Lifelike Studios’ Rogue Heist can now be downloaded and played for free via Steam Early Access.
The Mumbai indie developer said: “Lifelike Studios is thrilled to announce that Rogue Heist has made its way to early access as a Steam free-to-play title. Sticky-fingered thieves are invited to join up right now on Steam for robust 6v6 online co-op action!”
Lifelike Studios describes the game thus: “Rogue Heist challenges aspiring thieves to form crews of six before entering into battle against another crew. The goal is, of course, to hack into an ambushed convoy’s safe to loot as many high-value packages as possible all while defending the crew’s stolen goods from the enemy. Players can choose from roles that include Sniper, Assault, Support, and Hacker. Each role is crucial in snagging as much loot as possible and protecting it.”
As the above trailer shows, there are various amusingly attired factions in the game which players can choose to join, including Suits, Hipsters, Deathlords and Hammers. Each game round contains various different sequences, as described by Lifelike Studios: “Play Sniper to overwatch your crew or go Assault to get up close and personal; Strategic combat and awareness as you hack into the convoy’s safe; Running and gunning on the way to securing the package before heading out again;
A role dedicated to supporting the Hacker in the game.”
Rogue Heist was originally due to be a premium game but, as it explained, Lifelike Studios decided to switch to free-to-play: “There has been much discussion & hype about Rogue Heist going as a FTP title or not but yes, we have moved on from a premium model to a FTP game now. There’s only one reason for doing the same: any multiplayer game is bound to die if it doesn’t find a player base and premium or not, there aren’t enough number of players in the system. When we did a Beta on the basis of pre-orders, the biggest challenge was to make sure everyone found a match, but still the match-finding queues were way too long and time-taking. We therefore decided to remove the initial barrier of entry and move towards an FTP model to encourage players to try the game.”
However, only the base game will be free to play, and the same blogpost details what extras players will get if they buy the Standard, Premium or Ultimate versions. To check out Rogue Heist’s action, head to its Steam Store page, and for more general information, keep an eye on Rogue Heist’s website.