The Anacrusis is a '70s sci-fi take on Left 4 Dead from former Valve and Riot developers
It was a happy accident for Valve that Left 4 Dead became a pioneering "hangout game"—the kind of game you could play with friends night after night, taking it as seriously as you wanted to, chatting about work or whatever in the downtime between horde attacks. That's one of the keys to Left 4 Dead 2's longevity (it's still among the 50 or so most-played games on Steam 12 years in). The other is its immense mod scene, which lets you turn your survivors into velociraptors or explore a shockingly detailed remake of the Resident Evil mansion.
Both are pillars of spiritual successor The Anacrusis from former Valve developers, which trades zombies for aliens in a retro sci-fi setting.
"When my co-founder Dr. Kimberly Voll and I started talking about this, we were talking about gaming as a social space. And thinking, if you stood back and thought of games that way versus games as an activity, what would you do and how would you approach it?" says Chet Faliszek, who worked at Valve for more than a decade. "I …
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