Back in the early months of 2022 a new cyberpunk thriller appeared on Xbox. Playing out as a visual novel, that game was Synergia. Today that same game gets a full NextGen Edition for Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5. As well as a new Sunrise expansion which builds things out to all-new levels.
A new Synergia – NextGen Edition on Xbox and PlayStation
Available for Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 is Synergia – NextGen Edition. Taking the original base game, we see Top Hat Studios add to things with a 4K remastering, enhanced loading and cloud features. Further to that is some new never-before-seen in-game content, including a 56 page original artbook, comic reader, music listening room and more.
That in itself would probably be enough to warrant a purchase of Synergia – NextGen Edition on its own. But this new version also comes complete with the Sunrise expansion.
Sunrise tells the story of what happens after the end of the world. It is set one year after Cila and Mara navigate the events of the Synergia incident. Sunrise explores their future outside of The Empire’s neon jungle, and the repurcussions on the world around them. It focuses on the Emperor’s right-hand – the Master of the Art of Sacrifice – Yu. From there, they prepare to make a reunion with the now-reviled Cila and Mara as she seeks to settle things, once and for all, with The Empire’s most wanted terrorist: Yoko, the enigmatic black-market dealer who “gifted” Mara to Cila originally.
More key features
The key features of Synergia Sunrise include:
- Meticulous hand-drawn artwork, with over 100 combined unique backgrounds and CGs
- A beautiful, vibrant art style bathed in ultraviolet and neon shades
- 20+ characters, all with their own backgrounds and personalities, who will cross your path and influence the fate of Cila’s journey
- A narrative exploring the themes of forbidden love, the crimes of the future, and a relationship between human emotions and technology told through their own point of view
- A thrilling storyline true to the oeuvre of cyberpunk fiction, with choices that affect Cila, MARA, and now Yu’s journeys and the world around them, with multiple endings
- An immersive atmosphere that puts you inside a dystopian, technologically insane world, thanks to a synth laden soundtrack by Andy Andi Han, with extra contributions by Lilith Heil and Hohenheim.
If you already have the base game of Synergia, you’ll find Sunrise kicking around as a free download on PC (Steam) too. If you were a Kickstarter backer of the game, you’ll get this NextGen Edition free as well.
You’ll find the Xbox Store capable of sorting out Xbox players. There is a Synergia Store Page in place, as does the new Synergia – NextGen Edition. £16.74 is the price being asked.
Synergia – NextGen Edition on Xbox Game Description
Synergia – NextGen Edition is a 4K Remaster featuring the SUNRISE expansion plus bonus content!
A neon-lit dystopian cityscape becomes the stage for thrilling adventure and deep yuri romance in this cyberpunk-themed visual novel. The complex personalities and experiences of more than 20 characters are interwoven across multiple paths and possible endings. Your choices matter, not only to you, but to all those with whom you struggle to connect.
Cila, a veteran cop with a sour outlook and anger issues expects nothing more from life besides the smell of ozone, blinding neon lights and the ever-present manhole steam. That is, until a shady friend replaces her broken-down housedroid as a favor. Advanced, more efficient and remarkably perceptive, unit M.A.R.A. begins to penetrate Cila’s toughened exterior and possibly even heal her new owner’s old wounds – if Cila can decipher the recurring nightmare the process brings. Soon Cila and Mara forge a unique, if sometimes uneasy bond.
Unbeknownst to Cila, just as her life begins to find its new normal, the technological giant Velta Labs gets wind of Mara’s existence and takes a mysterious interest in the android. A war unlike any before is brewing on the horizon, its players are silently being selected and one android’s fate may spell the difference between peace, war, the blossoming of a new religion or a technological singularity beyond comprehension.