Co-op Christening: The Behemoth’s Game 4 Is Pit People

Baby names are terrible. Parents cram all their hopes for their child into a name that’ll define it for years, and the poor child will come to spend years running from that dream. “Call me Ace,” little Tinkerbell Fifi Rose Helmet Smyth tells children who instantly decide they don’t want to be friends with her. No, don’t name children at all. Use a codename until they’re old enough and their life clear enough. That’s what developers The Behemoth do.

The turn-based tactical kill-o-adventure formerly known as Game 4 is now Pit People [official site].

Pit People sees a group of heroes venturing across a weird apocalyptic wasteland (a giant bear shattered the planet, yeah?), doing battle in turn-based hexy combat, finding loot, and generally questing. It’s got single-player, but also co-op and why wouldn’t you play in co-op?

Sadly no word on a release date yet, but see how it all works in this work-in-progress look from back in May, showing off the first twenty minutes of the game then known as Game 4:

The name’s come full circle really, The Behemoth explain in a blog post:

“Pit People was the name written on the original concept sketch that started it all. Every interaction took place in an arena. Over time, adventuring became a big part of the game. However, a key moment in the story now occurs in the Pit, and so the name remained! In the end, we’re in the beginning!!!!!!!!!!”

Everything’s cyclical, including the giant bear due to crash into our planet.


  1. Lars Westergren says:

    The narrator is great, and I’ll take even fairly low effort ironic humor now over more grimdark, as long as I get an occasional chuckle out of it. Plus I like turn based combat, so this is probably a buy.

    • Slaadfax says:

      Will Stamper’s narration was excellent in Battleblock Theater, and I expect the same will be true of Pit People.

      For bonus points (and for people interested in that sort of thing) AGDQ 2015 had a superb speedrun of Battleblock that featured Dan (who spoke in the above video) and Will watching and commenting on the run. It’s something like 2 hours long and just completely delightful.

  2. draglikepull says:

    I saw that this was a turn-based tactics game and got worried that it wouldn’t have co-op; glad to see my fears were misplaced. Castle Crashers and Battleblock Theatre are both tremendous fun to play with a friend.

    • Xzi says:

      Yes they are. Behemoth games are pretty much must-buy status for me at this point…hope Pit People is a simultaneous PC release.

  3. blindfish says:

    I love this game so far with a burning passion BUT i strongly dislike the full screen interruptions (end of turn, next turn etc.). They kinda break the flow for me, so I hope there will be a way to turn them off in the finished game. Other than that, gg