It’s always exciting when a new, exciting looking indie title revs up for release. For fans of the ever-flourishing survival genre, the news that developer Unicube’s own survival game Shelter will be available March 15.
Shelter is set in the aftermath of a global apocalypse. The game is set in the eponymous structure, and revolves around a family trying to survive in the post-cataclysmic wastes. Like many survival-oriented games, Shelter warns that characters who die stay dead thanks to its permadeath feature: “One mistake, one bad decision and a loved one is gone, forever,” the press release portends.
Like other survival titles, Shelter walks the line of many different genre classifications, incorporating elements such as conversation systems, character leveling, procedurally generated content, and of course, plenty of emphasis on player choice.
From publisher Team 17’s press release:
• Family comes first: Keep your family alive and protect them from the ravages of the harsh post-apocalyptic world
• Pets: Your pet is family too. Choose between the dog, cat, fish, snake or horse
• Make the shelter a home: Maintain your shelter – keep it secure, habitable and make sure that the family have enough resources to survive. Protect your shelter from hazards and infiltration!
• Crafting system: Create comforts for your family’s shelter and weapons for combat
• Customisation: Your family is unique to you; you decide their gender, names and their appearance
• Exploration: Send out your family to explore and gather resources for everyday living and crafting
• Recruitment system: Recruit outsiders with different personalities, integrate them into your shelter life and earn their loyalty
• RPG mechanics: As your family develop, their stats will adapt with an evolving experience and trauma system. Attributes, strengths and weaknesses will dynamically change based on your choices
• Dynamic encounter system: Your family will encounter various threats including roaming factions and feral beasts
• Turn-based combat: For those that cannot be reasoned with, violence can be used as a last resort. Your family may depend on it
• Vehicles: Make exploration quicker and safer
• Bloodlines: Extend your family lineage
Shelter will be available on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, and Linux March 15, for $14.99.