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Arcen Releasing Emergency Raptor On Friday

Dino vs. robo

In Case of Emergency, Release Raptor [official site] is very much not the game I would have expected next from Arcen Games. The small studio are known for games like AI Wars, Starward Rogue, Bionic Dues - strange and thoughtful twists on strategy games, puzzlers, roguelites. In Case of Emergency, Release Raptor is a 3D smash 'em up with a velociraptor fighting robots in the dystopian future. Surprising! Raptor was due to launch onto Steam Early Access today but instead it'll arrive on Friday.

For now, you can watch a video dev diary including the line "In a lot of respects it's kind of like a first-person shooter - the raptor is your gun."

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That's Arcen's Chris Park showing off the level editor and a shift in camera view. Previously it had a conventional distant third-person camera (which will still be in as an option) but now they've gone for a close-up camera he calls a "first-person view". But if that on-the-shoulder view is a first-person camera, does that mean... we're playing as a little devil on the raptor's shoulder urging it to destroy everything? I am fine with that.

Emergency Raptor is Arcen's first 3D game. It's come at a difficult time for Arcen, following delays, poor sales, and layoffs. Their plan was for Raptor to be a relatively small and quick game built largely from tweaked Unity Store Assets with many systems they could re-use for a later, larger game.

Also, they wanted to make a game where you ran around as a dinosaur smashing stuff.

This three-day delay isn't for any major problems, more tweaking the level editor and polishing a few bits up. For more general mayhem, here's Emergency Raptor's E3 trailer:

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.