Piece of Cake Studios examined its debut recreation, Hacktag, on Steam Early Access final June. It’s a stealth co-op title about infiltrating huge firms and stealing their information, and it enters its full launch state February 14 for PC.
Unlike different stealth video games, which favor extra navy techniques or espionage, Piece of Cake opted for a colourful aesthetic, that includes pleasant anthropomorphic animals and vibrant colours. Two gamers break up up the roles of subject agent and hacker, and each need to work collectively to crack codes, remedy puzzles, and sneak previous safety to steal information. Online and native multiplayer can be found, and a narrative mode takes gamers via three totally different firms that parody real-world corporations like Google. It focuses on puzzles, however gamers also can select what to do with the info they receive — whether or not they wish to be a whistleblower or mercenary.
Hacktag has asymmetrical play, although each the sector agent and hacker roles have analogous challenges. Where the sector agent has to keep away from patrolling guards, as an illustration, the hacker has to keep away from getting caught in a firewall. Piece of Cake’s cofounder Bérenger Dupré says that the studio additionally wished every participant to have a singular story expertise as nicely, even when they’re enjoying collectively.
“As the sport is two-player co-op, every participant will comply with his personal story and that’s why she or he can have distinctive NPCs,” stated Dupré in an e mail to GamesBeat. “For occasion, a participant could need to do a mission from his dad, whereas for one more participant will probably be from his ex-boss, and so forth. As it’s a multiplayer recreation we wished to have a number of tales to make sure that gamers that play randomly collectively wouldn’t have skilled precisely the identical story, in order that they every really feel extra distinctive as a personality. ”
Though the core gameplay is co-op, the studio has added a single-player mode due to participant suggestions.
“Thanks to the suggestions from our Early Access group, we have now utterly modified the interface and the reward and development system,” stated Dupré. “But the largest new additions are new mission sorts and the solo mode the place one participant switches forwards and backwards to deal with each the Agent and Hacker roles. We had been enjoying with the thought of a solo mode for a very long time, however it most likely wouldn’t have been potential if we had not determined to enter Early Access.”
Piece of Cake additionally intends to proceed updating the sport after launch. The research has created a system that may allow them to replace the sport with seasonal content material. And although the preliminary launch is just for PC, Dupré says the studio’s received its eyes on consoles as nicely — particularly, the Nintendo Switch, which might be an excellent match for the multiplayer gameplay. However, right now, Hacktag doesn’t have any particular plans for console launch.
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