Endless Dungeon has a release date, and you can get Dungeon of the Endless for free

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The next game in Amplitude's Endless series will be Endless Dungeon, a follow-up to 2014's Dungeon of the Endless (opens in new tab), which is my equivocating way of saying it's not actually a sequel. Where that was a roguelike tactical RPG with a bit of tower defense thrown in, the new game seems more like a twin-stick shooter with a bit of tower defense thrown in. And it'll be available on Steam and the Epic Games Store from May 14.

The trailer makes it look like a cross between Overwatch and Hades, and I sure hope it plays like Hades. If you want to find out for yourself, you can get an early look at Endless Dungeon's in-development build until January 30, but only if you preorder the Last Wish digital edition (opens in new tab). It also comes with bonuses including hero skins, badges, avatars, the soundtrack, artbook, and access to both a closed beta and then the full game 48 hours before its release.

The current OpenDev period Amplitude is calling "Final Rodeo" lets you play as four heroes in singleplayer or co-op multiplayer: Comrade (Gunsmith), Bunker (Tank), Blaze (Artificer), and Shroom (Medic). There are four districts open for play, a new boss called the Shelldiver, and a Saloon to hang out in between missions where you can modify your weapons and try drinks that have different effects. Sounds a bit like Deep Rock Galactic's Abyss Bar. Let's just hope it has a jukebox.

Rick Lane got to try a version of Endless Dungeon last year. He emphasized its difficulty, saying, "You must open doors to accrue resources, but every door you open potentially adds another enemy-spawning hive to the map. Consequently, the stakes ramp up quickly. Waves of enemies will trigger every few minutes, and if you haven't established a sturdy defence by the third or fourth wave, your crystal-bot is going to end up stardust. You can't rely on turtling around the crystal either. Eventually, you must order it to unlock the bulkhead that'll let you access the next area, meaning your defence needs to be consistently strong all along the crystal-bot's path."

Amplitude is continuing to support Endless Space 2 as well, and is currently working on a patch (opens in new tab) that will apparently "focus on the last DLC, Awakening, and some bug fixing and balance." It's also planning to publish a comic called Endless Space 2 Stories on March 7 through Titan Comics, which will collect the free Endless Space 2 webcomics (opens in new tab) in print form.

You can get a free copy of Dungeon of the Endless that activates on Steam by signing up for an account at Amplitude's community site (opens in new tab), while stocks last. Scroll down on the rewards page to find some DLC and other freebies as well. Meanwhile, Endless Dungeon can be preordered on Steam (opens in new tab) and the Epic Games Store (opens in new tab).

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and Playboy.com (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.