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Daedalic announces Deponia Doomsday, coming next week

Deponia Doomsday
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Released in early 2012, Deponia was the first in a trilogy of point-and-click adventures from Daedalic Entertainment that chronicled the efforts of a thick-headed jerk named Rufus to escape the confines of his backwater, junk-yard homeworld. The sequels, Chaos on Deponia and Goodbye Deponia, didn't do much for me—there just wasn't enough gas in the tank to drive three full games—but I really liked the original. And so I'm cautiously hopeful that today's announcement of Deponia Doomsday will lead to good things.

Deponia Doomsday sees Rufus caught up in a time-travel escapade that will reunite him with characters from the previous games, including Lonzo, Lotti, Wenzel, and even Goal. Players will actually get to see the floating city of Elysium this time around, and the announcement also suggests that the new game will provide an alternate ending to the trilogy, which concluded in a very unexpected (and kind of dark) fashion. It will be “the largest and most elaborate Deponia game so far,” with an estimated 20 hours of play spread across 100 locations.

Neither the teaser nor the announcement reveal much about the game, but Deponia in general is violently slapstick, occasionally dark, and wildly inappropriate once or twice. Hopefully Deponia Doomsday will be more of the former (and the middle bit) than the latter. Surprisingly, it's on Steam now, and will launch in just four days, on March 1.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.