Niche Spotlight – Deep Sixed: Rickety Roguelite Space Survival

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Today’s Spotlight is about Deep Sixed, a space survival roguelite that came out way back in February courtesy of LRDGames, Inc.

In the distant future, humanity has finally reached the stars. However, an oppressive megacorporation aggressively guards the secrets to fold space, the priceless technology that allows humanity to travel light years in just a few moments.

The company has suddenly taken a keen interest in the uncharted regions beyond known space, and has begun offering criminals such as yourself a chance to wipe away their debt as intergalactic explorers. Unfortunately for you, the job comes with a lot of stipulations that ensure that you’ll probably not make it back to enjoy your newfound freedom.

Explore procedurally generated, uncharted galaxies in an ancient starship with a rudimentary AI that’s held together with duct tape and prayers. When things break (and they will, constantly) you’ll have to scrape together whatever you can to fix it, or go without vital functions until you can figure out how to bring them back online.

Discover strange alien life forms, including massive predators capable of swallowing your rickety ship whole, and steal, trade, or scavenge for whatever pieces of junk you can find to keep your crappy ship functioning. You can check out the game’s launch trailer above.

Deep Sixed is available for Windows PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam. It’s normally $12.99, but its currently 40% off until October 8th.

Here’s a rundown of the game:

We’re not alone here.

A secretive corporation that holds a monopoly on the technology necessary to “fold space”, travelling light-years in mere moments, has shown an obsessive interest in a large uncharted nebula in a distant arm of the galaxy.

The Pilot is working off the remainder of her sentence as an involuntary stellar cartographer for this corporation. She has been issued a small spacecraft that is equipped with a finicky deep space scanner and the support of an infantile Artificial Intelligence unit, and given orders to map as much as possible and report back with her findings

What she discovers out there will change her life forever, if she can get back home in one piece.

Key Features:

  • Life without an “undo” button. Your ship stays with you from start to finish. If something breaks, it’ll stay broken until you figure out how to fix it.
  • A universe of procedurally generated mysteries for the ambitious explorer.
  • A diverse ecosystem of intergalactic fauna with their own predator, prey and scavenger roles to play.
  • A steep difficulty-curve that will push your ability to stay calm under pressure to the limits.
  • A compelling story of friendship and compassion that promises to surprise and entertain.

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