It wasn’t that long ago we had to wait months, years even, for another Belgian game to launch. The times, they are a changin’ indeed because yesterday no less than two new #BelgianGamesIndustry releases hit Steam on the same day. Let’s have a looksie, shall we?
First up is The Godbeast, the new game by Malebolgia developer Jochen Mistiaen, better known online as Dascumaru. The Godbeast is a highly stylish single player action-adventure where you drive around a dark city on your motorcycle, fighting monsters with your spear in both long range and visceral melee combat.
The striking visual aesthetic is more than just a nod to Suda51’s cult masterpiece Killer7 and the way you can climb the almighty Godbeasts and defeat them by attacking their weak spots is not unlike the key mechanic of Shadow of the Colossus. The game proudly wears its inspirations on its sleeve, but the unique combination makes for a highly original experience.
A completely different stroke of creativity, the second Belgian release of the week marks the long-awaited arrival of Panoptic on Steam Early Access. The concept for this asymmetrical VR game sprouted during a gamejam at gamescom 2016. As such, the game has been in development for quite some time and we’re excited to finally play a brand new version.
Panoptic is a game of cat and mouse between a VR player, controlling the mighty Overseer, and a pc player that aims to overthrow him. To do so, the pc player has to navigate a map and destroy orbs of power without being seen by the Overseer, a giant mask floating through the level. The only way to survive is to hide in plain sight among the other small citizens. When you get detected by the Overseer, you’d better make a run for it, as his scorching gaze can obliterate you instantly!
The Early Access version was premiered last week during BIG Brotaru, where Team Panoptes showed off some of the new and improved levels. There’s also a new feature where the pc player can mimic certain tasks of the little people to throw off the penetrating gaze of the Overseer. It still looks like great fun and we’re curious to see how player feedback will further shape this one-of-a-kind VR experience. Also: Oculus Quest support please!
Congratulations to everyone involved and thank you for infusing the #BelgianGamesIndustry with your endless creativity!