August 24, 2017

Power to the punches

We've talked before about some of the character upgrade items & boosts that we have in the works.  These will take a variety of forms, and many of the positive effects will be balanced by some negative effects, and it will be up to you to figure out the best build for your play style and equipment collection.

We want these upgrades to have drama and flair, so many of them will come with unique visual effects.  You'll be able to see at a glance what upgrades your friends have, and show off your own.

Note: visual effects are still work in progress and not final art.

Devil's Hands
Up first, the classic burning fist.  When equipped, the Devil's Hands melee upgrade will kick in once your sanity meter has reached critical level.  You'll begin taking physical damage, but will likewise deal tremendous damage while they're active.  Don't want your fists on fire anymore?  Find a way to restore your sanity, pass out, or die, whichever comes first!


Assassin's Blades
Of course, all characters will have a multitude of upgrades.  Shown above is Lizzie's Assassin Blades upgrade which raise her attack a small amount, decrease her max health a small amount, and most importantly, increase the range of her critical sanity level.  This makes it easier to stay in the insane zone, which you can use to synergize with other effects for some powerful combos.


Alternating Fist
Tesla loved his alternating current (as do we all!)  Equip the Alternating Fist to deal extra electrical damage with standard attacks at the expense of a slower super special charge time for his lightning cannon.


Patriot Pummelers
Nothing will faze Teddy while his Patriot Pummelers are equipped.  The strength of the nation makes him highly resilient against sanity damage.  They also make him unable to wield a ranged weapon, so get in the enemy's face and smash 'em down like a bull moose.


The upcoming single player demo will feature a couple different upgrades for a slightly different experience for multiple playthroughs, so you'll get to experience a character upgrade path in a simplified way.

The full game will not have upgrades on the fly, however.  You'll spec your character out fully between missions to keep the actual gameplay focused on the action.

See you next time!