Do some sci-fi dungeoneering in the open beta of Endless Dungeon

Amplitude's giving you another shot to jump in on its in-development action RPG wave defense roguelite... thing... Endless Dungeon. Anyway, it's a kind of isometric shooter-RPG with friends and turrets, is what I'm saying, a cooperative or solo wave d efense where you explore a large space-station complex and defend a little walking crystal in the delightfully-designed world of the Endless series.

Players can sign up on Amplitude's games2gether website in order to download and get running in the OpenDev, which is what Amplitude calls their sprints of open beta used to gather player feedback and data. This round of the playtest includes both multiplayer co-op and singleplayer, as well as meta-progression stuff like buff-up beverages and permanent upgrade "chips" for the heroes and the crystal-carrying robot.

It'll also have a new family of monsters, the blobs, as well as delightfully weird hero Shroom—who you'll have to unlock, who narrates the trailer, and who's apparently a healing and support character.

The original Dungeon of the Endless was a surprise hit for Amplitude, first developed as a "skunkworks" project alongside their fantasy 4X Endless Legend. Though this game isn't a direct sequel, nor is it meant to be the same as the prior game, it's still got a lot of the same DNA. DNA which, Amplitude developers told us back in June, was conceived in "a drunken night that was going wrong."

We've learned a lot about the game since it debuted, mostly that it's not super appealing in screenshots but looks great in motion. You can read everything we know about Endless Dungeon on the site.

You can check out the OpenDev of Endless Dungeon free at games2gether. It's already started and will run until November 28th, 2022.

Jon Bolding is a games writer and critic with an extensive background in strategy games. When he's not on his PC, he can be found playing every tabletop game under the sun.