Time-bending puzzle platformer ECHOPLEX to exit Steam Early Access

 

SHORT DESCRIPTION

ECHOPLEX is a time-bending puzzle platformer with a full motion video story – coming to Steam as a full release for PC and Mac on 15 March 2018 .

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DETAILED DESCRIPTION

After nearly a year in Early Access, the time-bending puzzle platformer ECHOPLEX is coming to Steam as a full release.

The full release will feature 27 challenging levels, a complete full-motion video story (with a new UI to review video), as well as new puzzle mechanics and improvements to overall gameplay.

Developers Output Games have made fundamental changes to the Early Access version, based on player feedback. The as-yet-unreleased beta was tested at Lisboa Games Week IndieDome 2017, where it won Best Art Direction and Most Innovative Game.

ECHOPLEX is a time-bending puzzle platformer with a full-motion video story. Trapped in a mysterious looping simulation, you are followed by an “Echo” of yourself — a duplicate who repeats everything you do. Each level contains a memory fragment that reveals more of the story — but to reach it, you must outsmart your Echo in ever more challenging ways.

ECHOPLEX combines minimalist graphics with full-motion video to create an immersive and chilling story world.

The non-linear storyline in ECHOPLEX explores the mysterious connection between an engineer working at Clonochem Corporation and an activist protesting the company’s controversial product, Continuum. When the engineer calls a phone number written on a severed arm, he finds himself as one of many iterations caught up in an endless cycle of repeating events. Hidden within memory fragments scattered throughout the game are the answers to breaking the loop.

Created by indie filmmaker Tyron van Vuuren, ECHOPLEX features a gripping, self-contained storyline. Tyron’s many years of experience as a director played a key role in crafting ECHOPLEX’s story arcs – particularly during the game’s unsettling live action sequences.

ECHOPLEX launches on Steam (full release) on 15 March 2018 on PC and Mac, for $14.99 (10% launch discount applies for first week).

KEY FEATURES

  • Solve unusual spatial puzzles anchored by an innovative Echo gameplay mechanic.
  • Experience the story through puzzle-solving and live-action video clips shot by an indie film director.
  • Explore intriguing, minimalist environments.
  • Enjoy an abstract soundscape augmented by a “cyber-horror” score composed by Revin Goff.
  • Play under intense time pressure as your Echo draws near…

PRICING & AVAILABILITY

ECHOPLEX launches on Steam (full release) on 15 March 2018 on PC and Mac, for $14.99 (10% launch discount applies for first week).

STEAM URL

http://store.steampowered.com/app/611060

 

ABOUT THE DEVELOPER

Output Games is a small indie studio based in Durban, South Africa. Founded in 2016 by creative director Tyron van Vuuren, the studio’s goal is to push the boundaries of immersive storytelling in games — particularly through experiments with mixed media. The company’s name refers to both sensory and productive output. Tyron collaborated with developer and art director Henk Scheepers to create ECHOPLEX, the studio’s first game. For more information about Output Games, please visit http://output.games.

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PRESS MENTIONS

“If Stanley Parable, Portal and QUBE went minimalist…” – PCGamer
“A slick, stylish and rather scary puzzle adventure.” – AlphaBetaGamer
“Intriguing… Minimalist aesthetic and tricky spatial puzzles.” – IndieGames.com

TEAM

Tyron van Vuuren – Game director
Henk Scheepers – Coding + Art director
Ronnie Wong Ho Hip – Character design + animation
Shayne Mann – Executive Producer

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