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Depth of Extinction’s engaging storyline is rich in detail – unfolding gradually through random encounters. For maximum tactical freedom, the game allows you to choose from 8 different classes (each with their own unique skills) and up to 115 different weapons, armor, and items. Think ahead – and think fast – to remain in one piece after each mission ...

Are you ready to take part in mankind’s last stand? If so, a word of warning: Depth of Extinction is not forgiving – and death is permanent!

Key Features

  • Experience a deep storyline through random encounters and real permadeath.
  • Fight fire with fire in thrilling turn-based tactical battles.
  • Enjoy stunning pixel art that blends the old with the new.
  • Choose from 8 different classes – each with their own unique skills.
  • Gear up with more than 115 different weapons, armor, and items!

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I didn’t expect to be making another build so soon, but I wanted to do a small update based on the Build 48 feedback and then it gradually morphed into a pretty big update. I said previously that I wanted controller support to be in the next build but that didn’t actually make it in here. It is in progress and will be in the next one for sure.

Addressing Feedback

One of the main complaints I have heard since the launch is that the game is too tedious (grindy?) so I wanted to try and address that issue in this update (at least a little bit). The main change here is that encounter outcomes that don’t result in a tactical battle but do have a positive outcome result in experience gained for each character on the team. The amount will be equal to the base experience earned on a mission of that difficulty.

I also heard several complaints of slowdowns and crashes in Build 48. My main finding was that with the changes to add the open levels in Build 48, I needed to spend some significant time further optimizing the game. I started with some basic changes but this quickly moved into creating a larger scale object pooling system. The improvement seems to be pretty significant!

Other Changes

A new “Team Editor” screen that will appear after a hostage mission if you have a full team. This will allow you to choose the team member to return to base rather than always sending back the hostage.

The “expected damage” will now appear on a character or cover UI flag by turning the health dots red that would be damaged in a successful attack of max damage (in the case of multi shot weapons). This should make it more clear how much damage a successful attack will deliver to an enemy.

Add the dodge chance to the enemy UI flag. If the enemy can potentially dodge the attack, then it will display below the hit chance in yellow.

Abort Mission button is larger and also has discrete states for the different options you have to choose from in cases where you leave the mission early.

The sniper range penalty is now fixed to 4 squares rather than 50% of the weapon range. This should reduce the overly high penalty area for later game weapons with a higher range.

Incompatible items were not labeled as such in the equipment UI. Now if you have a ballistic weapon equipped, energy items will be labeled as “incompatible.” This will also apply to heavy weapons for characters that can’t equip them.

Bug and Crash Reporting

Starting in Build 49, I now have integrated a fantastic new system for reporting bugs and crashes. Players won’t have to fill out the Google form and track down logs and save files any longer. Now you just click the “create bug report” button in game and type in some details about what happened. A screenshot is automatically captured and the log and save files are also sent along with the report. I’ll also get a ton of other data about the memory use, your graphics card and other system specific stuff. Nothing is collected that could personally identify any player. This should make it much easier for players to report issues and for me to fix them.

Balancing Adjustments

  • Reduce the experience required to achieve higher levels (another change to work on reducing the grind)
  • Too many enemies spawning in “task” missions (disarm reactor, bombs, etc) (i personally wiped a few times on these at higher difficulty)
  • Increase cost of higher level items at merchants
  • Reduce the resale price of items
  • Increase the price of level 2 and up Mercs

Bug fixes

There were also a number of bugs reported with Build 48 and even some older stuff reported previously, or that I just noticed.

  • Double clicking on character cards in UI would show the equipment but hide the character
  • Slight character default and max speed reduction to reduce overwatch errors and overruns
  • The large reactor now blocks line of sight
  • The terminal location on the reactor is not obvious so it gets a cue animation like the doors.
  • Cursor would change over invisible enemies and items letting you know where they were on the map.
  • Door could be opened when in follow mode and not the leader’s turn.
  • Mend skill was not obvious due to skill message not appearing so it sometimes appeared the character was being healed by an attack.
  • Enemies and characters sometimes stopping their movement randomly (seems i might not have fixed every case where this can happen)
  • Usable items giving characters the benefit at all times. This was most obvious with the Trauma Kit reviving when the character dies, even though it must be used manually. It also happened with some of the nanites.
  • Maps sometimes have unconnected rooms
  • Total Mayhem (Wrecker skill) sometimes being triggered when less than 3 pieces of cover destroyed.
  • Inventory to sell on merchant screen is not sorting correctly

What’s Next?

As stated above, controller support is the next highest priority. Beyond that, I do have plans to add more content to DOE in the future. I have a few classes that were cut at the end and I plan to finish them. I’d also like to add more mission variations and more maps.

Many other requests have been made and I will definitely take a look at those as well. You may also notice that we reduced the price recently. Hopefully the new price will help ensure that the game continues to sell in the long term and allow me to keep going with (at least) quarterly updates.

Depth of Extinction Winter Update is Live!

Depth of Extinction Winter Update is Live!


The long awaited Build 48 is finally ready and feature updates all over the game including new tactical maps, enemies activating based on line of sight...

Depth of Extinction Build 44/45 details, New Trailer and Almost Ready for Launch!

Depth of Extinction Build 44/45 details, New Trailer and Almost Ready for Launch!


We skipped an update for Build 44 but are going to cover that build plus 45 in this extra special “last” blog post before the final stretch run to...

Build 43: Portraits, Scenarios and New Objectives

Build 43: Portraits, Scenarios and New Objectives


Build 43 is now available on Itch and Steam! We've got all the details on Build 43 in our latest DevLog, including the new scenarios, objectives and character...

Depth of Extinction Build 43: UI Encounters and Menus Updated

Depth of Extinction Build 43: UI Encounters and Menus Updated


We've made great progress on the updated encounter system recently. We’ve got a great system that lets you balance risk/reward much better than the...

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