'Descent' creators turn to Kickstarter to fund spiritual successor 'Overload'

By Shawn Knight
Feb 10, 2016
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  1. Descent, the six degrees of freedom shooter from the mid-90s, is getting a spiritual successor. Mike Kulas and Matt Toschlog, creators of the original game, have taken to Kickstarter to fund Overload.

    Described as the ultimate six-degree-of-separation (6-DOF) shooter, Overload is a single-player game that's said to combine the best of classic 6-DOF gameplay with modern technology and graphics. Specifically, it'll feature 15 levels populated with more than a dozen robot types, three huge bosses, 12 upgradable weapons and five levels of difficulty with fully customizable joystick, gamepad, mouse and keyboard controls.

    Revival Productions is planning to release Overload on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Support for Mac and Linux will be added if the first stretch goal is met.

    Overload is not to be confused with last year's official reboot, Descent: Underground. That game is being made by a different group and is expected to ship next month.

    A pledge of just $25 is all that's needed to guarantee you'll get a digital copy of the game on the platform of your choice (it also comes with two desktop images of concept art and credits on the game's website). Other reward tiers include things like boxed copies of the game, a signed hardcover art book, having your picture placed in a secret location within the game and getting to attend the launch party.

    Revival Productions expects to deliver Overload in March 2017.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,106   +1,376

    Loved that game, finished all levels back then many times. And then did the same about 3 years ago, using a version from
  3. risc32

    risc32 TS Booster Posts: 186   +75

    I believe this game came with an ATI rage fury video card I bought. 32bit color.....( It was sorta a big deal.)
  4. Nero7

    Nero7 TS Booster Posts: 154   +40

    Uhm Descent is already on Steam in early access and there's a couple of pretty good clones too...
    Why do they have to come up with another one now?
  5. jauffins

    jauffins TS Enthusiast Posts: 85   +24

    From the FAQ on the Kickstarter page:

    Nope -- that’s not us. Descent: Underground is being created by a different group of developers (with experience in space games like Wing Commander and Star Citizen) who have licensed the name from Interplay and are creating a new game with a different focus. We’ve talked to them a couple times and they seem pretty cool. Overload and Descent: Underground are completely different games from different groups of people, but we all love 6-degree-of-freedom shooters.

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