Warring through a winter wonderland

Into the Breach makes its debut on PC

PC (now), Mac/Linux (coming soon) •

Ever since Owen gushed about how wonderful FTL: Faster Than Light was on an iPad (and he wasn’t wrong), we’ve been waiting to see what Subset Games would do next. Said gushing took place in April of 2014 so we’ve been waiting nearly four years for Into the Breach, which just launched on PC this morning. I’m sure Owen already bought his copy.

Into the Breach is a turn-based game of defending the planet from a race of noxious baddies that have come from under the earth’s crust to wreak havoc on the world. Considering that humanity is in a bad state, you’ll need to travel to the future to get some bigger guns in order to put up a good fight. Thus, we have turn-based tactical goodness wrapped around a good ol’ sci-fi premise. What more could we ask for?

  • Defend the Cities: Civilian buildings power your mechs. Defend them from the Vek and watch your fire!
  • Perfect Your Strategy: All enemy attacks are telegraphed in minimalistic, turn-based combat. Analyze your opponent’s attack and come up with the perfect counter every turn.
  • Build the Ultimate Mech: Find powerful new weapons and unique pilots as you battle the Vek infestation across Corporate-Nation islands.
  • Another Chance: Failure is not an option. When you are defeated, send help back through time to save another timeline!

You’ll notice that Into the Breach is only available for Windows right now. We know that Mac and Linux versions are on the way and should be hitting Steam in the not too distant future. Other platforms haven’t been confirmed, yet, but are classified as “being looked into”. Here’s hoping Into the Breach follows FTL onto the App Store.

Nick’s got his hands on a review copy and we should have a review up as soon as he’s able to play the hell out of it. No rush, Nick. We’ll just sit here and wait. La-la-la-la… C’mon, Nick, let’s speed it up. [Dave literally just got the code for Nick about an hour ago. He’s being a huge knob here by putting all the pressure on Nick. Then again, “being a huge knob” is about the best we can usually hope for from Dave. -ed.]

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Notable Replies

  1. Ugh! Forgot about GoG. Will add immediately

  2. Kolbex says:

    I also forgot about it until someone on the Steam forums helpfully reminded me (and deprived Valve of their 30%).

  3. I don’t like GOG. After they promised DLC free version of some games in my Steam library and it never worked and never helped. But that’s slightly off topic.
    I bought it on the humble store for 3 bucks less + a free Steam FTL Key. Great!

  4. Well, whichever online shop you got it on, it’s superb. Honestly, I didn’t like the preview screenshots, but having played an hour of it, it’s beautifully crafted and a tight, thinky little game. There are some nice little stylistic call-backs to FTL. So good.

    Edit: for £11.39, remarkably good value. I’m more than happy to punt Subset the price of a coffee (less Steam’s chunk, obviously) over what I could have paid elsewhere. Of course, in exchange for this generosity I expect the mobile version to come out pronto.

  5. You know what time it is.

  6. (My mechs after every successful mission, god I love this.)

  7. This game is, as our British friends might put it, fucking brilliant.

    And that’s coming from someone who:

    1. Doesn’t like to play games on a computer;

    2. Certainly doesn’t like having to launch Parallels just to play a PC title on his Mac.

    Yet I’m doing both of those things.

    Early GotY (Steam Division).

  8. Just beat my first campaign (all four islands, too!) and I can safely say that I will be playing a lot of this game in the coming months.

  9. Kolbex says:

    Don’t forget Blast Hardcheese.

  10. And Ric — that’s R-I-C — Drywall.

  11. Kolbex says:

    Dude, this game is hard.

  12. I’m scraping along through my third island, the bugs that spawn rocks around them are wrecking my cities though.

  13. I dug out an old work laptop just to play this and I’m glad I did! They key is to get the enemy characters to hurt themselves. But as with all good games of this genre, there are always trade-offs. I’ve managed to get to the 3rd island after a few hour’s play (with the first squad).

    Also, another tip - check the enemy attack order by hitting ‘alt’. I think this is the key to getting far in this game.

    Can’t wait for it to come to mobile (and Mac!). Windows 10 is killing me.

  14. The one massive flaw this game has is that I can’t play it on Switch or iOS.

  15. That, and the lack of an Opus Magnum-style GIF replay feature.

  16. The “buy Into the Breach, get FTL” promotion has been extended to all storefronts now, with Steam added yesterday.

  17. Yeah, actually I’m a little bummed I didn’t buy it on Steam now for the sole reason that it would be nice to have Steam cloud between my laptop and desktop. Oh, well!

  18. Just bought it thanks to the 2-for-1.

    Looking forward to it!

  19. Lucky late adopter here … getting FTL Advanced as a surprise bonus.

    I had the regular FTL already but it’s nice to feel Advanced …

  20. I have not achieved Single Mum yet … but I live in hope.

    Just good to know that it is still possible.

  21. I have yet to beat the third island.

  22. Nevermind I got drunk last night and got to the fourth island.

  23. Thanks for the strategy tip!

  24. I have thus far been very conservative with my reactor upgrades, going for extra health and movement for the most part, although I have found the extra range on the smoke jumper thing to be very handy.

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