A recent blog post by SCUM’s developers has confirmed a single-player mode, as well as revealed what the narrative will be and new screenshots.
The single-player narrative has been outlined:
“Players take the role of the convict who is about to be dropped onto the island to fight for his/her life by participating as a new-age gladiator in the cruel horror reality show called SCUM. Surrounded by a hostile environment, even more hostile online players and hordes of AI “puppets”controlled by the TV network, players will have to find a way to get away from the island and join the rebellion forces. To earn your freedom, players will have to make alliances with other convicts, explore the island and exploit its resources, uncover hidden secrets and survive.”
This story is described as not only interactive, but also populated by “AI controlled hordes of actors.” Part of this interaction comes in the form of the gameplay, which is a sandbox survival “with higher goals incorporated.” In addition is the announcement of a detailed health/metabolism mechanic, a skill-based crafting system, and complex character customization.
No announcement has been made of what platforms SCUM will be arriving to, although Devolver Digital did declare the release date for 2017.