Microsoft's X018 event was buzzed last weekend. Held in Mexico City, the event was a celebration of all things Xbox and brought many new things to accompany it. One of those exciting rumors comes in the form of a new game that reveals Void Bastards. As the title indicates, this game is all about being just that. Announced in the middle of the event, Void Bastards is being brought to us by developer Blue Manchu, a studio best known for his recent card game for PC: Card Hunter. Led by the co-founder of Irrational Games, Jonathan Chey (director of System Shock 2 and Bioshock), Blue Manchu ensures that Void Bastards is not your typical shooter. Instead, it is following the term of & # 39; shooting strategy & # 39; Everything is backed up by an action packed trailer filled with content to show exactly what we can expect.
In Void Bastards, you play as randomly "misfit" prisoners who are hijacking spaceships to collect their items and supplies. There are a ton of different prisoners characters to choose from, and each has its own strengths, weaknesses and tricks. It will not be just one of them that you will choose; instead, you are controlling one and assigning orders to all others. Assigning them certain tasks on board each spacecraft will either break or break their experience there, depending on whether you have given them the right job. When you are not strategically planning your theft, you will be playing from a first person shooting perspective. The entire game is steeped in a shaded pop-cel comic art style, which really gives the frantic action inside a more satisfying punch.
If your prisoner friends are killed during a mission, you can choose between an infinite "supply" of more. The loot you collect on board the ships is not just for show, either. Once back on base, you'll be able to use what you've found for new upgrades, new weapons, and more, making future missions even easier (hopefully). According to Blue Manchu, the game's campaign can last between 12 and 15 hours in total, which is a decent size for such a tight FPS. The crux of the gameplay will involve weighing your options. As the trailer warns you, you will want to be careful not to get too greedy while looting the ships. Getting excessive with this can lead to unfortunate consequences, which means that your prisoner will be dead for the next to take their place. All in all, the whole experience looks like the best things in the FPS and Strategy genres combined.
So, when can we get our hands on the game? Void Bastards is currently set only for a 2019 release window, but once the time comes, it will be released for both Windows PC and Xbox One. There was no word in other versions of the console, which means that the game will be a solid attraction for the Xbox One community. Best of all, Blue Manchu is planning a Same Day release for the Xbox Game Pass, so those enrolled in the service can play the game from the very first day. As for PC gamers, you can buy and download the game through Humble Bundle or Steam. Luckily, it already has pages on both sites, so you should take a look if you want to check out the game a bit more. The revelation trailer below also does a good job with it, so do not forget to watch it. With the announcement of Void Bastards, the full catalog of 2019 continues to grow, rising in the distance.