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Beautiful Desolation release: Just 24 hours left till Armageddon

Let’s hope for a beautiful and not a desolate release

“Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health,
Still-waking sleep that is not what it is!”

This quote is one of the most famous uses of oxymorons and is from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. An oxymoron is a literary device where two opposite ideas are used to create a certain poetic effect. In the poem extract above Shakespeare illustrates the frustration and disappointment that Romeo feels after being rejected by Rosaline. This reveals something of the deeper and complex meaning of the moment. Oxymorons play with the idea of complexity and deeper meaning, and we hope this is true for Beautiful Desolation. With the impending Beautiful Desolation release date, what do we know about the game?

What is Beautiful Desolation?

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What is Beautiful Desolation? It’s beautiful it is. [Image: The Brotherhood]

Beautiful Desolation is The Brotherhood’s newest game and follows up their free to play Cayne and the fantastic indie hit, Stasis. The Brotherhood is an indie development studio based in South Africa. With Beautiful Desolation, they aim to bring a generous helping of the African aesthetic to the game world.

The Beautiful Desolation release aims to deliver story-driven gameplay that plays out in a dystopian post-apocalyptic future. The post-apocalyptic genre is nothing new with games such as Fallout and Wasteland already enchanting gaming audiences for decades. Even with the large amount of games already released in this genre, we are always ready for another foray into a darker vision of the future. According to Beautiful Desolation’s Steam page, they put their own spin on the genre by adding a tribal punk aesthetic and a 2D isometric point of view.

2D isometric games usually look superb and judging Beautiful Desolation by its trailers and screenshots the same holds true here. They also promise to populate this 2D isometric world with “bizarre creatures, animals and vibrant characters”. Here at Beards Swords Shotguns, we are excited to see what these creatures and animals will look like as the African landscape is full of inspiration with its diverse Fauna and Flora.

What makes Beautiful Desolation unique?

Not sure what I’m looking at but it looks awesome! [Image: The Brotherhood]

Speaking of the African landscape, The Brotherhood mentions that they took more than just a bit of inspiration from this landscape. In one of their blog posts, they document a week-long journey into one of the mountainous areas of South Africa to take photos that will inform the visuals in the game. They really took it to the extreme as they hiked into the mountains to take photos of some environments and areas that would be very difficult to reach with bigger teams and more equipment. We are very excited to see the results in the game world.

Beautiful Desolation promises to be a visual extravaganza with beautifully rendered 2D environments and engaging gameplay to give the world life. The Developers mentioned that they had already completed most of the 2D graphics in March 2019 and that it includes over 85 scenes. This is fantastic news for those of us who can’t wait to explore this new, wild and wonderful world.

What does Beautiful Desolation’s gameplay comprise?

Well, until we play the game, it is difficult to provide a definitive answer to this question. However, over the last few years, we have seen some promising snippets from the developers. We know that the game is story-driven and coupled with the gorgeous visuals I think we are in for a superb narrative experience. We know the game is not just a visual novel and that there are other elements than only the narrative.

A few short clips of the combat have been released, and fans of turn-based combat will rejoice. The glimpses I have had into the combat system has left me hyped-up for the release, finally granting me the opportunity to sink my teeth into what looks to be satisfying combat. Apart from combat, we know that the game will probably have many puzzles for players to solve. In a 2017 interview with Chris Bischoff, one of the two people that make up The Brotherhood, he mentioned his joy at creating and solving puzzles in games. There is a definite satisfaction in figuring out and successfully solving a puzzle, and we can be sure that we will have an opportunity to experience that in the game.

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Combat looks pretty cool if you ask us. [Image: The Brotherhood]

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We are excited about the release of Beautiful Desolation and look forward to exploring the wonderful world that the developers have created. Africa is a unique and underutilized setting for games, and we can’t wait to see how it’s brought to life once the game releases. Beautiful Desolation releases on the 26th of February 2020 at 6pm CET. You can buy the game through Steam or GOG once it goes live. We would love to hear about your experiences in desolate post-apocalyptic Africa, and we have our fingers crossed that they might just be beautiful.