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Kerberos Productions has launched the Steam store page for Sword of the Stars: The Pit 2, an Early Access sequel to Sword of the Stars: The Pit, the science fiction Roguelike which many players still list among the best of the genre.

Find Sword of the Stars: The Pit 2 on Steam

While still in beta, The Pit 2 has moved from 2D to a full and vibrant 3D environment. Instantly clear to players will be new features, such as mini-bosses, and player advancements such as the ability to break down items into components which can then be re-used to craft different items. Alongside the perspective shift which allows for full camera control, and a more flexible approach to crafting, players get a preview of the variety of weapons, armors, and scavenged items that Kerberos fans have come to expect from the original game and its DLC.

The halls of the alien facility have a menagerie of creatures bent on bringing players down. “I am most excited about the opportunities we have to make the Pit smarter, deadlier, and more detailed,” said Kerberos head and lead designer Martin Cirulis. “Lieutenant-class monsters, floor-organized enemies, secret levels… We have so much more ‘necessary sadism’ to dispense!”

First released in February of 2013, Sword of the Stars: The Pit grew over the years with many expansions that added new player characters and their powers. A steady parade of game updates included new content along with bug fixes and game tweaks. Through years of developing the original game with a supportive fan base, Kerberos has learned a lot about what their players want.

“This sequel is being tailored to the needs and wishes of its players–the people who spent hundreds of hours in the original game over the past decade. That support has earned them the right to be part of the game’s development,” said Cirulis. “We invite fans to join Early Access not only to support the game but to give direct input and shape the future of the franchise.”

Like its predecessor, The Pit 2 will allow players to dive deep into an alien lab facility. The sci-fi setting is drawn from the lore of multiple Sword of the Stars games, a franchise that Kerberos has been building for eighteen years. Players start with only their Character’s skills and gear: as they explore, they must seek out new supplies and improve their skills in order to survive the ever-increasing dangers of The Pit.

“Ultimately, my goal as a designer is to go beyond the first Pit. First, we’ll bring the old Roguelike up to modern standards, then we’ll push beyond its original limitations,” added Cirulis. “There is a whole universe of mad science dungeons out there, just waiting for rogues brave enough to explore their depths!”

Initial Early Access Features

  • 5 Characters to choose from… Marine, Scout, Medic, and Engineer, and Gunny, a character hidden in the original game!
  • 25 Levels of ancient evil science for you to dive into!
  • Turn-based combat lets players plan their way out of tight spots and deeper into The Pit.
  • Improve your character by increasing your skills to help you survive the depths.
  • Many enemies are drawn from the Sword of the Stars universe!
  • A wide variety of weapons and armors including guns, blades, flamethrowers, rocket launchers, and more!
  • Over 150 items to discover, ranging from the familiar to ancient exotic tech.
  • Crafting lets you make special items from bits and pieces of your enemies.
  • Dozens of room types contain a host of exotic devices to help – or maybe hinder – your progress.
  • Discover and decipher hidden messages, crafting recipes, and pieces of Sword of the Stars lore!
  • Many fiendish ways to die include poisoning, disease, traps, radiation, starvation.
  • NEW player camera controls!
  • The NEW disassembly feature lets you break up items into craftable components!
  • NEW hero-class enemies add mini-boss encounters as players descend into The Pit
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