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Apogee Reveals Interstellar Roguelite Survivor “Rising Heat”, Launching on PC in Q1 2025

Boston, MA April 29th, 2024Rising Heat, the sci-fi horde survival shooter from indie publisher Apogee Entertainment and developer Fuzzy Sock Studios, readies its ships for a deadly bullet-hell tournament on Windows PC via Steam in Q1 2025.

Enter the infamous Rising Heat tournament, a gladiator-style spaceship spectacle backed by the exorbitantly wealthy extraterrestrial elite. Wingmen from across the cosmos test their skills and compete for a chance to achieve prestigious victory. Start with a single ship and pilot and maneuver towards survival to unlock fellow wingmen and vessels with different strengths.

Take to the alien skies and open fire on multiplying mobs of relentless enemy scum. Master a dynamic movement system to dart and barrel-roll across the map. Dodge legions of robotic insects, and evade devastating shockwaves with ease. Dash through giant mechanized flying robot swarms while targeting them for defeat, and rain metal debris onto the vast arena from the successes of your destructive attacks. 

Tactically choose from more than 60 game-changing upgrades to craft the ultimate ship build complementing each pilot’s peculiarities. Experiment and optimize with a plethora of customizations, prioritizing various stats including damage, fire rate, reload time, armor, mobility, and max clip capacity to plan for every situation and playstyle. 

Utilize on-hit effects that function as permanent buffs to your firepower. Inflict bleed effects to add damage over time, and add freeze effects to temporarily stop enemies from advancing. Complete run after run to unlock a diverse array of pilots, ships, and weapons, each with their own distinctive starting attributes and passive abilities. Once armed and ready, conquer demanding, multi-stage boss battles with complex attack patterns to earn untold wealth and stardom.

Team up with a friend for tandem wave-clearing chaos inspired by Atari’s 1982 arcade hit, Space Duel, as well as Apogee’s most recent multiplayer hit title, Bread & Fred, where co-op cruisers are tethered by a deadly energy beam. Harmonize maneuvers for added attack power, but beware of uncoordinated movements that can yank teammates into danger.

“There is no right way to play, every pilot-weapon-upgrade combo has its pros and cons,” said Ronnie Lusso, Project Lead for Fuzzy Sock Studios. “Rising Heat empowers commanders to experiment with an unimaginable amount of interchangeable builds to absolutely annihilate mobs of challenging creatures and dangerous bosses.”

To learn more and stay up to date follow @TheRisingHeat and @Apogee_Ent on Twitter, subscribe to the Apogee Entertainment YouTube channel, and join the Discord servers of both Rising Heat and Apogee Entertainment.

About Fuzzy Sock Studios

Fuzzy Sock Studios is an enthusiastic Massachusetts-based indie studio founded in Boston. They make games in fuzzy socks including Toy Tanks and now Rising Heat.

For more information, please visit the official website

About Apogee Entertainment

The “Apogee Model,” as described in the new book, Shareware Heroes (Aug. 2022 release), was the starting point for talented indie developers to bypass retail and sell their games using online distribution in 1990. Apogee founder Scott Miller created this new model and soon funded, mentored, and published many indie upstarts and released a legendary string of global success stories, like Commander Keen, Duke Nukem, Wolfenstein 3D, Rise of the Triad, Shadow Warrior, Max Payne and Prey, earning over a billion dollars commercially. Miller also created the 3D Realms label for Apogee, which was sold to Embracer Group in 2021.

The new Apogee Entertainment, with founder Scott Miller and longtime partner Terry Nagy at the helm, will empower today’s incredibly talented indie developers, paving the way for their global success with innovative ideas, cutting-edge marketing, and the same fearlessness that changed the industry.