’33 Immortals’ first look: Defying a god is more fun with friends

If you’ve ever had trouble getting together enough people for an Overwatch team or playing Destiny 2 with your friends, imagine trying to gather 33 players for a 25-minute raid. But that’s exactly what 33 Immortals plans to do.

From the creators of Spiritfarer, 33 Immortals is a substantially multiplayer roguelike top-down action game. It channels the animation style of retro cartoons (and a little Banner Saga). At a session following this week’s Xbox Showcase at Summer Game Fest, a group of individuals tried to escape hell.

In this early build of the game, there were two character types in play: a swordsman and an archer. The archer, when he reloads, recalls his fired arrows back to him, meaning strategic placement can effectively double the damage dealt. All the characters also have a dash move, while trigger buttons open your world map, emote wheel, and co-op powers.

These co-op powers will vary depending on your character type and often demand careful planning to pull them off. Each raid is built to be around 25 minutes long, and players must keep as many characters alive (and online) as possible so they can fell the boss at the end. More players will mean taking less time to shave the health bar of bigger enemies, as the game apparently isn’t built to scale with how many characters are playing.

After taking too much damage, players will fall and reappear as an ethereal spirit, not able to do anything but float around until another raider can resurrect them. In addition, it offers plenty of different character types to play, with seven deadly sins and seven heavenly virtues. Players can also gather up in-game currency from monsters they kill, exchanging it for healing or trinkets to boost attack speed, defense, and more.

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33 Immortals is inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy. Players are rebelling against God’s final judgment that their souls are damned, and there’s a fun twist in the way God delivers his anger when players beat one of his dungeons.

While this was an early demo, latency was a struggle for some machines, but the team has plenty of time to stabilize. 33 Immortals is coming to Xbox Series X/S and PC in 2024.

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