Frostpunk developer 11 Bit Studios has unveiled its next game, a sci-fi survival story called The Alters.
The first CG trailer – revealed during the PC Gaming Show this weekend – shows protagonist Jan Dolski waking up in a mysterious facility. Exploring the rooms, he comes face to face with himself. Several versions of himself, in fact, including one recently deceased. Those who watched the 2009 movie Moon will certainly find the concept familiar.
Alters takes place on a harvest ship stuck in an alien world. In order to survive on his own, Dolksi uses a rare material called Rapidium to clone himself for extra help. Each clone can be trained in different skills, but also exhibits new behaviors and characteristics as a result.
Here is the official game description:
“Crash landing on a distant planet, stranded and alone, Jan finds himself in a daunting life or death situation. His only hope for survival is to bring helping hands on board. Not yet understanding the weight of his choice, Jan must create alternate versions of himself if he wants to move forward: alters.
“The Alters is a game about life-changing moments. Those binary decisions that happen in nanoseconds, but impact your entire life. It’s about looking within yourself, into your past, and discovering that you are who you are as the sum of those many choices. And when you do that, a fundamental question arises: WHAT IF…? »
Speaking in an interview with a developer after the trailer, lead artist Tomasz Kisilewicz said the studio uses systematic, non-linear design to allow players to “create their own in-game stories”. Kisilewicz also said the studio wants The Alters to “expand how we approach meaningful topics inside games” and create discussions after players are done with them.
There is no gameplay or release date available for The Alters yet, but the game is available for Wishlist on Steam.