In the past decade I have played many roguelites, roguelikes, rogue-lites, and any other term that uses “like” in it. The roguelike genre has become famous thanks to indie devs who are able to experiment with procedural and random generation at an easier scale compared to AAA development. That was until I played Prey Mooncrash that without really advertising it, Arkane Studios created the first roguelike from a AAA studio, and it shows both the highs and lows surrounding it.
For this cast, I spoke with Dean of Blue Manchu after the release of Void Bastards to discuss how the design of the game went. We spoke about some of my complaints, and what Blue Manchu had in store for the game.
An essential element of videogames, and by extension any game, is having a win and lost state. One aspect we have seen to add more weight to a game’s design is the use of “punishment systems” — systems that penalize the player beyond the initial lost state. However, we’re going to talk about why kicking the player when they’re down is not the best way to motivate them to keep playing.
For this week’s cast, I sat down with two members of the studio Spawn Point OSK who just released the early access title Gerty to talk about rogue-like design.