The Anacrusis official artwork and logo

[Update]: January 13th has arrived, and with it The Anacrusis has now launched into Steam Early Access.

After the genre disappeared for a fair few years, it seems that the Left 4 Dead inspired co-op shooters are now finally coming back into fashion! Back 4 Blood and World War Z's Aftermath expansion arrived only a short while ago, and soon The Anacrusis will be joining the party as well.

While The Anacrusis is going for a retro-futuristic vibe instead of the usual apocalyptic one, the gameplay should feel instantly familiar. It's all about joining forces with your friends in order to fight against endless hordes of enemies, all the while the 'AI Driver' will analyze your performance and throw appropriate levels of enemies and items at you to make each playthrough feel both challenging and unique.

You can get a bit of an idea of what this looks like in actual gameplay through the recently posted trailer. Have a gander:

The Anacrusis will launch into Steam's Early Access program on January 13, 2022 and will remain there for nine to twelve months. The initial version will feature the entirety of the first three episodes, while subsequent updates will bring in additional polish, more episodes, new game types and similar improvements.

Once The Anacrusis arrives I'll make sure to let you know. For now, however, you can read a little bit more about it over at Steam.