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Below re-emerges with the promise of a 2018 release – and it looks like it’ll be worth the wait

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Below has finally re-emerged after an indefinite delay – and developer Capybara Games says it’ll be out at some point in 2018.

I’ve had my eye on Below ever since its eye-catching announcement during Microsoft’s E3 2013 press event. Its reveal trailer teased a mysterious, menacing action-adventure game viewed from a top-down perspective, with the camera pulled back to the point where your sword and shield-wielding warrior is tiny on-screen. As the title of the game suggests, you explore the deep, dark depths, with little to no hand-holding.

Details have been scarce so far. Old builds revealed Below to be a roguelike with inspiration taken from FromSoftware’s Souls series. A while ago it was pegged for release in the summer of 2016, but in August of that year Capy announced Below was delayed indefinitely. The studio went dark to get the game sorted, and now, nearly two years later, Capy has pulled back the curtain. I had the chance to play the game at a recent event in London, and it turns out Below is just as menacing and enticing as I’d hoped it would be – and it’s bloody brutal.

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