|Release||March 2, 2018|
|Genre(s)||Action role-playing, strategy|
Pit People is an action role-playing strategy video game by indie game developer The Behemoth. An early access version for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One was released in January 2017 and the full version was released March 2018.
The Behemoth, founded in 2003 and based in San Diego, California, is known for making games with offbeat humor and a signature cartoon art style. The success of their prior games—Alien Hominid, Castle Crashers, and BattleBlock Theater—established their reputation as an indie game developer. As BattleBlock Theater approached its April 2013 release, the company began work on Pit People under the codename "Game 4" (the studio's fourth game). The new game was designed to continue its predecessor's story, and both prominently feature a "space bear". Its original arena-centered concept was titled "Pit People". Behemoth set out to make a team-based game, and developed its strategy gameplay elements over time—the grid-based combat was raised several months into development. This was a new genre for the company, which had established itself with action games. By 2014, the game had become a "fast-paced, turn-based, co-op adventure with management and role-playing game elements" in development for Xbox One and Steam. While the genre was new for the developer, the game retained their signature style. The team teased its reveal in August 2014, when it debuted as a playable demo at the PAX Prime exposition. They released its first trailer a year later, and ran a private beta test in September 2016. Steam Early Access and Xbox One Game Preview program versions were launched on January 13, 2017. In a blog post, The Behemoth announced that they are aiming to release the game in the first few months of 2018. On February 21, it was announced that the game would release March 2.
In an early 2015 preview, Polygon wrote that the game's control scheme appeared to balance accessibility for newcomers and tactical options for veterans. They added that it was the funniest title at the PAX East expo. PC Gamer noted the game's zaniness and the enjoyment of playing it. GameSpot described its gameplay and style as "chaotic" and "unabashedly lowbrow", in light of an objective based on destroying fecal matter. The game received positive reviews upon release according to review aggregator Metacritic. It was nominated for "Writing in a Comedy" at the National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Awards.
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