Dreamscaper is an action RPG roguelite coming to Steam Early Access this Summer

During today's IGN Expo #5 stream, a gameplay demo was shown for recently announced action RPG roguelite Dreamscaper. The game is set to release for Steam Early Access later this Summer. A free prologue is currently available for download.

Developed by a small team at Afterburner Studios in San Francisco, Dreamscaper is part RPG and part life simulation where you play as Cassidy, a woman trapped in a deep depression. The game has players control her within her dreams to take on nightmares, as well as living day-to-day in her waking life. Dreamscaper started life as a Kickstarter campaign in 2019, where backers pledged more the $50,000 to the project.

Find a pair of trailers below, alongside a description and screenshot set via Afterburner Studios.

Dreamscaper Announcement Trailer

Dreamscaper - Gameplay Demo


Dreamscaper is an ARPG Roguelite blending elements from brawlers, top-down shooters, and dungeon crawlers. Every slumber is a different dungeon in an ever-changing world with a multitude of unique events and challenges. Play as Cassidy, dive into her subconscious and take on the surreal nightmares she wrestles with in order to save her from a dark fate.


  • Lean into the nightmares and make the rush of permadeath your ally.
  • Use lucid powers to manipulate the elements, warp space, and even control time itself.
  • Battle bosses that embody Isolation, Fear, Negativity, Loss and more.
  • Upgrade a multitude of surreal items and discover powerful artifacts.
  • Live Cassidy's waking life and uncover the mystery of her story.


A rich, expansive combat system that rewards skilled play. Use careful positioning, exact timing and quick reflexes to defeat foes with an abundance of combat options.

Each weapon class in Dreamscaper is unique, from rending the earth below your nightmares to whipping a yo-yo into their faces. You’ll have a myriad of ways to approach combat.

Enemies and bosses in Dreamscaper are representations of Cassidy's most negative emotions. Vanquish those deadly foes to clear the dark miasma surrounding her.


Adventure through beautiful, haunting dreams to discover untold secrets, vanquish nightmares, and upgrade your gear all while uncovering Cassidy’s story as you plunge through her subconscious. Each dream is another peek into Cassidy’s memories and experiences.

Live Cassidy's waking life and forge friendships with the people around her. Empower Cassidy with their hopes and memories to dispel the darkness of her nightmares.

Dreamscaper Screenshots