Indie Roguelike Below Steals the Xbox One E3 Show


Serving as interlude between the flash and sizzle of all the next-gen graphics showpieces and blockbuster franchise reveals during its E3 presser, Microsoft dropped in a quick tease for an Xbox One exclusive indie-gem-to-be by the name of Below. It was my favorite game of the entire presentation. Seriously.

From Capybara Games and singer-songwriter Jim Guthrie, the same collaborative force behind indie hit Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery, Below is described as an open world roguelike based on three tenets: Explore. Survive. Discover.

One of the most intriguing elements to the game is how it will interact with Kinect. The main opposing force in the game is the Darkness, an AI character that will detect the player’s surroundings via Kinect and use the captured data to somehow alter level progression. Very interesting indeed.

Dungeon Crawling. Scavenging for loot. Rich atmosphere. Incredible music. Striking art direction. Kinect functionality that might actually be kinda cool. You may need to mount a magnifying glass in front of the TV in order to play it, but overall Below looks (and sounds!) like an Xbox One indie winner to me. Stay tuned as we dig up more of what lies below.

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