Cobalt WASD is a multiplayer action platformer with grenades that stop time, and is due for release on December 1. It’s interesting for another reason: it’s published by Mojang, the creators of Minecraft.
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The original Cobaltwas Mojang’s first third-party published title, and it was a side-scrolling 2D RPG about adorable robots on a distant colony, with a cool time-manipulation mechanic at the core of its gameplay. Cobalt WASD is its more action-oriented successor, and introduces competitive team-play. Think of it like a side-scrolling Counter-Strike, if Counter-Strike had grenades that warp time.
Two teams of those adorable robots will compete over several rounds, taking it in turns to try to plant and detonate bombs in their opponents’ base. There’s an economy too, with each team earning money to spend on outlandish equipment and weaponry. Highlights include a stealth suit for sneaking past enemy defences, sticky sentry turrets, radioactive crossbows, grappling hooks, more of those time bombs, and something called the Bullet Shredder.
As you might guess by the name, Cobalt WASD has been built with PC gaming foremost in mind. Support for custom maps and mods through Steam Workshop will add to the replay value, and there are even dedicated servers and a frame rate up to 1,000.
Sound good?Check it out on Steam here. The page doesn’t have the price yet, but we’re told it will cost €6.99, unless you were an alpha tester on the original Cobalt, in which case you get it free. Cobalt itself has been updated with map and mod support, and reduced in price to £15.49 ($19.99, or €15).