X-Com’s Creator Chaos Reborn On Early Access Next Week

Developer Snapshot Games will drop Chaos Reborn on Steam through Early Access next week. It arrives on December 9, 2014.

Chaos Reborn is the new project from the original X-COM’s creator, Julian Gollop, who amassed fame in the eighties and nineties, during the PC strategy game high times. It’s a successor to the Chaos series, made in those days.

In its current Early Access state, the game pits between two and four wizards against each other on a board made of hex tiles. Each character possesses a deck that can bring forth a range of creatures and spells.

At the moment, there’s only an online competitive mode, as well as a two by two cooperative more. Played games yield experience, which can be put to new staffs and spell for the wizards.

In a rather counter-intuitive decision, Chaos Reborn’s arrival on Steam comes with the announcement that the team now wants to focus on offline modes. You’d think you’d push that out to the game’s Kickstarter community, before coming to a mostly online digital rights management (DRM) service.

Plans also include a hot seat mode, where players can take turns on the same machine. Later on, the main mode will be added that sees wizards explore the Realms of Chaos, which are either procedurally generated or made by Wizard King players.

Social features are planned as well, such as a ranking system and the ability to form guilds.

Chaos Reborn hasn’t announced a price point yet. Its cost, however, will stay the same during its Early Access period and remain so upon the eventual full launch.

Its minimum requirements seem surprisingly low. We’ll put those below:

  • Operating System: Windows XP
  • Processor: SSE2 instruction set support
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DX9 (shader model 2.0)
  • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space