The PlayStation blog announced yesterday that Master Reboot, described as “haunting sci-fi horror”, will be making its way to the PS3 later this month. The game is from Wales Interactive, which was founded in 2012 by David Banner and Richard Pring. The company has 14 employees, but the studio is said to be Wale’s biggest game developer and publisher. They produce indie titles, mainly for the PC, and some of their titles include Gravity Badgers and Jibs Arcade. Master Reboot is their first venture onto Sony’s console. Co-founder and Managing Director Banner describes the game.
“Our first PlayStation title, Master Reboot, is a haunting first person sci-fi adventure game. In the not too distant future humankind has created the Soul Cloud, a giant server that holds the data of your soul and memories when you die. The Soul Cloud is filled with floating islands, each island looks like a town, village, or city filled with rooms, skyscrapers, and houses that hold people’s memories.
“To house your Soul, a family member (or yourself before you die) purchases an island on the Soul Cloud where the server will generate rooms, houses or skyscrapers that hold each and every memory from the deceased’s past, or of memories of their choosing. The game starts with you being uploaded to the Soul Cloud but something has gone wrong and you wake up on a beach not knowing who you were or where you are. It’s up to you to explore, solve puzzles and try to piece together your life and death.”
The game is supposed to make players feel uneasy, giving them glimpses of things out of the corner of their eye. Banner said, “I think ‘less is more’ in our game and we’ve taken the horror genre in [a] different direction and steered away from blood, guts and violence. I can honestly say there is nothing quite like Master Reboot out there- it’s definitely a game that needs to be experienced.”
Banner goes on to describe the look of the game. “We deliberately tried to make something visually striking and that, combined with the music, gives a beautiful, haunting quality to the game. we wanted to create a look that would really stand out from the crowd and give us as the developers an identity and think we have achieved that with this game.”
The game is already garnering some praise among critics. PC Gamer describes it as “A gorgeous indie horror” and Kotaku calls it “freakishly cool”. Take a look at some screenshots below.
Master Reboot will be available through the PlayStation Store for the PS3 on February 19.
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