Indie team Unicubethe first gameplay footage for post-apocalyptic survival game Sheltered, which was Kickstarted in July to the tune of £30,148.
Since then it's been picked up by publisher, but this is the first time we've seen the game's pixel art take on wasteland survival in action.
You'll create your own family unit, each with their own unique skills and abilities. As well as taking care of your underground safehouse, which protects you from the elements and irradiated monsters of the nuclear wasteland, you'll occasionally have to venture out into the wilderness to refresh your food supplies.
"Encounters are rare (life, in fact, is rare in the wasteland)," explains Unicube, "but should you end up in one you’ll need to choose who acts on the group’s behalf. Choose wisely, that person’s statistics, along with your decisions, will heavily affect the outcome. You’ll then decide how your chosen spokesperson will deal with the situation in front of them. Try to set up a trade and you could walk away with something useful. If things are too tense, you could attempt to take flight from the encounter."
You can opt for a more violent approach of course, but the developer warns that post-apocalyptic combat is "unforgiving". Having just seen, I'd tend to agree. We'll have to wait for a future post to find out more, as the team's not ready to go into detail on the combat system just yet.
In the latest update Unicube also lays out its plans for Sheltered's pre-release testing; there's going to be a playable alpha in September this year, with a beta to follow on shortly afterwards. "Along with Team17 we’re working with digital distributors to ensure that, after our backers get first dibs, as many players who want to get in on the early builds of Sheltered can do so," the team writes.