Survival game Icarus is the new project from DayZ creator Dean Hall

Survival game Icarus

DayZ creator Dean Hall has revealed Icarus, his new game under development in a partnership with developer Rocketwerkz. The cooperative survival game Icarus takes players into an alien world where they have to explore, survive, and hopefully make a fortune without death getting in the way.

In a surprising twist from the maker of DayZ, a game that spent years in Early Access and earned millions, Icarus is going to be free-to-play, because Rocketwerkz wants it to be played by as many players as possible.

cooperative survival game Icarus

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Officially described as a free-to-play, multiplayer co-operative survival game, Icarus places you in the shoes and suit of a prospector. You must take on challenges, collect resources, and create advanced technologies that will allow you to take on more difficult and more rewarding missions. It's a gameplay loop that doesn't sound to distinct from other survival games, as you gather resources, create shelters, handle the planet's dangerous wildlife, and hopefully return to your dropship so that you can safely craft items that will better prepare you for the next drop.

Icarus features persistent progress, but the initial drops shouldn't take longer than 30 minutes. Gradually, the duration of the missions will increase, with some of them spanning multiple days, as you and your crew work for the same goal. You may plan on tackling smaller objectives at a time, going back to the dropship and subsequently returning to the same mission, but better equipped. It's this persistent system coupled with session-based gameplay that could provide Icarus with some interesting ideas.

Crafted using Unreal Engine 4 and currently only announced for PC, Icarus already has an official website and Steam page up and running, so go check them out. The Icarus release date is planned for sometime during 2021.

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