The follow up to Frozen Synapse has today hit Steam Early Access along with receiving a massive update. Mode 7 Games have had a busy day as they have also released a new trailer for the “simultaneous-turn-based tactical game set around a brutal futuristic sport played by robots” game known as Frozen Endzone.
As you can see from the trailer below, things have come along quite a bit since Frozen Synapse which Andrew reviewed back in 2011.
In the press release to accompany news of Early Access, the trailer and the massive update there was this highly quotable snippet:
“I am so excited about this release I just had to quote myself saying how I excited I am!” gibbered Joint Managing Director Paul Taylor, at some point between 4.32 and 4.34 AM last night before returning to his nutrient-rich aqueous medium.
But I’m sure those of you who are interested in the game want to know what the new version of the game includes. Well if you watched the trailer you would already know, but for those who prefer to read, here we go:
– Players can now have stats: strength, resilience, “burst” (a small burst of acceleration when getting the ball), evade, intercept radius, block radius
– “Handball” (now called “Full Match”) game mode enters beta. This has been totally revamped to accommodate stats and is now the main game mode. Lots of turnovers, interceptions, end-to-end action, and new points zones make this really exciting and strategic.
– Team Editor allows you to name your players and set their stats; upload your team to the server and use it in multiplayer or skirmish with it offline
– Completely revamped, much more intelligent AI and a selection of new AI skirmishes
– Easy-to-use tile-based Pitch Editor (alpha)
– Custom Game Mode creator (alpha)
– Commentary system (alpha): commentary makes use of player names; in single player, the AI calculations are also used to allow the commentators to analyse your play-style; in multiplayer, the commentators will discuss your previous history with your opponent
– Some brand new animations and some big improvements to camera code
– There is now in-game audio to go with the music!
I’m certainly looking forward to the future of Frozen Endzone as Mode 7 promise a single player campaign mode where you will be able to create your team, talk the talk with other coaches and immerse yourself in the world of futuresports. Something tells me though that I might just take a look before the campaign comes into action.
You can get into the Early Access now on Steam for £18.99, or you could splash out more for some of the higher tiers which include a variety of special bonuses.