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The Forever Winter

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: Fun Dog Studios

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'The Forever Winter' Gameplay Shows Off Game Systems And Upgrade Paths, Closed Beta Access Coming Soon - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on June 11, 2024 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT

The Forever Winter is a tactical survival/horror shooter where squads must fight to survive under the shadow of terrifying and gargantuan war machines.

A tactical survival and horror-laden shooter, The Forever Winter promises to redefine the genre by putting the tactics back to tactical shooter, bringing squad-based gameplay mechanics to the forefront and challenging players to think strategically in order to survive.

In The Forever Winter, players are a scavenging survivor, leading a community of like-minded individuals who only want to be left alone. Unfortunately, AI controlled factions like Europa and Eurasia control all of the world’s existing resources, and are at constant war with each other to secure more. This means the player must navigate these battlefields to collect the needed resources for their communities to survive. 

The Forever Winter drops players in a post-apocalyptic, war-torn world dominated by gigantic war machines battling over Earth’s dwindling resources. This tactical shooter weaves together survival, horror, scavenging, and edge-of-your-seat combat, emphasizing strategic decision-making and challenge.

The Forever Winter is designed to test players to their limits, demanding strategic, co-operative teamwork and skillful play in a world where every decision is the difference between life and death. By combining elements that pay tribute to classic gaming with a fresh and challenging approach, The Forever Winter promises an intense, satisfying experience for those who dare to navigate its perilous landscape.

Navigate a post-apocalyptic fever dream where the chosen one is nowhere to be found. Can you brave the cold?

The Forever Winter’s new trailer unpacks the game’s squad-based, tactical looter-shooter approach and features a deeper look at the PvEvE Scenario System that governs the chaos of the battlefield, directs NPC factions towards achieving their own objectives, and aims to eliminate any player who rises beyond nuisance-level.

The trailer also showcases The Forever Winter’s war-torn world, available player classes, and progression, ways to customize your build in order to survive, and features a long look at new enemy types and gameplay.

The Forever Winter isn’t about being the biggest or the strongest; it’s about outsmarting your enemies and making the most of every resource you find. Survival is your greatest achievement, because there are only three types of scavs: the fast, the smart, and the dead,” said Miles Williams, CEO and Creative Director of Fun Dog Studios. “I can’t wait for folks to get their hands on it, starting with Early Access very soon. But getting the game out is just the beginning. We look forward to working closely with our community to refine and expand the game for as long as there’s love for dark futures.”

Eager scavs can look forward to The Forever Winter’s Closed Beta release soon.

Key Features:

  • Prepare for Hell: Players join up at the community hub where they can buy from vendors selling weapons, pharmaceuticals, and additional gear to prepare for the maze ahead, accept missions or dirty jobs from NPCs and rival factions and more. 
  • PvEvE Scenario System: Enemies have their own goals and agendas, operating in coordinated groups, and undertaking full-scale battles. Enemy AI deploys enemies in squads based on their current objectives, with each squad reacting differently to player actions. As the player gets more powerful or makes a bigger mark on the battlefield, the enemy will deploy more (and stronger) firepower to counter. And players will never be stronger than the enemy.
  • Brace the Cold Challenges Ahead: While surviving is always the primary goal, players can earn more XP, gear and money by taking on quests. Each quest has varying threat levels commensurate with their risk and reward: harder quests give larger reputation rewards that increase your faction standings, earn more credits, and get rewarded with more powerful gear. 
  • Increase Skills and Gear Up to Survive: Spend accumulated resources between sessions to level up health, speed, accuracy and reload speed that give you a fighting chance against The Forever Winter’s relentless enemies. 
  • Prioritize Stealth and Teamwork: Coordinate with your squad to outsmart enemies and avoid detection to gain the upper hand, or tactically plan battles and ambushes to win guerilla engagements. Just don’t take the enemy head-on. You won’t live to tell the tale. 
  • Death is Just the Beginning (Again): If your squad dies, the run’s over. And death is unforgiving. If you fall in battle, you’ll lose everything in your inventory for that session, and have to start over from scratch. Build up a stash back at base between sessions to keep the upper hand in the future. 

The Forever Winter will initially release on PC, with potential platform expansion based on the game's success and community feedback.

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