Geneshift is a GTA-inspired battle royale where each round lasts only two minutes. Use exploding cars, miniguns, invisibility, and more to outplay friends in tactical online combat. Loot for special powers, build secret bases, and be the last man standing!
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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“If you've got questions, ask them on Discord! https://discord.gg/geneshift

I've been developing Geneshift for over 9 years now. Ever since the demo was released way back in 2009, Geneshift has been developed with the help of its player base. With over 9 years of balancing, testing and player suggestions, Geneshift is ready to go. But I don't want to finish just yet - there's so much cool stuff we can add!

Note: Geneshift used to be called Subvein: Mutant Factions (in case it looks familiar).”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Probably a year or two, but it's hard to know for sure - I'm not very good at estimating time. Geneshift is ready, but why stop development so soon? As long as you keep giving me cool ideas I'll keep on adding them.

I know this is vague, so please only buy this game based on how it exists today - not based on how it may exist in the future.”

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

“The core mechanics of Geneshift are done and have been playtested for years now. I'd like to keep that fairly similar. But there's a lot of new content to add. I can't make any specific promises but here are a few ideas often raised by the existing community:

  • More vehicles. Stuff like tanks, motorcycles and ambulances.
  • More weapons. Repair tools, trip-wires and exotic superweapons.
  • More skills. Just think of all the skills in RPG games. Maybe a skill that lets you fly!
  • More chemicals. Specifically meta chemicals to play more advanced mind-games.
  • More game modes. A king of the hill or CS-style detonation mode would be fun.
  • More maps and user-made campaigns. With the editor you can help make them!
  • More cosmetic unlocks. You want hats? I can add hats.

To be clear these are just examples. None of these are promises! A tank has been suggested for years and I'd love to try it out. But if it turns out to be totally unbalanced I won't add it. Again, please only buy this game if you like how it exists today.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Geneshift is fully playable, well balanced and low in bugs. It's already undergone 9 years of community feedback. Thousands of players and posts in the forums have directly shaped this game, with over 50 huge versions improving it since 2009.

All of the features listed in the game description below are already in the game.

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

“Not sure, but the price might rise after the full launch. I believe early adopters should get a better deal as thanks for the support and feedback you provide.”

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

“The same way I've worked for the past 9 years. I'll come up with a fun idea, post it on the forums and see what you guys say. If the community is interested I'll proceed. For each new version we create a balance and bug thread to track everything that needs fixing.

I chat and theorycraft on Discord a lot. Come join! I've read every single post on the forums (all 30,000 of them) and have over 5000 posts of my own discussing balance and new ideas with the community. I'm a one-man team so I'm fairly flexible. No corporate overhead, just you and me holding hands making an awesome game together.

Chat with the community on Discord: https://discord.gg/geneshift
Or on the Steam Forums: http://steamcommunity.com/app/308600/discussions
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October 10

Version 1.13: Battle Royale Duo Partnerships!



Duo Partnerships
Everything is better with a friend. Just one ally is all you need to get that magical splash of teamwork - and that is exactly what this new version does! This version introduces a new server type for Battle Royals called "Duos", where you play with a friend in a 2v2v2v2v2. First team to 30 points wins!

I added this after noticing that friends were playing together in FFA and purposefully not killing eachother. Up until they were the final 2, that is, then they had to stab eachother in the back. Now however you can share a victory condition and truly have your buddies back.

You will share vision with eachother, see eachother's chemicals, and can heal eachother too. The game will automatically pair human players together, but you can choose a specific ally in-game by holding ALT. If you pair up with a bot you can even control them by pinging into the map!



Barrier Replaced with Healing
The barrier that protected you when you held CTRL has been removed and replaced with the Self Repair healing skill. That is to say, holding CTRL will now heal you instead of merely reducing incoming damage! Because of this change I have reworked and replaced a few skills that depended on the old barrier mechanic.

This is a pretty big change and might make a few skills unbalanced.. but it's a necessary fix that makes the game more elegant and easier to play. One less key to remember, right? This is the benefit of getting new players into the game and listening to their feedback - they point out glaring issues that had gone unnoticed by me this whole time.

Bunch of Polishing
I've also done a bunch of polishing based on feedback on the new Battle Royale mode. You can now pick up loot while driving a car. Bots are signifcantly smarter, including hunting as a pack in the new Duos mode. I've removed any Pay2Win restrictions on demo users, making for a fair playing field. You can now increase the amount of phase shifts with the new light shifting skill. Lots of fun!



Marketing and What's Next
In general, it's been a pretty good 2 weeks for Geneshift since Battle Royale was launched. We've had articles written on Rock Paper Shotgun, PC Gamer, and a 33k upvoted post on reddit!

New players seem to really enjoy the Battle Royale mode, and with their valuable feedback this version really polishes everything up. I'm now ready to get start emailing streamers and youtubers and reach a wider audience. Stay tuned!
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September 28

Version 1.12: Battle Royale Turbo Released!



This is the biggest version of Geneshift yet and plays like a whole new game! This new mode has all the usual features of a Battle Royale: orbital drops, looting, a shrinking circle of death, and last man standing. But there are a few unique twists on the BR genre too. The main one being that each round is only two minutes long!

New Trailer
Check out this brand new trailer showing off some of the cool new features in this mode, including orbital drops, looting and a sexy, orange, shrinking circle of death.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaVP1udAiVk

Two Minute Rounds
In this Battle Royale each round only lasts two minutes. You spawn in the air, fly to a safe location, and begin looting for weapons, skills, health kits and more. The circle is constantly closing in, creating a sense of urgency and pushing you towards the big show-down in the centre.

Two minutes worked best in our testing. It gives you just enough time to loot, but not so much that you feel like you're in a walking simulator. The winner of each round gets +10 points (and +1 point per kill) and the first player to 50 points wins.



Zombie Respawning
Another twist is that when you die you don't get kicked back into the menu lobby. How boring! Instead, you respawn as a zombie with only 30hp and a melee attack. If you actually manage to kill a remaining player, you will respawn as a human and be back in with a chance to win the round!

Being a zombie also makes you unaffected by the circle of death. This means you can loot for rare skills, chemicals, and cash in areas that are unsafe for humans to travel. You have something productive to do while the round is going on, and can set yourself up to do better in future rounds.



Looting & Item Progression
This mode completely changes Geneshift because of looting, and it actually makes the game FAR more accessible for new players. Geneshift has always had a complexity problem. With over 30 skills to read, new players were overwhelmed with too much choice and information.

This new looting system solves this by restricted access to items. You can only unlock a skill after you have discovered it, which means that you learn how to play the game GRADUALLY. This also gives a great sense of progression, where you get excited to discover a new item and see what new skill you've unlocked.

Big GTA2 Style Maps
Another thing I love about this mode is that it's able to use the massive GTA2-like maps from the campaign. If you've only played the multiplayer, you'll really enjoy running around these massive new maps. The vehicles and chemicals play great on them and really give a big open-world, survival experience.

Talking of vehicles and chemicals, it's really interesting to see how they behave with these new BR mechanics. Vehicles are a great way to escape the circle if you get trapped while looting. They'll provide just enough speed and protection to get you to safety. Meanwhile, chemicals like Warp Field give you the ability to teleport to the single, central buy zone. This lets you spend your cash on ammo and prepare for the final showdown.



Marketing and What's Next
This is the mode that Geneshift shall be known for. It's so much easier for new players and streamers to get into the game without being overwhelmed. So now that this is out I'm officially shifting gears into 100% marketing mode. We're going to start having a lot of streams and players, and I couldn't be more excited! A big thanks to everyone who has helped develop this mode in the Discord. Now it's time to play!
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Reviews

“I tried it out some more today and you know what, it's incredibly fun.”
GamingOnLinux

“Geneshift is the best top-down shooter I have ever played. Ever.”
MMOHuts

“Meet the indie dev who spent two years making a game in youth hostels abroad.”
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About This Game

Geneshift is a GTA2-inspired battle royale where each round lasts only two minutes. Use exploding cars, miniguns, invisibility, and more to outplay friends in tactical online combat. Loot for special powers, build secret bases, and be the last man standing!



  • Battle Royale Turbo
    Be the last man standing in the new Battle Royale, where each round only lasts 2 minutes.
  • Zombie Comebacks
    Become a zombie if you die. You can keep looting or try kill a player to come back to life.
  • Smart & Sarcastic Bots
    Battle against friends or practice against bots, who adjust their difficulty to your skill level.
  • Insane Vehicle Action
    Ride with allies to do drive-by shootings, detonate car bombs, and fire homing missiles.
  • Over 30 Tactical Skills
    Discover special abilities like Invisibility, Bouncing Bullets, Fire Balls, and Teleportation.
  • Secret Base Building
    Place hidden chemicals to gain secret benefits, like selling weapons and spying on enemies.
  • User Generated Maps
    Create your own maps and earn sexy cosmetic unlocks whenever people play them.

Note: Buying Geneshift will also give you the Complete Edition DLC for free. This includes extra game modes, cosmetics, online co-op, and a full singleplayer campaign.

System Requirements

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 8.1, 10
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz dual core processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024MB. OpenGL 2.0+ recommended.
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Can run at 60+ fps. Requires the internet to save your progress, stats and highscores.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 8.1, 10
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz multi core processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024MB. OpenGL 2.0+ recommended.
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Can run at 60+ fps. Requires the internet to save your progress, stats and highscores.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz dual core processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB. OpenGL 2.0+ recommended.
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Can run at 60+ fps. Requires the internet to save your progress, stats and highscores.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz multi core processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024MB. OpenGL 2.0+ recommended.
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Can run at 60+ fps. Requires the internet to save your progress, stats and highscores.

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