When our studio ‘No Code’ was based, I had one specific mission in thoughts; Commentary. Initially pitched as “2001, solely you play as HAL”, it was the principle drive to establishing the studio and constructing the crew we now have now. We’re very excited – 4 years and two video games later – to announce that Commentary debuts on PlayStation four on Could 21, 2019!
Within the recreation, gamers tackle the position of SAM (“Programs Administration & Upkeep”), a synthetic intelligence system put in on the Low Orbit House Station “Commentary”, just some years from now, in 2026. On starting this journey, a mysterious occasion has brought on the station to lose energy and compelled SAM to reboot. With most of his programs offline, SAM should work with the one crew member he can discover, Dr Emma Fisher, and try to revive his programs and uncover the destiny of the station and its crew.
We describe Commentary as a story thriller; a sci-fi journey recreation that’s distinctive in its presentation and viewpoint, and offers gamers a brand new option to work together, view and participate within the story. The sport is performed visually from the angle of SAM’s networked CCTV-style cameras across the station, in addition to the varied programs and connections he has, to fulfil his position because the station AI. Gamers use these programs to unravel puzzles, navigate environments, uncover the story and help Emma to find out the true nature of the mission, the station, and himself. It’s a novel setup and permits the participant to essentially put themselves within the sneakers of an assistant AI.
One of many key pillars of the sport was the participant’s presence within the story. SAM, following this preliminary black out, has turn out to be self-aware. You aren’t certain how or why, however the actual fact that a human participant is now controlling SAM’s actions has an affect. Curiosity, exploration, even making errors – these are traits that AI mustn’t exhibit, however the participant’s actions add that human component; they’re SAM’s self-awareness.
One other pillar in improvement was constructing a sensible area for the story to happen in. The setting and presentation, based mostly on up to date area expertise and ‘science-fact’, offers us alternative to showcase our consideration to element, constructing a lived-in world for the crew, and immersive and plausible expertise for gamers to work together with, full with the fuzziness of stripped again and nearly industrial consumer interfaces.
We’re delighted to be launching Commentary on PlayStation four this Could. It represents years of exceptionally laborious work by our small however devoted and passionate crew of ex-AAA veterans and new builders alike. We will’t wait so that you can play!