Have you ever wanted to be a superhero and fight valiantly for the future of humanity, but thanks to the omnipotent corporate overlords whose whims dictate every decision you make? hyperconvergencethe upcoming hack-and-slash APRG from Stitch Heads and publisher Raw Fury, might be just what you’re after.
It’s an old story: at some point in the (hopefully) distant future, humans have exhausted Earth’s resources and they have fled to neighboring planets in the solar system, facilitated by a super-rich corporate elite. But we’ve clearly learned nothing from the destruction of our only home: as the years passed and humanity continued to spread, the billionaires who rescued themselves—that is, us—expanded their wealth and power to immeasurable levels degree, cast themselves as virtual gods, and most humans just struggle to survive.
But don’t think too much, because the divine cow, corrupt from nowhere: rotting, stumbling monsters, threaten the entire human civilization! Once again the super-elite mediate on our behalf, this time by conferring super-powers on a select group of ordinary people – the Law Enforcers – who patrol the solar system and “do whatever is necessary to maintain order and secure the future of humanity.”
According to the trailer, Superfuse looks like a cross between Diablo and Borderlands, and the gameplay sounds familiar: players can create and customize their characters with a “staggering number of possible skill sets,” and get rich loot, Includes weapons, armor, and boosters in the single-player campaign and four-player co-op.
But even if the gameplay isn’t exactly revolutionary, the event can turn out to be a lot of fun. “When humanity needs hope, be a hero!” is an explicit angle on Steam and Superfuse website, but there is no misunderstanding about the insidious undertones of the story about the underclass being granted part of the hegemonic power to enforce the order at all costs. Some of the images in the trailer also seem a little creepy in this regard, with the feature breakdown suggesting more is happening than it appears: “Uncovering the hidden conspiracy between the human echelons and the alien threat is full of twists and turns A dark comic adventure.”
Exactly how far Superfuse will incorporate elements of “capitalism, corruption and you” remains to be seen, but hopefully it goes deep enough to keep things interesting. We’ll find out when Superfuse goes into Early Access on Steam later this year.