Following on from a classification last month, Blue Manchu's "revolutionary" strategy-shooter Void Bastards has now been officially confirmed for the Nintendo Switch. It's arriving on 7th May. The game is created by the development director of Bioshock and inspired by other titles such as System Shock 2.
The "Bang Tydy" downloadable content for the Humble-published title will also be available for purchase on release. Over on Twitter, the game's developer has also confirmed a physical release is "in the works" and said it's considering adding motion controller support to the Switch version.
Here's a bit about the game and DLC, courtesy of Humble:
Void Bastards has players take control of misfit prisoners of the Void Ark, each with unique traits, as they jump from ship to ship across the Sargasso Nebula scrounging for craftable gear, upgrades, and loot to ensure survival. Players are given a variety of options to make their way across the Nebula, from blowing up and looting everything in their path, sneaking around mutant citizens for key pieces of gear, or simply jettisoning everything into space.
The “Bang Tydy” downloadable content adds a completely new org to Void Bastards along with a dangerous new opponent, a brutal new weapon, three new ships to explore and the chance to gather much-needed heart starters to keep your client alive in the dangerous Sargasso Nebula! Can you figure out how to stop the Tydy bots stealing your oxygen (and picking up the junk you’ve been sent to collect?
Is this a game you think you would be interested in trying out? Leave a comment down below.
Is bastard considered profanity? If so then does that mean we can't reference the game by name?
I like the art, will keep an eye on it.
@Kalmaro played on pc and xbox. Super good even if your getting sick of every indie game being a rogue-like. This one is unique and pretty hilarious at times.
@codyf I may have to give it a shot! It looks interesting.
@Kalmaro didn't mean to @ you. Was going to say something about profanity and then realized i have a poor idea on what is and isn't profanity. I curse like a pirate.
@Kalmaro the screen shots sorta over sell it. They are definitely 2d doom(1993) like sprites but much more clean obviously.
So, is this a first person shooter?
A Shiney smiley emoticon for an answer
Doesnt look like my cup of tea but this has to have one of the greatest visual styles ive ever seen in first person shooters (not like there is a big competition imo).
Well it's got an interesting art direction, looking forward to a review.
Bombing Bastards just made a friend
It was decent, played on gamepass. Bit unforgiving and slow progression if you’re not a fan of these types of games. The levels get fun and crazy but also come across very repetitive as a lot of the environments are very similar.
This is my jive in a lot of ways!
Gonna keep an eye on it.
I think I am going to try this out.
@Kalmaro : It shouldn't but some consider it to be.
It was only until recent years that "bastard" would push a film/game to a PG rating in Australia. I had always known the word to be permissible at the G classification (The Simpsons got away with it many times, including the entire sequence with The Ramones), and I even heard it used in a television advertisement recently.
In Australia, "cheeky bastard" and the like are terms of endearment, and I can't fathom why one would find that offensive, at least not here.
Fun game... but it did not live up to my expectations and hopes. At least on initial release. I know its seen some updates, and dlc, need to check that out. It's not a bad game, just didn't have the legs or the variety I'd expect and want from a roguelike. Gunplay wasnt too exciting either. Hopefully it's been fixed up, as it had a lot of promise.
I like the art style, although I'm not a fan of FPS games. Depends how it reviews...
From what I know what is considered a curse is very much a cultural thing. Where I was raised (in the so called "Bible Belt" if you must know) language was very mild, and things that most people would not consider curses feel like curses to me (e.g. screwed up).
Does that mean that I should force what seems like a curse to me upon others? Not at all. I know people from other parts of the US who use language that I would very much consider "cursing" on a regular basis. The words simply mean something different to them than they do to me.
I have never been to Australia, but I could completely understand if the word in question is not at all a curse there, and that's totally fine. However, for me and where I learned what words to and not to use, the word in question very much is a curse. It doesn't offend me if others use and I don't think others should be berated or articles be taken down because of it, I am just personally not going to use said word.
It is subjective and is almost completely based on the culture in which you learned your heart language.
I played this one a good bit on gamepass, it’s good, not sure I’ll buy here tho. The art style reminds me a lot of XIII with some doom as well, maybe even a bit of fire emblem where once your character dies they’re gone and on to the next one.
@Kalmaro in the UK it is consider offensive language. The actual meaning of the word (‘illegitimate child’ or ‘nasty person’) is also meant to be degrading.
However, in the context of it being used in these comments (referencing the title of the game) then it should not be considered offensive (really, it’s only offensive if directed towards a person specifically or if it is used in a public space in an obviously offensive manner, for example continuously shouting “you’re all a bunch of bastards” - that sort of behaviour could get you arrested).
Edit: poor example of ‘offensive’ nature of the word where I used another offensive word
If this game offers exploration and looting routines comparable to Bioshock as well (and perchance, even a similar collectathon narrative?), I'm game. Maybe not at launch (the upcoming releases are challenging my estimated May budget as it is), but still.
@Ajent You can get arrested for swearing? That's never occur to me before.
Awesome, was wondering when this would come over.
@Kalmaro In the UK, in a public place, potentially yes.
If you’re just walking along the street speaking to your friends and you casually swear in conversation, then no, you’re not going to get arrested.
Make a show of yourself, and shouting whilst swearing whilst families and decent people are trying to go about their daily activities - then, potentially, yes. It falls into one of three classifications of offences under ‘Public Order’ offences depending on whether your being offensive in general, offensive to someone (orsome group) in particular or if you’re being offensive and threatening.
@Ajent Huh, wow. The more you know!
This is a VERY nice graphical style for a shooter, or any game for that matter. I'll definitely be going to keep my eye on this one.
Heard good things about this.
Though I'll be holding out for a physical release.
I've been following this game for a while and I really hope they'll add motion controls to the Switch version!
@Kalmaro Why would it be profanity? 'Bastard' just means a child whose parents were not married when it was born.
@shani Depends on where you live at and the times. Some words just get viewed differently. Gay used to primarily mean being happy, then it became an insult for school kids. Now I don't even know how many meanings it has.
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