Gravity bone creator now helping develop Sub Rosa

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Early access game Sub Rosa [official site] is both a blocky, physics-based FPS and a corrupt corporate simulator. You jump into its online multiplayer world, enrol with a company and start doing dirty deeds, like carrying out heists on office buildings or hunting down a limousine containing one of the game’s valuable discs.

What I’ve seen looks promising, and it’s just got even more promising, because Brendon Chung has announced he’s helping developer Cryptic Sea make the game. Chung is the chap behind Thirty Flights of Loving and Quadrilateral Cowboy. Those are good games.

Sub Rosa has some really interesting ideas: sometimes the game asks your company to trade discs for cash with a rival corporation. If it all goes smoothly then both sides make a big profit, but if one player decides to gets twitchy and fires a shot (surely every time?) then all hell breaks loose, and to the winner the spoils.

It’s due to come out of Early Access next year, and people’s experiences so far (judging by the Steam reviews) have been pretty promising. There are a few concerns flying around about the lack of consequences for griefing – such as players killing other, unarmed players before they’ve had a chance to enrol with a company.

Here’s a video showcasing the physics side of the game. There’s no canned animations, so it all happens procedurally and naturally: if you jump and position your legs right you can slide over the bonnet of a car like a cool dude, for example.

It’s currently £14.99/19,99€/$19.99 on Steam Early Access. If you’ve played it, what do you think?


  1. JQHY says:

    I’m personally excited. Sub-Rosa, despite it’s recent silence, is greatly enjoyable, and I love Quadrilateral Cowboy’s analogue devices. I think those teams will get on swimmingly, and hopefully develop something (quickly) that garners the attention this game already deserves.

  2. Senethro says:

    Sub Rosa was a Star trek episode about a sex ghost and naughty grandmas.

    Welp, thats my comment.

  3. BooleanBob says:

    I hope their follow up will be better than this game or everyone will be saying that it’s sub sub rosa

    • Bassen_Hjertelos says:

      I bow down to thee, or, as I believe the Yanks would say: “Badam-tish!”

  4. Synesthesia says:

    This is such good news. Sub rosa is super promising, and I can’t think of anyone better than Chung to lend their talent to it.

    Also, oof. I hope they keep that music. Anyone knows if it was specifically made for the game, or is it pulled from somewhere?

    • yhancik says:

      Chances are that it’s by Cryptic Sea himself ;) He’s talented like that link to

    • AlextheBodacious says:

      The game actually (currently) doesnt have any in game music, or any made for it at all. Players are just sort of forced to endure or Alt-tab to youtube to play whatever they want to listen to.

  5. mont3core says:

    This is great news! I am a totally taken with Cryptic Sea and Blendo, there could not possibly be a better direction for both teams growth.