I actually have "Breaking News" on the post-apocalyptic RPG front. Just stumbled across this news item a few moments ago, even though it was apparently announced last week. At E3, Atari unveiled its new Gamma World videogame based on the new version of the classic Post-Big Mistake RPG. Here are the details straight from PS Nation:
Gamma World is an action RPG based on the Dungeons and Dragons influenced TSR pen and paper RPG of the same name. While the original Gamma World was set in the 25th century after a second nuclear war, the most recent (2010) edition takes place after the Large Hadron Collider causes multiple realities to all come together in “The Big Mistake”. From the press release:
In the fall of 2012, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, embarked on a new series of high-energy experiments. No one knows exactly what they were attempting to do, but a little after 3pm on a Thursday afternoon came The Big Mistake. Something unexpected happened, and in the blink of an eye, a multiplicity of possible universes condensed into a single reality. Welcome to Gamma Terra.
It’s essentially a third person shooter with RPG elements mixed in and it’s a game that definitely doesn’t take itself too seriously. In the game, you’ll get to customize your survivor by mixing two races. We saw the radioactive man/yeti fight his way across a number of levels. Your character will be subject to Alpha mutations triggered by radiation which will change your abilities and give you enhanced powers as you progress through the story. You’ll also use Omega technology to bend the laws of physics helping you gain an advantage over enemies.
You’ll also have a number of weapons at your disposal and the ability to upgrade and enhance them with parts found across each of the game’s levels. We got to see a sewer level but there will be cities, wastelands and more in the final release. There’s also the possibility of DLC adding more missions and areas depending on how well the game is received.
Developer Bedlam Games told us that you’ll be able to play solo, two player local co-op and up to 4 players online with full voice chat when the game releases on PSN this Fall. This looks like it could be a fun little Action RPG on the PSN for people looking for something a bit lighter than Fallout or Mass Effect.
And the cover art is something to behold. Click to embiggen:
Gamma World: Alpha Mutation could be the start of a new videogame franchise.