The RTS is a tried-and-true genre of PC gaming that has been presented to players in a variety of different ways. That being said, nothing I’ve seen before is quite like Dark Future: Blood Red States from Auroch Digital. After an elongated silence following the game’s initial announcement in 2015, the developers have released a new gameplay video that features pre-alpha footage of the game.
As this is a video of a pre-alpha build, Auroch Digital has stated that some of the textures and the UI in this video are just placeholders, so they aren’t final. That being said, underneath the thin layer issues that come with showing off early builds of a game is a really intriguing take on an RTS that mixes traditional gameplay with vehicular combat and roguelike elements.
During a mission, the player’s car actually drives itself, with players only slightly directing it on what lane to be in and what speed to go. Once players enter Command Mode, time slows down, players can then aim the various weapons of the car towards various other vehicles they are fighting, but they also have to take movement into account, so aiming slightly ahead is usually the best option. Dark Future: Blood Red States single-player is also structured as a roguelike with permadeath, so proper planning is required to survive.
Below, you can see some screenshots of Dark Future: Blood Red States alongside the gameplay video. Dark Future: Blood Red States is supposed to release on PC later in 2018.