Paint the Town Red is a chaotic first person melee combat game set in different locations and time periods. The voxel-based enemies can be punched, bashed, kicked, stabbed and sliced completely dynamically using almost anything that isn't nailed down.
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Release Date:
Oct 13, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“With Paint the Town Red we're developing a number of unique systems that haven't been seen before in other games. The fully destructible, voxel based characters and the melee combat system with a multitude of weapon types present numerous gameplay opportunities. We decided the best way to develop the game would be to watch and work with the community as they played the game through development so we could have more data with which to design the levels and experience. It also allows us to have a stable, optimised and simply better version of the game for final release.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We're aiming to leave Early Access in the first half of 2017.”

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

“The Early Access version will continue to be updated to the point where it is ready for full release.

The final version will also feature the final Achievements and Trading Cards that can't be added until the game is complete.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version features a number of Scenario levels, the first few Arena Challenges, Co-op multiplayer and a level editor/Steam Workshop support. Besides more improvements and content, the remaining major feature is the rogue-like mode Beneath.”

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

“We will raise the price slightly on release and later in the early access process once some of the larger features are implemented and working correctly. We've priced the game lower for now because we don't believe people should be charged full price before most features are available in the game. Any future price adjustments will be minor.”

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

“We plan on being very involved with the community throughout development as this is the whole point of Early Access to us.

  • We'll be involved in discussions on the game with the community.
  • We'll have frequent development updates on our web site, Steam Community, Twitter, etc
  • We have a number of detailed development diaries breaking down the development process of the game planned
  • We'd also like to live stream development of the game
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December 5

December Update & Composer Info

We're currently working on an update that will be released in mid December that is focused on significantly improving the multiplayer performance and client experience, fixing major bugs and many other quality of life improvements. We'll detail some of the changes to expect below.


In very exciting news we have brought on a fantastic addition to the team: Jeff van Dyck. Jeff is a two-time BAFTA award winning Composer and Audio Director that we had the pleasure of working with around 10 years ago at Creative Assembly and will now be working with on the creation of music for Paint the Town Red. Jeff has been creating music and sounds for games since the original Need for Speed and FIFA titles and is well known for the audio direction and award winning soundtracks of the Total War game series.

At a minimum we were planning on having original music for Beneath, but now we'll be working with Jeff to create a complete soundtrack for Paint the Town Red including replacing much or all of the existing Scenario and Arena music with new original tracks. All existing music will still be available in the game for use in Workshop levels however.

We've been big fans of Jeff for a very long time and have no doubt his music will elevate not only Beneath, but Paint the Town Red as a whole. In addition to composing original music for the game, Jeff will also be assisting on sound effects going forward.


After some recent design improvements we have made based on our play-testing and with not having brought on a composer earlier in the process, we have a few factors affecting the release of Beneath.

We're currently adding new environmental weapons to bring the flow of combat more in line with the Scenarios and we're adjusting level length and enemy variety to get the urgency and difficulty of the game feeling right.

It will all be wrapped up early in 2019, but we might make the first areas of Beneath, including the first Boss, available earlier in a separate beta build for testing and feedback sooner. Keep an eye on the Paint the Town Red Discord server over the coming weeks for any information on that.

December Update Features

For this update we've brought forward some of the improvements and polish work we planned on doing early next year. We'll have a full changelist when the build is released, but below are some of the main changes we've already completed or are working on currently.

Multiplayer Packet and Backwidth Reduction

Depending on the hardware and bandwidth limitations of the host and client players, currently there can be issues with the number of packets being sent and received causing increasingly large de-syncs between players. We've reduced the number of packets being sent on average by a factor of 10. This should eliminate this as an issue.

The up and down steam bandwidth was already quite low, but due to the reduction in packets there are fewer bytes wasted on packet headers which reduces the bandwidth being transferred by around 5x.

This change will improve the consistency and reliability of the online multiplayer experience.

Improvements to Client Multiplayer Feel

The primary issue currently when playing the coop multiplayer as a client (i.e. a player that joins a Host's multiplayer game) is that the overall game experience does not feel close enough to playing singleplayer or as the game host. There are a number of causes for this and it usually relates to a delay in feedback on your interactions with enemies. We're shifting more authoritative control over elements of the game to the client when it makes sense to and will favour game feel over exact synchronisation of non-gameplay critical elements like effects and ragdolls.

This is also an important prerequisite step for the Beneath multiplayer.

Caching of Pathfinding Data for Workshop Levels

There are some truly massive levels that have been created using the Level Editor and with great size comes great load times.

By far the biggest contributor to load times on large levels is the generation of the navmesh for pathfinding. In this update when you load a Workshop level for the first time it will generate a navmesh cache file. This will then be used on subsequent loads instead of calculating the navmesh again.

On some of the largest levels the navmesh generation could take over 30 seconds and when loading these with the cache file, the navmesh generation should now take under 1/10th of a second.

We're also exploring the viability of creating and including the cache file when Workshop levels are uploaded so when you download a new level the first load will be just as fast as the following ones.

Speedrunning Support

We've put some time into developing the best way to support the Speedrunning community going forward. There is already a small speedrunning community for the game as it is now, but we believe with the release of Beneath and updates to the Challenge mode of the Scenarios, there will be a lot more opportunities for great speedruns.

To best support this community we now write out a ton of data useful for speedrunning into a separate DLL. This gives the data a consistent memory location as offsets from the DLL's loaded address. With tools like LiveSplit you will now easily be able to have an Auto Splitter that can do things like pause the timer during loads, immediately split on various conditions, etc. With how we're writing the data, the memory addresses should not need to be changed when Paint the Town Red updates.

We'll provide an example LiveSplit Auto Splitter file and information on the variables and memory addresses with this release and as we add to it in the future.

There are many more changes coming in this build and similar quality of life improvements will come to subsequent builds as we work to improve all unfinished elements of the game for release.
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October 14

October Beneath Progress Update

As we approach the completion of the Beneath mode it's getting harder to find things we want to show and talk about. Maintaining mystery so you can discover how to progress through the game while playing it is very important. Unfortunately since the time spent developing it has been very (very) long, it has meant we haven't been providing a lot of updates on progress and information about it. In this post we'll cover some of the elements of Beneath you'll encounter quite often, give some information on the back story and setting of Beneath and talk about our plans for release.

Challenge Rooms

As you make your way through earlier areas of Beneath, you'll sometimes come across gated rooms that will seal you in once you enter them. They will not release you until you either succeed or fail the task they set out. If you complete a room you'll gain a significant amount of Gold, Energy and a selection of some of the more powerful weapons, but you'll risk taking damage or dying.

There are a few different types of Challenge Rooms, such as the one that requires you to kill all the enemies in the room without taking any damage.

Shard Lords

For the most part the story of Beneath and of Paint the Town Red overall will be told implicitly through environmental details. When you start playing Beneath it is many years since the conflict you're in began. Your goal is to defeat the Elder Gods that rule the dimensions beneath the surface. A lesser one of these gods that came to the surface has already been killed before you begin. The heart an Elder God shatters into powerful shards when they are killed.

The humans use a shard to mutate the soldiers that get sent Beneath to give them powers. These are the characters you will play as and each 'run' you will be able to choose from a a selection of classes each with different powers. There are also many monsters that found shards and used them to become powerful beings known as Shard Lords. Defeating these elite enemies will allow you to amass these Shards of a Fallen God to spend on permanent upgrades that will increase your ability to progress through Beneath. These upgrades are separate from the other permanent upgrades you'll acquire using the Energy gained by defeating regular enemies.


As we've talked about previously, with the exception of some later areas there will be a shop in each level. These shops will sell weapons in exchange for Gold. Sometimes they might also contain a special item. Some shops will also contain a creature selling permanent upgrades in exchange for Energy. These permanent upgrade shops will also be available in the transition zones between areas.

Shops are shielded so that monsters cannot enter, giving you a temporary reprieve. Don't spend too long browsing though, as that will give you less time to avoid the Pursuer.


Pursuers are immortal entities created to cleanse the world beneath of invaders from above. After the surface war humans sent large forces underground, a front-line that slowly progressed towards the nearest Elder God. The creation of the Pursuers stopped this effort as they sucked the life from all human forces. In the earlier levels of Beneath you'll see the remains of this assault. Now only a single human (or up to 4 in co-op) can remain undetected beneath for a short length of time.

If you spend too long in one level you'll be warned the Pursuer has arrived. They are not corporeal, will move through walls and cannot be killed. If one arrives it is time to find an exit, especially if you're one of the slower classes.

Road to Release

We have all features in and working for Beneath, just some have placeholder art and sound effects. All levels of the mode are complete, as well as all weapons, enemies, upgrades and powers. 2 of the 4 bosses in the game still need to be finished as well as various UI elements, sound effects and music. We're also working on tweaking balance and progression. Recognizing we're in Early Access, some of this doesn't need to be 100% complete for an initial release of the mode. Once Beneath is fully completable with no major missing elements we'll release it. Within a month after that update we should have added the co-op multiplayer and finished anything that was incomplete.

There are obviously many improvements still to make to other areas of the game, especially bug fixes and multiplayer and performance improvements, and these will be coming after Beneath is released. There will be more Arena challenges featuring enemies and weapons from Beneath and another main Scenario. That will take us to 1.0 at which point the game will leave Early Access. We will continue to add more to the game after 1.0 with more Scenarios and content for the Level Editor planned.

Thank you all very much for your patience in waiting for Beneath. We haven't been able to reduce the scope at all as that would have diminished the mode to where all the time and effort we've put into it would have been wasted, so it has taken a long time to get done. We'll post an update once we've finished enough of what's left to be able to give a firm release date for the update.
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About This Game

Paint the Town Red is a chaotic first person melee combat game set in different locations and time periods. The voxel-based enemies can be punched, bashed, kicked, stabbed and sliced completely dynamically using almost anything that isn't nailed down.

You'll need to use your wits, speed and anything you can get your hands on in epic bar fights, disco brawls, old west saloon rumbles, college frat house beat-downs and a lot more.

We'll be adding more levels to the Early Access versions leading up to release and look forward to creating the best level ideas from the community. Please follow and add to your Wishlist to keep up to date on development and be notified on release.

Current Features

  • Completely destructible voxel-based enemies
  • Biker Bar, Disco, Prison and Pirate Cove scenarios with unique enemies, weapons, etc
  • Arena mode with new challenges added frequently
  • Online Co-op Multiplayer
  • Level Editor and Steam Workshop support with hundreds of user created levels
  • Leaderboards
  • Sandbox level to test features, weapons and mechanics
  • Vast array of level and period appropriate weaponry
  • Boss enemies that present unique challenges and rewards
  • Full controller support

Upcoming Features

  • A rogue-like mode with character progression and persistent unlockables
  • More scenario levels set in the past, present and future
  • An endless Arena mode for single player and co-op
  • Many more enemy and weapon types

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP SP2
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2 GHz (or AMD equivalent)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9c, Shader Model 3 GPU with 512MB Video RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: If you are on or around the min spec then you may need to run with Low graphics options and at a lower resolution.
    • OS: Windows 7 or later, 64 Bit
    • Processor: Intel Quad Core i5 @ 2.5 GHz (or AMD equivalent)
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670+
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: OSX 10.9 or Higher
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2 GHz
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3 Compatible GPU with 512MB Video RAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: If you are on or around the min spec then you may need to run with Low graphics options and at a lower resolution.
    • OS: 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04+/Equivalent or SteamOS
    • Processor: 2 GHz 64-bit CPU
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3 Compatible GPU with 512MB Video RAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: If you are on or around the min spec then you may need to run with Low graphics options and at a lower resolution.

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