Geneshift is a top-down shooter bursting with brutal gunplay and insane vehicle action. Unlock mutant skills and blast your way through the online co-op campaign. Then use miniguns, car bombs, invisibility, and more to outplay friends in tactical online combat.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“8 years of community feedback - it's the only way I know. Ever since the demo was released way back in 2009, Geneshift has been developed with the help of its player base. With over 8 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).

Note 2: Even if you can't buy the game, I still want your feedback. So you can download the demo and play the multiplayer for free!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Probably half a year, 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 8 years of community feedback. Thousands of players and posts in the forums have directly shaped this game, with over 40 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 8 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.me/geneshift
Post feedback on the Geneshift Forums: http://geneshift.net/forum
Or on the Steam Forums: http://steamcommunity.com/app/308600/discussions
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April 25

1.09: Slow Motion, Vehicle Camera and AI Vision Barriers

Gratuitous Slow Motion Sequences
Fasten your seatbelts, we're about to enter Valve time. All the coolest moments in the campaign have been given a bit of slow motion just to make you feel extra badass. There is literally no point to this feature. Check it out in this gif below:



Smart Vehicle Camera
Talk about efficient gif usage! The animation above also shows off the new vehicle camera. Your vehicle is no longer fixed in the very centre of the screen. Instead, the camera will now shift forward slightly, allowing you to see further ahead and plan where you're going to turn next. This feature has been requested for a long time and really makes driving easier.

AI Vision Barriers
This is a pretty big addition, and something I've needed for a long time. There are now green barriers that block AI vision. They're effectively doors that enemy guards cannot see through. They will disable if you shoot or walk through them, but until then you are free to observe your enemy and plan your attack before the shit hits the fan. In the gif below you can see the guard walk past, and only after the door is disabled does he spot me.



Residence Reworks
Yet another map has been polished up with all the new features added over hte past 10 months. Residence, S04 starts off with a sexy slow motion vehicle sequence (as shown in the gif above), and has been polished from start to finish. Next version will focus entirely on the rest of the campaign, and finally finish up a years worth of work redoing the singleplayer.

Anyway that's all for this version. Have fun and please give me feedback here or in Discord: https://discordapp.com/invite/geneshift
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March 17

1.08: Phase Shifting, Car Boosting and AI Driving!

Self Driving Cars
Step aside Google, Geneshift now has self driving cars! That's right, cars can now be driven by bots. This has allowed me to add a bunch of cool new sections to the campaign, including escort missions, chase sequences and general man vs car combat. Get your bazookas ready cause you'll have a lot of cars to shoot! Check out this sweet totally unscripted gif:



Phase Shifting
Why walk when you can run? Why run when you can shift!? I've added a great new feature called Phase Shfting that makes movement way more tactical. Simply tap the shift key and you will now blink forward in an instant, dodging enemy grenades, escaping to cover, or charging in at your enemy with a knife. In PvP each player has 3 shifts, and can use them all up to get instant bursts of speed. After using a shift it will take 2 seconds to replenish, so you need to time them well.

This new system is a lot of fun, and best of all, the title "GeneSHIFT" finally makes sense, as shifting is now a key mechanic in the game.



Car Boosting
Ok so we already had car boosting, but now it LOOKS awesome. Like actual fire comes out the back of your car. I've also made the boost mechanic a lot tighter. Your boost bar only lasts 3s now, but you get some real speed because of it. This is better than the old boost which lasted forever but barely increased your speed at all. That was more of a general speed increase, but now boosting really feels like a tactical maneuver. It sounds awesome too.



Downtown Reworks
This version continues the slow but steady polishing of the campaign. Downtown (map 3) now joins Laboratory and Subway as being fully polished up with all the new features I've added over the last few versions. It focuses especially on vehicle combat using the new AI driving, and starts with a very groovy escort mission. In fact escort missions are now actually possible, as you can now fail a stage when AI characters die. This allowes for timed challenges and a bunch of other fun things.

Anyway that's all for this version. Have fun and please give me feedback here or in Discord: https://discordapp.com/invite/geneshift
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Reviews

“The game's pretty complicated - and that's a good thing.”
PhlyDaily

“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 top-down shooter bursting with brutal gunplay and insane vehicle action. Unlock mutant skills and blast your way through the online co-op campaign. Then use miniguns, car bombs, invisibility, and more to outplay your friends in tactical online combat.



  • 4 Player Co-op Campaign
    Play the story solo or with friends online and save the world from a mysterious outbreak.
  • 5v5 Multiplayer Combat
    Battle in game modes such as Capture the Flag, Checkpoint Racing and Zombie Survival.
  • Insane Vehicle Action
    Ride with allies to do drive-by shootings, detonate car bombs and capture key objectives.
  • Over 30 Tactical Skills
    Create complex skill builds as you gain experience and permanently level up your mutant.
  • Over 20 Brutal Weapons
    Fire pistols, shotguns, snipers, explosives... or save cash for the deadly superweapons.
  • Secret Base Building
    Place hidden chemicals to gain secret benefits like spying on enemies and teleportation.
  • Deception & Deduction
    Play mind games. Discover and destroy enemy chemicals by observing their movements.
  • Competitive Servers
    Earn ranks in competitive servers that balance teams with a unique ELO rating system.
  • Leaderboards & Difficulties
    Replay the campaign in 4 difficulty levels and set high scores on various leaderboards.
  • User Generated Maps
    Create maps in the editor and unlock sexy cosmetics whenever your maps are played.

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: 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: 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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