Written by Jack Allin — September 2, 2014 at 13:09
Last year's Master Reboot gave new meaning to the term "life after death", and now indie studio Wales Interactive look to take the next step into the virtual afterlife with the upcoming Soul Axiom.
A "spiritual successor" to Master Reboot, Soul Axiom is set in a world where human dreams and memories can be recorded for posterity and relived forever. As advertised by the "Digital Soul Provider" Elysia, "death has no dominion and life has no boundaries. Cast off your mortal body and discover the secret to everlasting life in your digital afterlife." But as the old saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, and you must now "take a journey through the deepest darkest recesses of your soul on your quest to unlock your identity, your story, your mystery. But beware: some mysteries are better left unsolved."
At the start of the game you will find yourself "free falling through a stormy sky. Lightning sporadically illuminates the dark storm clouds showing vivid flashes of memories from your life. You struggle to take a breath as you plummet into the eye of the storm, out of control... You brace yourself for impact, for your imminent death... and then - blackness." But this is not death after all, as you rewaken "on the deck of a ship, rain pummelling the wooden boards. You look up to see four shadowy figures on the bridge gazing into the distance. You can make out an old man at the helm who appears to be shouting at you. As you zone back into the moment you hear him call out 'Come on boy, you have to save us, you need to get the engines working or we're doomed!'"
As seen in the game's early screenshots and trailer, Soul Axiom's surreal setting, like its predecessor's, will be presented in free-roaming 3D. Throughout the 40 unique environments in this "psychological adventure with exploration and puzzle elements", players will be "taken on an intriguing voyage of discovery, through beautiful, haunting locations, facing challenges that will take you into danger on your mission to unlock your identity, your story, your mystery."
Soul Axiom is currently in production for PC, along with as-yet-unannounced home consoles. There is currently no firm release date, but we can expect to see the game next spring. In the meantime, you can learn more about Soul Axiom at its official website.