Epigenesis is an online multiplayer sports/FPS game in which two sides are locked in a never-ending fight for world domination by playing ball. In this non-lethal ballgame of the future, players leap across platforms suspended high up in the air trying to get a ball located in the middle of the arena and score goals against their...
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Release Date: Aug 1, 2014

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June 8

We got some good news and sadly some bad news!

Hi everyone!

We have some good news and some bad news. Let's start with the bad news.

We are going to dissolve Dead Shark Triplepunch (despite it being the coolest name of all time). We just can't justify keeping the company since all of us has found new jobs or started to work on new games. We are of course sad about this, we loved working together and had an amazing time! However, sometimes this is the best solution. So as of today we have started the process of dissolving Dead Shark Triplepunch. This also means that all our servers that we have for Epigenesis is going to be shut down.

Now to the good news!

Epigenesis is going to become completely free on Steam! As of Friday the 10th of June Epigenesis is going to cost 0 dollars, euros, sek or whatever currency your Steam version is in. You can download and play with anyone! You will need to set-up your own server to do this, however, when you download the game we have a "Create server" tool that comes with the game so anyone can do this easily.

We want to thank anyone that bought the game, or even played the game during all this time. We had an amazing time working on the game, and we loved seeing players play the game. We hope to hear from you guys in the future (we might still go onto the Steam forums every now and then to say hi).

Thank you!

Best Regards
Dead Shark Triplepunch (André, Carl, Martin, Michael, Henrik, Tobias, Ola, Jonathan and Joakim)

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About This Game

Epigenesis is an online multiplayer sports/FPS game in which two sides are locked in a never-ending fight for world domination by playing ball.

In this non-lethal ballgame of the future, players leap across platforms suspended high up in the air trying to get a ball located in the middle of the arena and score goals against their opponents. Each player carries a gravity cannon capable of pushing enemies (and friends) down from the heights of the arena.

When a player scores, he receives a genetically modified super-seed and gets the opportunity to plant it onto a platform to capture it. To win the game you must capture towers and construct a node system from your goal post all the way to your opponents' goal post. If this hasn't happened by the time that the clock reaches zero, the team with the most scores win!

Teamwork, tactics and precision is key to win eternal glory in a game of Epigenesis!

Visit our official website, facebook and twitter for regular updates and news about Epigenesis!

Remember to visit our official youtube channel for more in-depth tutorials on how to play Epigenesis!

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Get trading cards and craft badges for cool emoticon and background rewards!

New Feature: HATS!

Complete daily missions and earn Mission Points to spend in the store! Get some swag for your favourite team and show it off in-game! No micro-transactions, only cool hats.

Join the Community

Join the growing Epigenesis community and find people to play with on the official Epigenesis Steam forum! Remember to join the community driven Epigenesis Community Group EpiGenCG here on Steam to find more people to play with!

What people are saying

"When you see the trailer you’ll understand why it won this year’s Make Something Unreal contest: it looks brill."

- PCGamesN

"It’s just crazy enough to work, and where it wasn’t crazy enough of its own accord, developer Dead Shark Triplepunch (yes, that’s their real name) just added tornadoes. Done and done."
- Rock Paper Shotgun

"Judges praised Epigenesis for its ingenious concept, engaging gameplay and clever use of a scientific concept inspired by the theme for this year’s competition."
- UnrealEngine

Key Features

  • Ball Sport of the Future
    Play a ball as well as a domination 5-on-5 game on top of tall towers and platforms!
  • Fast-paced high-altitude Action
    Equipped with jumping-jets, players will have to time their jumps or suffer steep falls.
  • Non-lethal combat with surgical precision
    All weapons used are non-lethal force-based gear. Push your opponents down from the platforms and boost your friends towards the goal!
  • One-time use pickup abilities
    Tactically use the Grapple, Dash or Shockwave to further advance your goal-scoring conquest!
  • Customize your loadouts
    There are 6 plants with unique abilites as well as 5 different passive stat-boosts for you and your team. Discuss combinations with your team and choose the plants that best fit your playstyle!
  • 6 unique maps
    Play ball on 6 different arenas constructed across the world of Epigenesis, featuring snowy mountains, lush forests and desolate cities!
  • In-game cosmetics shop
    Earn in-game currency by proving your worth in daily missions and spend it on cosmetic items such as Plant skins and Hats!
  • Single-player and bots
    Internet downed or just want to hone your skills? Face-off against the bots of Epigenesis or have them join your multiplayer matches!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.0Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GT600+, Radeon HD 7400+
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows Compatible Sound Card
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Quad Core 2.0Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 650+, Radeon HD 7750+
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows Compatible Sound Card
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135 of 173 people (78%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 25, 2013
Amazing twitchy game. The game is based on bringing an orb from the center of the map and throwing it in the other teams goal, located several platforms away. Doing so gives you a seed which you plant on the platforms to provide powerups. All players are provided a rifle which propels players shot, both teammates and enemies, which, when used properly, leads to an very interesting gameplay.

The developers are very forward sometimes join games in progress, which is nice and helps make the small community better. The only negative is the small community, which is something I hope goes away over time!
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58 of 71 people (82%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 21, 2015
A seriously great game, FPS + ball sport + hackslash + jumping.

Negetive points, no popularity... i dont know why but no servers see the face of more then 4/5 people.

If this games gets a bit attention this might create a chaos in the field of MP games.

Everything is okay but a little graphics and in game effect/function/item tuning might turn up the heat a little bit more.

I can spend hundreads of hour on this cheap game if there were only more people playing it.
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86 of 117 people (74%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 17, 2014
So I really liked this game when it first came out. One of my friends got a 4-pack during the free weekend and we all played a few hours. 3 days later the community was dead and there was nobody on any of the servers. I've been thinking about why this happened.

First of all, the player has only 3 weapons- the projectile weapon (rocket launcher), the railgun (sniper weapon), and melee. Out of the 6 plants that players can plant on captured platforms, only the turret and the ramp are useful in most situations. This severely limits the player's playstyle and makes the overall game less interesting.

Secondly, because the three combat options are hitting a fast moving enemy with your fist while moving very fast, shooting a fast moving enemy with a projectile weapon with a tiny area of effect, or sniping a fast moving enemy without any sort of scope there will be a huge skill gap. New players will have a very hard time actually doing anything, so they won't want to stick around. The only way to get better is to practice.

This brings me to my third point; you can't practice because there is nobody to practice against. Most of the time, there are zero players on. The only time anyone is on is for the weekly dev game and the occasional password-protected tournament match.

Also, a lot of the maps aren't much fun to play. The only good maps are the ones with ball spawn areas that are much lower than the goals. Putting the ball spawn lower down makes it easily accessible from multiple routes, making it harder to camp the ball. It also makes it easier to defend because the ball carrier has to climb all the way up to the goal. On a flat map, one team gets to the ball first, camps there, and can easily hold off the other team while they send one player to zip across the map with a powerup and score instantly over and over again.

To the devs- I still think this game is very promising. If you can update it to make it more diverse and suitable for multiple playstyles and narrow the skill gap, then get it featured on the store frontpage with a sale you might be able to build a lasting player base.
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73 of 100 people (73%) found this review helpful
203.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 8, 2013
If you like LAZORS, Flying through the air and balls, you'll love this game. Action-packed game with constant battles for the ball and land possesion. Never a dull moment with this game. Form a group with some friends, start a team, develop tac-tics and play agains the people of the game, or sign up for the frequent community tournaments. Or play by yourself with whoever else is online. Cool consept, amazingly well executed, awesome design and great gameplay.
Really cool game, loads of updates, still in alpha and still the best game I've played in months!
Not enough people own it!
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32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
What a wonderful game, but the sad fact is the community didn't stick around for too long.

Epigenesis is a very interesting title. It's a sports game mixed with fast paced parkour FPS. The goal is simple, you go to the center of the arena to capture a ball which you need to take to the opposite side of the arena and score goals, after each goal you get a seed which is used to set up boosters, defense systems and turrets to fight alongside with you. When you plant the final seed on the opposing hoop the game is instantly won.

The title looks alright for the most part and maxed out it runs almost perfectly, apart from some slight FPS drops when the action gets too fast.

The arenas are built so you have to jump around platforms to get to where you need to go and sometimes the jumping is really tough to control, sometimes you miss your mark and sometimes you go overboard.

The game has a single player mode which has five arenas to play through and you can choose how many bots are on the arena on your team and on the opposing team.

This game is great and is a ton of fun too, but there is one major flaw and that the game is completely dead. Unless you have a friend to play alongside with you except to play solo only.

The game alone is still pretty fun, but with people it would be even wore fun.

I would love to recommend this game to everyone, but unless you have a friend willing to play this with you, there's no point in buying just for solo play as you will play through every arena in an hour.

Final Rating:
5/10 - Buy it if you have friends who play it

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40 of 53 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
Great game with great developers, but unfortunately no players :(
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44 of 61 people (72%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 7, 2013
*Note: The game is in early access and is still being worked on. Everything said in this review is subject to change.

Epigenesis is a first person frantic shooter. The game was released on Steam as an early access game on November 1, 2013. Now you would expect an early access game that's only in its alpha stage, would have some issues but believe it or not, this game is pretty well set. This doesn't mean that the game is perfect, there are a few issues, but nothing that stops you from enjoying this game.
So what exactly is Epigenesis? Well its a first person shooter, but it has much more than your average shooter. Your main goal as the player is to grab the ball and throw it into the other teams gate. This then gives your team a point, as well as a power up. Power ups add let you modify the map. You can do all sorts of stuff including adding another path or causing a tornado. If somebody has the ball and they fall over the edge, but don't manage to pass it to another player, the ball resets. It is also possible to intercept the ball from the enemy. This makes the person who has the ball have a reason to score quickly. The game also has pickups which allow you to be more mobile. Now, if you have the ball, you're all set for the most part. Your main problem is not jumping to your death. Trying to shoot the enemy players when they have the ball is quite difficult. I found that using the rapid fire weapon was very ineffective, however, using the rail gun, I was able to get some shots on people. The game, currently, only has two weapons(as of 12/7/13). This is a little disappointing because a variety of weapons would add a variety of strategies. The rail gun itself does no damage, it can either push or pull somebody if you land a hit. The rapid fire gun is your damage dealing gun, but it's very difficult to hit somebody. The player can move quickly and unpredictably. This is both good and bad. Its good because it keeps you safe, but, its bad because if your shooting you had better be a good shot. This does add challenge and excitement to the game, especially when your able finally get a connected shot.

Epigenesis adds different froms of challenge and fun through its unique maps. The maps are made up of a variety of floating
square surfaces and building tops. You jump from panel to panel, trying to reach the ball first, usually is located in the center. Some maps offer launch pads which send you flying across the map and onto another panel(picture above shows a player being launched). This can be used as an escape route, and offensive route, or just extra fun. When you grab this ball, you can't shoot, so you have to rely on running. With the multiple pickups and launch pads, you can make your way to score a goal with no problem, that is until somebody gets a good shot on you and sends you off the map. But, if this happens, the ball and you simply re-spawn, after a short countdown, at the designated spots, and you continue playing.

The game only has one game mode(as of 12/7/13) which is to grab the ball and send it through the enemy’s gate. This still offers plenty of fun and hours of entertainment. Eventually though the same thing gets a bit old, but I feel that the developers will add more, remember the game is only in alpha. There is one problem that puts a damper on things, the lack of players. The game allows for 5v5 matches, however the biggest I have even been involved in is a 4v3. This, however, is not a permanent issue. I have only seen three servers on my game, but once the game is closer to actual release, there will more than likely be plenty of servers, and people. Most of the time I am able to get into a match that is 2v2. This does restrict what this game truly has to offer. If you have ever played Quake you will know that more people equals more fun. The developers were trying to make their own “Quake style” game.

Epigenesis is something you should look out for. Unlike these new shooters that have been the same for the past 5 games, this game is unique and contains countless hours of fun. Since the game is only in alpha there are still many more advancements that can take place in this game. The good part about it being an early access game is that the developers will listen to the community and respond to what players say. If you love fast paced games like Quake, or just want to try something new, Eigenesis should be on your wishlist as soon as your done reading this review.

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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2015
Decent game with a poor community.

Epigenesis is, in the world of science “the unfolding development in an organism, and in particular the development of a plant, fungus or animal from a seed, spore or egg through a sequence of steps in which cells differentiate and organs form”. Basically we’re talking about how plants grow.

Epigenesis in the world of games however is a very different beast, but no less fascinating. It is a five-a-side sport of the future that blends basketball with bright, Tron-like neons and couples it with grotesque, map-devouring plants that can also shoot lasers. Yes, your sudden curiosity is deserved.

Okay, It is time to discuss the most important things.
  • Goal: The goal of Epigenesis is to take the ball from the middle of the level and throw it through the goal that is on the enemy’s side of the map. Simple, huh? Doing so will cause you to be sent back to your side of the map with a seed of your choice to go and plant somewhere on the level. Plants can only be planted on a platform that is either connected to another platform with a plant on it already, or your starting platform. You will win the match when you are able to plant a seed of any kind on the opponent’s starting platform.

  • Weapons: Weapons are non lethal in Epigenesis, and will instead push or pull people depending on your setting in the customization screen. You can also punch people which will send them flying, and will also take the ball from them if they’re an enemy. This can be used to your advantage by pushing enemies off of platforms and giving your team a boost while they are in the air.

  • Jumping: Instead of just simply jumping, there’s a few differences to it in Epigenesis. It is possible to double jump at anytime, and there is even a chargeable jump that you can do at any time, and it is even possible to double jump with charged jumps as well.

  • Maps: The maps that you will be playing on are basically a lot of platforms that are floating in the air along with larger platforms that allow the planting of seeds. Differences between maps are generally just the layout of the platforms, but some have mechanics about them that others don’t such as jump pads that will send you flying from one platform to another, or even a tornado that appears that will lift anyone up who passes through it.

  • Powerups: Spread out on the maps you can find powerup spawners where you can pick up a one time use ability. You can save them to be used any time and there are three of them for you to use. A hook ability lets you shoot out a line that will attach itself to the ground around where you are aiming and will drag you to that spot. The speed boost ability will give you a sudden jolt of speed that will send you speeding away in the direction you are facing. A repulsion ability will bounce away all enemies that are surrounding you.

So it was not that sweetening the game at every turn, this game has one terrible drawback, not large community.

Summary: Therefore the question arises whether you (read: me) should buy this game?
Yes, it definitely is worth the price. And if you have friends who are happy to play with you, persuade them to do the same.

Also, this game reminds me of the animated series, that calls itself Galactik Football, which of its time I loved.
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26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
120.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Great game to play competitive.
It has quite a learning curve but the (small) community is really active and has great support for new players if you stick around on the teamspeak. The community even hosts tournaments twice a year where you can win sweet prices!
I've put a lot of hours into this, it's no casual game, but if you get into it it's really tons of fun.
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32 of 42 people (76%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 19, 2015
With an already fantastic concept for a game, the developers of this have put so much effort into polishing its mechanics to perfection. With tight and satisfying movement, wonderful controls and very focussed design, this has the potential to be at the top of any list of arena shooters. It has a few major flaws however, chief among which is that it is quite badly explained and it takes a very long time to work out what is actually going on. It also has the incredibly unfortunate issue of having almost nobody playing it any more, which is a darn shame considering how amazing this game can be. You can still play it with bots, but the AI is too stiff to last more than a few matches before becoming boring. That said, the feeling of movement alone is what compelled me to keep playing for quite a while longer than the bots deserved.

Annoyingly, its only major flaw is something of a vicious cycle; there aren't enough people playing it, therefore nobody will play it, making the whole thing worse. At the time of writing, it is on sale for next to nothing; I urge anyone reading this to buy it, get a few friends to buy it too, try it out and share it as much as possible. Even if it isn't to your tastes, the best thing that can be done for this game right now is to be shared.
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1.7 hrs
Posted: October 17
Great game
Would recommend
Bought this game somewhere for special points
Found out later that the game was free
I am glad I spent points on it though
It is a great game

Good graphics
Interesting concept
New take on FPS games
Makes you feel awesome when you are good at it

Lack of teams -Could use one or two more-
No different weapons -Which is hardly a con-
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3.8 hrs
Posted: October 12
A fantastic game.

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3.2 hrs
Posted: October 8
Very impressive game
hard and very challenging
+Graphics <3
+gameplay <3
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3.0 hrs
Posted: October 7
Fun to play with friends, hard to find people in public online, alone? meh
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0.5 hrs
Posted: October 3
Not a bad concept, but multiplayer is 100% DEAD.
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3.4 hrs
Posted: October 2
Cannot recommend this game.
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Oscarjames | PRIVATE BUYER
3.4 hrs
Posted: September 20
Highly recommended! :)
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4.9 hrs
Posted: September 9
nice game,,,, no community,,,, have never successfully played anyone online,,,, tried maybe 15-20 times since i bought this long ago (now its free, obv)

with players it has potential.... right now unplayable

-- twista
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Mongoloid Mike
1.8 hrs
Posted: September 7
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3.5 hrs
Posted: September 3
this game needs more players
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