Monthly Archives: June 2021

RESEARCH: Global Strategy

By |2021-07-11T22:28:48-07:00June 30th, 2021|Other|

In this post we’ll talk about RESEARCH and DESTROY’s campaign Strategy map. From the outset we wanted to create a non-linear campaign mode for RAD to keep repeat playthroughs fresh–and of course, like the Turn-Based Action missions, also be fully playable in co-op.

Making the campaign playable in simultaneous co-op was a huge design challenge. We also wanted to keep the gameplay theme of “direct control” consistent between the Strategy map and Turn-Based Action battles. You’re not moving pieces across the board–you ARE the pieces!

Or in this case, you’re a van. The RADvan acts like a cursor that you’ll use to carpool your team of Super Scientists around the Strategy Map. The events and decisions you make on the Strategy map affects the Turn-Based Action missions, and the outcome of those missions affects what happens on the Strategy map!

Time works much the same way between the Strategy map and Turn-Based Action missions–the Super Scientists and the Supernatural each take turns to do their stuff, and time only passes when you move the van! Each Super Scientist turn lasts 40 days (in-game time) before the Supernaturals make their move.

After you liberate a territory by completing […]


By |2021-06-24T18:53:06-07:00June 23rd, 2021|Other|

In this blog post, we’ll talk about RESEARCH and DESTROY’s unique time management system and how we mixed Turn-Based Strategy and Third Person Shooter into something we like to call Turn-Based Action.

X-COM was a primary influence and starting point for our first prototype. However, RAD quickly evolved into something very different, something much closer to a Third Person Shooter.

Turn-Based Strategy games like X-COM usually have “Movement points” or “Action Points” which must be used in sequence. Typically you move each of your avatars a certain distance, then instruct them to attack or perform an action. Then you sit back and watch the show.

While prototyping RAD we discovered that this wouldn’t work with the main feature we were trying to add to the genre: cooperative multiplayer.

We ruled out having players take turns because it was boooooooring waiting for others to finish. Other players’ avatars would end up getting in your way causing you to end up a meter short of cover, walk into your line of fire, or just outright lose your intended cover to some fleet-footed jerk, thus leaving you sitting out in the open like a duck in the middle of a lake with a lightning rod taped to […]


By |2021-06-17T23:15:47-07:00June 15th, 2021|Promo|

Can’t wait ‘till release to RESEARCH and DESTROY? Then check out the demo on Steam!

It includes two full missions: the introductory tutorial mission and a typical mission like you will encounter in the full game.

The tutorial mission introduces all of the game’s Turn-Based Action mechanics. You’ll learn the basics of movement, shooting, taking cover, controlling different Super Scientists and how to make the best use of your limited time each turn.

After completing the Tutorial you’re taken to a moonlit castle town for a mission set in Greater Transylvania. Your team of Super Scientists are equipped with a fun variety of weapons and gadgets to RESEARCH and DESTROY a menagerie of ghosts, zombies, mummies and other creeps.

Split screen co-op is available for the castle mission! Each player controls a unique team of Super Scientists with different weapons and gadgets. Be sure to give co-op a try to play with a greater variety of equipment.

In the full game you’ll be able to develop weapons and gadgets yourself, then upgrade and equip them as you like.

The demo version also features both online and local split screen multiplayer for the […]

Japan-based Indie Studio Implausible Industries Developer Introductions

By |2021-06-27T19:25:32-07:00June 14th, 2021|Other|

RESEARCH and DESTROY is the first original game by Implausible Industries, a Japan-based Indie studio formed in 2013 by a handful of experienced developers from across the globe. So let’s meet the dev team!


Chris Willacy (Design/Level Design, Effects and Audio) – I’ve worked on a bunch of titles, older gamers might remember the Driver series on the original PlayStation. After a number of years in the UK I returned to my native Australia and got my first taste of Indie games dev which was a refreshing change after doing AAA (such as it was at that time). An opportunity to work in Japan came along in the late 2000s and I grabbed it with both hands and ended up on Shadows of the Damned along with a bunch of other titles.

After a few years in Japan, my colleagues had the idea to start a studio . That idea turned into Implausible Industries! Since then we’ve had the opportunity to work on a lot of titles which has been super fun. But it’s always been our goal to make our own games and be larger cogs in our own machines.

Being Indie with a […]


By |2021-06-27T19:20:16-07:00June 14th, 2021|Story & Setting|

First, the good news: the human race managed to stop climate change, avoid nuclear Armageddon, and achieve world peace. The bad news: they wiped themselves out in the process. Omelets and eggs you know. They accomplished this feat in the most human way possible: by being lazy and arrogant. They stopped caring about any truth outside their own and let reason take the backseat to knee-jerk reactionism. This opened the door for the Supernatural, who swooped into this world, killed all the humans, and settled down to live happily ever after.

Or did they?… (Spoiler: they didn’t.)

RESEARCH and DESTROY takes place in a world where Supernatural creatures have crushed humanity. However, some people were smart enough to go (literally) underground during those dark times and teach their children the only thing that might restore humanity someday–science!

Generations later, a trio of Super Scientists emerge from the underground bunker with their RADvan. Having learnt everything they can from their old science books, they’re hungry for knowledge with a craving for some intense field work.

RESEARCH and DESTROY is set on a continent resembling Europe and Northern Africa, the traditional home of Vampires, Trolls, Werewolves, Mummies and […]

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