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Undead Labs' Moonrise comes to Steam Early Access on May 27

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

State of Decay developer Undead Labs is bringing its colorful, Pokémon-inspired role-playing game Moonrise to PC next week with a Steam Early Access release. The free-to-play game has been in a closed beta for months, but the upcoming Early Access release will let players buy into the pre-release version of Moonrise.

Undead Labs will sell two Early Access bundles for Moonrise, one at $14.99 and the other at $19.99. The developer shared details on what's included in each bundle on its forums earlier this month, but that buy-in will grant Early Access players access to certain creatures — called Solari — and in-game gold, gems and boosters.

Moonrise will be available for both Mac and Windows PC through Steam Early Access on May 27.

Undead Labs describes Moonrise as a real-time tactical creature battler. As a Warden, players can battle NPCs and other players with their team of Solari, each of which comes with its own elemental powers and suite of skills.

The developer told Polygon last year that Moonrise was inspired by the idea of a Pokémon MMO, but that its creature battler was "not a Pokémon clone." You can see new gameplay footage of Moonrise in the video below.