Blackwell publisher introduces cyberpunk thriller, Technobabylon
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Point-and-click adventure game publisher Wadjet Eye Games announced a partnership to bring a new futuristic game into its catalog today, Technobabylon. Originally developed by James Dearden of Technocrat Games, the cyberpunk game is set in a dystopian future (in 2087, specifically) where an AI named Central powers the game's city and "genetic engineering is the norm."
Dearden envisioned Technobabylon as an eight-part episodic series, and created the first three games in 2010. The developer revealed on its blog in October that the game is already "playable from start to finish," and Dearden is working with Wadjet Eye Games to record voices for its characters. The publisher provided a teaser trailer that introduces Charlie Regis, one of the secret police for the futuristic city. Technobabylon is expected to launch this coming spring for PC with Mac and Linux versions planned to arrive later.
[Image: Wadjet Eye Games]
The year 2087 is upon us... yep, you heard me. Today Wadjet Eye Games is officially announcing Technobabylon, their next upcoming game in partnership with indie developer Technocrat. This retro-style, point & click adventure will release for PC in Spring 2015, with Mac and Linux also in the works.
Technobabylon takes place in a dystopian cyberpunk future where genetic engineering is the norm, the addictive Trance has replaced almost any need for human interaction, and an omnipresent AI named Central powers the city. Its all-seeing CEL police force keeps tabs on everyone... including three people who are about to meet their maker.
Today we're introducing one of these three playable characters -- Dr. Charlie Regis, a geneticist and CEL Case Specialist -- as the tragedies of his past come back to haunt him 20 years after his wife's death.
Technobabylon started out as a series of 8 planned freeware episodes (of which 3 were released) by indie developer James Dearden. With help from Wadjet Eye Games (creator of the Blackwell mystery games, publisher of Gemini Rue), Technobabylon's story and gameplay have been revamped for its commercial release, with player feedback from the freeware episodes integrated. The game will also feature new pixel art by Ben Chandler and professional voice acting.
Spring 2015? But I want to know more NOW!
I know! Between now and launch we'll reveal plenty more details about Technobabylon, including introductions to the game's other main characters, Latha Sesame and Dr. Max Lao.
You can also keep an eye on the official website (http://www.technobabylon-game.com) and the Wadjet Eye dev blog (http://www.wadjeteyegames.com/blog/), where James Dearden coincidentally just posted about Technobabylon yesterday.