023.

Against the Storm has seen some significant developments during its early access run, with content updates every two weeks bringing a host of major and minor changes. Two new species were added to the game, including the popular Fox people, and new mechanics in the form of Ancient Seals transformed the endgame. There were also significant reworks to the strategy layer and Blightstorms, not to mention loads of new glade events, buildings, and more.

This update cadence will continue until the full release, with the official 1.0 update including a new mode called “Queen’s Hand” that’s been specially crafted for the most experienced Viceroys. In this mode, players have only one Cycle to reforge the Adamantine Seal – the game's most challenging endeavor.

Players will start from scratch and need to be strategic about their upgrade choices - they are an expensive commodity, and in this mode, obtaining a complete set isn’t possible. There is also permadeath – if players abandon a settlement or fail to reforge the Seal in time, all unlocks are reverted, and the whole meta progression resets. Those who emerge victorious will be awarded the title of Queen's Hand and will be granted a rare audience with the Scorched Queen herself.

Hooded Horse is also excited to announce it’s extending its new partnership with Xbox to bring Against the Storm to the Microsoft store and PC Game Pass to coincide with the 1.0 release.

Against the Storm is available as Early Access title via the Epic Games StoreSteam and GOG for $29.99 / £24.99 / €29.99 / ¥3,980.

The world is filled with ruins of a long lost civilization that vanished in unknown circumstances. Who were they? Was it the rain that wiped them out or some greater threat that lurks in the uncharted lands? During every settling expedition, you can reclaim and rebuild what was once lost to unlock new technologies that will help you avoid the tragic fate of previous inhabitants.

The rain is your ally and the greatest enemy. It cycles in three seasons requiring you to stay flexible and adapt to changing conditions. In Drizzle, the season of regrowth, natural resources replenish themselves, and it’s time for construction and planting crops. The Clearance is the season of harvest, expansion, and preparations for the last, most unforgiving season of them all. A true test of your city’s strength comes with the Storm when bolts of lightning tear the sky, nothing grows and resources are scarce.

Key Features:

  • Resource management - gather resources to build up your city, as well as meeting the needs of your citizens and the Scorched Queen herself.
  • Multiple settlements - found multiple settlements via the world map, and set up trade routes between each city so that you can shuttle key resources between them
  • Five different biomes - There are five different biomes for you to explore and tame, from royal woodland to the swamp-filled marshes.
  • Diverse populations - a fantasy-fuelled roster of citizens that range from humans, to beavers, to harpies. Each type has their own specific needs, wants, and desires, and a good viceroy will try and please everyone, lest the Queen finds out about your incompetence.
  • Epic replayability - multiple biomes, a large tech-tree, and countless events and random boons mean that no game will ever play the same twice. Not only that, but the Blightstorm itself will ensure that you’ll face a new world map to exploit every cycle.

Against The Storm is coming to PC (Steam / Epic Games Store) on December 8, 2023.

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