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Thundercats-Inspired RPG MythForce Announced

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Video game studio Beamdog was founded in 2009 by BioWare co-founder Trent Oster and Cameron Tofer, and up to this point, has mainly served as an extension of the studio it came from, creating enhanced versions of Bioware games like Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape Torment. They’re about to launch their first fully original product, and it’s a big departure from the Baldur’s Gate style.

It’s called MythForce, and it’s inspired by 1980s toyetic cartoons like Thundercats. Four action-figure-mold-ready heroes, clad in exotic armor, venture forth on a different quest against the forces of evil every weekday. It even has its own animated opening sequence, with a rockin’ synthwave theme song to accompany it:

“MythForce is pure, unadulterated fun — right out of the Saturday mornings of my childhood,” says Oster. “It’s a big departure from the RPG classics we’re known for, but the Beamdog DNA is evident if you know where to look.”

That becomes apparent when you see the gameplay footage. MythForce is a roguelite, just like 75% of indie games these days, and will need the stylish branding to stand out. You know the deal here: proceed as far as you can into procedurally generated dungeons, picking up treasure and slaying progressively stronger monsters until you succumb to one. Then you’re sent back to the entrance, where you must do it again. MythForce can be experienced solo, but supports up to four players at once.

The cool thing is the cel-shaded environments that make it look like you’re really stepping into an epic syndicated action cartoon from the Reagan Era. The monsters are all colorful, diverse and goofy-looking, and you just know they all have names like “Tri-Sludge” or “Muscle Head.”

MythForce will be launched in Early Access form on the Epic Games Store April 20. The four characters seen in the opening will be the only ones playable on launch, but more may be on the way as Beamdog builds up content. “MythForce is a feel-good game that speaks to the kid in us,” says Oster. “In early access, we want to collaborate with players who are excited by our wholesome, 80s vision for MythForce, and build up the best game possible. Community will be key to getting us to 1.0.”