Award-Winning Epigenesis Launches August 1

By   /   Jul 10, 2014

Developer Dead Shark Triplepunch, which has the best name in the world, has announced a release date for their PC game, Epigenesis. It will launch its full build on August 1, 2014.

Currently, Epigenesis is enjoying a run on Steam through Early Access, where it ships for $9.99 or €8.99, depending on the region. At heart, it’s a sports title, but with a combative twist.

Each round is played with one team of five against five others. Its main objective is to score as many goals possible in a futuristic handball setting.

On top of that, Epigenesis requires dodging bullets, as each teammate is equipped with non-lethal guns that push or pull others aside. Here, the trick is to drop opponents from their platforms, letting them plummet to their death.

Environments in the game accommodate that gameplay element with large gaps between platforms, slanted surfaces and multiple tiers of elevation. This also means that Epigenesis has a ton of movement and a tight pace.

The game is played in first-person and sort of mimics the “gibbing” genre of shooters that rely on mobility and one perfectly aimed shot. For example, shooting an opponent in the head sends them straight down, which is an instant death sentence when barreling between platforms at high speeds.

Each time a team scores, they’re given a seed that can be planted to help out the team with a select amount of buildings. Moreover, connecting seeds from the team’s goal to that of the opponent results in an automatic victory.

There is a lot to take in with Epigenesis, but it plays out surprisingly smoothly. Those who require some practice can take advantage of the singleplayer mode that was introduced during the Early Access campaign.

Epigenesis is made by a team of eight students, who eventually went on to win the Epic Games’ Make Something Unreal Live 2013 competition and even the Swedish Game of the Year. How’s that for a motivational?