The Pokémon games are one of Nintendo’s strongest bits of leverage when it comes to getting people to buy their consoles. They are massive, world-spanning adventures that you can sink days, weeks and even years into, just exploring, battling, and collecting creatures. But since Pokémon games are exclusive to Nintendo consoles, it means that most of us are missing out.
RPG battler Moonrise could help to fill that empty, Pokémon-shaped void in your games collection. It’s the second title from State of Decay developer Undead Labs and while it may not seem like a natural career progression from ‘slaying zombies’, it looks incredibly promising. Watch the new Moonrise gameplay trailer after the break.
Moonrise Gameplay Trailer Released
According to the game’s official description, a Moonrise is an “enigmatic” event that occurs every so often, turning the harmless Solari creatures into “savage” Lunari, who then go on chaotic rampages across the land and cause general havoc. Usually, the effects of the Moonrise last for a few days at a time but this time around the “world faces an age of danger and uncertainty”.
Moonrise’s gameplay is split into three key sections. The first one is exploration as Undead Labs says that we’ll be going all over the place, including dungeons “such as the abandoned Gazira Mines or the sinister Mesachie Ruins” and we’ll also go “from the sleepy town of Gateway to the treetop community of Kijang Village”. In these places we’ll take part in real-time combat, battling and defeating these Lunari to “cure” them of their Moonrise ailment by choosing the right tactics, skills and gear for the fight. Then, once we’ve kicked their cursed behinds, we can recruit them to our team and even evolve them. Gotta cure ’em all and so on.
Moonrise will also include customisation and online multiplayer too. Characters in Moonrise are called ‘Wardens’ and we’ll be able to personalise our Wardens with a “wide range of cosmetic options”; the trailer seems to suggest that our Wardens can be various genders and races. Meanwhile, multiplayer will contain both ranked and unranked PvP modes. There’s currently no word on co-op but that would be a nice gameplay feature too.
Moonrise will be released on PC and Mac via Steam Early Access on May 27, 2015. An iOS and Android release is also in the works.