MMOGames sat down with Lance James, Community Director of Versus Evil at Gamescom 2016, to find out all about their future releases! Versus Evil focuses on making independent game developers successful. They are most famously known for The Banner Saga and The Banner Saga 2, a very hardcore strategic battle game, not for the faint of heart.
Like a Boss
The first game presented was Like a Boss, a single-player mobile game with social elements. In this game, the concept of good vs evil is turned around. This time players take the role of an evil-looking boss character, whose only goal is to wipe out pesky little adventurers who are coming to claim the loot and are killing the boss’ minions in the process. Players can fight up to 40 heroes at a time. With each successful victory, players receive points used to upgrade the current boss but also to unlock new bosses.
There are three races to choose from: Undead, Dragon and Kraken. The game is filled with humor, but don’t let it sidetrack you. The extensively developed classes, Mage, Ranger and Warrior, as well as their skill trees, are highly in-depth. Once a skill is dragged to the action bar, it can be selected in battle. That also means you can have to change skills for different battles, which is a big part of the game’s strategic fun.
The game also boasts a whole crafting system with recipes for gear, for example and the collection of various materials which can be sold off or used in more advanced gear levels.
Like a Boss also boasts a social aspect. If you are away, you can hire yourself out to friends, so that they can use your skills in their boss battles. The game is full of humorous remarks and shouts, which make the progress through the levels very enjoyable. One example is when you are sent out on a quest to kill the quest-giver, exclamation-mark and all!
Like a Boss is scheduled for launch in Q1 2017, will be available on iOS and Android and free to play with a ruby currency to help speed up the game. Rubies can also be earned in the game by completing levels flawlessly.
Guild of Dungeoneering
In this game, players take the role of a game master, sending guild members out into dungeons to fight monsters and gather treasure. After choosing one of the guild members, the GM will leave a trail of breadcrumbs for them through the dungeon using three sets of cards: dungeon cards, item cards and monster cards.
The deck you get to play with is something you get to set up before you enter. When you encounter a monster, it is placed against you in a turn-based battle. The monster always hits first, and you will see with which card they do so. Your cards have both immediate and delayed effects, block and unblockable effects, speed-ups and other fun elements to change the magic and melee attacks around. It’s still quite strategic, especially when you take a closer look at your class’ special attributes and at those of the opposing monsters.
Luckily, the gear and other items you find on your way through the dungeon help you level up the cards in your deck, which is a nice way to improve the available options when you draw cards. This game, too, is filled with humor and funny little texts that make the journey through the dungeons interesting.
Guild of Dungeoneering has been live since July 21, is available on PC and Mobile, and the first update called Pirate’s Cove is scheduled to launch on August 30 on mobile.
Let Them Come
In the mood for an arcade-style, 8 to 16-bit style, Aliens themed horror game? Then Let Them Come is the perfect pick. Waves of enemies will spawn in your direction, and your trusty (or not?) machine-gun is your only defense.
You will die a lot in this game, which isn’t shown with a health bar but by how bloody your character becomes. The waves of enemies quickly become stronger and each type has its own attributes. Some explode, others walk on the wall, or appear from the vents in various unexpected areas. Some are slower, others are faster and some will carry shields.
The only way to survive is to use your hard-earned cash to select the most useful next upgrades to survive the waves. What makes this game hardcore is that you don’t start off at the beginning of the wave, but you start just where you left off. That means whatever was heading your way is still coming for you.
Let Them Come will offer daily challenges and leaderboards, and there will be various boss battles where you have limited resources and need to make the best decisions in order to survive. Coming soon at PAX West, they will be showcasing their Twitch integration.
The Banner Saga 2
The Banner Saga 2 is a tactical role-playing game inspired by Viking legends. The game was released for Microsoft Windows and OS X on April 19, 2016.
The new Survival Mode for The Banner Saga 2 went live six weeks ago and it focuses strictly on combat. The goal is to pick 6 team members and complete battles. This new feature was added in response to community feedback indicating that you can’t really level up other characters once you enter story mode and encounter more powerful foes all the time.
Survival Mode creates a kind of arena where you can level them up in 40 consecutive battles, getting stronger each time. The 40 battles play out in the same sequence each time, which means you can really focus on strategy with new and different characters and get to know them really well.
Survival Mode is primarily intended for training and experience. There are three difficulty levels (easy, medium, and hard) and new Steam achievements are available to those who try it out.
This fall, The Banner Saga 2 will be available on iOS and Android and it is also planning a console launch later this year.Related: Guild of Dungeoneering, Indie Games, Let Them Come, Like a Boss, The Banner Saga, The Banner Saga 2, Versus Evil Indie Games