This new game is quite the departure from its origins.
Isometric angle showing a dwarf deep in a mine firing off a lot of rounds at evil alien creatures.

Funday Games and their publisher, Ghost Ship Publishing, just announced Deep Rock Galactic: Survivor. Gone are the co-op first-person shooter shenanigans that fans have come to know and love from the original Deep Rock Galactic. In Survivor, it's just you versus an onslaught of baddies.

Funday Games is calling this a "survivor-like auto-shooter." You can probably think of this as Vampire Survivors but with aliens instead of vampires. Also, you'll have some more to do in each round, like mining, besides just a focus on survival.

The perspective in Survivor shifts away from the first-person and instead goes to an isometric overhead view. You will still be mining the depths for ores and loot, as well as taking on a bunch of deadly alien life, but you'll just be doing this from a different perspective and without the help of your friends.

A release date and pricing are not yet revealed, but it looks like Deep Rock Galactic: Survivor has plans to enter into Early Access on Steam at some point in 2023.

The original Deep Rock Galactic is still trucking along. That game was developed by Ghost Ship Games and published by Coffee Stain Publishing. It's not entirely clear to me how much overlap there is between the original team and the current team working on Deep Rock Galactic: Survivor.


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REVERSE BULLET HELL, WITH MINING

Kill bugs, upgrade your gear, and delve ever deeper into the lethal caves of Hoxxes. Collect and assemble a devastating array of guns, unleash hell upon wave after wave of alien monsters in fast and frenetic combat, and tunnel your way to collect precious riches from deep within the cave walls. Each mission is unique, using procedural cave generation and enemy waves, just as you've come to know from Deep Rock Galactic.

CHOOSE WHAT MISSIONS TO TAKE ON AS YOU DIG DEEP

Delve deep, Miner! Once the Drop Pod releases you into the oppressive darkness, you are on your own. Complete the mission objectives set forth by the Company, and make it back to the Drop Pod in time to try your luck at even more deadly and lucrative encounters. Choose your route though a path of harder and harder missions while you grow ever stronger, survive all the way to the very end of your assignment, and finally get extracted alongside your hefty sack of loot.

DEEP ROCK, FROM A WHOLE NEW PERSPECTIVE

The universe of Deep Rock Galactic is loved by millions of players, and now you can experience it in a whole new single-player-focused way! Play each mission from a top-down perspective, navigating the caves of Hoxxes as you've never seen them before. Greybeard Deep Rock veterans will recognize much from Deep Rock Galactic, and if you are a recently joined Greenbeard: Welcome! We are thrilled to have you on board. You will like it here. Management demands it.

Initial release on early access will include:
  • 4 playable characters
  • +30 weapons
  • +10 enemy types
  • 1-3 bosses
  • 3-5 biomes
  • Multiple mission types
  • A deep progression system of perks, artifacts and upgrades
The finished version will contain more of every type of content, as well as other features - all to be determined as we receive and review feedback from the community during Early Access.‚Äč