Zen Studios, best-known during in recent years for games like Pinball FX3, has announced Dread Nautical – a horror-themed strategy RPG that's arriving on Nintendo Switch on 29th April. The game was previously released on Apple Arcade late last year.
It's described in full as a tactical, turn-based RPG featuring roguelike elements, and has a charming – yet captivatingly eerie – atmosphere, that promises to be one of the "most unique videogame releases" of 2020. Here's the full rundown:
Mysterious, supernatural forces have overwhelmed the luxury cruise liner known as the Hope with malevolent monstrosities aimed to wipe out any guest in their path. After choosing one of four unique characters, players will traverse twenty, randomly generated decks of the ship, seeking food and other supplies. Along the way, they’ll encounter 11 other colorful survivors, who may choose to join the fight based on what the player input and savvy social interaction. Properly planning which companions to bring, how they attack, and what skills to upgrade are the keys to escaping this “vacation” alive.
Vice President of Publishing, Mel Kirk, said Zen Studios' wanted to branch out and prove it was more than just a pinball wizard. It's also looking forward to allowing its development the freedom to create the games they want to play:
“The release of Dread Nautical to consoles and PC speaks to Zen Studios’ pursuit of developing a broad range of well-polished games to redefine our studio as more than just Pinball Wizards. We’re proud of everything we’ve brought to the pinball space, but are ready to take on new challenges in the broader gaming space.
"More importantly, we are incredibly excited to allow our dev teams the freedom to create games they want to play"
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