Shiny Shoe, the developer of 2020’s finest card game, Monster Train, is following up that success with Inkbound, a tactical roguelike RPG with a deal with co-op play and a few hints of dwell service aspirations.

Shiny Shoe traded Monster Train’s demons busting out of hell for “Binders,” the defenders of the Atheneum, “a world that contains all of the stories ever written.” That premise appears to lend Inkbound all kinds of environments to discover and do battle in, together with “nightmarish carnivals, ancient ruins on the brink of volcanic annihilation, and more.”

Shiny Shoe describes Inkbound’s fight system as a hybrid between action-RPG gameplay and one thing extra tactical and methodical, with “snappy and quick” turns, but additionally the flexibility to completely weigh out each move.

Inkbound additionally guarantees the identical compelling construct crafting Jody Macgregor famous in our preliminary evaluation of Monster Train, this time within the type of character talents versus collectible playing cards. While co-op is “rewarded, but not required,” the cooperative play appears to be a giant focus for Shiny Shoe, with an emphasis on capacity combos between gamers and totally different members of a gaggle embodying totally different adventuring roles.

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A warrior dual wielding shields surrounded by foes

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ability select screen on level up in Inkbound

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Inkbound combat with a large, horned opponent

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adventuring party squares off with a large avian foe

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NPC dialogue window in Inkbound

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adventurers run through lava ruins

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Shiny Shoe appears to be pursuing a dwell service angle with the game as effectively, stating in its press launch that “This is a living game, which provides us with the opportunity to nurture our community over the long term.” The assertion continues, “Our goal is to give Binders new surprises to discover every week—whether it’s deadly new enemies, powerful loot, or even entirely new biomes.”

That’s actually a giant ask for a smaller developer, however is maybe a way more possible concept for an indie roguelike versus a triple-A motion game like Crystal Dynamics’ Avengers. Inkbound is at the moment set to launch a while in 2023.