Griftlands is Klei’s new cartoonish sci-fi swashbuckler

Judging by the survivalist Don’t Starve and subterranean piss manager Oxygen Not Included, Klei are very good at drawing cartoony things and then secretly planting loads of quite-good cogs and switches behind it all. It looks like they’re trying for another good ‘un. Griftlands [official site] has been announced at E3. It’s a sci-fi RPG “where everything is negotiable: money, loyalty—even morality”, says the developer. But you can see what it looks like down here.

While that looks gorgeous, it’s still hard to tell what exactly is “game” and what is just pretty moving pictures. I’m guessing the running along roads and between houses as tiny figures is gamebit, and it looks like there’ll be plenty of dialogue choices and weird alien people to take money from as you betray your mates and hand in trophies for cash.

But apart from that, I’m not sure. Is it a turn-based fighter (the screen above certainly makes it feel that way)? Is it a Banner Saga in space? Are the characters and story pre-designed and largely unchangeable? Or are these people customisable player creations who get into bespoke scrapes according to some rando-generation? Like many announcements, we still know sweet foxtrot alpha about The Actual Thing. But we are told it’s expected “Late 2017 / Early 2018.” So, there’s that.


  1. Captain Narol says:

    Looks like a Banner Saga in alien space, so could interest me if fighting is effectively turn-based.

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    DelrueOfDetroit says:

    Well I feel a lot less obligated to play Oxygen Not Included now. This seems more up my Klei.

  3. and its man says:

    That’s exciting news. I’m really wondering how much Epic Illustrated it will be.

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    Martell says:

    Didn’t think Klei is big enough to develop two games at the same time. I do own everything they made though, and I regret nothing, so high hopes for this.

  5. mercyRPG says:

    I’m Buyerested.

  6. April March says:

    I like Klei, but unlike many people, I don’t love Klei. But this? This, I love.