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Black Future '88 - more gameplay footage

Black Future ’88 is a Synth-Punk roguelike 2D action Shooter. Vertically climb an always evolving procedural tower to reach the top and kill its insane owner…before your heart explodes. Shoot, slash, dash and upgrade yourself to survive the endless waves of deadly traps, homicidal AI and colossal Wardens standing in your way in a stylish alternative version of 1988.

Synth-Punk Roguelike Shooter "Black Future '88" launches on Switch

The future is then

OAKLAND, Calif., and AMSTERDAM – Nov. 21, 2019 – Good Shepherd Entertainment and indie developer SuperScarySnakes have officially released the 2D roguelike action shooter Black Future ‘88 on Nintendo Switch and Windows PC. The game is available today via the Nintendo eShop and Steam for $19.99, with a special launch discount of 10% off on both platforms until November 28.

Black Future ‘88 is synth-punk Contra with tons of explosive twists. In a grim alternate history where it’s always 1988, you’ll ascend a procedurally generated tower through a merciless onslaught of bullets, lasers and steel on a mission to exact revenge on the maniac who destroyed the world with nuclear fire. Battle homicidal robots, cutthroats, bosses and more in a death trap that’s constantly evolving to kill you.

You’ve only got 18 minutes until your heart explodes, but strategic combos of weapons, abilities, buffs and curses will help you close the gap between you and your mark. Choose from several deadly characters as you shoot, slash and dash through anything standing in your way.

Survive this nightmarish neon dystopia alone or with a friend in two-player local co-op, then measure your mettle against the world on the global leaderboard with special daily challenges. Black Future ’88 also supports Steam’s new Remote Play Together feature, letting PC players join a friend's game online.

A special physical release of Black Future ’88 on Nintendo Switch is expected to launch at retail stores in 2020.

Black Future '88 - more gameplay

Black Future ’88 is a Synth-Punk roguelike 2D action Shooter. Vertically climb an always evolving procedural tower to reach the top and kill its insane owner…before your heart explodes. Shoot, slash, dash and upgrade yourself to survive the endless waves of deadly traps, homicidal AI and colossal Wardens standing in your way in a stylish alternative version of 1988.

Black Future '88 - more footage

Black Future ’88 is a Synth-Punk roguelike 2D action Shooter. Vertically climb an always evolving procedural tower to reach the top and kill its insane owner…before your heart explodes. Shoot, slash, dash and upgrade yourself to survive the endless waves of deadly traps, homicidal AI and colossal Wardens standing in your way in a stylish alternative version of 1988.

Roguelike Action Shooter 'Black Future '88' Coming Nov. 21st, 2019

The future is almost here

OAKLAND, Calif., and AMSTERDAM – Oct. 30, 2019 – Good Shepherd Entertainment and independent developer SuperScarySnakes have announced that Black Future ‘88, the 2D synth-punk roguelike action shooter that is constantly evolving to try to kill you, will launch digitally on Nintendo Switch and Windows PC via Steam on Nov. 21, 2019. A special physical release of Black Future ’88 on Nintendo Switch will be available in retail stores in 2020.

Set in a grim alternate history where it’s always 1988, Black Future ‘88 puts players on a non-stop dungeon-crawling ascent against homicidal robots, cutthroats, bosses and more to exact revenge on the man who destroyed the world. As one of the last remaining survivors of a nuclear cataclysm, you’ll climb a procedurally generated tower through a merciless onslaught of fire, lasers and steel.

The only way to kill your mark before your heart explodes is strategically combining dozens of unique guns, buffs and curses. Choose from several characters with a huge arsenal of weapons and powers as you shoot, slash and dash through anything standing between you and the top of the world.

Survive this nightmarish neon-lit retro dystopia alone or with a friend in two-player local co-op, then measure your mettle against other players by taking on special daily challenges to scale the global leaderboard. Black Future ’88 will also fully support Steam’s new Remote Play Together feature at launch, letting PC players join a friend's game online.

For more information, visit www.BlackFuture88.com, and follow Good Shepherd Entertainment and SuperScarySnakes on Twitter @GoodShepherdEnt and @SuperScarySnake.

Black Future '88 seems set for retail release

A physical release in the future?

Looks like Black Future '88 is going to get a retail release. Online game retailer GamingReplay has added up a listing for the title, complete with the cover art above. They currently have the title listed for a Nov. 29th, 2019 release, although just like this retail release, that's yet to be confirmed.

Thanks to Sephiroth_FF for the heads up!

Black Future '88's dev explains why the game is a side-scroller

To the left, to the left, to the right, to the right...

How many roguelikes have you played that were side-scrollers? There's really not that many, are there? That's exactly what the developer behind Black Future '88 thought. Check out creator Don Bellenger's comments on choosing a side-scrolling approach below.

Honestly, because I’m a dad and only have time for short-session roguelikes, and at the time I started, there were lots of top-down ones. I thought a platformer would be different and cool. That’s it. It’s really that dumb. I’ve never made a platformer, and generally, I’ve been figuring stuff out as I go. I think that outsider perspective is also what gives Black Future ’88 a really unique feel. I think adding gravity to a roguelike is also really interesting, and makes for a really awesome design space.

GameSpot Video - Black Future '88 gameplay footage

Black Future ’88 is a Synth-Punk roguelike 2D action Shooter. Vertically climb an always evolving procedural tower to reach the top and kill its insane owner…before your heart explodes. Shoot, slash, dash and upgrade yourself to survive the endless waves of deadly traps, homicidal AI, crazed junkies and colossal Wardens standing in your way in a stylish alternative version of 1988.

IGN Video - In Black Future '88, You Have 18 Minutes Until Your Heart Explodes

Black Future ’88 is a Synth-Punk roguelike 2D action Shooter. Vertically climb an always evolving procedural tower to reach the top and kill its insane owner…before your heart explodes. Shoot, slash, dash and upgrade yourself to survive the endless waves of deadly traps, homicidal AI, crazed junkies and colossal Wardens standing in your way in a stylish alternative version of 1988.

Black Future ’88 confirmed for Switch release in Japan

Black Future ’88 is a Synth-Punk roguelike 2D action Shooter. Vertically climb an always evolving procedural tower to reach the top and kill its insane owner…before your heart explodes. Shoot, slash, dash and upgrade yourself to survive the endless waves of deadly traps, homicidal AI, crazed junkies and colossal Wardens standing in your way in a stylish alternative version of 1988.

Kakehashi Games has confirmed that they'll be publishing Black Future ’88 on Switch in Japan. We know it'll be out sometime this year, but no specific release date has been given.

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