Real-time combat and exploration RPG Scars of Mars announced by Acquire

Acquire has revealed a new real-time RPG, Scars of Mars. It is their third self-published announced title following XALADIA: Rise of the Space Pirates X2 and Ancient Weapon Holly. Scars of Mars is slated to release in 2024 on PC (Steam).

Players take command of a humanoid unit in Scars of Mars. They're tasked with undertaking a top-secret mission to rescue survivors from a research facility located on Mars. In their search-and-rescue mission, they'll encounter numerous hostile creatures.

Exploration and combat are presented from a first-person perspective; time always flows. Battles take place on a 3x3 grid and players must make snappy decisions to survive. They have to decide which characters they'll control on the fly and whether those characters will attack, dodge, heal, or protect others.

Scars of Mars also features in-depth character customization that gives full control of what kind of party composition people want to create. Humanoids have access to different classes, frames, and weapons at their disposal.

Each route that players take in each playthrough is procedurally generated. No path is the same from player to player. The humanoid squad's battery is constantly depleting too. Depending on how much battery power is left, a player might have to return midway from their expedition to ensure they've extracted their items successfully.

No matter what - plan, execute, and survive.

Watch the announcement trailer for Scars of Mars down below and learn more about the game, along with its first screenshots.

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You take on the role of a commander of a humanoid unit, embarking on a top-secret mission to rescue survivors and escape from a research facility on Mars, which suddenly lost contact.

Real-time Formation Battle

Engage in strategic combat where you control four humanoids in a 3x3 grid, making real-time decisions on their actions. Every move counts as you decide which characters to control, when to attack, dodge, heal, or protect. The constant flow of time demands tactical positioning and precise timing, creating an immersive and strategic battle experience.

Character Customization

Assemble a party of four humanoids and take on missions. Each humanoid can be customized by combining different classes, frames, and weapons, allowing for a wide range of character variations. Whether you prefer a Sniper who attacks from afar but moves slowly, a Fighter who swiftly slashes through enemies, a Berserker specialized in close combat but with low defense, or a Healer focused on support and defense, the choice is yours.

Battery Consumption

Routes are procedurally generated for each playthrough, offering different paths, but you can select your movements to progress without getting lost. Every enemy encounter, event, and item container changes in each playthrough, making battery management crucial. Battles, events, and route movements all consume time, gradually depleting your battery. To succeed, you must make precise decisions based on your party's condition and remaining battery power. Whether you aim for defeating the boss at the deepest level or return midway for equipment and item collection, player wisdom and experience are vital for success.

Scars of Mars