One of the stranger side-effects of Microsoft buying Minecraft studio Mojang is that quirky sci-fi platform shooter Cobalt has just quietly continued to exist. Published by the now-mighty Swedish company and made by Oxeye, development on it continued for years, eventually resulting in a low-key release accompanied by a broadly positive critical reception, like in our review here.
Oxeye are clearly not done with Cobalt, though. This Friday, the multiplayer-centric spinoff Cobalt WASD landed on Steam, sacrificing some of the original’s mechanical complexity for fast-paced accessibility. After playing a couple rounds online, I found myself pleasantly impressed with its blend of twitchy platform shooting and mechanics borrowed from Counter-Strike and Tribes.