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Spiritual successor to Descent, Sublevel Zero, is headed to PS4 and Xbox One

Six degrees of freedom returns to consoles for the first time in a decade

Sublevel Zero Redux
Sigtrap Games
Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Sublevel Zero Redux, a game inspired by the 1996 classic Descent, is coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Developer SigTrap says that it’s the first time that a six-degrees-of-freedom shooter will be available on a console in over a decade.

Sublevel Zero is a roguelike game that puts players in the role of a lonely scavenger inside a gunship. Players are able to fly that ship like a spaceplane, but also hover and strafe to the sides and up and down. It creates a tense atmosphere, where every move is fraught with peril. Every session is different, thanks to procedurally generated levels and random loot drops. There’s also a crafting system for making new items on the fly.

SigTrap Games

Developer SigTrap Games said in a press release issued today that Redux is a “remastered and extended” version of Sublevel Zero, which was released on PC via Valve’s Steam platform in 2015. We spent a few days playing the game, and you can see some of our impressions in the preview video below.

Sublevel Zero Redux will be available on the PlayStation 4 Feb. 21 and the Xbox One Feb. 22. The game will cost $19.99 on both platforms. There are also plans for a collectible, physical release.

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