Funny how games get passed around sometimes. After TimeGate Studios took over a lot of development on Alien: Colonial Marines from Gearbox, well, it was a bit of a mess for everyone involved. When TimeGate went bankrupt last year (CM wasn’t their only problem, mind) they were still working on Minimum, and so publishers Atari drafted Human Head Studios to finish it up. (Human Head, in turn, may or may not have had Prey 2 taken away and given to Arkane.)
The MOBA-ish multiplayer shooter is nearing the finish line at Human Head though, as last night the beta launched onto Steam Early Access at £14.99.
Minimum is a third-person sort of a shooter, with that splendid flat-shaped chunky polygon look I may have mentioned I find so very appealing. Of course, one nowadays expects games with a blocky flair to let players make things and yes, Minimum has crafting for weapons and items, and deployable toys like traps and turrets.
Also, perhaps more excitingly, it has ‘Titan Mode.’ This gives each team a honking great robot to send out to smash the other’s base. Hooray! Except you need to power it up. Boo! But you power it up by shooting enemy ‘creeps.’ Okay sure!
Say, did you play Miniumum in the open beta test last weekend? Do say how it was, won’t you? Everyone else, consider the words of those who played while watching this for visual inspiration: