We Are The Caretakers is a sci-fi turn-based squad management RPG. Assemble arcane teams of protectors to defend your planet and the endangered wildlife you rely on. Unite the world against an extraterrestrial threat. Fight for our future.
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Release Date:
Apr 22, 2021

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We’re ready to have our players be a part of the design process! Our unique mix of gameplay genres and game systems needs player feedback to help us balance, improve, and expand gameplay in the right way. We have a lot that we want to add, but we feel we have a fun replayable base to build from together with the community.

Specifically we want to learn how to expand the replayable survival mode, and want to hear opinions about the direction of our story, world, and campaign structure.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We anticipate being in Early Access for 5-6 months, but may extend that as needed to implement content and fix critical bugs. Our goal is to make the best game possible and will stay with Early Access as long as it’s productive.”

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

“The full version is planned to have the complete story campaign, with at least one additional Era, an additional biome, an endgame mission, more mission and ending variety, and polish throughout.

We plan to add new character classes to the job tree, new enemy & rare character types, more technologies, a shop & supply system, additional character traits, and difficulty options. All of these content additions work towards the goal of adding variety and options to both the story and survival modes.

We also hope to add 1 additional gameplay mode, and a number of difficulty and gameplay customization options to make multiple runs rewarding. We should have controller support shortly after launch, and we also plan to translate the game text into new languages, with at least German, Spanish, French, Russian, and Japanese translations in the works.

Finally, we would like to add a ‘Discovery’ section with behind-the-scenes info on development and the work the wildlife charities we’re supporting are doing.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“We have a truncated story campaign that goes through 3 Eras (~18 missions), and one run takes at least 4 hours to complete if you don’t reach Extinction. We also have a generated, replayable “Survival” mode, where you play through 4 longer, more challenging animal protection missions and a boss. Each map, its objectives, and the enemy factions are randomized to create new challenges each run.

The game includes achievements, campaign score leaderboards, and trading cards at launch.”

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

“We intend to raise the price later during Early Access as we ship new content and features. We wanted to thank everyone who is already supporting us during Early Access with a reduced price.”

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

“We currently use our game Discord server, the Steam forums, and Twitter as our primary ways to talk to our community. Players are welcome to suggest new features and modifications in the Discord "game-feedback" chat channel. We'll provide a roadmap on our Steam forum, and regular posts from the dev team on progress in the #devlog channel. We hope to find a small group of dedicated players who can offer pre-release bug testing for upcoming updates. If you'd like to volunteer for this please let us know in the #bug-reporting channel.”
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About This Game

We Are The Caretakers is an afrofuturist squad management RPG. Assemble an arcane team of protectors in squad-building systems inspired by Darkest Dungeon, Ogre Battle, and XCOM. Defend the endangered animals your world relies on in strategic turn-based combat. Define your approach to a global resistance by balancing your reputation, funds, research, animals and alliances. We Are The Caretakers is a challenging strategy RPG fusion that asks you to protect a planet by fighting for the people, animals and ecosystems that inhabit it.



  • AFROFUTURIST UNIVERSE: Former Activision-Blizzard artist Anthony Jones brings breathtaking afrofuturist style and human empathy to a complex sci-fi world.
  • REPUTATION SYSTEM: Every action affects how others see the Caretakers. Do they fear you? Or will they support your quest to protect the endangered Raun, and decide the fate of the world?
  • TURN-BASED ENCOUNTERS: Balance force with diplomacy in an innovative turn-based combat system. Live with the consequences as you deal with the messy reality of animal conservation.



  • SQUAD BUILDING: Assemble up to 9 squads of characters with diverse traits, weaknesses, abilities, and personalities. Train and upgrade your Caretakers across 20+ unique job classes.
  • GROW YOUR HEADQUARTERS: Meet leaders, research technologies, and recruit allies in your sci-fi HQ. Balance their conflicting demands to save our world.



  • NUANCED NARRATIVE: In our morally-complex world, the individuals outside your squad matter as much as the rangers you deploy on each map.
  • GENERATED WILDLIFE: The challenging and procedurally generated survival mode brings never-ending ways to play.
  • YOU GET A BABY RAUN: It will nuzzle against your bed long after it grows too large to reasonably do so. It is adorable.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

The game has a stylized art style, however to build empathy and support our game's animal conservation narrative, there are a few moments that show our fantasy animals injured, killed, or in distress.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E4700 2.6 GHz or AMD Phenom 9950 Quad Core 2.6 GHz
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5770, 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or better
    • Storage: 5 GB available space

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