When the Anacrusis was first announced at PAX East, it was portrayed as a semi-retro shooter that would feature a single-player campaign and multiplayer co-op. That didn’t turn out to be the case. A short while later, it was announced that the game would be a co-op multiplayer shooter with a single-player, story-driven campaign. The more I learned about the project, the more I liked it, and the more I became excited to play it.
The year is 2027 – a time of great unrest and uncertainty for the world. In the year 3000, humanity is at a crossroads. The energy crisis that ravaged the world in the last century has reached a tipping point, and the need for clean energy is becoming increasingly urgent. In response, a group of visionary scientists has founded the Anacrusis, a research and development conglomerate that seeks to provide the future world with a solution to the problem of limited natural resources.
Multiplayer co-op shooters like Left 4 Dead, Deep Rock Galacticand GTFO seem to be heading in the same direction, but the setting and pedigree of the upcoming The Anacrusis shooter might suggest something. Initially, the game is set in a retro-futuristic world where four disparate survivors must work together to repel the onslaught of deadly alien hordes. The gameplay is very similar to L4D, but the Steam page highlights the AI Driver feature that controls the appearance and behavior of enemies, bosses, weapons and items. All this promises perfect difficulty for all skill levels, as well as full mod support. Of course, there are also plenty of weapons to shoot and items to use, from laser guns and traditional ballistic weapons to respawns and gravity grenades. On the other hand, the game is being made by developer Stray Bombay, which consists of former Riot Games designer Kimberly Fall and former Valve writer Chet Falishek, who wrote some of Valve’s most famous games, including Portal, Half-Life 2and Left 4 Dead. Faliszek’s interview provides some more information about the upcoming game, including news that the game will come out with small repeatable co-op missions followed by free episodic episodes, confirmation that the game will be cross-platform from day one, and additional details about how the AI driver will analyze players’ skills over multiple levels in an episode, as well as weeks and months of play. The Anacrusis will be released this fall on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Steam, Windows Store, Epic Games Store and Game Pass. The game’s trailer can be seen below.