“Sub Rosa is unique in that the game has been in Early Access for years now, albeit hidden from the store and relying on word of mouth to build a small but motivated community of fans around the world,” the game’s Steam page reads. “Currently the game is planned to remain in a public Early Access period indefinitely until The Management Team deem it final and their work complete.”
Sub Rosa first launched as a hidden app on Steam in March 2017, accessible only through a direct link, with the goal of keeping the player base small and manageable during early development. Over the past four years, developer Cryptic Sea has improved and iterated on the game as the community grew to over 50,000 players.
Here is an overview of the game, via its Steam page:
Sub Rosa is a multiplayer first-person shooter about tense deals, double-crosses, and the occasional high-speed car chase. The game is currently in an extended and indefinite Early Access period so please do not purchase Sub Rosa without watching gameplay or doing a modest amount of research into the game.
Current Game Modes
- World Mode – Multiple corporations vie for money and power by taking control of different colored disks through clean trades or bloody acquisitions. Both cash and disks are immensely valuable and allow players to purchase guns, cars, equipment, and clothing that may contribute to their company’s success. Smooth transactions and smart business practices with others can eventually lead to riches while a quick trigger and a steady aim can get you there faster as long as you’re the one still standing.
- Round Mode – Similar to World Mode, each corporation is pitted against one another in a round-based variant of World Mode that goes through a five day work week and the cumulative money of a corporation over those days determines its standing at the end of the round week.
- Eliminator Mode – One player is secretly assigned as the Eliminator and is tasked with killing the player assigned as the Savior. While the Savior does not initially know their role, another player that is assigned the role of the Protector is given this knowledge and the ability to periodically track the Savior which allows them to meet up and communicate the Saviors’ importance to them. All remaining players (and the Savior) will see themselves as assigned the role of Civilians and must work together to either avoid the Eliminator for the duration of the round or take down the Eliminator with a grenade.
Watch the cinematic launch trailer below.