ATLUS, has announced God Mode, a new third-person shooter set for release on the Xbox LIVE Arcade next year. Currently in development by Old School Games, a new studio working in close collaboration with Saber Interactive, God Mode brings together a visceral shoot ’em up with elements of an RPG, all set in a humorously dark view of the afterlife.
Within God Mode, players take on the role of a descendant of an ancient god who is turned mortal when his family is banished from Mount Olympus. Each is tasked to battle through the Maze of Hades in the underworld to seek redemption and reclaim their place in the pantheon – combining non-linear gameplay, fast and frantic shooting, hordes of on-screen enemies, and stunning visuals.
The game hosts a single-player mode, as well as online and offline co-op play with 1-4 players. In addition to accessing more than 11 different weapons for battle, players are also equipped with a special ability fueled by Rage, which is gathered by amassing kills. Players can choose from several different powers ranging from offensive, to defensive, to support; all of which can be upgraded. A series of in-game modifiers known as Tests of Faith alter gameplay on the fly and ensure that matches rarely-if ever-play out the same way twice. Each character is fully customizable, both in appearance and equipment, which evolve throughout the game. Gold and experience are accrued by players in a reward system to unlock new weapons and unique, powerful abilities, both of which have the option for further upgrades.
God Mode is set for release in early 2013 as a budget digital download only title.