Monstrous is a melee combat oriented action adventure game featuring Gothic horror characters entangled in fragile alliances and settling rivalries; played in a free roaming city amidst industrial revolution.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Monstrous is first and foremost a combat game and in our experience combat games always depend on community feedback to tweak and improve gameplay. We simply think this is the right time to share the game with the public and involve the community in its development.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Based on the development time it took to get to this stage, we are expecting 9 – 11 months of development until the game is ready for a full release. Until then, we will be making bi-monthly updates to the game. The beta branch is a good place to preview the upcoming features and content as it will get more frequent updates.”

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

“Our current plan is to add:
• Campaign and Co-op Modes
• Match-making
• Additional Districts
• Additional Playable Characters
• Additional Enemies
• Campaign Progression
• Additional Music
• Additional Visual Features & Polish

We are keeping a development buffer of 2-3 months to add to this list based on community feedback and feature requests.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“All the core gameplay systems are implemented. There is always room for suggestions and improvements, but we feel that the gameplay in Monstrous is already solid and most importantly, quite fun to play.

On the content side:
• Monstrous offers Rivals mode for Single Player or playing with Steam Friends, and a Quick Match mode for multiplayer.
• 5 main districts of the city are complete in content with events, encounters and itemization.
• There are 4 playable characters with their own fighting styles and powers.
• 3 enemy factions are currently active in the city.”

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

“Yes, we will gradually increase the price as we add more features and content. And there will be plenty of both in the upcoming months”

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

“Community feedback is the reason we're doing early access. We will be actively tracking:

• Feedback and suggestions on upcoming features, modes and city districts.
• Play testing currently available and upcoming characters.
• Monitoring emergent behaviors, tactics and strategies due to the dynamic nature of game.
• Balancing move lists and itemization


There will be dedicated topics followed by and commented on by our development team as soon as the game launches for Early Access.”
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October 7

Upcoming Halloween Patch

First of all, I would like to apologize for the lack of updates recently. We have been overhauling some systems in the game that required extensive rework of the existing art and additional content production. Instead of updating the game with background code and minor content updates, we decided to wait for the content production to catch up and release an update which gives a better idea about the direction the game is headed.

The upcoming update will release on the 31st of October, in time for Halloween. It will include:

• Updated look of the southern area of the city, covering both the Tenements and Harbor districts.
• An overhaul of the core combat animations of existing player characters.
• New weapon types for existing player characters
• An updated starting area with the first version of tutorials and character customization
• An overhaul of encounters and combat AI
• New objectives and progression opportunities.
• Last but not least, performance optimization for the updated areas of the game.


As a quick preview, take a look at the comparison screenshots below.


Old Tenements


New Tenements


Old Pillory


New Pillory

I will also be sharing frequent status updates in the days leading up to the Halloween Update. Thanks again for your continued support 😊
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May 31

Patch 0.4.2.3 is Live

This is our first monthly update to the game. Since it has been only a couple of weeks since the Early Access, the contents of the update are rather modest. It contains mostly fixes to combat mechanics, AI and sounds. Also a bit more polished Starting Area.

Next update at the end of June will be more substantial in terms of Graphics, Animations and City Layout. We will also keep tweaking and improving the AI in general. If you do not wish to wait a month and want to see how the monthly update is progressing, please join us in the beta. It is updated at least every week, mostly once every few days as fixes and features are immediately tested on Steam.

Here are the patch notes:


• Killed off several bugs affecting combat mechanics. You can now land attacks better and your enemies will be stunned properly when performing combos. Guarding will also work more reliably now.
• Following the combat fix, we have tweaked our AI so they don’t dawdle around too much. They might be a bit relentless now, but we will keep tweaking until they feel right.
• The Collection system is live! The first batch of collectibles are lore bits that can be found in various locations in the city.
• Players can gain coins by killing enemies now
• Starting Area has been populated. It has an acceptable performance right now. We will improve performance in the next couple of weeks
• Fixed an issue that prevented the player from returning to the lobby after completing a game session.
• Weapon trails are now dynamically adjusted to match the frame rate. Trails will better match the attack arcs and look smoother to boot.
• The camera will now properly shake when you land a killing blow on an enemy.
• The NPC AI now handles movement better. Next week the animations will be updated to match their movements.
• Small update to move lists to include default sprint and interact buttons.
• Various UI fixes in character selection, highlights and the game menu.
• Starting Area fires don’t clip anymore.
o https://steamcommunity.com/app/748820/discussions/2/1693795812299861930/
o Thanks to ShroudedNight for pointing them out.
• Combat Music Triggers have been fixed
• Fixed collider issues for some sidewalks and buildings in the City
• Gameplay Effects icons have been fixed. They only show when they are in use
• Character Selection has been improved. Player Character now faces the camera and the annoying respawning issue while selecting the character and colors have been fixed.
• A collision issue with Dash has been fixed.
• Character rotation on slopes has been tweaked.
• No more encounter respawning on death.
• Zeppelin transport UI has been fixed.
• Adjusted encounter population and distribution to favor simpler enemies in earlier phases.
• Fixed healing items dropping rarely from chests. There will also be more chests in the world as the game session advances.
• Erroneous hitbox removed from Ghoul Power Attack.
• Small fixes to AI pathing in the City.
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About This Game


Monstrous offers a fresh take on directional melee combat and what a game with a strong combat focus can do in greater context.

If you have enjoyed the fighting pace of Dark Souls, the dueling gameplay of Jedi Academy, the world building of Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver & Vampire: the Masquerade Bloodlines or have fond memories of looting your friends' graves in Moonstone: A Hard Day's Knight we would like to invite you to join us on our journey to breathe new life into the "rivals on a quest" formula in a new, dark fantasy world undergoing industrial revolution.


SKILL BASED, ROBUST MELEE COMBAT

We are bringing competitive fighting game mechanics to the 3rd person action adventure genre. Dodge incoming attacks and aim your blows in skill based melee combat without target locks. Apply pressure to guard crush opponents, employ zoning tactics, block and counter attack enemies to turn the tables and punish turtling foes with grabs. We have built a solid backbone to make a respectable fighting experience accessible and playable in the 3rd person action format.


DIVERSE CAST OF PLAYABLE MONSTERS

Classic Gothic horror characters and villains are presented in a dark graphic novel art style. Player characters with signature fighting styles, powers & skills bring their own approaches and solutions to gameplay scenarios.

SESSION BASED, "ONE MORE GAME" FORMAT

Take on the dangers and secrets of the city in adaptable, short and long play sessions. You can also invite Steam friends to take over other monsters in play for a game night with your buddies, or join other players on the Steam network via quickplay if you prefer a multiplayer experience.


THE CITY IS YOUR PLAYGROUND

Prowl on rooftops to ambush foes, discover items and collect lore bits. Complete shared quests, defeat random encounters and compete for power as you get closer to the final showdown in the ancient heart of the city.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD 7850 or GeForce GTX 660
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 3.2 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD 7970 or GeForce GTX 770
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Mac OS 10.11.x (El Capitan)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD 7850 or GeForce GTX 660
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Mac OS 10.12.x (Sierra)
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 3.2 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD 7970 or GeForce GTX 770
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD 7850 or GeForce GTX 660
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 3.2 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD 7970 or GeForce GTX 770
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
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