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Cooperative Survival Horror Game Deathground Now on Kickstarter

Deathground

Jaw Drop Games are currently looking to fund their cooperative survival horror game, Deathground, on Kickstarter.

In Deathground, up to three players are tasked with completing mission objectives on a deadly island full of predatory dinosaurs. The game features three character classes with their own unique set of skills and items, and a crafting system that allows you to construct useful tools during a match.

Drop zones, extraction points, and mission objectives are randomized to keep each match fresh. Players will need cooperate, using their character’s skill sets together to find high value loot, avoid being eaten, and escape once the mission is accomplished. You can find the reveal trailer below.

The minimum pledge level that gets you a copy of the game is the Raptor – Early Bird tier, which is $16 USD and includes a digital copy of the game, Discord access, digital art pack, and name in the credits. This Early Bird special is only available for the first week of the campaign.

Of course there are plenty of higher tiers for those that want beta access, extra game keys to give to friends, in-game extras like special skins or charms on your character model, or physical swag like t-shirts, hoodies, and dinosaur statues.

The base game will currently include three character classes, three maps, and two dinosaur types (raptors and T-Rex). Stretch goals and long term objectives include more dinosaurs, classes, maps, ranked multiplayer, and new modes- potentially including modes that introduce PvP elements.

At the time of writing, the game is sitting at nearly $17,000 USD pledged towards its $100,882 US goal, with 28 days to go.

You can find a rundown of the game (via Steam) below:


DEATHGROUND

Deathground is a solo and co-op survival horror game that throws players into a desperate battle for survival against deadly AI dinosaurs.
Enter the Deathground with a team of up to 3 players for squad-based action or attempt to survive alone in a solo session.

As players, you form a group of professional hunters and survivalists on a mission to the “Deathground” to retrieve high-value loot.

Players are put through the ultimate test of cooperation as they travel through darkened and anxious environments overrun by deadly dinosaurs, in order to survive. Reactive AI dinosaurs that hunt you down, random extraction points and dynamic objectives create unpredictable and varied experiences and all contribute to a menacing atmosphere filled with fear, suspense and anticipation.

KEY FEATURES

Squad-based survival horror
With team-based objectives, suspenseful gameplay and constant mortal danger, teamwork and cooperation are essential to survival.

Solo Play
Leave your teammates behind in favour of a solo session. The atmosphere is deeper and the horror intensifies as you attempt to survive alone.

Intense and suspenseful gameplay
Dynamic gameplay enriched with objectives, stealth, combat and teamwork. Players will interact with a range of items and weapons, and have access to a crafting system.

Unpredictable AI Dinosaurs
Dynamic and reactive dinosaurs that hunt you down, influence decision-making and drive a tailored experience.

Special Character Classes
A character class system with special traits, skills and tools mean players must choose how they will work together in order to survive.

Truly terrifying, realistic and diverse environments
Experience pure fear and an anxious atmosphere, that put the player’s survival instincts to the test. We’ll harness the power of Unreal Engine 4 to create realistic and diverse environments.

Replayable Gameplay
AI dinosaurs, weather systems, random spawn and extraction points, and dynamic objectives creates unique and intense gameplay sequences with each playthrough.

Original Soundtrack
An original, haunting music score by BAFTA-nominated composer, David Housden (Thomas was Alone, Volume, Q.U.B.E. 2).

Community Driven Development
The community will have an active role in helping to shape the game experience so together, we can create something incredible. There will be testing during phases of development and there will be an emphasis on player feedback and player design participation.


Deathground is currently focused on Windows PC via Steam, though console versions are a possibility. An Early Access version is estimated to release in Q3 2021, with a full release in Q2 2022.

Image: Steam

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