A new year, a new batch of survival games! Yes, the genre has become so popular that one guide, no not even two guides could contain all of the survival goodness. More keep cropping up. I certainly can’t say as I mind, since this is the style of game that has been giving me the feeling of having an impact on my environment. And it’s not all the same collection of zombies, although there is still plenty of that. It is interesting to see what new takes developers are bringing to the table. Want to do a survival reality show? There’s a game for that! How about living like a viking? Yup. What if you want to be the psychotic killer that survivors are trying to, well, survive? Got you covered. Fell like upping the ante and surviving via VR? There are a few of those available.
If you are looking for a new survival to sink your teeth into, here’s the addendum for some newer games in development as well as some newly discovered ones since the last mega double guide. Note: This collection will be a mix of multiplayer and single-player titles with some uniques thrown in.
Ready to scheme, sabotage, and survive? Then you might just have what it takes to play SOS.
A virtual game show set on a tropical island, SOS throws 16 players into the same area to compete in a 30-minute match. The goal? To find a relic and escape via helicopter. The twist? There can be three winners, which means that players can use voice chat to try to form alliances on the fly and strategize against opponents.
There are monster hordes to contend with as well, so finding weapons and making traps is essential to living through the experience. Additionally, each match will be viewed by a live audience that can give feedback and influence events. What else would you expect from a game that is made up of veterans from Twitch?
You won’t have to wait long to try SOS out, either. The multiplayer title is coming to Steam early access on January 23rd with a sticker price of $30.
Welcome back to our intermittent series on MMOs and other multiplayer games you you’ve never heard of! Let’s run down five more floating to the top of the pile this month.
First up is a Russian indie MMO called Rogalia that I first heard of thanks to former Massively columnist Jeremy Stratton (heya Jeremy!). It’s cute and cartoony and will definitely appeal to old-school isometric sandbox players with its crisp cartoon graphics and detailed UI. Combine all that with the gameplay and it’ll remind you more of Ultima Online than most games that namedrop it! It’s currently $12 on Steam, though it’s set to launch out of early access at some point this month, when the price will likely increase.
A survival game with a twist? Color Massively OP’s MJ intrigued! As long as that isn’t pink, that is. SOS is a new multiplayer title in development that makes survival a 30-minute match where the 16 players are trying to escape the island instead of mastering it. How well can MJ do when crunched for time? Will she find folks who will work with her, or against her? How well could you do? She has keys so you can find out! It’s only open for a weekend test, and the servers open at 12:00 p.m., so tune in at noon and take a first look at (and win a key for)…
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, November 4th, 2017
Here’s a newish game to our pages: SOS, a multiplayer survival PC game “where 16 contestants face off in a 30-minute challenge to escape.” It’s essentially a nifty “Survivor”-flavored twist on ye olde survival sandbox in that instead of competing in just another battle royale, you’re actually vying to escape the island – with or without the help of the other players and the streaming audience. It’s like if LOST and PUBG had a baby.
Want to give it a try? Outpost Games has granted Massively OP 500 keys for this weekend’s leg of the alpha, which runs from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. EDT on November 4th and 5th – this weekend. Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!