Kerberos Productions has released a playable Alpha Demo today for their first self-published title, “Sword of the Stars: The Pit.”
“Sword of the Stars: The Pit” is a fun, fast, light-hearted action RPG, made in the tradition of Rogue and other old school dungeon-diving games. Set in the popular Sword of the Stars universe, the game delivers sharp retro graphics and modern turn-based gameplay. Although the art style is light and the game is readily accessible to all, the role-playing mechanics under the hood are crunchy, and will appeal to players who appreciate depth and challenge, as well as death-by-adorable-monsters.
The Alpha Demo includes the Engineer, one of the gameÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s three playable Characters, a brief Tutorial, and five playable levels to explore, which include a good cross section of monsters, traps, and items. The full game, which will release with 30 playable levels, is considerably larger in scope.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This Alpha Demo offers only about 10% of the gameÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s total content,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Lead Designer Martin Cirulis. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But it should give players a good feel for the Roguelike gameplay, with the retro art style and the skill-based RPG aspects. While The Pit keeps getting bigger as you go deeper, and you will encounter more and more threats, weapons, and devices from the SotSverse, the first 5 floors – even at this alpha stage – will be an excellent way for gamers to tell if The Pit is for them. And it’s just plain fun!Ã¢â‚¬Â
Kerberos is currently running a crowd-funding campaign for The Pit on Indiegogo. The campaign has garnered considerable support from players of the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Sword of the Stars series of strategy games, and will end on November 14th.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“People will still be able to support the game after November 14th through the gameÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s dedicated website, especially if they just want Beta access.Ã¢â‚¬Â says Kerberos COO Chris Stewart. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Obviously a few of the fancier Perks will not be available. Those are limited time offers for the gameÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s early supporters.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The Pit is scheduled for a beta release in late November or early December. The final game will be available on Steam in January or February of 2013.