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Overload, the shiny new six-degree-of-freedom shooter has entered Early Access

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Overload [Steam, Steam Demo] is another new six-degree-of-freedom shooter on Steam. It's currently in Early Access, but even so it's already very impressive.

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The game was funded thanks to Kickstarter, where the developers nabbed $306,537 from helpful people wanting to see it become a reality. It's also nice that another Kickstarter team actually managed day-1 Linux support.

The team behind Overload actually has some of the originally Descent team and the co-founder of the studio even worked on Freespace 1 & 2, which are my two all time favourite space shooters. I'm really not surprised the game has already turned out so well!

Note: I've reached out to the developer to request review keys so we can cover it in more detail and livestream it.

The fact that they already have a playable teaser demo speaks volumes about how confident they are in the game. With good reason too, as it looks absolutely gorgeous and it performs amazingly well on my hardware. I was consistently getting about 150FPS and it feels so smooth it's crazy.

It currently features:
- 4 unique Challenge Mode levels
- Infinite and Countdown variants that change the focus to Survival or Efficiency
- Optional training level for refining your piloting skills
- One sample single-player level (not part of the main campaign)
- 12 explosive weapons (7 primary weapons and 5 missile)
- 10 terrifying robot enemies

They plan content updates every 3-4 weeks and they will be adding a free multiplayer mode sometime (they estimate 6-8 months) after the final release. I think this is a good way to do it, as too many games focus on multiplayer first when they have so few players.

One to watch for absolute certain!
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micha 20 March 2017 at 12:12 pm UTC
Maybe I missed something but on launch the EA version didn't have much more content than the demo. On the positive side, controls are super good and works great with the Steam Controller. Also it's running great performance wise.
Duckeenie 20 March 2017 at 12:30 pm UTC
Reminds me a lot of forsaken.. Actually I'm surprised at how well those graphics have held up.
pete910 20 March 2017 at 1:31 pm UTC
Decent underground anyone

DuckeenieReminds me a lot of forsaken.. Actually I'm surprised at how well those graphics have held up.

Was a huge fan back in the day

Edit, Which you can still play and on linux


Last edited by pete910 at 20 March 2017 at 1:36 pm UTC
M@GOid 20 March 2017 at 1:53 pm UTC
I am one of those that played a lot of Forsaken and very little of Descent.

Looking at the Overload video, I have to ask: were is the HUD? It's very strange to fly around without any kind o information on the screen.
bubexel 20 March 2017 at 2:39 pm UTC
It works with vr on linux? mmh i should try it out. I will at back to home.
AlveKatt 20 March 2017 at 3:20 pm UTC
M@GOidI have to ask: were is the HUD?

The demo has both HUD and cockpit. I don't know why they decided to not have that in the trailer, maybe it wasn't done yet when they made it.
AlveKatt 20 March 2017 at 3:23 pm UTC
There is already a VR Lets play of the demo on youtube!

View video on youtube.com

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M@GOid 20 March 2017 at 4:20 pm UTC
AlveKattThere is already a VR Lets play of the demo on youtube!

Man, that is a killer app for VR.

I always thought that simulators and the like are the best case for VR. This trailer just solidify my belief on that. You are always in sit position on the vehicle and there is no problem with breaking the suspension of believe, because you don't have to walk anyway.
bubexel 20 March 2017 at 5:21 pm UTC
AlveKattThere is already a VR Lets play of the demo on youtube!

View video on youtube.com

Occulus running on Linux? dude, this guy is using obviously windows.
Btw, i was reading on their forum and a message from 13 mar of developer says:

Yes, you can play the game with either a Vive or a Rift (Windows only for both).

No VR for linux... I will try at home... but i don't think so.
AlveKatt 20 March 2017 at 5:54 pm UTC
bubexelOcculus running on Linux? dude, this guy is using obviously windows.

Ah, yeah. I forgot to check up on that.

I just assumed that since the demo has a Linux build it would have the same features. But yeah, I know that isn't always true. My bad.
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