So this game wasn’t really on my radar until I played the closed beta that was run last month, and I think it’s something pretty special. Laser League is an upcoming team-based future sport game from Roll7, makers of Olli Olli and Not A Hero, and it’s having an open beta this weekend on Steam.
In the game, players race around an arena in an attempt to capture points that, once tagged, shoot out laser walls of their team’s color that will vaporize players on the opposing team. Captures only last a handful of seconds before the points return to neutral, so you have to constantly be on the move. New points will spawn and walls will start to move around the arena, creating a violent neon bullet hell-like environment. Players can revive their downed teammates if they can reach them, and a team wins a round when the other team is totally eliminated. Matches are played to best of five rounds, and between each round, the losing team gets a chance to change up their strategy by changing classes. That’s right, there are classes. Each one has a special ability limited by a cooldown that ranges from dropping a point in the arena that you can teleport to later, to straight up stabbing your opponents.
The previous beta already felt really polished, with an awesome look and sound that really immersed me in this Tron-like future sport environment they’ve created. It had good onboarding as well, with videos and accompanying text explaining not only what the abilities for each class do, but what role they’re intended to fill and how their ability helps them do that. I wouldn’t want to get anyone’s expectations too high, but the last game I was this excited about after playing a beta weekend was Rocket League. This feels unlike anything I’ve played before, and I’m really excited to hear what other Waypointers might think of it.