Survival sandbox Scum hits Steam early access on August 29

As a criminal who is trying to get out of the supermax system, you should probably know that nothing comes easily. So if you’re going to win your freedom, you should be prepared for a hard and long struggle… to become a reality TV star!

This is the strange premise behind Scum, an “extremely complex” survival sandbox that’s coming to Steam early access soon. And by “soon,” we mean “on August 29th,” because that’s the date that the studio just announced to its fans. The studio plans to keep Scum in early access for “at least one full year” while it tests the game and completes its launch day features.

It’s definitely a different type of survival sandbox, with a really in-depth character creator, mechs, zombies, drones, and more. Check out the (gory) release date announcement trailer after the break.

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SCUM shows off pre-alpha character creation footage

Who is better suited to survive a horror-filled island than a bunch of hardened convicts? Running for your life and shooting anything that displeases you probably beats pick-up basketball and weight lifting in the yard.

SCUM’s survival game concept that mixes reality TV and hard-working prison folk got a lot more real this week when the developers showed off the pre-alpha character creation and customization process.

“Creating the character has never been so easy… or complicated, it depends on what you prefer more,” the dev team posted. “Check out the new dev blog video to explore how players will create and tune their inmate turned online star in everything from physique and constitution to mental acuteness and survival instinct. But remember, the character creation process is just the first step, how it will evolve from that point depends on what you do in the game.”

You can watch this humorous 14-minute look at SCUM’s character creation after the break!

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The MOP Up: Final Fantasy XIV gets primal (March 25, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Destiny 2ScumPokemon Go, OrbusVRDauntlessHeroes of the Storm, SkyforgeElswordOld School RuneScapeMapleStory BlitzDestiny 2The Elder Scrolls LegendsProsperous UniverseFinal Fantasy XIVMU LegendWakfu, and Dark and Light, all waiting for you after the break!

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SCUM is coming to Steam in Q2 2018

Remember SCUM? Yes, that’s the name of the game. No, it’s probably not going to make you feel great about yourself from the name alone. Heck, the premise might not do you any favors, either, since the whole point of the game is that you’re playing an inmate sentenced to life in prison who’s given a shot at fame and fortune through a televised deathmatch game. We covered it when it first showed up back in 2016.

The game has moved along with the times, with early access now planned to kick off in Q2 2018 as a story-driven survival game. Players will have to fight in an open environment to survive, defeat fellow prisoners, and be the most crowd-pleasing convict on the island. If that scratches a particular need you have, you should keep up to date with the game’s ongoing development dispatches while it rolls along to early access.

Source: Official Site, Steam page; thanks to for the tip!


Gamescom 2016: SCUM turns prison riots into survival fun

It truly seems as though game developers worldwide are participating in a massive challenge to see who can take the most wild or ridiculous concept and turn it into a survival game. So just accept with good grace SCUM’s premise of a prison riot turning into an exciting (if bloody) struggle to survive for TV ratings.

This upcoming survival game will place players in the roles of inmates on a prison island where their raucous activities are being televised for viewers at home. By performing well, prisoners can earn corporate sponsorships and receive gifts to help them with their peaceful quest. If you want to make the comparison to The Hunger Games, nobody is going to stop you, least of all us.

The dev team is promising a more dynamic and intricate experience than has been in other survival games. SCUM is expected to come out on PC early access sometime in 2017.

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