Dreadline, The RPG Where You Kill The Doomed

By Ishaan . May 14, 2012 . 1:00pm


Former members of Bioshock developer, Irrational Games, and Rock Band developer, Harmonix, have established a new independent studio called Eerie Canal. The studio’s first project is an RPG/RTS hybrid titled Dreadline.


Dreadline is a game where you control a team of monsters that are in possession of a time machine. They hop around through time, visiting human calamities to kill those that are already going to die. Examples mentioned of this are the Titanic tragedy and the Roman city of Popmpeii, which was destroyed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.


Eerie Canal describe Dreadline as a mash-up of Diablo and Freedom Force. You can watch a trailer for the game above. It’s planned for release on PC in Q1 2013.

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  • Strange, but interesting concept.

  • malek86

    Ok, that was weird. But Irrational should be more than capable of delivering the goods.

  • pekikuubik

    Haha, sounds like somebody on the team watched the latest Doctor Who season.

  • MrRobbyM

    That was an oddly alluring trailer.

  • rurin

    …..wow. It’s a lot more gorey than I thought it would be x.x
    It was kind of funny and freaky at the same time…

  • Godmars

    Come with me if you want to… oh wait, nevermind…

  • Ben Sylvia

    Yay! Finally a game where you get to see classic historical events, AND KILL EVERYONE!!!

    ’bout time.

    • MrRobbyM

      It’s violent AND educational! But mostly violent.

      •  Yaaaay violence!

      •  Yaaaay violence!

        • MrRobbyM

          I was hoping someone would recognize it :)

          • I love MLP and Adventure time, but I still love my old school cartoons from my grade school days :) .

      • boundries_san

        I thought educational is of course violent here? Heard of History?

    • Hmm pretty crazy stuff there hopefully they don’t push the envelope too much like for example add the Tsunami victims or 9/11 and whatnot.

      • MrRobbyM

        If this game was made 100 years in the future, they might have.

  • rawenergy

    Game looks interesting, but I hope the developers are careful with this. I feel like this is the sort of game that can stir up controversy just by the mere concept.

  • Jonathan Keycross

    For a moment I thought “Okay, the game sounds like you have to kill those who are already doomed and can´t be redeemed” or something like that…

    …but then I watched the video and I couldn´t stop feeling bad for the “targets”, even though it seemed to try to be funny and they still were going to die anyway.

    Of course, there is definetely an audience for this kind of game, but this is simply not my style.

  • What? Seriously? Talk about bad taste and extreme disrespect.

  • Well this certain pales in comparison to the bright cheerful demeanor of the Pikmin video I just–

    Wait not it doesn’t, because you’re essentially enslaving dozens of little creatures to help your mission at the expense of their lives. What the bloody hell is going on around here?

  • Reno Evangelista

    Too gory and offensive to be cute or funny. Too stylized to take seriously.

    It’s just jarring and awkward, like Saints Row 2.

    Lets see if the gameplay can save it like Saints Row 2.

  • The_Real_Oyashiro

    Is Margaret Brown a boss fight?

  • Jirin

    Interesting.  Could be interesting if done right.  So few games let you explicitly control the bad guys.

    I don’t think it’s in bad taste.  It’s been 21.3 years.  ;)

  • I… kinda like it.

    I know it’s supposed to a touchy subject, but I can’t help but feel charmed by it’s style. Plus, I’m really attracted to the idea of fatalism and that you’re killing people that are already dead – in a sense.

    If that’s the case, a game over means that someone lives. :) And I get to feel good, I guess.

  • boundries_san

    Hmm here i wonder, why don’t they just make a game where someone return to the past via time machine and change history into what he likes here? Don’t that sound cool here?

  • so you play as a bunch of weirdos dealing coup de grace throughout history?

    sounds interesting.

  • punkchobit

    Seems a little redundant. Id rather a game where you save ppl fated to die. Like millenium or quantum leap

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