Totally Accurate Battle Simulator is out now (and it’s not an April Fools)

The physics-based simulation heads to early access today, the one day fans never would have expected it

Over the past three years, Landfall Games has made a name for itself on April Fools day. The Swedish developer has released a spoof game on this day every year for the past three years. This year, however, they’ve decided to actually release a real game.

Since 2016, Landfall has been working on Totally Accurate Battle Simulator, a physics-based tactics simulator letting you experience a ragdoll-based take on combat through the ages. Every year, development takes a brief break so that parody games – like Supertruck and Totally Accurate Battlegrounds – can be released on April Fools. This year, however, the release isn’t just a joke.

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator released into early access on Steam earlier today. Landfall say they’ve opted for early access to help fans “have a more direct way to participate in finishing the game,” and that a full release of the game should be available within a year. More factions, as well as a unit editor, and player creation tools are planned before that point.

You can check out a trailer for TABS in the video below:

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Despite the splash of cynical joy that was the release of battle royale parody Totally Accurate Battlegrounds last year, I would say Landfall has outdone itself this year, releasing its new game on the one day fans would never expect it to have done so.

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If you fancy some more spring silliness, you can check out our April Fools roundup, covering everything from For Honor’s Rabid invasion to the surprise announcement (not really) of Dota 3.