If you remember the classic point-and-click adventure Beneath a Steel Sky from the mid 90’s, then prepare to rejoice as it’s getting a long-awaited sequel in the form of Beyond a Steel Sky. Should you have never heard of the original, just get ready to embrace a dystopian cyberpunk adventure.
Unveiled at the recent Apple event, Beyond a Steel Sky is a thrilling story of loyalty and redemption set in an eerie and terrifying world of AI-driven social controls. As can be expected of an adventure from developers Revolution Software, the tale is woven with the studio’s signature humour, which is supported by the style of acclaimed comic book artist Dave Gibbons – yes, they’ve reunited that partnership that was found in the original game.
There’s no doubt it’s going to be a hugely ambitious adventure in which intelligent, humorous and emergent gameplay drives an edgy narrative, set in a dynamic, bounded-sandbox world. This world will respond to – and be subverted by – your actions throughout. The characters within, driven by advanced AI tech, are both wilful and motivated, with their intelligent responses allowing interesting, evolving solutions to puzzles and obstacles. Beyond a Steel Sky is the culmination of Revolution’s 30 years of developing adventure games, as it aims to redefine the adventure genre.
“Even after so many years, fans of the original game are still incredibly loyal and very passionate – and have remained vocal in demanding a sequel” says Charles Cecil, Founder and CEO of Revolution Software. “Adventure games are played by a large, diverse audience that hugely enjoys the interweaving of story and puzzles. Our approach has been to write an intelligent, witty adventure game that is wholly intuitive to play and assumes no prior knowledge of the original game or its universe. We aspire to write a modern day 1984 told through the medium of the adventure game”.
“Charles and I have discussed returning to the Beneath a Steel Sky universe many times over the years. Fake news, social controls, polarized views – the world is confusing – we agreed that now was the right time for Robert Foster to take a trip back to and beyond that Steel Sky,” adds Dave Gibbons. “I am delighted to be working with Revolution again”.
Beyond a Steel Sky features:
- A unique, rich game experience in a bounded sandbox world, interwoven with a deep narrative.
- A story that enables players to profoundly affect and subvert the game-world and its characters.
- Elegantly simple, intuitive controls that allow complex situations to emerge, offering a gameplay experience that will appeal to the novice as well as the experienced gamer.
- Custom-written cutting-edge graphics technology delivers a beautiful, real-time, comic-book-styled world in HDR & 4K to complement the artwork of Dave Gibbons.
- Original comic book vignette to be created by Dave Gibbons.
Revolution Software are currently working on a late 2019 release window for Beyond a Steel Sky, with the adventure expected to launch on PC, console platforms and Apple devices. Will you be keeping a keen eye out for a concrete release date? Get in touch and let us know!