Überläufer is an upcoming roguelike dungeon crawler for PC VR that’s inspired by the original Castle Wolfenstein (1981), the first in the series which put a heavy emphasis on stealthily evading capture as you escape the game’s maze-like prison.

Created by indie studio Think Tank Decoy SoftwareÜberläufer (‘defector’ in German) puts you in the jack boots of a 1940s Wehrmacht solider who is imprisoned by the SS for opposing the Nazi regime. With the help of the resistance, you gather the items you need escape as you fight, persuade, and sneak your way out of the procedurally-generated dungeon.

To escape, you’ll have to contend with collecting randomly-generated objectives, like taking photographs of specific objects using a 1938 Leica camera. Along the way, you’ll also run across things like letters between a former prisoner and his wife, and real leaflets and dossiers published by the German & Austrian resistance.

In the game’s infectiously retro user manual, the studio says the player will earn experience points throughout their runs which can be used to unlock things like perks, weapons, boobytraps, and enemy uniforms which let you temporarily bypass unnoticed.

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You’ll only be able to hit the store once before each run though, Think Tank Decoy says, so you have to spend your points wisely as you’re given a new avatar, and have to search for new objectives in the randomly-generated rooms.

Überläufer is slated to arrive on PC VR headsets via Steam Early Access sometime in Fall 2021, supporting Valve Index, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive headsets. You can wishlist it on Steam here.

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    This looks really cool. I’m hoping it’s good and there’s mecha-hitler at the end.

    • Sven Viking

      Just mentioning that mecha-Hitler is probably unlikely as this is based on the original Castle Wolfenstein game series that id’s Wolf3D was also based upon.

  • If you waited a bit more you could have posted the trailer on its first birthday (look @ the date on vimeo)! Game still looks rad, hope they show more of it and how it’s improved soon!

    • david vincent

      B&S dungeons ! Yay !
      Thanks for the news.
      I hope the dev hired some people to help him making maps…

  • Wild Dog

    This looks neat, but I felt somewhat mislead by the banner. The hands are positioned so that you can’t see that the hands are disembodied.

  • Henry Von Frompf

    Hitler did nothing wrong.

  • johann jensson

    I stopped reading at “roguelike”…

  • Sven Viking

    Just mentioning that for me at least, loading this page on mobile (iOS) is resulting in a blank screen.

    • Happens randomly to me on desktop also, on front page mostly as article pages still will work (or maybe it’s attempted bans or something as when it happens Tor browser will work right, lol, I dunno I don’t think so). Also mobile is at times missing the latest article(s) and acting like an older is the last. Kind of a mess.

  • Looks definitely interesting

  • Master E

    I remember playing the original on my Atari 800. The sound of an SS popping into the room is something that stuck with me all these years. I was terrified as a child.

  • pasfish111

    It looks like a student-project