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DROSS is a first person Co-Op Xeno-Horde Procedural Rogue-like.

DROSS is a first person Co-Op Xeno-Horde Procedural Rogue-like Shooter: For PC & Mac

You wake up, crashed onto a barren planet. Around you there is nothing but hostile wasteland, battered by wicked wind and storm.

There is a lone outpost barely visible nearby. Crawling slowly, with oxygen low, you finally reach the open entrance. Within the doorway a ramp seems to lead down into an underground facility.

You decide you must enter this facility and hope to find a way to escape this wretched place.

But you feel that you are not alone.


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Within this old derelict structure, filled with ancient machinery. The lights are dim. Your oxygen generators can barely fill your reserves. Your immediate goal will be to find a way to send out an SOS - to try to contact someone, anyone, and be rescued.

That is not the only thing you find when you wake up. You now learn why you had felt so uneasy; the Dross. A long-forgotten entity, lost seemingly for an eternity, with endless claws and endless teeth.

To survive – to escape – you will need to fight through the hordes of these enemies and find a way off of this planet.

Fight against the Dross. They are vicious. They are endless. They are always around you. They want only to consume you.

Fight through their endless world. There will be procedural generated levels, deeper and deeper into the nest.

It will be brutal. But your overpowering arsenal of tools and weapons will certainly help.

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Features:

Randomly generated levels - Each level is created as unique for each player, getting more complex as the difficulty increases.

Strict Rogue-Like genre - If you die, you die.

Advanced enemy AI - Based on the player's skills and tactics, the enemy AI will adapt to combat the player at every turn.

Upgrades and arsenal - Upgrade your capable arsenal of weapons and items to use even more powerful weapons and items.

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DROSS demo // Update v 0.58

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Update v0.58 is the most stable and feature complete update for the DROSS demo to date.

Hello everyone, I am pleased to announce the release of v0.58 of the DROSS demo! This update adds a lot of new stuff to the demo, it reimplements some previously disabled content, and fixes and polishes pretty much everything else.

I have been busy working hard and quietly on DROSS. Currently I am only focusing on the major parts of the demo. I want the demo to be really solid once it is complete. Then, I will focus towards the full version of the game. But I do like to share how progress is going, as well as get all the great feedback I get from everyone trying it out in it’s pre Alpha state. Your feedback has really helped me improve the game daily, and this update is largely thanks to that. So, thank you.

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New Stuff Added:

Bigger bugs & armor:

A few different enemy types have been reimplemented back into the game. These are the armored drones, and the Swarm Guards. They both have gotten fresh updated art and animation, as well as custom sounds effects.

Both these types of enemy bugs have parts that are armored. You the player are encouraged to fight these enemies differently by attacking their weaker spots. Because otherwise, they’re really difficult to kill. Where as the smaller and softer armored enemies are more vulnerable to weapons such as the shotgun and high fire rate, low accuracy weapons, these bigger bugs are probably taken down quicker by a few well placed shot from weapons like the pistol.

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Bug blood & gore:

I have also added more effects for bugs getting hit, and dying. Parts will now break and explode into pieces. There are new effects where they are hit, as well as a different effect if an armored part is hit. And some rather cool blood effects are left on the floors as well.

It has been a rather long time between this dev log and the previous one. So there is probably a lot of new stuff that I’m honestly forgetting to mention. Pretty much everything has changed, and all the new stuff is really helping the game finally take shape to how I see it being.

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Polish and fixes:

The tutorial:

I have been working and reworking the tutorial to make the game easier to get started in. I have been working on even adding small cutscenes where we finally get a bit of narrative between the player and Vanth. She seems more adamant to get new players knowing how to survive inside the ORCUS facility, for whatever reason she may have. I have yet to detect what input the player is using, game pad or keyboard, but that will be added to help with learning what all the buttons do.

Gameplay flow:

For the demo, and for the first steps into the game, it starts off just a little easier. Now, I’m not making the game easy, no. Or making the first level really any different from the others gameplay wise. But it is smaller, and more streamlined than anything else. There’s are now only 9 rooms on floor 1. With everything marked rather clearly on the map. There is one supply room, for an upgrade. And one armory, for a new weapon. I stripped out anything that may be too much at the start. And all the stuff that would be a distraction or take away from the most basic core of the game. Get loot, get to the exit, and survive to the next floor.

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The Rest Area:

Between the first and second level there’s is a small safe area. This area has more story, and more tutorials to teach the more advanced techniques that aren’t needed before completing the first level. It is hinted at there are optional objectives to complete in the levels ahead, as well as explaining how upgrades to the player or their weapons will work and stack together. This rest area appears less frequently after the first visit, but the player will be returning here or to similar looking areas. This is where they can also save and quit without losing progress.

A lot of other things have been changed and improved. But like I mentioned before, the list is so long, and goes back around 2 months ago, I have forgotten more of what’s changed than what I can remember.

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What’s next to do:

Weapons & and their polish:

Next to be added back into the game would be all the different weapons and their upgrades. I have been reworking and rethinking how those would work, and I do have a solid idea on how it will be. However, it has required me to disable a few of the weapons as Im working on them.

I intend to do a major visual overhaul on all the weapons. This involves completely redoing the artwork, as well as creating moving parts and animations to go along with them. The jump between the old bugs and the new ones was very large, and they look so different, and so much better now. Expect the same drastic difference between the weapons as they are now, and how they will be once they’re done.

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Player upgrades:

Currently the item pool for potential upgrades is rather small, and that just will not do for a solid Roguelike where the goal is to find and collect powerful upgrades to improve yourself. I intend to work on adding many interesting and unique items and power ups to the demo before it’s completion.

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The other Bug Variants:

I have to reimplement both the spore bug, and the spitter bug into the demo. These will fill out the missing parts to combat. It will add a lot to prioritizing targets, keep the player mobile, and counteract any overused or overpowered strategy. I am mostly holding back on these to let the player get stronger with the new upgrades and weapons being adding and reimplemented. Because while the demo is winnable in its current state, it certainly is not easy. I hope to balance it more into the players favour before adding even more different and dangerous enemies.

Ideally, I want the demo to be as feature complete as I can. With the major limit being that there’s only 3 levels to it. But I’d like the fact that there’s will be a lot of content, to the point it’s not possible to see it all in one play through.

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Getting here has had some major hurdles and growing pain along the way. I am glad I have been able to keep updating the game, and sharing progress sooner than later. Even if sometimes it breaks, or something is missing. Or looks bad etc. Just having everyone try it out has really helping shape the game into something better than it’s ever been.

I have a long way to go before I can even say the demo is done. Thank you to those just coming into the game, and for everyone who has been here along the way. I really appreciate the help and support that I have received during development of DROSS. it’s only me creating art, writing code, making the game more or less. But I’m not making it alone, and I probably couldn’t if I was. So, thank you again. For reading this, for trying out the demo.

It’s turning into something, and it’s going to be great.

~SALT_


DROSS v0.42 -Update May 21st 2023

DROSS v0.42 -Update May 21st 2023

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Hello everyone Fury here, it’s been quite awhile since the last update. Salt has been working tirelessly at updating and polishing things and Im very...

Dereliction 2022 // Demo version 0.3.5

Dereliction 2022 // Demo version 0.3.5

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Dereliction 2022 // Demo version 0.3.5 What's in the update: Honestly, I am not 100% on everything in the update. However everything is more playable...

Dereliction 2022 // Demo version 0.3.0 released

Dereliction 2022 // Demo version 0.3.0 released

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It has been a month or so. I haven't been posting much. I haven't uploaded many updates to the demo. But, I have been working hard on Dereliction 2022...

Dereliction 2022 // update v0.25

Dereliction 2022 // update v0.25

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Hello everyone. This is _Salt. I have been resting a bit from Steam NextFest so I haven’t posted anything written in a while. I have a new update for...

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DROSS Demo update v0.6.2 PC

DROSS Demo update v0.6.2 PC

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update .6.2 add a lot of visual polish & more roguelike elements to the game

DROSS Demo update v0.5.5 MAC

DROSS Demo update v0.5.5 MAC

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update 0.5.5 adds new more enemy varieties, as well as a lot of major fixes and changes

DROSS Demo update v0.5.5 PC

DROSS Demo update v0.5.5 PC

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update 0.5.5 adds new more enemy varieties, as well as a lot of major fixes and changes

DROSS Demo update v0.4.6 Mac

DROSS Demo update v0.4.6 Mac

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update 0.4.6 adds new areas, artwork, and enemies to the demo

DROSS Demo update v0.4.6 PC

DROSS Demo update v0.4.6 PC

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update 0.4.6 adds new areas, artwork, and enemies to the demo

DROSS demo version 0.3.9 MAC

DROSS demo version 0.3.9 MAC

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Newest Update for DERELICTION 2022, Renamed now to DROSS Major Changes, please enjoy

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peluche-nerv
peluche-nerv - - 130 comments

"Mi juego, Dross!, ya está disponible en tiendas..." xd

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Algam
Algam - - 27 comments

Mi libro!
*suena piano to' pedorro*

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Algam
Algam - - 27 comments

es la meca de la irreerencia!!!!!

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Guest
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Would like to see continued updated files here as well. (0.2.3)

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Salt. Creator
Salt. - - 74 comments

Will do!

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Guest
Guest - - 699,463 comments

I've tried the demo and it plays really good. This game looks very promising.
But, if possible, try to smooth the aliens animations a little. They move very stiff.

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Salt. Creator
Salt. - - 74 comments

Thank you I will! It’s on my very long “to do” list! There will be a new update in a day or so too

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kealoz
kealoz - - 136 comments

Looks pretty great so far; early game rough, but a great concept, and I'm sure it'll be much smoother the more work that is put into it! I'm keeping a close eye on this.

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Salt. Creator
Salt. - - 74 comments

Thank you! I have a lot, and I mean a lot more to do. However I feel it’s a great start, and once I get the core elements done it will hopefully go a fair bit smoother.

I am aiming for a solid level loop like risk of rain 2. But that means I will eventually need the item pools to match, as well as the enemies to level up to compete.

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