Black Future '88 Hits Nintendo Switch and PC, November 21st
Black Future ’88 reminds me a lot of Dead Cells.
It’s weird, because really the only thing this synth-punk roguelike action shooter has in common with Dead Cells is the ‘roguelike action’ portion of the description. The art style is what I’d call reminiscent, not similar, and hardly something I’d accuse of deliberately aping the aesthetic, and the gameplay has only a passing resemblance – no more than any other 2D action game.
And yet I can’t help but think this is what Dead Cells 2.0 – Future Edition would be…and that’s a good thing because I LOVED Dead Cells.
Black Future ’88 puts players into a post-apocalyptic nightmare where they need to find and kill their target in a procedurally generated tower while an onslaught of enemies try to take them out.
Not challenging enough? How about having only 18 minutes to make it to the top and kill your target?
Fortunately there’s a wealth of weapons, buffs, and curses to find and equip, multiple characters to choose from, and you can always drag a partner along for co-op – either same screen with each player using a joycon on the Nintendo Switch, or same-screen PC co-op (or using Steam’s new Remote Play Together feature).
Here’s the press release:
GOOD SHEPHERD ENTERTAINMENT AND SUPERSCARYSNAKES’ BLACK FUTURE ‘88 COMING TO NINTENDO SWITCH AND STEAM NOVEMBER 21
Get revenge before the world gets you in this new synth-punk roguelike action shooter
OAKLAND, Calif., and AMSTERDAM – Oct. 30, 2019 – Good Shepherd Entertainment and independent developer SuperScarySnakes have announced that Black Future ‘88, the 2D synth-punk roguelike action shooter that is constantly evolving to try to kill you, will launch digitally on Nintendo Switch and Windows PC via Steam on Nov. 21, 2019. A special physical release of Black Future ’88 on Nintendo Switch will be available in retail stores in 2020.
Set in a grim alternate history where it’s always 1988, Black Future ‘88 puts players on a non-stop dungeon-crawling ascent against homicidal robots, cutthroats, bosses and more to exact revenge on the man who destroyed the world. As one of the last remaining survivors of a nuclear cataclysm, you’ll climb a procedurally generated tower through a merciless onslaught of fire, lasers and steel.
The only way to kill your mark before your heart explodes is strategically combining dozens of unique guns, buffs and curses. Choose from several characters with a huge arsenal of weapons and powers as you shoot, slash and dash through anything standing between you and the top of the world.
Survive this nightmarish neon-lit retro dystopia alone or with a friend in two-player local co-op, then measure your mettle against other players by taking on special daily challenges to scale the global leaderboard. Black Future ’88 will also fully support Steam’s new Remote Play Together feature at launch, letting PC players join a friend’s game online.
For more information, visit www.BlackFuture88.com, and follow Good Shepherd Entertainment and SuperScarySnakes on Twitter @GoodShepherdEnt and @SuperScarySnake.