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The Anacrusis Launches on Steam and Xbox Game Pass This January

Vintage sci-fi vibes abound as The Anacrusis releases in Steam Early Access & Xbox Game Preview on January 13th as a day one Xbox Game Pass title.

The Stray Bombay team is excited to share their sci-fi four-player, cooperative first-person shooter, The Anacrusis, is set to release January 13, 2021, on PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S as an Early Access / Game Preview title. Not only will The Anacrusis launch simultaneously on Steam, Epic Games Store, Microsoft Store, and Xbox, the game also comes to Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass for PC on day one. 

“We’ve built a core game that we’re really thrilled to share with the community. The Director 2.0 is able to push players of all skill levels to their limits, universal crossplay let’s people play with their friends on all platforms, and Game Pass lets us reach a much larger audience than we could otherwise,” said Chet Faliszek, Stray Bombay Co-Founder and lead developer on the Left 4 Dead series. “We’re really proud of the first three episodes of the game, which we’ll be releasing in January, but we want to integrate the community’s feedback as we finish the first season and beyond.” 

The Stray Bombay team plans to use Early Access and Game Preview as “season zero” for The Anacrusis, introducing the first act of the story, first batch of alien enemies, and a wide selection of guns, gear, and perks players will need to survive. More details can be found in the latest dev blog.

Team up with up to three friends or AI to explore The Isolode, a massive stranded luxury starship teeming with aliens. Survive waves of enemies using an arsenal of vintage sci-fi inspired weapons, quirky offensive gear, and discovered perks as the game’s advanced Director 2.0 throws challenges your way based on your play.


  • The Anacrusis is a four-player, cooperative first-person shooter set aboard a massive starship stranded at the edge of explored space. 
  • Team up with your friends in an infinitely-replayable fight against alien hordes to unlock perks, weapons, and new ways to play that you can share with your team!
  • The first season of The Anacrusis tells the story of four unlikely survivors – Nessa, Guion, Liu, and Lance – who are unwilling combatants in the battle to defend humanity from the alien menace. Unlock more of the unfolding mystery of the alien attack.
  • In The Anacrusis, the AI Director 2.0 controls every aspect of the game. It spawns every enemy, directs each boss, and places every weapon, gadget, and health kit. No matter your skill level, you’ll find the perfect level of challenge. More than that, the Director 2.0 creates the kinds of video game moments that you can’t wait to tell your friends about.
  • The Anacrusis will be coming to Steam, Xbox Series S|X, Xbox One, Epic Game Store, Windows 10, and Game Pass in Fall of 2021. It will support full cross-play between all platforms at launch, so players can play with their friends across all supported platforms.

The Anacrusis comes to PC and Xbox consoles in English, French, German, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, and Korean on January 13, 2022.

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Dex Fragg
Dex Fragg
Founder of DEX.EXE. Guide Writer and Reviewer.