Downward is a first-person open-world parkour adventure set in the medieval ruins of a post-apocalyptic Planet Earth. You must master body, mind, and spirit -- for agility, precision, and determination are the only tools that will help you make sense of this world and change your fate...
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Positive (26 reviews) - 88% of the 26 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 19, 2016

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Why Early Access?

“Communication with the community is paramount and will help us deliver the best experience possible in Downward. Our project is quite ambitious, with original gameplay and mechanics. As a small indie team of three people only, being in close contact with a community of gamers and benefiting from their feedback can help us fine-tune all the intricate details of the game. We believe that this will go a long way to making the game more fluid, interesting and pleasurable for our players.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We expect that to benefit properly from Early Access we'll need about 6 months. We're projecting that we'll be releasing a final version of Downward in June 2017.”

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

“The Early Access version is an introduction to the world of Downward, currently amounting to at least 3 hours of gameplay. However, in the full version we intend to have:

  • Additional areas to explore
  • Comprehensive storyline and campaign
  • More NPCs populating the game world
  • Extend the adventure with sidequests
  • Augment the power-ups

The Early Access version of Downward actually clues players into all the aspects mentioned above. However we want the community's help in weaving it all together into a seamless and enjoyable experience.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Downward's Early Access version is a very stable build. For the most part it is bug-free, contains a variety of fully-developed game mechanics and extensive areas to explore. Players will also be able to soak up a lot of the game's lore and get familiar with its post-apocalyptic storyline. The Early Access version makes up averagely 50% of the entire gameplay experience.”

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

“We are fairly certain that Downward's price will increase after some of the major updates and upon finally exiting Early Access. We're not yet completely sure exactly what the price difference will be but the package that will be available in the final version will warrant a bump in the price.”

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

“"Meditation Mode" -- the special area that can be accessed in Downward where players cannot die and can exercise all of the gameplay mechanics. We want to invite all players to push the game to its limits, tell us what works, what doesn't, and what can be made much better.

In consequence, we will be very active in our Steam Community Hub and our social channels in general. We will also create private chat groups for players who want to take an extra step and report bugs and other miscellaneous issues to us. We're only a team of three and having the community's support on our side is of the utmost importance.”
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January 13

Weekly Challenge Update v0.47



Hi all!

The weekly challenge update has been released and is available to download!
With this update we also moved to v0.47!


v0.47 Changelog
  • Added weekly challenge!
  • Added a new experimental video option to disable "Dynamic Indirect Lighting".
    Within areas that uses it, disabling this option should highly increase performances on most pc configurations.
  • Added challenges' titles and descriptions.
  • Added a 180° Quick Turn movement.
    Default Button for keyboard is X, default button for gamepad is RB.
  • Modified navigation in the options menu, now it is necessary to click on the corresponding button to open the desired option tab.
  • Modified challenges skypieces rewards.
  • Character's air control has been increased.
  • Wallrun left and right camera movement has been increased to 60° in each direction.
  • Fixed a bug with "jump in place" animations that caused player camera clipping with roofs.
  • Fixed footsteps sound for metal surfaces.
  • Fixed a bug with Merchant confirm menu button.
  • Fixed a bug with Fast Travel confirm menu button.
  • Fixed a bug with Fast Travel loading screen.
  • Now anomalies have a new "inactive" color state, this to make more understandable when anomalies cannot be used because the corresponding artifact has not yet been taken.
  • For speedrunning purposes, now the Golem within tutorial area can be defeated even while it is assembling if done with a sufficiently fast movement.

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January 6

Weekly Challenge Update v0.46b



Hi all!

Following our schedule we are currently focusing on creating new content, but here's the weekly challenge update released and available to download!


v0.46b Changelog
  • Added weekly challenge!
  • Fixed camera clipping with Protagonist's scarf.
  • Fixed the collectibles' counters inside Fast Travel Menu.
  • Wall Jumps' camera shaking has been increased to give a better feeling of the momentum gained.
  • Removed Double Jump anomalies inside tutorial turrets area as they may confuse the player.
  • Removed the "falling in water" dubbing.
  • Minor general bug fixes.

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About This Game

THE JOURNEY BEGINS...

Downward is a first-person open-world parkour adventure set in the medieval ruins of a post-apocalyptic world. Centuries after a cataclysmic environmental event, you must seek out the mysterious artefacts that could have a role in explaining the "End of the Earth". As a lone traveler, you will embark on a daunting journey through beautiful but treacherous terrains of past civilizations.

THE WORLD HAS ENDED

This is your only path. This world is not for humans anymore, and you’ll need to become master of your body, mind, and spirit. Agility, precision, and determination are the only tools that will see you till the end.

FEATURES

Parkour:
  • The Earth's equilibrium has been destroyed. Use the techniques of wall-jumps, wall-runs, climbs, sprints and more to traverse the altered lands and escape from the many dangers you will face.

Discover:
  • This world is your kaleidoscope. Freely explore and enjoy breathtaking landscapes, reach secret places to collect useful items and hidden treasures.

Struggle:
  • Most of the living have perished, but that doesn’t make the world quiet. Dark enemies will wake from their slumber to end your journey.

Level Up:
  • Acquiring new abilities will allow you to double your jumps, use a metaphysical slingshot, teleport -- all transforming the way you see the world.

Meditate:
  • Access a safe world in an astral plane where you can practice parkour and test your might with many challenges. Your true powers lie within.

Shape:
  • Command the sky to influence the environment, affecting both visuals and parkour. Distort gravity, control heat, or summon floods... your surroundings may be your only ally.

"THE COMING"

When three stray planets mysteriously begin to orbit the Earth's atmosphere, it spells death, disaster, and the end of an era. Rising from this fall is beyond the question. The only way forward...

...is Downward.

System Requirements

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 64 Bit and newer
    • Processor: Intel i3 3220 or AMD A10 5800K
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce GTX 750 or AMD R9 270
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any Windows compatible card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 64 Bit and newer
    • Processor: Intel i3 6300 or AMD FX 8350
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 960 or AMD R9 380
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any Windows compatible card
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 16.10 or equivalent
    • Processor: Intel i3 3220 or AMD A10 5800K
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce GTX 750 or AMD R9 270
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 16.10 or equivalent
    • Processor: Intel i3 6300 or AMD FX 8350
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 960 or AMD R9 380
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
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