Descent Successor Overload Launches It Six-Degrees-of-Freedom Mayhem in May


Hungry for some old-school shooter action? Then you ought to keep your eye on Overload, the new Kickstarter-funded game from the original creators of the classic Descent series. Much like Descent, Overload puts you in command of a spacecraft with a full six degrees of control (up/down, left-right, forward/backward) and tasks you with navigating a series of tight, enemy-filled tunnels. The game looks intense, and a bit maddening, but that’s exactly what Descent fans are into. Check out the game’s launch trailer, below.

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Don’t worry though, Overload won’t be too old-school. Developer Revival Productions is promising a variety of new, modern features:

Descent, developed by Parallax Software and published by Interplay in 1995, received critical acclaim for its 3D six-degree-of-freedom gameplay that combined the best of space flight simulation with FPS experience. Overload offers a Descent-like style of play, but brings the labyrinthine environments to new and vibrant life with updated features, deeper gameplay, and dramatically enhanced graphics.

Gameplay Features:

  • 15 level single-player campaign plus secret levels
  • Numerous level challenges including lava, forcefields, lockdowns, ambushes and secret rooms
  • 20 terrifying robot enemies, plus Super-Robots and Variants and three bosses
  • Multiplayer with public and private matches
  • Challenge mode (with two variants) and 12 Challenge Mode levels Story by the writer of FreeSpace 2 with fully-voiced audio (English Only)
  • Adrenaline-pumping soundtrack
  • Optional training level for refining your piloting skills
  • Achievements and Leaderboards
  • Upgrades and XP system and advanced player stats
  • Automap and Holo-guide for navigation assistance
  • Save anywhere
  • Six difficulty levels ranging from a casual challenge to very punishing
  • Support for mouse, keyboard, gamepad and/or joystick controls
  • Surround sound audio options
  • Virtual reality support for Oculus and Vive

Overload has been available on Steam in Early Access form for a while (where it’s accumulated a “Very Positive” user score), but it will get a full release next month.

Overload takes flight on PC, Mac, and Linux on May 31. Console versions will be coming to Xbox One and PS3 sometime this fall.