Outlier Games launches This Means Warp on Steam Early Access
March 17, 2022
Irish and Canadian indie developer Outlier Games has announced the Steam Early Access launch of its first title: This Means Warp – a top-down spaceship management game that combines the adrenaline of real time multiplayer action and the long form strategic thinking of a tactical roguelike.
This Means Warp is set in a dystopian sci-fi future with a cartoon twist, where the mysterious Norg have attacked one of humanity’s outer planets, and shady mega-corporation GloboCorp has vowed revenge on the Norg mothership. When their ship’s entire crew are accidentally sucked out of the airlock, players must make the perilous journey across the galaxy – alone or with up to three friends – engaging in both combat and non-combat encounters.
Taking inspiration from roguelikes such as FTL and co-op games like the Overcooked series, This Means Warp encourages players to think tactically in hectic, real-time space battles, and strategically as they guide their ship through a hostile, procedurally generated universe. Designed with multiplayer and replayability at its core, This Means Warp sees players control crew members aboard their ship – manning different ship systems, targeting weapons, conducting repairs, and choosing a path through the game’s dynamically changing universe.
This Means Warp is the first game to be developed by Outlier Games, an independent studio founded by Paul Froggatt and Matt Rathbun in 2018, based in Dublin, Ireland, and Toronto, Canada. It will be the third game to be published by Jagex Partners – the publishing arm of Jagex, the British game developer and publisher of deep, community-driven games and best known for the RuneScape franchise.