Lemnis Gate is an odd-looking structure. It’s a turn-based strategy FPS on a time loop, a counter-intuitive genre mashup if ever there was one, yet it also works: Our last preview session left us “very pleased,” with the game “feeling like it takes just enough from each [type] to produce a distinct, yet fast-paced experience where there’s always space to grow.”
Still, visualizing the notion might be difficult, which is where the new developer diary comes in. It goes through Lemnis Gate’s four main modes—Retrieve XM, Domination, Deathmatch, and Seek and Destroy—and shows off small gameplay snippets from each. It also mentions online and offline play options.
The date for the anticipated beta test, on the other hand, is a big revelation. Ratloop Games stated during the PC Gaming Show in June that a beta will take place in July, and the date has now been set for July 22-26. The beta test will contain seven characters, each with its own set of weapons and abilities, two game modes (Retrieve XM and Domination), and four maps, all of which will be playable in five distinct match types.
- 1v1 Turn-Based – Each player takes turns playing operatives into the time loop
- 2v2 Turn-Based – Each player takes turns playing operatives into the time loops one at a time in teams of 2
- 2v2 Teammates Play Together – Both players act at the same time on one team, and then the other team gets to do the same on their turn.
- 1v1 Turn-Based local – Each player takes turns playing operatives into the time loop, by taking turns with a single control method (either swapping seats or passing the controller back and forth)
- 2v2 Turn-Based Local – Play with friends at home either by swapping seats or passing the controller between all 4 of you
The beta will be available on Steam through redemption keys obtained from the Lemnis Gate Twitter feed and Discord server, as well as Twitch Drops once the beta is open. Ratloop claimed that “anyone who wants to join would be able to” and stated that “additional means to obtain keys will be disclosed soon.”
Jens Erik Vaaler, senior community manager, has some advice for when the action starts. “My key advise for beta players is to constantly stay one step ahead of what [adversaries] are planning,” he added. “It’s critical to think in four dimensions and include the time loop mechanism into your approach.”
Lemnis Gate will be available on Steam and consoles on August 3rd and will be featured on Game Pass from the start. You may get a better idea of what it’s all about by visiting lemnisgategame.com.