From Press Release:
Larkspur, Calif. (Sept. 7, 2021) – Dark Crystal Games and Prime Matter are pleased to announce that the isometric dystopian sci-fi RPG Encased is now available worldwide on Steam, GOG, and the Epic Games Store: https://store.steampowered.
“In the beginning there was nothing but the concept of an RPG with enormous freedom of choice. After three years of hard work, we managed to create an entire universe populated by hundreds of characters, warring factions, anomalies, artifacts, and mysteries. All of this would have remained a dream without the incredible support of our community, investors, publishers and – most importantly – players. This is the path we have travelled together with you,” said Viacheslav Kozikhin, Dark Crystal Games’ Creative Director.
The Encased story is set before, during, and after an apocalypse in an alternative vision of the 1970s after humanity discovers The Dome, a giant zone left by an unknown civilization colloquially known as The Forefathers.
Players begin their journey with one of five disciplines – science, engineering, security, management, or convict – which affects both their initial stats, specialization, and opens (or prevents) unique dialogue within the game.
However, the starting mission turns into a disaster as a strange anomaly of incredible proportions – The Maelstrom – goes out of control, cutting all communication with the outside world and plunging The Dome into chaos.
The only hope of survival is travelling across the vast wasteland, finding companions, and choosing whether to confront or cooperate with the six factions that have sprung up in the aftermath.
The game also encourages alternative playthroughs: Players can create a character with low intelligence to get unique dialogues and character reactions; play as a pacifist, using only non-lethal methods of eliminating enemies; kill every living thing in their path, turning The Dome into a very lonely place indeed; use their silver tongue and high charisma to resolve conflicts; or avoid everyone by staying hidden as a recluse. Encased remembers every decision and will lead explorers to one of many varied endings, depending on their actions throughout the game.
Key features of the game:
- Turn-based tactical combat
- An extensive system of skills, abilities, and perks
- Six opposing factions
- Random encounters both on locations and while traversing the global map
- Systemic interaction with the world around you
- Play as a lone wolf or recruit companions
- Stealth, crime, and reputation systems
- Weapon crafting and upgrades
- Survival elements
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