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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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bubexel 20 March 2017 at 8:00 pm UTC
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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.

Ye, is not your fault, is steam fault. Games appear with linux and steamvr compatible and are only windows and steamvr compatible. They should fix it or do something. There is no other way to test it than buying and testing it by yourself.

On my linux games library there is a section of steamvr games, and them appear there like you can launch them, but nothing happenns.

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Donkey 20 March 2017 at 9:41 pm UTC
The game runs really well and it totally feels like an updated reincarnation of Descent. They will move to a new version of Unity so hopefully this will fix the few bug the game has and maybe even include VR for Linux.
Cybolic 20 March 2017 at 9:48 pm UTC
I thoroughly recommend supporting these guys! They whipped up a Linux demo during their Kickstarter campaign, despite not initially planning to support Linux, just because us fans were asking for it in the comments and chat; not only that, but they kept it up to date and added Linux as a target platform as a result.
Also, the game is already pretty fun and definitely feels like Descent (more so than Descent: Underground in my opinion).
bubexel 21 March 2017 at 12:11 am UTC
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I will buy it for sure, more if it get VR support.
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