Submerged developer Uppercut Games has unveiled its latest game, an Arabian Nights-themed first-person rogue-lite called City of Brass.
The City of Brass a place of legend beneath the desert sand, filled with danger and reward, and infested with mischievous spirits and deadly traps. Players assume the role of a cunning thief in the titular city, battling to reach a fabled treasure at the city’s heart by sprinting, crouching, sliding, and leaping around.
At their disposal are a blade and whip, which can be used to disarm, trip, or stun enemies, and also to swing to safety, grab inaccessible objects, or and break through flimsy barricades.
Expect traps in the form of pits, blades, spears, arrows, sprung paving slabs, and poison gas, alongside supernatural foes.
There will also be treasure, weapon and armour upgrades, powerful relics, NPCs, and more.
According to Uppercut, City Of Brass has eternal replayability, and is designed to encourage combinative gameplay within an ever-changing, carefully optimised cityscape.
Gamers must learn to manipulate every system if they are to survive, moving swiftly and deftly through each level, balancing the need for loot with the absolute requirement to escape within the time limit.
"Developing a game with multiple, interacting systems that players can freely combine feels like a return to our roots, drawing on our experiences working on BioShock and many of our other favourites," said lead designer Ed Orman.
"Players must learn how to use the traps to kill their foes, and even turn enemies against each another. You’ll perish in the City of Brass – often, and quite horribly – but as your skills improve and you discover new ways to cheat death, you’ll return to fight another day."
City of Brass will be released for Windows PC on Steam in fall 2017, with versions for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One following in 2018. There's more info on the game's official site.
Uppercut Games was founded by a trio of former 2K Australia developers, whose credits include Fallout: Tactics, Freedom Force, Tribes: Vengeance, Bioshock, Bioshock 2, and XCOM.