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Niche Spotlight – Dreadlands

Dreadlands

Today’s Niche Spotlight is Dreadlands, a turn-based tactical RPG by Blackfox Studios and Fatshark that just left Early Access.

Dreadlands is set in the same colorful and quirky vision of post-apocalyptic Sweden from one of Fatshark’s earlier games, Krater. Build a gang of scavengers from one of three factions and explore the world in search of valuable resources and lost technology.

Fight rival gangs and mutated wildlife in turn-based tactical battles with some card elements. You can also compete online against other players and fight them for the world’s dwindling resources.

You can find the launch trailer below.

Dreadlands is available on Windows PC via Steam for $24.99 USD.

You can find the rundown (via Steam) below:

Welcome to the vivid, vibrant, and violent post-apocalypse. The Dreadlands await!
Dreadlands is a shared world, turn-based tactical, skirmish game set in an unforgiving environment where life and death revolves around the constant struggle for Glow, a resource as valuable as it’s enigmatic.

Explore the wondrously diverse regions of the Dreadlands, overcoming the wealth of challenges provided by the treacherous terrain, voracious Beastlife and trigger happy locals.

Tactical combat
Free Action Point system
Freely move, attack and use abilities any way you want. Move and shoot? Shoot and move? Shoot twice? It’s up to you to decide how to best use your Action Points!

Morale system
Engage in the tug-of-war Morale system that allows you to break the hearts & minds of your enemies. In the Dreadlands there is more to battle than just killing!

XP challenges system
Get more direct control over your gangs XP flow by completing in-match challenges for increased XP and award your personal MVP with even more XP. Your own skill translates to more XP!

Tactics card system
Use the unique Tactics powers and combine them in exciting ways. Play your cards right and you can control the flow of battle itself!

Gang Factions
Choose from between the 3 factions and play through their unique campaigns, each of them having their own playstyles and flair.
The Scrappers; hot-tempered junk-tinkerers. The Tribe-kin; nature worshipping and beast controlling tribals. The Skarbacks; former slaves, now cybernetic mountains of flesh and steel.

Co-op & PvP
Team up with a friend to play through the campaigns with the gangs of your choosing or duke it out with other players to see who is the true champion of the Dreadlands!

Explore the Dreadlands
Exploring the Dreadlands will be a diverse and dangerous trek. The region resembles a patchwork of contracting biomes, a strange brew definitely not concocted through the methodical work of mother nature.
There’s an abundance of jaw-dropping sights to see and gruesome things to kill, as you travel across grasslands, lush swamp-jungle hybrids, mountains, desert plains and contaminated zones of utter devastation.

The Dreadlands is notorious as a unique and wondrously weird place, which is quite a feat, considering the post-apocalyptic world is no stranger to otherworldly strangeness!

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