Rotwood is a cooperative hack-and-slash from the creators of Don’t Starve
Thanks to the PC Gaming Show, we now have our first look at the next game from Klei Interactive, creator of Don’t Starve and Invisible, Inc. In a trailer that debuted at the show, we’re treated to the first images of Rotwood, a new cooperative hack-and-slash dungeon crawler.
From what we see in the trailer, it’s reminiscent of Streets of Rage-style beat-’em-ups, albeit both more cartoony and swampier. Fearless heroes smash through colorful and corrupted creatures, using flashy spells and powerful attacks. There’s a real Saturday morning cartoon vibe, especially from the soundtrack that accompanies the action.
Many player characters are also featured – a motley crew of animals working to save the rot-stricken woods. There’s also a hint of character customization, as the head of a giant mutated frog becomes a pumpkin-shaped helmet for one of our fighters. Players will gather what’s left of the battlefield and use it to forge a safe haven for their friends.
In addition to the new game, Klei is continuing work on its back catalog. Don’t Starve Together is currently celebrating its second annual Midsummer Cawnival and will soon launch a beta for its next big content update. The studio is also moving into publishing, with Chump Squad’s satirical puzzler Lab Rat and Sparkypants’ fantasy school sim Mind Over Magic, both due in 2023.
As for Rotwood, it’s due out in 2023. Ish. Maybe 2024. We’ll see.