To the soldier who stabs a man in the face three times in this trailer. Just STOP you maniac! He's ALREADY DEAD. The War of the Roses was a brutal scrap for the throne in 15th century England which, in spite of its name, wasn't the least bit romantic. The Tudors stabbed their enemies so hard that they went on to rule for more than a hundred years after its conclusion, which makes it a good setting for some violent multiplayer battles.
Krater is attempting to fuse the fast, bloody combat of Diablo with more thoughtful squad management. The devs are listing big names like X-Com and Syndicate as inspirations, and there will be a massive crafting system to back up the exploration and monster mincing. Your squad will change as members leave or die, and as every item in the game can be crafted, you'll have complete control over your squad's gear and set-up.
Krater is about to go into public pre-alpha testing, in which they're aiming to get tons of feedback on an early build. If you'd like to get involved and see how Krater's shaping up, you can follow the latest announcements on the Krater site and follow developers, Fatshark, on Twitter. Meanwhile, here are a few of the latest screenshots from the current build.
I've watched Krater's announcement video a couple times now, and I'll be honest with you: I'm not entirely sure what it is. Now, don't get me wrong: I really like some of the things I'm hearing. A post-apocalyptic top-down RPG that's all about exploration and consequence? That's practically enough to have me hook, line, and sinker alone. But what's this about occasional perma-death? And what do you actually, you know, do? Via Game Informer, I managed to dig up a little more concrete info:
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