A new six-degree-of-freedom shooter from the creators of Descent with intuitive controls, amazing lighting and graphics, and the best zero-G robot-blasting combat ever devised. Available now on Early Access!
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Very Positive (92 reviews) - 94% of the 92 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 13, 2017

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We're looking to develop a core group of Overload players to help us refine the gameplay and levels as we finish the content for the game. We're especially interested in refining Challenge Mode, a new single-player survival mode with randomized elements, high replayability, and online leaderboards.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We expect to complete the single-player game and launch in 2017, with a free multiplayer expansion to follow in 2018. Our current estimate is 6-7 months in Early Access.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Most of the core gameplay is present in the Early Access release. The bulk of the remaining work is on content -- more levels and robots and a few more weapons -- as well as tasks like tuning, polish, and localization. Much of the content updates in Early Access will focus on Challenge Mode, while about a third of the single-player campaign levels will be revealed before launch.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The initial Early Access release is a fully-playable game featuring several Challenge Mode levels and a sample single-player level. See "About This Game" for a more complete run-down of current features vs. full-game features, as well as what the first and future EA updates will contain.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price will remain fixed during Early Access, no price reductions or increases. However, we plan to release the completed game for slightly more than the Early Access price.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We have active forums on our web site, http://www.playoverload.com. We engage our users in these forums, the Steam forums, and via email. We're eager for feedback on each new release, and will be actively asking questions about certain features and content such as Challenge Mode structure, scoring, levels, and more.”
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June 22

Major Update: Version 0.5 (Build 55)

We're proud to announce the release of Overload's version 0.5 on Steam. This is a major drop with some big new features and content in it. Plus, Overload is part of the Steam Summer Sale and 25% off for a limited time!

New Content
* Challenge Mode level: Roundabout
* Single-player level: Titan 6
* Robot: Scourge

New Features
* Initial player death sequence
* Initial level exit sequence
* Axis settings/calibration menus
* Menus for save game/load game
* Five new achievements
* Automap Heatmaps -- see note below

Fixes & Improvements
* Now see your primary weapon when the cockpit is enabled (note that firing positions have changed slightly)
* Slightly larger Pickup radius
* Slightly larger font size for armor value on the reticle
* Tweaked missile damage to player
* Tweaked how robots are chosen to appear in Challenge Mode (should not affect overall difficulty, but should have more variety and more consistent difficulty)
* Better feedback when invulnerable (sound + less push/shake)
* Fixed descriptions/functionality for some upgrades and added asummary page
* Fixed Thunderbolt exploits
* Fixed a few controller issues
* Fixed foreign language Linux bug
* Fixed an issue with map-spawned armor/energy pickups despawning in Challenge Mode

Additional Notes
* The heatmap feature is new and is not in its final state. Heatmaps can be turned on in the regular automap by pressing the "Switch Missile" control.
* Heatmaps can also be viewedfrom the Level Complete and Player Died menus. Red dots are robotdeaths; magenta dots are super-robot deaths; and blue dots are player damage.
* When viewing a heatmap, pressing the "Roll Left 90" control will show a time-lapse view of activity.
* VR support may be a bit buggy/unfinished with the death/exit sequences.
* The player ship model is still low poly and untextured, but does represent the overall direction.

Known Bugs
* Exit sequence does not function properly in VR
* Player ship does not break into pieces while exploding.

We would appreciate it if you would take a brief survey about your experience with Overload: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSduqRflU0191LNeZvfjPdhw-sl66TNGQ5nbRKQeo1AjeZDeag/viewform

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May 19

Major Update: Version 0.4 (Build 44)

This is release #4 in Early Access. Major changes in this version include:

* New single-player level: Outer Moons 2

* New challenge mode level: Foundry

* Added the Holo-Guide (like the Descent Guide-Bot). The first time you run
Version 0.4 the B key and Dpad-Right will be assigned to invoke the
Holo-Guide. (If those controls are already used you'll need to add the
mapping yourself.) Tap the control to invoke and search for the next goal,
(security key, reactor or exit) or hold the control down to bring up the
selection wheel.

* Added preliminary save/load system. NOTE: This system is NOT COMPLETE and
there are many things that won't work or won't work correctly. To save,
press F8 while playing a game. To restore, press F9 from either the main
menu or the pause menu. Save/load is not available in challenge mode.

* You can now apply upgrades between single-player levels. On the briefing
screen, select the upgrade menu to spend your upgrade points.

NOTE: The upgrade system is still a work in progress. In particular, it's
too easy to skip the upgrade menu, there needs to be an upgrade summary
screen, and we'll likely be rewarding you with some upgrade points
automatically (for finishing a level or rescuing the cryotubes, for

Super Upgrade points will appear in later levels.

* Added destroyable monitors to SP levels.

* Added door switches & locked doors.

* Collision optimization. Especially benefits area with small pipes.

* Robot changes:
- Titan and Guardian move about 50% faster when trying to reach the player.
- Fixed super-fast robot movement bug.
- Robots won't instantly fire at you when they see you for the first time
or after not seeing you recently.
- Golem makes a more obvious attack sound.

* Other fixes & tweaks:
- Fixed boost upgrade not working as expected.
- Tweaked choosing of spawn location in challenge mode.
- Some doors now have different sounds.
- Stopped exploding objects (reactor, etc.) from knocking the player back
due to extreme velocities.
- Added a small firing delay after using weapon wheel to prevent exploiting.
- Powerups are not created when robot generators die due to the reactor
being destroyed.
- The Clean Machine achievement is now possible.

Check out the following sources for more information on Overload.

Web site: http://playoverload.com.
Forums: http://playoverload.com/forums/
Twitter: @PlayOverload
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playoverload/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/revivalproductions
Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/revivalproductions
Steam: http://steamcommunity.com/app/450220

Thanks for playing!

The Overload Team

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About This Game

Overload is a new six-degree-of-freedom shooter from the creators of Descent, currently under development. We released our 1st Early Access build on March 13, 2017, with our 4th major update (version 0.2) released on June 22, 2017. The current Early Access release contains the following, as of version 0.5:

  • 8 unique Challenge Mode levels
  • Infinite and Countdown variants that change the focus to Survival or Efficiency
  • Optional training level for refining your piloting skills
  • Three story mode single-player levels (from the main 15-level campaign)
  • One sample single-player level (not part of the main campaign)
  • 13 explosive weapons (7 primary weapons and 6 missiles)
  • 12 terrifying robot enemies
  • Steam Achievements and Online Leaderboards
  • Upgrades system and Advanced player stats
  • Automap and Holo-guide
  • Preliminary Save/Load

See below for the Full Game features, expected to release in late 2017.


Our focus with Early Access is to make Challenge Mode the best it can be through iteration, polish, and player feedback. We will also be revealing about a third of the single-player campaign with a focus on refinement of the elements present there as well as interface and level complexity/flow.

We plan to do a significant update to the game every 3-4 weeks of similar size, with some smaller updates to address bugs and player feedback. Much of the story content will be held back for the full game release, but by the end of Early Access, Overload will feature:

  • 10+ Challenge Mode levels
  • Multiple rule variants in Challenge Mode
  • XP-based unlocks and permanent upgrades for Challenge Mode
  • 5 Single-player fully playable campaign levels
  • 13-14 upgradeable weapons with fully functional upgrade screen in single-player
  • 15+ robots of varying ferocity

The remaining content listed in the FULL GAME will be added at launch.


When we exit Early Access and launch the full game, Overload will contain:

  • Single-player story campaign with 15+ FULL-SIZE atmospheric levels
  • 12+ Challenge Mode levels with tons of replayability
  • Upgradeable player ship and 16 weapons with multiple upgrade options
  • 20+ terrifying robot types and 3 massive bosses
  • Story by the writer of FREESPACE 2, plus pulse-pounding soundtrack
  • Epic soundtrack by Dan Wentz (DESCENT 2), Allister Brimble (DESCENT 1 REDBOOK), and Jerry Berlongieri (DESCENT 3)


All purchases include the FREE expansion to add Multiplayer support 6-8 months after launch. A custom Level Editor will also be released sometime after launch. The Level Editor is currently expected to be available before the Multiplayer Expansion.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP SP2+
    • Processor: SSE2 instruction set support
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX9 (shader model 3.0) or DX11 with feature level 9.3 capabilities
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1800 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
    • Processor: SSE2 instruction set support
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader model 3.0 support
    • Storage: 1800 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+, SteamOS+
    • Processor: SSE2 instruction set support
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader model 3.0 support
    • Storage: 1800 MB available space
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