12th May2017

Shmup meets action-RPG in ‘Drifting Lands’

by Phil Wheat


Blending the intense combat of shmup gameplay with the freedom of ARPG-style character progression, Drifting Lands defies genre conventions to create a new style of action game, coming to Steam (Win/Mac) on June 5th. Rather than pushing bullet counts higher or complicating scoring even further, Drifting Lands is a shmup that looks to the character progression of titles like Diablo and Torchlight for inspiration.

The appeal of Drifting Lands is in trying out new combos of skills, looting for better gear, and perfecting your build as you play, not repetitious memorization of enemy patterns. That said, if high-scores ‘are’ your thing, there are a few levels just for that as well.

From the press release:

In the skies of a shattered planet, totalitarian corporations battle to control and exploit nature’s remaining resources, but you are not like them. As a new member in a caravan of outlaws, smugglers, and mercenaries, you fight for the right to survive and be free.

As a pilot, you need a ship made to your specifications and style, whether you prefer a strong defense before unleashing a wave of heavy artillery, deftly buzzing enemy fire to move in for the kill, or something altogether unique. Choose from three classes of ships, customize your arsenal with 60 different types of skills, upgrade your stats, and use the gear looted from battle to build the ship that’s right for you.

Drifting Lands features a full story mode with randomly generated enemies for maximum replay value. Improve your abilities and equipment across 100 levels of difficulty for everyone from newcomers to seasoned veterans, and test your skills as a pilot against players around the world in competitive missions with pre-set enemies.

Currently available via Steam Early Access, Drifting Lands launches in full June 5th.

Steam | Official website


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