Synthetic: Legion Rising was a top-down 2D roguelike shooter with in-depth weapon handling mechanics like motion-based recoil and active reloading, plus some really meaty gun sounds. It was well received on Steam back in 2018 with a user review from Overwhelmingly Positive. The Berlin-based studio Flow Fire Games has announced that the sequel Synthetik 2 will appear in Early Access on August 19th, with a full release planned for 2022.
Based on the gameplay trailer above, two minutes of “Raw Alpha Footage,” the main change is that it’s a 3D isometric view. Otherwise, Synthetic 2 still seems to be broadly the same game that dudes are deleted to please big red Xes with guns that pound like a hammer. According to Fire Flow, Synthetics will have 2 new classes, weapons and items, the co-op will be expanded to four instead of just two players, and there will be integrated modding support.
Before the release of Early Access in August, a demo of Synthetic 2 will be playable during Steam Next Fest, giving us access to two classes plus “custom class building”, a floor full of bad guys to shoot and a boss fight to finish off. That will be available on June 16th.