In Hellpoint, Cradle Game studio introduces a new badass dark sci-fi fantasy universe that players will love to immerse themselves into, with an intoxicating atmosphere, unsettling soundscape and ever more bizarre cast of characters and creatures.
The game takes place on Irid Novo, a derelict space colony orbiting in real time around an ominous black hole. All inhabitants appear to have suffered from a terrible affliction called the Merge. You play as a Spawn, a soulless, mechanically printed slave forced to take part into a strange scientific experiment that hides many dark secrets.
Cradle Games was founded in 2015 and released a first 1-hour demo of Hellpoint on Steam Greenlight, distributed it to streamers and began working with the gamer community to build the experience.
Then in 2016 it launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to further solidify the content and exposure of the game.
In 2017, the game is presented at Comic-con, E3, MIGS and BIG with great reception, especially with its split screen feature.
In 2018, Cradle signs with publisher tinyBuild and the full scope of Hellpoint is reached, with the addition of online multiplayer and support for the Nintendo Switch.
Since then, the game has been further polished and debugged and the marketing campaign is launched in early 2020, with a strong presence in Pax South, the release of gameplay trailers and story trailers, and a release date announcement for April 2020.
Later, the release has got to be postponed because of the emerging COVID-19 pandemic and the worldwide quarantine. The new release date was set for July 30, 2020
The game offers a quick and responsive “souls-like” combat system that includes dashing, jumping, melee and range weapons. Upgrades can be transferred from one weapon to another, using special chips called “conductor”. The more the player inflicts damages using a particular weapon, the more this weapon will unlock special abilities unique to its kind, like piercing attacks, backstabbing, weapon throws, and sometimes even stranger powers.
Depending on the time, a variety of dynamic events can take place based on the influence of the black hole. Mini-bosses can appear and patrol an area, hordes of the enemies can invade the station en masse, and secret doors suddenly become accessible.
The first feature that the Cradle team has developed is split screen multiplayer support. Just like the old days, a second player only needs to press start to join. Loot is shared, progress is saved and the entirety of the game can be enjoyed in coop without interruption.
The game also supports online multiplayer on all platforms.
Based in Quebec, Canada
PC, OSX, Linux
PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
July 30, 2020