Below is an adventure video game by Capybara Games for the Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. The game was announced during Microsoft's E3 2013 press event.
How To Play Below
Below is an adventure game viewed from a top-down perspective. The player-character is a "tiny warrior exploring the depths of a remote island". The game is about exploration, though that goal is contingent upon the character's survival. Microsoft's Phil Spencer described the game at E3 2013 as a "creative take on roguelike gameplay" in a "mysterious world". The environments are randomly generated.
The game is designed to be difficult, with "brutal but fair combat" and permanent death.
Below is expected to include a multiplayer mode.
Heroes of Below
Capybara compared the game to "roguelikes of yore", as a "roguelike-like" with design choices like permanent death and high difficulty. The game punishes recklessness and is designed for fair, but rigorous combat. Capybara president and co-founder Nathan Vella called the game the company's largest by number of features, artwork, and development time and difficulty. He described the game as a "super video game-y video game" for its aesthetics, soundtrack, and game mechanics. While the game is mostly single-player, the multiplayer aspects are important in some of the world's areas. In March 2014, Vella said that the game's development progress was hard to gauge, but its foundation was laid. Its first playable demo is scheduled for the April PAX East 2014.
To create and emphasize scale, Capybara chose to make the player-character small and use a dramatic tilt-shift photography effect.
It is expected for release on the Xbox One, but is only exclusive to the console for a limited time.