Diablo Creator Reveals New ARPG Game, It Lurks Below; Closed Beta This Weekend

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Diablo creator David Brevik’s one-man studio, Greybeard Games, has announced a new game: It Lurks Below. The game is heavily inspired by creative sandbox games like Minecraft and Terraria and his own creation, Diablo. In addition to fusing these ideas together, the game is wrapped in a retro/indie style.

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Polygon had an exclusive interview with Brevik and provided more details about the gameplay. Here’s what Brevik had to say via Polygon:

“Brevik said It Lurks Below will be a roguelike mix of what he’s done before with games like Diablo and Hellgate: London, and the games he loves playing now. His side-scrolling 2D game will let players explore procedurally generated levels populated with randomized monsters to fight and items to collect. It Lurks Below is “random built on random,” he said.

The game’s combat will see players using wands — “basically guns” — and tools like a pickaxe to fight and dig through the game world. Those weapons will carry their own stats and elemental attributes, as will enemies. “I’m taking inspiration from the Diablo series, where every monster has its own trick,” Brevik said.

It Lurks Below will include three styles of play: normal, an easier “creative” mode and hardcore, essentially a permadeath mode.” via Polygon

The interview also mentioned that the goal is to get the game out on Steam this year.

A closed beta (which has already been sent out), will take place this weekend. If you’re like most of the planet and missed out on participating in this, there will be approved live streams going on throughout the weekend. Here’s Brevik’s streaming schedule if you want to set a reminder.

  • Friday, Feb. 2: 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. PST
  • Saturday, Feb. 3: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. PST
  • Sunday, Feb. 4 (it’s the biggest game to watch of the day!): 10 a.m. – Noon PST
  • Monday, Feb. 5: Noon – 2 p.m. PST

All the streams will be from . Excited for It Lurks Below? Or were you hoping for something else? Let us know in the comments.

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