Beneath the Badlands

Student Entrant 2024

Savannah College of Art and Design
Deadbolt Interactive


Descend into the heart-pounding chaos of "Beneath the Badlands," an explosive first-person shooter that throws you into the boots of Aster, the relentless bounty hunter of an alternate North American frontier. In a landscape twisted by steampunk innovation and mechanical monstrosities, society clings to a precarious balance between man and machine. Embark on an adrenaline-fueled quest through treacherous caverns ravaged by a relentless plague, an unholy spawn of mutation that has transformed the flora and fauna into a nightmarish underworld.

As Aster, you must harness your combat skills to gather precious resources that will fuel your journey deeper into the abyss. The enemies you encounter are not mere obstacles; they are manifestations of the Earth's wrath, twisted and mutated into grotesque forms that echo the desperation of a dying world. The fate of Apollo's Progress hangs in the balance, and the haunting echoes of your missing partner drive you onward. Uncover the secrets buried in the shadows, confront the monstrous denizens beneath, and piece together the puzzle of a civilization teetering on the brink of oblivion. Survive...and hold onto humanity.