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Sandbox tech demo available for digging into XING

For puzzle and solitary first-person exploration fans, you're about to feel like you've died and gone to heaven. Or at least died and gone to XING: The Land Beyond in the newly-released sandbox demo for the upcoming "contemplative journey through the afterlife."

Death really is only the beginning in XING, which sends players on a "journey across a series of mysterious islands. You will encounter perplexing puzzles, trapped souls, and the power to change the environment around you. Spiritualism, mysticism and logic come together in the land of XING, where you will traverse mountains, deserts, forests, volcanoes and more."

Although indie developers White Lotus Interactive have already surpassed their Kickstarter funding target, with a week left to reach their stretch goals they have unveiled a playable sampler that lets players explore a lush jungle island. As a "sandbox" demo, it does not have defined goals or story objectives and does not fully reflect the finished game. Rather, it serves as a tech demo to show off the game's stunning real-time 3D graphics and free-roaming controls, offering an early taste of what we can expect when XING is released later this year.

The demo weighs in at nearly 500 MB, and can be downloaded from a variety of host sites. If you like what you see, there is still time to donate to the game's Kickstarter campaign and vote for the game through Steam Greenlight.

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