Breach hits early access with a blend of action combat and MMO dungeon crawling

    
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Snowbound or bored this weekend and looking for something new to do? Breach arrived on Steam early access yesterday, bringing with it an interesting blend of MMO design, co-op dungeon crawling, and third-person action.

The conceit of Breach is that an alternate dimension full of mythical creatures is bleeding over into ours, and we’ve got to stop it. In a cool twist, players can elect to take on the role of a Veil Demon class to play as the antagonist against a hero squad in the 4v1 dungeons.

“It was really important that when we entered early access, Breach would be both a very refined gameplay experience and something gamers haven’t played before,” said QC Games CEO Dallas Dickinson in a press release.

While Breach will eventually be free-to-play when it launches later this year, right now you do have to pay at least $25 to get into the early access test. Earlier this week, the game’s development team outlined its 2019 roadmap which included new maps, classes, and the eventual launch.

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Vorender

Breach is actually a lot of fun in its current state. My only real gripe is lack of character customization, but I suspect that’ll change in the coming months. Great changeup game to FO76. :)

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Solaris

I’m really loving this game. Love The Secret Wordish themes. Very satisfying combat. Character customization needs more attention. I get thrown into Missions that raise the degree of difficulty so much from the last session that I wonder if the game stuck me in a Mission with players two times my level. But man I’ve sunk alotta hours in and it’s been awhile since a game kept me playing all weekend. Good stuff.

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Dug From The Earth

Game suffers from all the early access issues. Performance being the worst. The visuals have a very annoying blur to them since the game actually DOWNSCALES the resolution if you have it on anything other than ULTRA settings. Even on ultra, the AA creates an awful blur as well (and AA is forced on ultra).

As for the gameplay, combat is fun enough, but the game is extremely shallow. Think Smite… vs AI (most of the time). Only, this isnt a moba, its a co-op dungeon crawler with NO loot. You will basically just be running the same missions over and over and over again. There isnt any more to it than that.

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Mizusyu

I haven’t played a whole lot, but their is definitely loot that can change how some of the abilities work. I also know that you can switch skills between all of the characters that share a school and while it’s not traditional moba pvp their is a mode where the veil demon is controlled by a player in addition the veil demon has multiple classes itself with the ability to change the elites in the battle. I think it is far to early to call it shallow with it both being in early access and the myriad of strategies that not only come from composition, but layered onto that the ability to switch out skills, gems to enhance stats and loot to change how some abilities operate.

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packagegrope

‘in a cool twist, otherwise known as evolve, a game which failed hard, players can play the role of the monster in a 4v1 mode.’

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Venomlicious

Future f2p so not worth my time. It will be the new cash shop with access to a game that’s not good unless you cash shop

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Greaterdivinity

Good luck, new kid on the block. Not quite interested enough to pick it up in Early Access, but I’ll be keeping an eye on it.

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Hikari Kenzaki

The game is very polished and just has some things here and there to work out, but it’s pretty darn fun to play if you like dungeon crawlers with some story.

The 4v1 PvEvP is a really fun mode as well. The main selling point for me though was the ability to make your own character. I prefer that over using a stock/skinned character.

For the packs, I bought the Hero pack ($60) and here was my rationale.
With the Starter Pack, you are essentially just paying for the right to play Early Access and 3 or 4 classes. A handful of the Starter Pack classes are free to anyone who bought into any pack. (Arcane Mender, Mana Warrior and a few others).

The Hero pack also has some really cool dances and stuff. :)

I could have got the Supporter pack with everything, but then I would have had nothing to work for in the game except gear. I like gear, but it’s not something that is going to motivate me to play for 100 levels. But unlocking new classes, yeah, that will motivate me.

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Dug From The Earth

Heh, this all sounds like you work for the company in their marketing department

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IronSalamander8 .

Saw it on Steam last night. While it sounds good, the various packages to play the classes are a bit of a turn off at this point. It may be worth it, I can’t say without playing it, but I’m wary of spending money, and especially this much (for getting more than the one 25 dollar pack), on any game this early in its development cycle.

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arimer

I bought the starter pack last night. It’s enough to play for now while i judge if I’m going to stick with it. The few hours I did play was enjoyable. You’re right though the packages are kind of off putting. Good news is that you can buy everything using ingame money if you spend enough time earning it.

I’d recommend it so far but if you aren’t super excited about it definitely wait for the F2P launch.

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Reht

yeah, i agree with Arimer. I enjoy the game and am going to stick with it for a bit. I went for the cheapest package because i felt the game was in a good enough position to play after the last alpha test. But i don’t think it’s going to be a long wait for full launch, so if you’re on the fence, wait for F2P.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Always good advice, Reht! If you’re not sure, just don’t. Watch some VODs on Twitch (I know a person or two who have those ;) ) or look up some live streams (there are probably several right now)