By Josh Speer / February 8th, 2020
I’ve been a covert fanboy of Capybara Games for quite a while now. They make colorful, creative and compelling games. The reason I say “covert” is because usually they don’t bring their games to consoles I own, at least at first. So it’s hard to get excited until I hear about a port to Nintendo Switch. And while today’s game doesn’t qualify yet, it is a game I demoed years back and found highly compelling. That game is none other than BELOW, a harrowing dungeon crawler previously released on Steam. Well, the good news is, now it’s coming to the PlayStation 4, along with some new features.
The new mode is called EXPLORE, and it’s for those who can’t handle the intense dungeon crawling of the main experience. If you still want something more akin to the original BELOW experience, now that mode is called SURVIVE. Both sound like good compromises to me, and I’m glad to hear BELOW is now coming to PS4, as well as being available on Steam and Xbox One. Granted I’d prefer when it comes to Nintendo Switch, but I’ll have to keep hoping.
To see more details about BELOW, just check out the press release below.
CAPY’S DARK & DEADLY DUNGEON-CRAWLER BELOW COMING TO PLAYSTATION®4 THIS SPRING
THE NEW VERSION ALSO DEBUTS A BRAND NEW MODE
FOCUSING ON THE EXPLORATION OF ITS UNIQUE WORLD
TORONTO, FEBRUARY 6th, 2020 – Capy announced today that dungeon-crawler BELOW will be making its way to PlayStation®4 later this spring. Capy has also unveiled that it will be releasing a new mode of play, EXPLORE, which will allow players to experience the haunting world of BELOW with game mechanics optimized to encourage exploration. The new mode will also be coming to Xbox One and Steam.
The all-new EXPLORE Mode features changes to survival, death and damage, tuned to be accessible for players who seek more of an action-adventure style of play, as they delve into the depths and unravel the mysteries of the dark world of BELOW. EXPLORE Mode invites players to lose themselves on The Isle without suffering the exquisite pain of BELOWs original design. Those looking for a more challenging survival experience will find it in the original game mode, now called SURVIVE.
“EXPLORE mode is our way of answering everyone who played BELOW at launch and found the challenge a bit too steep.” said Kris Piotrowski of Capy. “It was clear that many players were intrigued by the game’s haunting underworld and rich atmosphere, but its difficulty made the game inaccessible to some. We hope to see new players to get into BELOW, and for seasoned players to revisit The Isle and enjoy the game in a whole new way.”
To celebrate the upcoming release, composer Jim Guthrie has unveiled Volume III of the official BELOW soundtrack. That album is available now on Bandcamp and Steam, along with the first two volumes.
BELOW’s EXPLORE Mode on PlayStation®4 will be playable on the show floor at PAX East.
BELOW is a procedural terrarium filled with life, mystery and death. Test your adventurer mettle against The Isle’s subterranean labyrinths. Explore a large, interconnected underworld crawling with cunning wildlife, and deadly traps, all while being stalked by a shadowy presence. Survive the perils of The Depths and unearth what lies below… or die trying.
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