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Shepherds of the Abyss is an action-packed, multiplayer tower defense game - one inspired by some of the best tower defense mods for Warcraft 3. Please support this project on Greenlight: Steamcommunity.com

Some of its key features include:


The featured mode in the video is head-to-head (1v1). Both players must build towers to defend themselves, summon minions of their choosing to send at their enemy, and use offensive and defensive spells to manipulate both sides of the battlefield.

Initial planned multiplayer modes include 2v2 PvP and 2-4 player co-op.


"Mazing" is the art of filling a wide-open space in a tower defense game with your towers to build the path (the maze) that the enemy's units must travel before reaching your throne. "Mazing" is a core skill in Shepherds of the Abyss, and it's put to the test with random obstacles spawned each game to prevent you from memorizing the strongest maze setup.

Player-Built Waves of Minions

Instead of only scripted or generated waves of minions being sent at you and your enemy, you, the players, decide what to send, and in what order, for each wave.

Summon the Shepherds From the Abyss

Unlock the powerful Shepherds - the hero units - and then send them at your enemy. Use their abilities and passives to your advantage to overcome your opponent's defenses. Shepherds level up during combat, and each level comes with an ability point that can be spent to unlock or upgrade the Shepherd's abilities.

Unlock and Upgrade Powerful Defensive Spells

To defend yourself against your opponent's Shepherds, build a powerful maze with well-placed Mana Towers that have been upgraded into spell towers. Use the spells to control, debuff, or outright destroy enemy units.

Dual Resource Economy

Part of your strategy must include how best to use your two resources, which are gold and mana. Gold is used to build and upgrade towers, unlock Shepherds, etc., while mana is used during combat to cast spells both on offense and on defense.

On the Horizon

  • 2 Player Co-op Modes
  • 2v2 PvP Mode
  • Additional Single Player Modes

Current State of Development

Shepherds of the Abyss is currently in closed Friends & Famila Alpha. We are playing matches with our closest friends, then making changes and iterating based on their feedback. Follow us here and/or on Twitter to keep up to date as we approach beta and release.

Please visit us at www.shepherdsoftheabyss.com

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We've been hard at work on Shepherds of the Abyss - a multiplayer tower defense game. We've come a long way since our initial Greenlight video, and have released a new video to show all of the improvements and progress in development.

One of the major features we reveal in the latest video are the Shepherds, which are powerful hero units that have high health pools and ability kits that include passive abilities, active abilities, and ultimate abilities. Each Shepherd earns experience through skillful use of their abilities, and upon leveling up, is provided with 1 ability point that you can use to unlock or upgrade an ability. Unlocking a Shepherd also unlocks two tower types - one defensive tower (that fires at enemies) and one upgrade to the Mana Tower to give you a new spell on defense.

Multiple Shepherds can be unlocked, so mix-and-match them to create powerful synergies to defend yourself, or to weave incredible offensive ability combinations to crush your opponent's defenses.

Watch the video here at our Greenlight page: Steamcommunity.com

--The Dev Team

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We released a minor patch (v0.6.3) to fix a common crash in Survival mode and a few other things. Notes here: Steamcommunity.com

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Patch v0.6.1 for Shepherds of the Abyss is now live! You can read the patch notes here: Steamcommunity.com

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