Former Bioshock developers at Uppercut games have officially unveiled their new game, City of Brass, which borrows heavily from the tales of the Arabian Nights, while still giving you a world filled with mischievous spirits and deadly traps.
Players assume the role of a cunning thief, battling to reach a fabled treasure at the city's heart, wielding a blade and whip that can be used to disarm, trip or stun enemies, to swing to safety, grab inaccessible objects or even break through flimsy barricades. But the city itself also has teeth. Players have to leap across pits, slide under blades, dodge spears or arrows, evade or employ sprung paving slabs, and sidestep poison gas traps – all the while manipulating these hazards to their advantage against diverse supernatural foes.
City of Brass is being designed to have a decent amount of replay value, as it was created in a way to encourage players to combine their skills with an ever-changing, carefully optimized cityscape to create newer and better ways to progress. City of Brass players will have to learn to manipulate every system if they are to survive, moving swiftly and deftly through each level, balancing the need for loot with the absolute requirement to escape within the time limit.
"Developing a game with multiple, interacting systems that players can freely combine feels like a return to our roots, drawing on our experiences working on BioShock and many of our other favorites," explained Ed Orman, Lead Designer. "Players must learn how to use the traps to kill their foes, and even turn enemies against each another. You'll perish in the City of Brass – often, and quite horribly – but as your skills improve and you discover new ways to cheat death, you'll return to fight another day."
In City of Brass players can look forward to the following:
- Collect treasure to increase your score, plunder chests for weapon and armor upgrades or powerful relics – but make it to the exit in time or face death by dervish…
- Incarcerated within the city, and most are friendly… Some will barter gear, upgrades, secrets, unlocks or protections in return for loot. Use one of three wishes to unlock a powerful benefit, or for a king's ransom, buy a genie's freedom in return for help in the final battle.
- When your sword just isn't enough, get creative: smash your enemies with explosive vases, blind them with a brick to the face, or force them into traps.
- The city is filled with wretched spirits of all flavors, all with unique behaviors, all with the singular character defect that they want to kill you.
- The algorithms that create each level are tweaked to generate a logically laid out cityscape of interconnected chambers, courtyards and corridors.
- The rhythmic interplay of blade and lash has been carefully tuned along with sprinting, crouching, sliding, leaping and vaulting to give a fluid, balanced and natural feel to the movement and melee.
- For the ultimate test, experienced players can encumber themselves with Divine Burdens, global modifiers that change enemy abilities, spawn behaviors or multiply environmental hazards.
- No two playthroughs are ever the same: play, die, and play again, each time using what you've learned to get further. Are you tenacious enough to reach the heart of the City of Brass?
City of Brass will be released for Windows PC on Steam in fall 2017, with versions for PlayStation 4 systems and Xbox One following in 2018. You can watch the announcement trailer below.
And there's the Steam release trailer as well, which gives a slightly different look at the game.