I love it when I play an indie game at events like EGX or Insomnia and then months later see that same game and dev picked up by a publisher who has as much faith in the game as I did when I played it! This is the case for one such game I played before our brief Hiatus. This means Warp by Irish /Canadian developers Outlier Games. This Means Warp is one of those games that I have been meaning to follow up with more information on ever since returning to content creation, but with EGX being so far behind us know it was a matter of how to present this game without reminiscing about the last live event I got to experience in the UK, ultimately detracting from what a great experience this game is! Now I finally have that bit of news: UK Publishers Jagex (RuneScape) have signed This Means Warp to be their 3rd game to publish outside of their RuneScape Universe.
But why am I so excited about This Means Warp? Well, it is for many reasons, really, so let’s start with its premise. This Means Warp is a multiplayer and single-player experience that takes us into the deep void of space, where as an individual or a crew, we will navigate the stars in a ship of our own, battling enemies, repairing the ship and navigating the void through there awesome combination of Roguelike and Party game. The world is filled with procedurally generated dangers, from asteroids to the main element from my experience, enemy ships. And what makes it even better is you never know what you will get as it is all procedurally generated!
This Means Warp’s gameplay is an absolute blast. In some aspects, I would compare it to Overcooked. Task management is absolutely crucial in this game. As you run around the ship, it is important to keep your cool as there are a lot of fires (literal and metaphorical) to be putting out at the same time. From various hull breaches when enemy ships attack to the responsibility of grabbing ammo, loading your own guns and firing them back at the enemy’s ship too! There can be so much going on at the same time, but Outlier have done a fantastic job of making these tasks manageable even in the single-player game mode, something that similar party games often miss the mark on.
What really makes This Means Warp shine, though, is, of course, the Action that, for me in my experience, has come in the way of Combat. Honestly, this is what makes the game so much fun, and ill explain it from the combat perspective, as there are so many ways you can try to defeat your enemies. Your ship is equipped with 2 weapons that can be swapped out and changed during your time across the stars. With these 2 weapons, you will need to grab ammo from the cargo area, load the ammo into the guns, aim charge and fire. As an individual, this can be quite the challenge but a lot of fun, but as a team, this well-oiled machine can make this challenge … until other external factors get involved like Hull breaches. Whilst you and your squad are carrying out these tasks however your opponents are also doing the same, and this is where the real fun begins. You can open fire on any part of the ship, targeting weapons, structural weaknesses, internal components or even the enemy players themselves! But be careful as these AI opponents are also able to do the same, so keep an eye on your weapons and don’t get caught short as they will try to shut you down before you can fight back!
I seriously cannot wait to play more than the Demo of This Means Warp, which is currently available on Steam, and thankfully I do not have long to wait. As with the announcement of Jagex Publishing, this incredible game also has a release date. This Means Warp plans to release on PC in early access on March 17th, 2022! Will you be joining the madness in space? Let us know in this article’s comments on our Facebook and Twitter pages, which you can find and follow below.
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