Neptune’s Pride got its modern remake in some respects via Subterfuge, but creators Iron Helmet are doing it themselves for another of their games. They’re remaking their co-op strategy game, Blight of the Immortals, and it’s on Steam Greenlight now.
Blight of the Immortals is a similar sort of strategy game to Neptune’s Pride, but you’re working together with other players against a zombie menace in a fantasy world instead of backstabbing one another among the stars. It originally came out in 2011, and designer Jay Kyburz spoke to Jim about it at the time:
“Blight of the Immortals is a bit of a departure from Neptune’s Pride. We wanted to build a game that had a more interesting world for players to explore. We wanted some mechanics that were a little deeper or more complex. We wanted to give the players more to think about. Most importantly we wanted to make a game that was less intimidating than Neptune’s Pride. A game that is less stressful and more enjoyable to play. We decided that the best way to do this was to allow players to work together rather than against one another.”
It’s not clear exactly what the remake changes, but it’s been funded in part by the Australian government. And although it’s not yet on Steam, there’s an open beta you can play right now.
Here’s a video of Kyburz talking through a little of the game, focused on how Hero Powers work: