VANCOUVER, British Columbia – March 27, 2020 – “UnderMine“, the action-adventure roguelike brimming with secrets from developer Thorium Entertainment and publisher Fandom, opens the Othermine today as part of the new v0.6.0 Steam Early Access update. The 1.0 PC, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One versions will release later this year.
Enjoyed by more than 100,000 players in early access, UnderMine follows peasants on a journey into the world below. Searching for fortune and freedom, poor laborers delve deep into subterranean caverns to mine gold, acquire powerful relics, forge friendships, discover secrets, and defeat powerful bosses lurking in the depths of the earth.
When one adventurer meets an untimely end, their belongings pass on to another, who hopefully can make better use of them in this fresh fusion of roguelikes, dungeon-crawlers, and action games.
To unlock the Othermine, peasants must first conquer the four zones of the main campaign, hacking and throwing their trusty pickaxes to mine for gold, free potential allies trapped underground, and survive the dangers of the mine. Gold earned during runs can purchase permanent upgrades.
The Othermine is new late-game content introducing genuine roguelike design and endless replayability to UnderMine’s blend of progression and procedural generation. After reaching the end of the fourth zone and providing the Gatekeeper with a Nether, peasants can enter the Othermine. With no gold and only base stats, peasants must rely on a randomized assortment of upgrades, relics, curses, blessings, and familiars to overcome this challenge.
Othermine runs compel peasants to rethink how they acquire and utilize items, as they cannot rely on permanent upgrades and will need to adapt to the random drops. Veterans can earn Othermine Crowns for win streaks in the Othermine, unlock three new familiars and seven new achievements, and seek greater challenge with the curse-granting Siegfried’s Aegis.
The v0.6.0 update adds further replayability to UnderMine’s satisfying campaign and comes with two improvements for peasants of all skill levels. The Explorer’s Boots boost speed up by up to 40% out of combat to streamline navigating the mines. A new magic mirror in Arkanos’ library randomizes peasants’ gender, color scheme, and name, for those in need of a new look.
“We love how the progression is shaping up in UnderMine, but we know our dedicated players wanted something with stronger roguelike influence, to really challenge them,” said Derek Johnson, Founder, Thorium Entertainment.
“The team looks forward to seeing who has the skills to complete an Othermine run with the Sigfried’s Aegis and the curses it provides!”
UnderMine version 0.6.0 is available starting today via Steam Early Access. The game features support for English, French, German, Spanish (Latin America), Brazilian Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian language options. The 1.0 PC release, as well as the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One versions, are planned for 2020 launches.
For more information, please visit UnderMine’s official website, check out the game on Twitter and Instagram, join the official Discord server, and follow Thorium on YouTube and Twitch.
About Thorium Entertainment
Founded in 2015 by Derek Johnson, with his fellow former Relic Entertainment co-worker Clint Tasker joining him, the two-person Vancouver studio brought together by their passion for games.
The duo was inspired by their experience in AAA development and the processes that make those games great while having the benefits of independent development, such as artistic integrity and being true to themselves.
At the end of the day, Thorium knows games are meant to be fun, and if they’re not enjoying the process, their players aren’t going to enjoy the game. UnderMine is the studio’s debut title, initially released for Steam Early Access in 2019.
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