Team WIBY and Devolver Digital has announced that Phantom Abyss, an asynchronous treasure hunting multiplayer game, will be heading to Steam Early Access on 22nd June.
Phantom Abyss gives you just one shot to claim the treasure in each temple. Fail and that temple will disappear for you never to be able to play again. Succeed and you will be the only person to hold that treasure as the temple is also retired forever. The unique thing here is that players will be able to view the ghosts of those that failed to try and find more successful ways to complete the temples. You’ll have the chance to see how others were killed and try to avoid the same fate. If you don’t? Well, hopefully your ghost is informative for those that follow you.
Here’s a better description from Team WIBY themselves:
“Phantom Abyss is a massive asynchronous multiplayer game that casts players into procedurally-generated temples and tasks them with retrieving the sacred relics hidden within deadly chambers. Intrepid adventurers will dodge scores of hidden traps, leap treacherous chasms, and flee relentless guardians through branching paths until one of the relics are claimed or the devices of death overwhelm them. Be warned, you only get one attempt at each temple and failure or settling for a lesser relic means you will never see that temple again… The cleverest players will use the phantom runs of failed attempts from other players to their advantage and avoid the missteps and mistakes that led to their doom. Once the legendary relic at the bottom of each temple is found, the temple goes away forever and becomes the priceless trophy of the skilled adventurer.”
I genuinely cannot way to give this one a try.