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Dark dungeon crawler Below is coming to PS4

Capy’s roguelike is also getting a new easy mode called Explore

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Capy’s roguelike dungeon crawler Below is coming to PlayStation 4 sometime this spring, the developer announced Thursday. With that version will also come a new mode called Explore that offers a less punishing experience for players who found Below’s difficulty simply too much to handle.

Below was originally released on Xbox One and Windows PC in December 2018, after a lengthy development period. The dark and unforgiving dungeon crawler sends a tiny warrior to a procedurally generated island teeming with danger — and quick deaths.

The game’s new mode — which is also coming to the PC and Xbox One versions — is “optimized to encourage exploration,” Capy said in a news release. Changes to survival, damage, and death mechanics have been “tuned to be accessible for players who seek more of an action-adventure style of play,” according to the studio.

“It was clear that many players were intrigued by the game’s haunting underworld and rich atmosphere, but its difficulty made the game inaccessible to some,” Kris Piotrowski of Capy said in a statement. “We hope to see new players to get into Below, and for seasoned players to revisit The Isle and enjoy the game in a whole new way.”

The original, more challenging version of Below will still be playable, now known as a mode called Survive.

In our review of Below, we called Capy’s game “beautiful, subversive and frequently maddening,” thanks to its arcane systems and punishing difficulty.

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