Have you ever played DayZ or even PUBG and thought to yourself “I wish I felt more like a real human being”? Ever wonder what it would be like to have RPG elements layered on top of a survival shooter? Well, even if you haven’t, there’s a new game from Devolver Digital that is seeking to give players one of the most in-depth survival games ever and it’s called SCUM.
The game layers Dungeons-and-Dragons-style stat systems, where every point in constitution, or dexterity can make or break your gameplay, on top of a loot-based survival system to create a game that actually takes your characters metabolism into account, as well as your intelligence level when crafting, or your weight when sprinting.
The game’s release trailer can be found below.
This game is the next step in the hardcore survival genre, but while it is going where no game has before, it may serve the video game industry more as a barometer for what players actually want. Many survival games focus on hunger, thirst, and sometimes warmth, but SCUM goes way beyond this and introduces a metric ton of micromanagement that players may be looking for.
It also appears to include some mechanics reminiscent of The Hunger Games, or The Darwin Project as well as a matchmaking system to find players for various deathmatches.
SCUM is now available on Steam Early Access for $19.99. It’ll be interesting to keep an eye on in the coming weeks to see just what the consumer base is looking for in the genre.