Niche Spotlight – Depth of Extinction: Like XCOM and FTL Had an Underwater Baby

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Today’s Spotlight is going to focus on Depth of Extinction, a new turn-based tactical roguelite RPG by HOF Studios that can easily be described as XCOM and FTL having a baby, only via one of those weird water births.

Depth of Extinction is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the last remnants of humanity live in underwater cities. You control the government security forces, who are currently trying to regain order in a civil war involving multiple gangs, factions, and splinter groups. There’s also rumors of ancient, killer war machines with a nefarious purpose that have suddenly begun to reawaken…

Outfit your upgradable squad with hundreds of different pieces of weapons and armor through a series of randomly generated, turn-based encounters that gradually push the story forward. As with many games in the genre, death is permeant, and every soldier that falls in battle can be a huge blow to your combat potential. You can check out the game’s launch trailer above.

Depth of Extinction is now available on Windows PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, GOG, and the Humble Store for $19.99. It’s currently 10% off as part of it’s launch discount.

Here’s a rundown of the game:

In a world rife with violence, rumors of killer machines have spread far and wide. As a number of factions emerge – violently vying for power – you become the sole defender of humanity’s last standing government. Only you can create the ultimate squad and save humanity!

Explore an emergent storyline filled with random encounters and turn-based tactical battles as you traverse an underwater world. With just yourself and your soldiers facing an unknown enemy, gear up and prepare to engage in combat at any given moment – uncovering the deep storyline one battle at a time. Choose from 10 different classes, each with their own unique skill set, and give your soldiers a choice of more than 150 different weapons and armor to strike back at the enemy.

A word of warning, though: Depth of Extinction is not forgiving – and death is permanent.

Gather your troops and take part in intense turn-based tactical battles on humankind’s last stand against the unknown!

Key Features:

  • Emergent storyline on randomly generated maps with random encounters
  • Unlock 8 unique character classes
  • Outfit your team with 115 different weapons, armor, and items
  • Fight 25 unique enemies from 5 factions
  • Perma-Death

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