Revival Productions’ Overload Sci-Fi shooter now has a full release on Linux, Mac and Windows. Also the spiritual successor to the classic six-degree-of-freedom (6DOF) tunnel shooterDescent. Available on Linux, Mac and Windows for $29.99 USD on Steam.
Overload’s Early Access version received a user rating of 96% on Steam. Which is actually quite impressive
Revival Productions was founded by Matt Toschlog and Mike Kulas, co-founders of legendary Parallax Software. Also the creators of the Sci-Fi classic Descent. “If you loved Descent, then Overload is the true spiritual successor you have been waiting for. It plays like Descent, the mechanics and level design feel the same. And it looks and sounds amazing,” said Mike Kulas, co-creator, Revival Productions.
Matt Toschlog added, “For someone who never played Descent. Think of Overload as a hardcore, intense Sci-fi FPS in a world where the action takes place on all sides of the player. Overload features a deep single-player story campaign. A highly-replayable Challenge Mode with online leaderboards. As well as individual and team-based multiplayer modes.”
Descent, developed by Parallax Software and published by Interplay in 1995. While receiving critical acclaim for its 3D six-degree-of-freedom gameplay. Combining the best of space flight simulation with an FPS experience.
Since gameplay offers both singleplayer and multiplayer experiences. Descent players were had three axes of rotation and three axes of movement. Unlike other FPS games that have only 2 axes of rotation and 2.5 axes of movement.
So that six-degrees of freedom adds complexity, depth to control and movement. Also taking the standard FPS experience to a whole new level. Which I personally love. Since I keep Overload installed and keep going back to it. Hence FPS is home.
Overload offers classic 6DOF play. But also brings the labyrinthine environments to new and vibrant life with an update in features. While including deeper gameplay, weapons with individual characteristics. Dramatically enhanced graphics and the ability to explore levels beyond main objectives, with VR support.
Also, I am not able to personally verify VR support on Linux.
Overload sci-fi shooter Release Date Trailer (Linux, Mac, Windows)
- 15 level single-player campaign plus secret levels
- Numerous level challenges including lava, forcefields, lockdowns, ambushes, and secret rooms
- 20 terrifying robot enemies, plus Super-Robots and Variants and three bosses armed with customized AI giving them unique personality and combat behavior
- Multiplayer with public and private matches
- Challenge Mode with 12 levels and Infinite and Countdown variants that alter the focus of play
- Story by the writer of FreeSpace 2 with fully-voiced audio (English Only)
- Adrenaline-pumping soundtrack
- Virtual reality support for Oculus and Vive
- Achievements and Leaderboards
- Upgrades and XP system and advanced player stats
- Automap and Holo-guide for navigation assistance
- Save anywhere
- Six difficulty levels ranging from a casual challenge to very punishing
- Support for mouse, keyboard, gamepad, and joystick controls
- Surround sound audio options
- Optional training level for refining your piloting skills
- Interface and subtitles available in: English, French, German, Spanish and Russian
The full release is on Steam:
While the sci-fi shooter originally was priced at $34.99. Revival Productions also announces the full release of Overload priced at $29.99 USD on Linux, Mac and Windows. Which is a smart move to be honest.
Also, if you want to see Overload in action right now. Check out the streaming video on YouTube.