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Tactical shooter Synthetik 2 is coming to Early Access

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Synthetik: Legion Rising was a top-down 2D roguelike shooter with deep weapon-handling mechanics like movement-based recoil and active reloading, plus some real meaty gun sounds. It was well-received back in 2018, with a user rating of Overwhelmingly Positive on Steam (opens in new tab). Berlin studio Flow Fire Games has announced that the sequel, Synthetik 2, will be arriving in Early Access (opens in new tab) on August 19 with a full release planned for 2022.

Based on the gameplay trailer above, two minutes of "alpha footage raw combat", the most significant change is that it's gone to a 3D isometric view. Otherwise Synthetik 2 still seems to be broadly the same game of deleting dudes into satisfying big red Xes with guns that hit like a hammer. Fire Flow says Synthetik 2 will have new classes, weapons, and items, the co-op will be bumped up to four players instead of just two, and it'll have integrated modding support.

In advance of its August Early Access release, a demo of Synthetik 2 will be playable during the Steam Next Fest, giving us access to two classes plus "custom class building", a floor full of bad guys to shoot and a boss fight to cap it off. That'll be available on June 16.

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