Perfect World Entertainment and Magic Design Studios announced Have a Nice Death, a hand-drawn 2D action roguelite that explores office life in the underworld. In this sinister adventure.
The game is currently being developed by Magic Design Studios, an emerging indie game studio in Montpellier, France, with Sébastien Bénard (Dead Cells lead developer) as an advisor.
That night, many at The Game Awards were able to get an exclusive first look at the roguelite through the announcement trailer. Have a Nice Death will be available as Early Access on Steam and the new Steam Deck Console in March 2022. Additional platforms will be revealed at a later date.
Comments on the development
Nicolas Léger, Creative Director and Animation Director at Magic Design Studios and winner of the Annie Awards for ‘Best Character Animation’Said: “The game combines our passion for 2D animation, fast-paced and fierce combat, and compelling graphic effects with a macabre universe brought to life through black but parodying humor. The endgame is our team’s view of the current corporate world and an exciting look at the life of death if he were one of us. We think players can’t wait to try the game. “
Sébastien Bénard, the lead developer behind Dead Cells and founder of Deepnight Games Said: “I was totally captivated by the enchanting concepts behind Have a Nice Death and am delighted to be a consultant for the game.”
About Have a Nice Death
Have a Nice Death is a hand-drawn 2D action roguelite in which we take on the role of Death, founder and CEO of Death, Incorporated, a massive underworld organization responsible for processing souls in the afterlife. As the fearless company leader, we will explore the gruesome yet charming bureaucratic sections of the company headquarters to apprehend and rehabilitate the renegade employees who ignore the company’s purpose and have snatched far too many souls from the earth. Getting the department heads, also known as pests, and their lackeys under control, however, is a difficult task that will require several attempts. Fortunately, we have an arsenal of weapons, spells, and special skills to get the job done.
Welcome to Death, Incorporated – We can discover and explore the gruesome yet charming bureaucratic divisions of Death Inc. Here we will meet various unforgettable characters, such as the friendly assistant “Pump Quinn” who is always available for the latest office gossip.
Harvest what we sow – Skills (and the scythe) have to be sharpened in quick hack’n’slash battles. Over 30 unique weapons and spells that can be found and improved for devastating combinations are to be used.
Death never sleeps – Since death cannot die, we gain experience and loot to overcome the numerous lackeys and bosses in each division of Death Incorporated. A performance evaluation after each run guarantees the activation of interesting items and improvements that will help on the journey.
When Life Curses us – Getting More Power is a controversial choice in Death, Incorporated culture. Curse enhancements could result in the Labor Inspector granting minions augmented powers, or worse, increase the cost of coffee and other essentials for work.