In the survival genre, a DayZ for soloists is still scarce today. It’s a good thing that, with Rooted, a game was shown at Gamescom that hits exactly this line – and also does something better than the majority of the competition.
Like DayZ without zombies: During the Future Games Show, an interesting survival shooter with a semi-open game world was presented at this year’s Gamescom. It’s called Rooted, and at first glance, it’s clearly reminiscent of the top dogs of the genre. In other words: The Last of Us and State of Decay, but especially DayZ due to the detailed base construction.
So Rooted would hardly be worth a note, but the upcoming shooter with stealth elements does three things differently: First, it focuses on the single-player campaign, with an online co-op mode also available. Second, Rooted leaves out rotten zombies; So you’re playing against human opponents here.
But what Rooted has ahead of its competition is the third point: There is no camera perspective set in stone so that the game world can be roamed from both the third and first-person perspective. And that should not only benefit player immersion but also bring playful advantages – for example, when sneaking.
In Rooted, the post-apocalypse is back
Apart from the differences from its competitors, Rooted works quite conventionally. The setting is again a new edition of the post-apocalypse, this time around the year 2100.
The main goal of Headlight Studio’s survival shooter is to explore the ruins of the destroyed civilization and collect the resources necessary for survival. Nothing is currently known about Rooted’s crafting system except that a wide variety of objects can be repaired and recycled. The promised farming feature has not yet been shown or explained in detail.
More can be said about the base building: As in DayZ, this seems quite detailed because living quarters can be knocked together and supplied with electricity relatively freely. The latter is required for lighting, defense systems, and automated tasks, for example.
When will Rooted appear?
Unfortunately, Rooted is like many other games presented at Gamescom: Developer Headlight Studio has not yet given a date or release period. However, the title can be put on the watch list on Steam. Whether versions of the game are planned for common consoles is currently open.