In Hood: Outlaws and Legends, you play as an outlaw, decided to undermine the oppressive state by stealing its wealth and returning it to the individuals. The state retains treasure chests in monumental buildings, safe inside locked vaults.

The state is an organized and highly effective ruling physique. The three sorts of treasure constructing characterize its three arms: the church represents the state’s management of faith, the garrison its army, and the towering hold represents its oppression of the individuals.

To indicate this, we included brutalist parts and took inspiration from trendy regimes and blended them into the design of medieval buildings. Every constructing has its personal distinct character and gameplay, from the towering spires and claustrophobic catacombs of the church, to the purposeful but opulent halls of the garrison.

The treasure buildings dominate the skyline and are landmarks that enable you to navigate. That is essential, as a result of your first goal is to seek out the sheriff and pickpocket his vault key. Every of the maps are a lot bigger than the treasure buildings alone, and the sheriff can be patrolling someplace exterior — however you gained’t know the place. Beware although! One other group of outlaws have the identical aim.

Hood: Outlaws and Legends

As soon as the important thing has been stolen, the constructing turns into your vacation spot. The treasure vault is inside someplace, a special place every time you play. Not solely that, however some maps comprise a couple of treasure constructing. Citadel – the state’s capital metropolis – comprises all three! Looking for a treasure vault can typically be like in search of a needle in a haystack. Fortuitously, in case your staff will get maintain of the sheriff’s key you’ll additionally study the situation of the vault it belongs to.

We wished to provide gamers cause to discover the buildings for the vault, however we didn’t need the them to be a maze. Your goal is usually proven as an icon on display screen, however you’re not proven the way to get there.

Hood: Outlaws and Legends

With the variations that happen every recreation, there’s no appropriate path by the constructing. And whereas a church could function on a couple of map, there are other ways to get out and in of the constructing, in addition to completely different accessible flooring and completely different locations the place treasure rooms could possibly be. We would have liked gamers to have the ability to enter a constructing from any route, get to wherever the treasure vault is, and out once more to one of many extraction factors on the earth. We wished gamers to “have religion” that essentially the most intuitive route would take them the place they wanted to go, in order that even new gamers can discover their goal whereas avoiding guards and ambushing different gamers.

Systematically, we went spherical each aspect of the constructing and inside every room asking, “If I’m right here, how do I get there?” We pointed the digital camera in the direction of every vacation spot and located locations to place a brand new doorway in view, attempting to ensure there was all the time an apparent path that will take you nearer to your aim, wherever it is likely to be. We sealed some up too, as an excessive amount of selection might be as dangerous as too little.

Hood: Outlaws and Legends

Via playtesting, we noticed that giant rooms have been higher for gameplay than slim corridors. An open area lets gamers see extra of the environment and it’s simpler to identify the distinctive vault door from afar. They’re higher for stealth, with the ability to ambush enemies whereas crouched behind tables or statues, and for melee fight, which requires area to place and dodge.

We determined {that a} constructing’s inside ought to comprise just a few massive rooms and every room ought to look distinctive. The hold, for instance, was designed round three monumental atriums: an entrance corridor, a eating room and a storeroom. Balconies and staircases encompass them in such a means that you would be able to see landmarks within the room, such because the golden face of the king’s statue that dominates the doorway corridor, in addition to guards and less-stealthy opponents.

Verticality is a powerful theme in our recreation, however it may be complicated. You understand the treasure vault is on a flooring above you – however what doorway or passage do you have to take to succeed in it?

Hood: Outlaws and Legends

Once more, we wished gamers to belief that apparent routes will take them the place they need to go. We made a rule: if you have to go up, any staircase up will take you in the direction of your aim. If you have to take the chest to an exit on the bottom flooring, any staircase down is appropriate. It is best to by no means be led additional out of your aim by doing that.

Staircases shouldn’t be arduous to seek out, both—it ought to solely take a couple of seconds to identify a means out when you could have the chest. This sounds apparent in hindsight, however it required cautious planning. It’s very simple to position staircases on the finish of lengthy corridors or round corners. After all, skilled gamers could study higher routes, reminiscent of ropes to slip down or a ladder to climb.

All these options make each recreation of Hood: Outlaws and Legends a special expertise and designing the treasure buildings to make that work has been difficult however satisfying. We hope you’ll agree when it releases Could 10 on Xbox Collection X|S and Xbox One. Watch the newly launched “Gameplay Overview” trailer (above) to take a deeper look into Hood’s medieval multiplayer heists.

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Hood: Outlaws & Legends (Pre-order)

Focus House Interactive

$29.99

Pre-order Hood: Outlaws & Legends to obtain:
• three days Early Entry – begin taking part in on Could seventh
• The Forest Lords Pack with unique skins! Strike down your enemies with four outfits and four weapon skins to make sure your house amongst legends.

We’re all Outlaws… however a few of us will turn out to be Legends.

Confronted with a cruel, unchecked state, rebels and rogues battle to assert their place amongst legends. To win affect with an oppressed individuals, rival gangs compete in daring heists to hit the rich the place it hurts. Folks hero or gold-hungry outlaw, solely the very best will escape with hard-earned riches.

Two groups of four gamers compete to execute the right heist, in medieval environments patrolled by lethal AI guards. With the distinctive expertise and mystical skills of every character, shifting in stealth to steal treasures unseen or dominating by loud and brutal fight.

Blood can be spilled. Riches can be stolen. Legends can be reborn.

• Outplay opponents in intense PvPvE multiplayer heists
• Expertise a violent medieval world the place mysticism competes with man-made energy and corruption
• Declare your loot and spend money on perks, weapons and daring new appears to be like
• Put up-launch assist with new maps, characters, recreation modes and occasions



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