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Bandai Namco and Double Fine announce top-down action Rad

Published: 18:08, 20 March 2019
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picture showing a character in radioactive wasteland

Bandai Namco and Psychonauts creators Double Fine have announced their new indie game named Rad, coming to PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch sometime in Summer 2019. Rad is described as a top-down action roguelike game.

Double Fine, the studio behind Psychonauts, Broken Age and Brutal Legend are teaming up with the publisher Bandai Namco for their new project. The new game is named Rad and it's been announced on Nintendo's Nindies showcase.

Rad is described as "3D top-down action roguelike game" in which players will take the role of a teenager who is sent into a radioactive wasteland to find a way to save humanity.

Rad's levels will be procedurally generated and the wasteland will constantly change and it's up to players to try and transform the barren landscape into a lush new source of life.

As seen in the trailer above, the main character will be able to mutate his body parts into various shapes, granting him powers like extending snake head, bat wings that let him fly and the ability to lay eggs that turn into spider minions.

According to the announcement, the deeper you travel into the unknown, the more you will expose yourself to radiation and toxicity which will twist and mutate your human form into something much more powerful.

Double Fine promise that every playthrough will be unpredictable, look different, and play differently too, as different mutations will stack and evolve, requiring you to adapt your play style on the fly.

Bandai Namco picture showing wasteland Rad

We have to admit that Rad looks pretty rad, and the trailer, with its retro soundtrack and colourful visuals, definitely helps with the 80's feel. The gameplay reminds of some classic arcade hack and slash games so it's safe to say that Double Fine are looking to deliver a proper old school experience.

The developer will host closed beta on Steam on 08 April 2019, and Rad is, at the moment, scheduled to release in Summer 2019 on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

You can sign up for the closed beta on Rad .

Screenshots and Artwork from Bandai Namco's new game Rad

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