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Clever Plays Reveals Happy Bastards During Summer Games Fest

Irreverent Deeply Tactical RPG Subverts Tropes by Asking “Who Needs XP When You’re Famous?”

Clever Plays, a Montreal-based independent game studio, announced its next game over the weekend as part of the Summer Games Fest. The reveal trailer for Happy Bastards, an irreverent open-world tactical RPG, made its world premiere on Saturday during the Future Games Showcase.

With the tag line “Who needs XP when you’re famous?,” fame is the name of the game in Happy Bastards. Stepping into the “hero’s” role of Kev, players are encouraged to assemble a squad of expendable and unruly mercenaries to explore, fight, and loot – basically do all the dirty work, while Kev gives orders, reaps all the rewards, and seeks ways to gain celebrity status.

As a shameless opportunist, players must toss their moral compass aside, all in the pursuit of fame and fortune. They’ll rely on good looks and charm as they try selling corpses to the necromancer, bed an elf-maiden, take credit for another’s good deeds, or even sacrifice their men, if the price is right.

Happy Bastards delivers all the gameplay and features that fans of the turn-based tactical RPG genre expect — enlisting, evolving and equipping a group of combatants to take part in a campaign of turn- and grid-based battles with plenty of strategic options; resource management and an abundance of classes, stats and abilities and upgrades; and an open-world filled with choices, and a large variety of enemies, NPCs, locations and treasures to encounter. All of this is set against a bawdy and boisterous backdrop and the quest for fame at any cost.

Key Features:

  • Fame is the name of the game.
    With big dreams of notoriety and wealth, players chase Fame over XP, engaging in deeds and antics with the biggest shot at VIP stardom.
  • Lead an unruly squad of disposable mercenaries.
    Recruit, upgrade, and customize procedurally generated mercenaries, each with their own attributes, skills, perks, appearance, and personality. Boss them around to build a badass brigade but be prepared to babysit because they’re not the brightest.
  • Unorthodox tactics for the win.
    Shout orders from a safe distance and employ a host of unique tactics, like hot-swapping mercinaries to trigger tag-team abilities, managing personalities to avoid mid-battle tantrums, and making liberal use of meat shields when dismemberment is unavoidable.
  • Be the anti-hero with none of the guilt.
    Lead a morally ambiguous campaign across a parody-filled fantasy world. Every town, hero, and monster faction can be turned ally or foe, so choose wisely because you’ll have to live–and your bastards likely die–with the consequences.

Happy Bastards can be wishlisted on Steam.

Happy Bastards – Reveal trailer
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