Beacon is a Sci-Fi Action Roguelike in which you take control of Freja, a recently-deceased pilot-for-hire whose ship has just crashed into the side of an unknown planet. Luckily for Freja, thanks to her ship’s automated clone bay, being dead isn’t the pain in the ass it once was.
Played as a top-down shooter, Beacon tasks you with fighting your way through a randomly generated hostile world, all the while trying to locate the distress beacon and escape the planet into which your ship has crashed.
While you’re making your way through these areas you’ll not only find weapons and items to help you; You’ll also be collecting DNA from the enemies you defeat. Then, when you inevitably die, you’re given the opportunity to combine the DNA you’ve collected with your own, granting you different stats and potentially gameplay-altering physical mutations for your next run.
You step out of the confined pod, disorientated and blinking. As your vision clears, a desolate view forms to greet you. The burning wreckage of your ship - your home - lies scattered cruelly across the surface of an alien landscape.
You must have come down hard. Picking your way through the remains of the ship, you look for answers, a weapon, a radio. Instead, you find a body. Your body.
Well, you think, at least the cloning bay still works.
Unfortunately, it seems like that’s about all that does. If you want to get off this planet, you’re going to have to explore it. You need to find equipment. You need to find a beacon. The forests look hostile, but you’ve got your gun.
And if the worst comes to pass, well, at least the Clone Bay still works.
Beacon is a Sci-Fi Action Roguelike that asks you to fight, die and mutate yourself to overcome a randomly generated hostile planet. Coming soon for Windows, Mac, and Xbox One.
You play as Freja, a highly skilled pilot for the private military sector who's crashed on an unidentified planet. You must fight your way through randomly generated levels, attempting to find your ship's Beacon to escape the planet. Played from a top-down perspective, and controlling similarly to a twin-stick shooter, Beacon evokes a sense of classic arcade action within the trappings of modern Roguelike progress and permadeath, with the twist of Cloning mechanics tied to Death to create a lasting sense of progress.
Beacon is designed to exhibit a strong aesthetic that works cohesively with the Science Fiction themes running through the mechanics and narrative. It uses a combination of modern post-processing and effects with low-poly modelling and geometric design to create a visual language that we feel is one of the game’s strongest and most striking features.
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