SYNCED: Off-Planet revealed at Gamescom 2019

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As Gamescom kicked off last night, NEXT Studios unveiled their next initiative, a player-versus-player-versus-environment (PvPvE for short) sci-fi shooter called SYNCED: Off-Planet.

The game features teams of survivors fighting against each other and thousands (!) of AI-controlled, cybernetically-corrupted humans, known as Nanos, for a seat on the Ark Shuttle and the chance to escape from a post-apocalyptic Earth.

We’re excited to be collaborating with the dev team, as well as with Studio GOBO, to bring this dangerous new world to players. And what’s being shown this week is just a taste of what’s to come.

An open beta is scheduled for early 2020, but if you’re interested in learning more, visit the game’s site — https://www.nextstudios.com/sop — or watch the cinematic trailer below.

And for even more footage, including a six minute gameplay demo, head over to the official YouTube page.

Eavesdrop on rehearsals of “The Lethal Script”

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Sixteen individuals meet in an isolated hotel to revisit a deal gone wrong that ended in murder. Betrayal and revenge ensue, yet nothing is quite as it seems. Do they know they’re being watched? Do they know every word they say can be overheard?

The first DLC for NEXT Studios‘ acclaimed audio-detective adventure Unheard, ominously titled “The Lethal Script”, is out today. And not only is this case a doozy of a head-scratcher, it’s FREE.

I was really lucky to once again collaborate with the team in Shanghai — working closely with writer/designer Xiaoliang Shen and creative director Nick Zhang — and the voice talent in LA to help bring the English language version of this new chapter to players.

If you don’t yet have Unheard, it’s 30% off until 28 August, so head over to its Steam page to grab it at a great price. Then turn down the lights, slip on some headphones, and get ready to listen to a killer mystery.

The Church in the Darkness now available

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Today’s the day the church bells ring and the doors open to welcome the congregation. The Church in the Darkness is out now for PC/Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Switch!

Last week I wrote about the impending release and the reviews have already started to trickle in. Adam Rosenberg at Mashable says…

The Church in the Darkness does a great job of delivering a sticky stealth and exploration experience that also gets your brain moving.

And KC Nwosu of The Escapist echoes my own sentiments on the period and setting…

The Church in the Darkness almost serves as a history lesson, making one of the most shocking headlines of the ‘70s into a noteworthy interactive experience.

When you’re ready to hear the Walkers’ message and decide whether they preach the truth or are leading the flock astray, head over to the game’s official site — http://paranoidproductions.com/church — to learn more or get your copy.

And don’t forget, there’s a 20% discount on all platforms during launch week.