Vaporum: Lockdown is the upcoming prequel to 2017's Vaporum, a first-person real-time dungeon crawler that impressed with the graphical style and the gameplay. With grid-based movement, it was something of a highlight if you enjoyed classics like Dungeon Master I and II, the Eye of the Beholder series, and the more recent Legend of Grimrock I and II.
It's due to release this year, although it's not clear exactly when, the developer mentioned that they're getting close to announcing the date. They said they need to be careful, since a number of big releases are coming up and they don't want to get completely overlooked which is a problem for all indie teams. They've already delayed it once, as the game has grown. They did just release a brief new teaser though and it's looking great:
Vaporum: Lockdown follows the story of Lisa Teller, a scientist who is a part of a mysterious research project in the middle of an ocean. Following disastrous events, she struggles to survive and escape the tower of Arx Vaporum.
Additionally, they also did an interview with much longer gameplay on the GameStar YouTube. It's in German but you get a good idea of it still and YouTube does a somewhat okay job at translating the speech:
- First person real-time combat
- Unique Stop Time Mode
- Puzzles and level-wide objectives
- Gadget-based RPG system
- Lots of exploration, loot, and character customization
- Mysterious storyline filled with secrets
- Fully voiced main characters
- Immersive steampunk setting
You can wishlist/follow Vaporum: Lockdown on Steam.