In immoderate Diablo-style enactment RPG game, portion of the amusive is successful getting your physique acceptable up conscionable right: the close gear, the close abilities, and the close class. Superfuse, coming to Early Access aboriginal this year, goes 1 measurement further – it lets you get nether the hood and modify the programming of your hero’s abilities. We had a accidental to effort it retired during GDC, and came distant impressed that this almighty strategy doesn’t interruption the game.
Revealed this week, Superfuse takes immoderate ocular inspiration from the Borderlands series, with a comic publication benignant that uses dense ink strokes and screen-printed textures to evince a hand-illustrated style. I play arsenic 1 of the Enforcers, a superhuman contention of mutant soldiers created by the galaxy’s elite 1% to rein herd connected the remainder of the colonisation – who whitethorn person gotten it into their heads that firm rulers becoming gods mightiness not person been a large thought aft all.
The tone, then, is simply a premix of cyberpunk and Watchmen, but the superb spot is successful however I’m fixed good power implicit the mode my abilities work. By spending points, I tin tweak each accomplishment I use, altering its harm output, its recharge rate, oregon adjacent the circumstances that trigger it.
An illustration mightiness assistance here: my berserker – a monolithic feline with a enarthrosis measurement wider than astir treble doors – has a accomplishment called ‘slam’ equipped connected a hammer I’ve picked up determination successful the frozen mines. It’s a straightforward area-of-effect onslaught that hits things successful an arc straight successful beforehand of my quality and sends a damaging fissure retired a fewer metres from the constituent of impact.
However, that’s conscionable a canvas to commencement moving with. By opening up the accomplishment creator menu, I tin tweak and modify the slam quality connected the fly. Maybe I privation 3 fissures, alternatively of the 1 – I tin adhd a ‘split’ effect that does that. Perhaps I privation to adhd a ‘shatter’ effect that sends damaging shards retired each clip the quality hits something. Maybe I privation it to trigger a dash first, truthful I tin usage it for diving into large groups of enemies and starting a ruckus.
It’s similar a limb modding system, but acold much precocious than thing I’ve seen successful a crippled similar this. It gives maine a batch of powerfulness implicit my physique – and it would arguably beryllium too much, if it weren’t for the mode Stitch Heads has balanced it out. Each property node and modifier has to beryllium unlocked with earned currency, and each clip you modify a skill, its associated outgo successful enactment points volition change.
This means I person a batch of options close disconnected the bat erstwhile it comes to battling the corruption that’s taking implicit the star strategy – I extremity up with an quality combo that turns maine into a walking shotgun blast, with each deed triggering concatenation effects of damaging shards that rapidly crook aliens into smears of colourful gore splattered crossed the walls and floor.
When Superfuse hits Early Access aboriginal this year, Stitch Heads tells maine it’ll person 5 Enforcer classes to take from, each with a unsocial acceptable of superpowers that you’ll beryllium capable to tune and change connected the alert to acceptable your playstyle. You’ll besides person the enactment to bring up to 3 friends on to play the communicative run successful four-player co-op mode.
The developer describes Superfuse’s aesthetic arsenic ‘Aztec cyberpunk.’ “We truly tried to instrumentality a batch of South American influences and fuse it with cyberpunk to bash thing other for a change,” says Tim Baijens, 1 of the studio’s co-founders.
Superfuse volition beryllium available connected Steam Early Access aboriginal this year.