Toronto-based Capybara Games is the studio behind upcoming BELOW, a procedurally generated dungeon crawler boasting our favorite merciless mechanic, permadeath. Exploration is key in BELOW — but happy-go-lucky exploration is strictly forbidden, and strictly punished. Step lightly through the ever-changing labyrinth filled with lurking monsters and traps set especially for you. The most intriguing mysteries lie within the darkest, deadliest depths. Dare you venture forth? BELOW describes its gameplay with the following:
“Test your adventurer mettle against The Isle’s procedural subterranean labyrinths. Explore a large, interconnected underworld crawling with cunning wildlife, deadly traps and stalked by a shadowy presence. Survive the perils of The Depths and unearth what lies below… or die trying..”
BELOW is planned for a 2018 Steam and Xbox One release. It was demoed at PAX West this year in Seattle, but we haven’t heard anything new since then, so it’s possible the launch will be pushed to an early 2019 date. If the gaming gods smile upon us, perhaps we will see this title just in time to treat ourselves to it for Christmas. We say there’s no harm in hoping.