Rad, Double Fine’s brand new procedural dungeon crawler is about to bring the apocalypse and a second one to boot. On 20 August, get ready to evolve and save the world.
Coming to PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One later this year, Rad is a rogue-like dungeon crawler and a seemingly unlikely experiment by Double Fine. Published by Bandai Namco, it thrusts payers far into the future. In a world ravaged by destruction, players must take control of an anointed teenager as they step out into the wastelands and bring life back to the Fallow.
We got hands-on with Rad during EGX Rezzed 2019 and were instantly charmed by the game’s mix of synth wave sounds, blistering neon artwork, and an eccentric edge that creates an ever-evolving experience. Hidden out in the radioactive wasteland of the Fallow, players will fight off a range of radioactive enemies and mutated dungeon bosses, all dotted around a series of procedurally generated biomes. Kick, punch, and smash your way through the assorted enemies for long enough and they won’t be the only thing with two heads stalking the Fallow. Players who manage to survive long enough in Rad will find a range of randomly selected mutations taking hold. Watch as the game’s protagonist takes control of enemy mobs, spits venom, and grows an assortment of limbs.
While we all wait for the end, Double Fine has unveiled a community art contest for fans of Rad. Community creators can submit their very best graffiti designs for the game and take a shot at some exclusive swag. The best design will make it into the game and other prizes include a skateboard, glow-in-the-dark action figure, lunch box, and floppy disk. Two runner up winners will also be chosen to receive the limited swag items. Those interested in entering and finding official rules and regulations can visit: www.RADArtContest.com.
For those of you who are all two left feet, we will just have to wait for the next mutation. Check out more about Rad’s mutation system in our hands-on preview or check out the official Rad website.