Well known game publisher Bandai Namco
has announced a partnership with PC indie game developer Harebrained Schemes and will be handling the console publishing for the team's award-winning title NECROPOLIS
Combining third-person action with "roguelike dungeon delving", the game will be fast-paced, addictive and hardcore. Bandai Namco couldn't resist the game's art style, "sardonic tone", and easy to use in-and-out co-op mode. After an impressive display at PAX East last year, Bandai Namco had to reach out to team up. Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing at Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc., was very impressed:
Simply put, we were impressed and excited when we discovered NECROPOLIS at PAX East. Blending a skill-based 3D action game with a roguelike means it’s never the same experience twice. NECROPOLIS’ off-kilter humor and unique visuals add perfectly to the mix, making it the perfect companion game for Dark Souls fans and a great addition to our game portfolio.
Jordan Weisman, Harebrained Schemes’ Chief Creative Officer is confident in Bandai Namco's publishing abilities:
We couldn’t think of a better partner to help us bring our team’s vision for NECROPOLIS to consoles. BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. is a terrific publisher and truly understands how to collaborate with an independent studio like ours.
The game itself will see players taking on the role of a nameless adventurer. The adventurer must try to escape a living, magical dungeon that changes its form and reconstructs itself everytime that you play. As if this wasn't challenging enough already, the dungeon comes with just one way out - down! Craft and equip items, and fight off baddies to stay alive as you go deeper into the increasingly dangerous halls and never-ending chasms of the Necropolis. Death will be constant, but as players play more, combat skills will improve through experience, combat skills and upgrades.
Harebrained has kindly put together a short list to break down what death is in Necropolis
IN NECROPOLIS, DEATH IS...
...PERMANENT. Game Over? Jump right back in with a new adventurer and try again!
...DIFFERENT EVERY TIME. A new procedurally generated dungeon with every death.
...BETTER WITH FRIENDS. Drop-in / dropout co-op multiplayer for up to 4 players!
...MONSTROUS. Gemeaters, Changelings, Hoardmen, and more - they exist to kill you.
...NOT WITHOUT PERKS. Each new dungeon is littered with powerful weapons, armor, and upgrades to wield against your foes. (And there’s crafting, too!)
...UNAVOIDABLE. But don’t worry; this NEXT playthrough is totally the one. We’ve got a good feeling about it.
Death will certainly be better with friends and the team showcases this in a new gameplay trailer:
Finally we have a set of screens, setting the challenging and dark atmosphere to come as the main character dives deep into the Necropolis, taking on some of the enemies that stand in the way:NECROPOLIS
will be coming to the Xbox One this Summer.