The Anacrusis Is Like Left 4 Dead But Way More Stylish

Illustration for article titled It's Like Left 4 Dead, But With Better AI—And More Style, Too

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The Anacrusis was revealed right now throughout Summer Game Fest 2021’s E3 2021 kickoff stream. Stray Bombay, the developer behind the co-op shooter, is an indie studio created by former Valve author Chet Faliszek.

The Anacrusis stars 4 survivors, Nessa, Guion, Liu, and Lance, who’re trapped aboard a big spaceship that has turn out to be contaminated with lethal hordes of aliens. One to 4 gamers should work collectively to outlive the waves of extraterrestrials whereas scrounging for weapons, ammo, gadgets, and well being kits.

Like Left 4 Dead, the sport shall be completely different every time you play because of the AI Driver. The Driver spawns in each enemy, controls bosses, locations all gadgets, and screens gamers’ progress and well being. It even retains tabs on what story beats gamers have and haven’t seen, so hopefully, every time people play they get a brand new expertise. If this sounds acquainted to you, it’s as a result of it’s a really comparable system that Left 4 Dead and its sequel employed. In that system, the Director may management enemies and merchandise spawns whereas making changes to the format of the extent. The AI Driver in Anacrusis feels like a pure and sensible evolution of that unbelievable system.

The Anacrusis is being developed by Stray Bombay, a brand new indie studio that was based by Chet Faliszek, who was additionally one of many lead writers on Left 4 Dead. He spent over a decade at Valve, engaged on quite a few video games and even serving to with a few of their VR output. But in 2017 he left the studio. In 2019, he teamed up with ex-Riot Games technical designer Kimberly Voll to create the brand new indie studio. At the time, they announced that the company would develop video games that “change each time you play them” and “…where AI drives not just the enemies but helps drive the entire experience.” That sounds loads like The Anacrusis.

The Anacrusis shall be out this fall on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC, and Game Pass. The recreation can even be obtainable on Steam.

Read More: Everything Announced At Summer Game Fest 2021


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