“Curved Space” Will Bring Something New to Arcade Shooters This Fall

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Curved Space (Image: PR)

Only By Midnight has announced that their debut game, Curved Space, will be coming to Steam, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and the Xbox One this Fall.

According to the press release, the upcoming game offers “a dizzying modern take on the classic arcade shooter set across a surreal universe of space-bending arenas. Bullets, beams and bizarre alien energy spiders alike curve and warp around the surface of asteroids, space stations and physics-defying mobius strips.”

The title will have an ‘80s-inspired synthwave soundtrack courtesy of FiXT.

The official description reads:

In the far future, mankind has taken to harvesting energy from gigantic spider monsters from another dimension. Curved Space teaches the player the tricks of this hazardous trade through the mind-bending Story Mode. Players will blast, lash and leech power from the invaders while trying to hold together their own rapidly fracturing reality. Story choices will take players down unpredictable new timelines, and upgrade picks alter how battles play out against enormous boss monsters from beyond.

Players looking for a more arcade-styled challenge can dive into Survival Mode. Power-ups need to be wisely chosen and every ship ability mastered in order to hold off the endless, escalating hordes. For those after bragging rights, there will be a daily seeded challenge run with online leaderboards for that authentic arcade challenge.

Here’s the trailer!

The Key Features include:

  • 2D twin-stick style shooter action wrapped around gravity-defying warped 3D arenas.
  • High-energy synthwave soundtrack featuring artists Scandroid, Fury Weekend & 3Force.
  • Master advanced ship systems. Energy lashes, dash-boosters, and Overdrive Mode.
  • A non-linear Story Mode sends players down unpredictable timelines to strange endings.
  • Stylish comic-style cutscenes from Heavy Metal artist Kyle Charles.
  • Tons of weird and wonderful alien insects to battle, lasso, and leech energy from.
  • Face massive multi-stage boss battles in Story and Survival Mode.
  • Over twenty weapons, from laser cannons to magnetic throwing blades.

Curved Space is expected to launch this Fall on Steam, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, with a public beta (PC only) planned for this Summer.

You can read more about this game from the official website.

As for the team behind this title, Only By Midnight is owned and operated by a husband and wife team in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Andrew Czarnietzki is the lead developer, functioning as Designer, Programmer, and Artist. Andrew has over 15 years of experience in the games industry. He is a co-founder of Serious Labs and has shipped 16 serious game titles as Programmer and Lead Designer, including a line of award-winning VR Crane simulators. Only By Midnight represents Andrew applying his expertise from the serious games space towards entertainment for the simple joy and love of making games.

Jen Laface is part communications and part storyteller. She has over 10 years of experience as a science fiction and fantasy writer and editor, and served as Publisher’s Assistant of Canada’s longest-running science fiction and fantasy short fiction magazine, On Spec. She is primarily responsible for story, marketing, and quality assurance.

Judging from the trailer, it sure looks very different. I like how it seems to bring something new to the arcade shooter genre.

Let’s see how this indie game is received when it releases.

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Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.

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