This is the biggest Invisigun update to date, and the culmination of 5 years of painstaking blood, sweat, and tears. I left a large chunk of my soul embedded in the code of this game, and it drops on Nintendo Switch on August 22nd – with full PC crossplay for online multiplayer battles! I’m beyond excited, and here’s what you can expect…
The Hero’s Journey
In the massive, all-new Hero’s Journey, you’ll be able to discover each of the 9 original hero’s unique abilities through puzzle rooms, skill challenges, and boss fights. Before jumping into local or online multiplayer stealth battles, you can find a hero that matches your playstyle at your own pace. The Hero’s Journey was developed to be very challenging, but three accessibility modes and secondary objectives ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone.
3 New Heroes
By completing any of the original 9 Hero’s Journeys, you’ll be able to choose one of the 3 all new heroes to unlock for multiplayer battle modes. Djaan-Khe lays invisible traps that can ensnare and slow foes, Zephyr can fake a shot with a decoy and teleport where it hits, and Violet can send and recall a floating orb that she can use as a remote turret.
An insane amount of work, polish, balancing, and new content creation went into relaunching Invisigun Heroes on consoles (and the PC update will match). Hence, it’s Reloaded! Here’s what’s behind the new name, and changes in the update:
- Challenge Mode has been removed. The Hero’s Journey essentially replaces Challenge Mode for several reasons. It is designed from the ground up as a proper single player campaign that is challenging and engaging while teaching players each of the 9 original hero abilities. In a game that is all about stealth, bluffing, adaptation, and trickery, the challenge mode was a wrapper around bot matches that frankly did not represent the magical feeling of playing against clever human opponents. It was never as good as I wanted it to be, and rather than misrepresent how the game feels – especially to new players – the Hero’s Journey was carefully crafted as a new separate experience to compliment multiplayer. That said, you can still create battle matches and enable bots for the same experience that was in Challenge Mode.
- Guest Edition has been removed. The free demo was always intended to be up for a limited time, and it was easy enough to support it through multiple PC updates. However, an insane amount of work went into porting Invisigun for consoles, and maintaining the Guest Edition functionality was becoming a little burdensome in the growing codebase. It may return at a future point, but would require some rework, polish, and testing – no promises!
- The price will be $19.99, but the update is free. Most of the development effort went into creating what is essentially an entirely new single player game, and the new price reflects this. It amounts to what some games would add on as premium DLC, but with an online multiplayer title I didn’t want to fragment the player base and have multiple “editions” floating around to complicate things. Everyone who owns the game gets the update for free on August 22nd, just like any other update, so this felt like the most reasonable solution to me.
As with any update, you can always view the complete changelog here. Thanks for supporting me on this quest, and spread the word!