Team17 has announced that they will be partnering with the indie developer Unicube (based in Shrewsbury) to release the new “gritty strategy survival game” Sheltered (not to be confused with the badger-centric game Shelter) on PC and other unannounced platforms in 2015.
Sonny Meek and Dean Forster (co-owners at Unicube) had the following to say about the announcement: “We’ve been long-time fans of the Worms franchise. They were some of the first games we played on our PCs when we were younger. To think we’re now working alongside them is a bit surreal. We’re really excited about working with Team17 over the next year, and think we have a bright future ahead!”
Sheltered, the videogame that the two developers will be working together on, is a ‘post-apocalyptic disaster management game’ where you are given a head-start over the others who are lost during a nuclear holocaust. You must gather as many supplies as possible while you make your way to a supposedly safe underground shelter that will become your family home for the foreseeable lifeless future.
Sheltered will have players question how they will survive this bleak new world by throwing daily moral choices and encounters their way, any action could mean the life or death of your surviving family. To make matters worse players will also have to combat claustrophobia, radiation and mental exhaustion while cramped in the cold and scary underground shelter. Supplies only last so long, so eventually you’ll have to leave the safety of your shelter and venture out into the dangerous wasteland to scavenge for items that are vital to your survival.
“The minute we saw the concept we absolutely knew we wanted Sheltered to join our indie partner program, in fact it was a total must! I think the process from our 1st look to signing it actually took around 48 hours, which shows not only the speed of which we move but also the belief both parties have in each other. Sheltered will be a very special game with huge potential, we’re really excited about working with Dean and Sonny over the course of the year and helping them create their first commercial indie game!”, Debbie Bestwick, Team17’s Managing Director.
Sheltered joins the growing pantheon of indie games set in a post-apocalyptic future. From inXile’s Wasteland 2 to Gods Will Be Watching, it seems that the end of the world is more attractive than ever to developers. We’ll be keeping a close eye on Sheltered as it develops, and we hope to be able to bring a hands-on preview soon.