Jaw Drop Games has launched the Kickstarter campaign for their upcoming survival horror game, Deathground. The ambitious title has been in development for 6 months, using the Unreal Engine. The available trailer shows pre-alpha footage of a demo build, highlighting key features of the game. Jaw Drop is a small team of industry veterans based in the UK. Their combined back catalogue includes work on SOMA, Depth, Total War and Q.U.B.E. Deathground will initially release on PC, with a console release to follow.

The Grounding

There’s nothing more terrifying than Velociraptors. That’s the basic premise Jaw Drop Games have established in Deathground. And, of course, they are correct. Naturally, we mean the terrifying raptor iterations from Spielberg’s Jurassic Park movie, which so often haunted our worst nightmares. The game sees players stranded on a mission to retrieve high-value loot while dodging dino dentures. Missions can be played solo or co-op up to 3 players.

Players are put through the ultimate test of cooperation as they travel through darkened and anxious environments overrun by deadly dinosaurs, in order to survive. Reactive AI dinosaurs that hunt you down, random extraction points and dynamic objectives create unpredictable and varied experiences and all contribute to a menacing atmosphere filled with fear, suspense and anticipation.

The Death

The key features of Deathground are as follows:

  • Squad-based survival – Team-based objectives and constant mortal danger means cooperation is essential
  • Intense and suspenseful game-play – Stealth, combat, crafting and utilizing various items and weapons
  • Special Character Classes – A character class system with special traits, skills and tools
  • Replayable Gameplay – AI dinosaurs, weather systems, random spawn and extraction points, and dynamic objectives creates unique and intense game-play sequences with each playthrough.

You can check out the full trailer for Deathground below. Considering how early in development the game is, there’s plenty to be excited about. The tentative release date for Steam Early Access is Q3 2021, so the developers are certainly not rushing this one. And that’s definitely a good thing.

At the very least Deathground is a title worth keeping an eye on. Or for the dino fans, which is basically everyone, you may even consider supporting their Kickstarter campaign over on the official page: Kickstarter.com/Deathground.

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