Bytten Studio and Uncooked Fury have dropped a brand new video showcasing 16 minutes of Cassette Beasts, an open-world “monster accumulating RPG” that is slated to come back out later this month.

Cassette Beasts was impressed by monster-focused RPGs the builders performed after they had been children, the obvious of which might be Pokemon. However moderately than capturing and “coaching” monsters to combat on their behalf (which fairly frankly I’ve all the time thought was just a little bizarre), gamers in Cassette Beasts remodel into monsters themselves by utilizing recordings of the island’s creatures, made with old school tape recorders. Battles are turn-based and use motion factors to find out what talents could be dropped at bear, whereas a “chemistry system” can inflict standing results of various kinds, like utilizing water to dampen a fire-based enemy’s assaults.

Gamers can mix with their companions—both a member of the NPC cast or one other human in two-player native co-op—to create highly effective “Fusion kind” monsters. However the energy of the fusion depends upon the energy of the bond between you and your accomplice, “so it is vital to nurture your friendships,” Bytten Studio’s Jay Baylis says within the video. 

Romance is an choice too, though there is not any gameplay profit to it—it is simply “cute,” based on the builders. However not everybody on the island is pleasant: A number of the individuals you run into will enable you out, however others will likely be hostile: “In any case, you are not the one one with a cassette participant round right here,” Baylis says.

Monster-collecting video games like Pokemon are the apparent affect right here, however Cassette Beasts additionally takes inspiration from “British tradition, Eighties New Wave style aesthetics, and even Arthurian legends,” which is kind of a mixture. And whereas it appears to be like very retro, it is set in a 3D world with platforming and physics-based motion: “You’ll be able to glide over massive gaps and even place bins to create your personal shortcuts,” Baylis says.

The video begins with narrated gameplay from pretty early in Cassette Beasts, after which shifts to a enterprise right into a derelict shopping center, an space of the game that hasn’t beforehand been revealed. The section showcases battles, exploration, puzzles, and the best way gamers will work together with the game’s 3D environments, and to my eye it appears to be like fairly good—there’s quite a bit occurring.

You’ll be able to strive it for your self at once if you would like, courtesy of the demo that is accessible on Steam and the Microsoft Retailer. It’s going to take you thru the opening bits of the game, as much as the purpose where the primary quest kicks off—a seek for Archangels who’ve the key to escaping the game’s unusual island world and returning dwelling. That will not essentially be the top of issues, although: Cassette Beasts additionally guarantees post-game content material together with non-compulsory bosses, rematches, and new sequence of “Ranger” quests that can introduce new monsters and characters, and inform a brand new story in regards to the origin of “Rogue Fusions.”

Cassette Beasts is about to launch on April 26 on Steam, the Microsoft Retailer, and PC Game Move, and can observe on consoles later within the spring. You’ll be able to dive deeper into what it is all about at