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11 Bit Studios, the makers of games like This War of Mine and Frostpunk have a new IP coming, called The Alters.
It’s a deep dive into some sort of weird sci-fi concept. The protagonist, Jan Dolski, is a regular worker whose ship crashes on a distant planet. He is both isolated and alone. Famine and death are around the corner. There are too many things to fix alone, but there is no one left to help.
So Jan Dolski does what any of us would do; he creates alternate versions of himself to help fix things.
“These aren’t clones. They’re the Quirks. Alternate versions of the same person,” 11 Bit Studios’ Tomasz Kisilewicz said in a statement to GamesBeat. “Each Quirk has a different skill set needed to be successful, but players have to take care of each of them. And each of them has a unique personality resulting from their unique life path. How those life paths unfold and how those relationships are built – it’s entirely up to you as a player. than a player.
It’s a smart way to make things work. Clones wouldn’t make sense since clones wouldn’t bring new skills to the table. But what about a version of yourself that went to trade school instead of becoming a writer? It could be useful.
The Alters development team is primarily made up of the team that created This War of Mine. So even if the pitch is a bit off-center, you know it’s going to do something interesting.
Also, fun fact: the rotating Ferris wheel the ship is built into? It is a real concept of artificial gravity generation, called von Braun wheel.
It might not be relevant to the game at all, but I think it’s cool.
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