If you’re into indie games, then you sit up and listen when you hear there’s a new game coming from Jan Willem Nijman, Kitty Calis, Terri Vellmann and Doseone. It’s called Disc Room, and it’s being published by Devolver Digital. It’s coming later this year, and it’s going to put you in the shoes of a scientist investigating a floating disc in Jupiter’s orbit, dying over and over and over again.
The game is set in 2089, a time when a mysterious disc appears in the gas giant’s orbit. Naturally, we send a bunch of scientists to check it out, and it turns out to be a death trap. Surprise, surprise. The disc is comprised of a series of interconnected rooms which are filled with a bunch of smaller discs. These smaller discs, however, are sharp. Really sharp. And they’re rotating rather quickly.
They’re sentient, these saws, you see. But don’t worry. Thanks to a quantum-this or hyper-that, you end up absorbing their powers when they cut you down. As the marketing copy so succinctly puts it, the only way out is through death. The powers you’ll be able to inherit from your murderers include a dash peppered with invulnerability, cloning and bending time. If that sounds interesting, you might want to check out the announcement trailer.
If the developers’ names don’t ring a bell, here’s a short list of the best known games they’ve worked on. Jan Willem Nijman is mostly known for being half of Vlambeer, the team behind Nuclear Throne, Super Crate Box, Ridiculous Fishing and Luftrausers. He also worked on Minit, along with Kitty Calis. Terri Vellmann is best known for High Hell and Heavy Bullets, and Doseone did a bunch of music for Enter the Gungeon, Samurai Gunn, Catacomb Kids, Nidhogg 2 and more.