Factsheet

Developer:
Afterburner Studios
Based in San Francisco, California

Release date:
August 14th, 2020

Platforms:
Full Game - Steam
Nintendo Switch
Prologue Demo - Steam
Kickstarter

Website:
http://www.dreamscapergame.com

Regular Price:

USD$19.99
EUR€18.49
CAD$24.89
GBP£14.49

Description

Dreamscaper is a surreal, action RPG roguelite - players battle the nightmares that live in a young woman’s subconscious. Tackle the permadeath of the dreamscapes by night, but keep the friendships you make by day in order to face the next dream stronger than before.

History

Feeling burned out in traditional game development, Rob, Ian, and Paul left it behind in the summer of 2018 to follow their dreams and build an indie title they could call their own. Dreamscaper is a very personal project, drawing inspiration from childhood favorites and focusing on an emotional through line confronting depression and mental health. Only a year into production, Dreamscaper has entered open alpha and is developing at a rapid pace with a growing community.

Features

  • An expansive combat system that rewards skilled play - shoot off finger guns, rend the earth below you or whip a yo-yo into enemies with a slew of dream inspired weaponry
  • Adventure through six beautiful, haunting dreamscapes to discover powerful artifacts, surreal scenery and a multitude of unique events, challenges and puzzles
  • Day / night gameplay - explore the waking and dreaming world to learn Cassidy's story, your actions in one affect the other
  • Deep item progression that creates synergies and new possibilities every run, encouraging experimentation and high replay-ability
  • Warp the Dreamscape around you with “Lucid Powers” – surreal dream attacks and abilities that manipulate the elements, warp space, and even control time itself
  • Live Cassidy's waking life and forge friendships with the people around her. Empower Cassidy with their hopes and memories to dispel the darkness of her nightmares
  • A beautiful, dynamic soundtrack composed by Dale North that adapts to player experience

Videos

Early Access Launch Trailer YouTube

Launch Date Trailer YouTube

Gameplay Overview Trailer YouTube

Switch Announcement Trailer YouTube


Images

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Awards & Recognition

  • "Best in Show" INDIGO 2020, June 26th, 2020
  • "Best Action Adventure" Dreamhack Dallas, Indie Playground, June 1st, 2019
  • "Game Pitch Championships Finalist" Dreamhack Dallas, June 1st, 2019


Selected Articles

  • "Dreamscaper is a lovely, action-heavy roguelike with shades of Persona"
    - Ian Boudreau, PCGamesN
  • "Dreamscaper Is Like the Pretty Lovechild of Transistor and Catherine"
    - Damien Lawardorn, Escapist Magazine
  • "Roguelite action-RPGs these days are common enough, but few are as easy on the eyes as Dreamscaper"
    - Dominic Tarason, Rock Paper Shotgun
  • "It’s a very promising game, with satisfying skill based combat, a nice variety of enemies and a game world that’s a joy to explore."
    - Calum Fraser, Alpha Beta Gamer

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About Afterburner Studios

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Founded in July of 2018, Afterburner Studios is made up of Robert Taylor, Ian Cofino and Paul Svoboda. Our goal is to create unique experiences that move players.

More information
More information on Afterburner Studios, our logo & relevant media are available here.


Dreamscaper Credits

Ian Cofino
Design, Animation, VFX, UI

Robert Taylor
Engineering

Paul Svoboda
Environment, Characters

Dale North
Music

Paul Drauz-Brown
Sound Design


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