Indie developer Outsider Games have announced Tax-Force, a game about hunting mutant tax-evading billionaires.
Tax-Force promises to be a roguelike with a heavy focus on narrative and political commentary, seen through the lenses of a 90’s comic.
Tax-Force will be available on Microsoft Windows (through Steam), and will be playable at this year’s Gamescom expo in Germany.
Here’s a rundown on the game, plus its reveal trailer:
The planet is in debt.
In a final, desperate attempt to repay the debt on Farset 13’s Solar Shield, you are invited to lead Tax-Force – an elite department of heavily armed treasurers, granted emergency powers to hunt mutant billionaire tax evaders.
Fight your way through their defences to negotiate repayments. Spend those resources to clear the debt directly, or reinvest in your city to grow the economy and organically pay the debt, before the planet burns to a crisp.
You have 7 days.
Tax-Force is a narrative action roguelite that forces you to weigh up morality-based policies and economic strategy. Its themes deal with the economic and personal effects of government policy and corporate responsibility.
- Melee Combat – a focus on tough, close-range combat, with hand-drawn, rogue-lite biomes that remix with every run.
- Mutant Powers – SPECIALS inspired by superhero mutant powers. Astral Projection! Metal Man! Optical Blasts!
- Strategy and Morality – Negotiate with targets to affect the economy, narrative and gameplay on each run. Every decision challenges players to choose between sci-fi metaphors for socialist vs capitalist economic policies.
- Rebuild – As you reinvest in society, the gameplay reacts. Price and potency of healing responds to public or private investment in healthcare. Weapons and criminal activity adjust as you increase defence spend, while new bridges and paths appear as you invest in infrastructure.
- Branching Narrative – Every decision leads to narrative consequences for the Farset13 citizens, as their stories are guided by your choices, and the city organically grows and changes around them.
- Timeloop – Death activates your time-travelling mutant power, sending you back to Day 1, armed with knowledge of your enemies and the consequences of your actions.
- Stunning Visuals – Gorgeous, hand-drawn comic book art style inspired by Jim Lee and 90’s X-men comics.