Independent developer Afterburner Studios today announced that their atmospheric action RPG about lucid dreaming, Dreamscaper, is coming to Steam Early Access this summer. A phantasmagorical experience where story and hack n slash action collides, Dreamscaper draws players into a never-ending cycle of dreaming and waking as the protagonist, Cassidy, battles fiendish nightmares and uncovers the mystery surrounding her life.
Doubling its funding goal on Kickstarter in 2019, Dreamscaper already made a splash last month with a free demo version, Dreamscaper: Prologue, which attracted over a quarter million users. Gaining recognition, Dreamscaper will be featured in several online video game showcases this summer, including Steam Game Festival, Guerilla Collective and The Escapist Indie Showcase.
“We are excited to officially announce that Dreamscaper is coming to Steam Early Access this summer,” said Ian Cofino from Afterburner Studios. “Dreamscaper is a very personal project to us. We wanted to explore themes like depression and mental health, but do it in a more approachable way. Casidy’s journey of empowerment and overcoming her anxieties felt like a premise everyone of us could relate to. We’re thrilled with how much Dreamscaper has resonated with players across the world.”
In Dreamscaper players dive into Casidy’s subconscious and confront the surreal nightmares she wrestles with in order to save her from a dark fate. Every slumber is a different ordeal in an ever-changing world with a multitude of unique events and challenges. The deep combat system features a multitude of attack options, from finger guns and yo-yos to rending the earth beneath you or controlling time itself – in a dreamworld anything goes. Once awake, players interact with people in Cassidy’s life, forge new relationships, piece her life events together and unlock upgrades that impact her next dream. As soon as Cassidy falls asleep, the cycle continues: players traverse her beautiful, haunting dreamscapes, confronting her nightmares head-on with a rich hack-n’-slash combat system where careful positioning, exact timing and quick reflexes are rewarded.
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