The team behind Zeno Clash and Rock of Ages have revealed their next project: a bizarre open-world survival game called The Eternal Cylinder, due to release on "gaming consoles" in 2020.
The game seems to revolve around exploration and evolution, but is designed to ensure each playthrough is distinctly different from the one before. This is because of the Trebhums, the creatures controlled by the player. Trebhums start out as a sort of pea-shaped bipedal blob, which will apparently have extensive evolutionary prospects. The idea is to explore their alien world and evolve them by having them eat the various lifeforms they come across. Eating these gives the Trebhums various new abilities and attributes, such as flight and swimming. These mutations are stackable, letting your Trebhums become gradually more capable and powerful. Since players will be controlling a herd of them, this means that each individual can have different mutations, and be part of a group with multiple skills to tackle whatever puzzles and obstacles stand in their way. Additionally, these mutations will change the physical appearance of each Trebhum, so players may soon be controlling vastly different creatures.
If the responsibility of evolving multiple alien creatures isn't enough pressure, players will also have to keep them out of the way of the Cylinder. The game's site describes the Cylinder as "a gargantuan rolling structure of ancient origin which crushes everything in its path". And that's saying nothing about the other creatures and biomes the Trebhums will encounter. There seems to be four main environments at the moment: Savannah, Tundra, Desert and a fourth unknown biome. Speaking of which, there's still a lot left unexplained in the world of The Eternal Cylinder. The desert "was once home to a advanced, technologically sophisticated civilisation", and ominously, something may "still remai[n] of the world that was". Perhaps that has something to do with the bizarre human-robot-giant which faces off against the tiny Trebhums at the end of the trailer.
The Eternal Cylinder will be coming to gaming consoles in 2020. It's also coming to PC, but it will be an Epic exclusive at launch.
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