Normally it's concerning to equate icebergs and the end of the world, but it's good news when it's Iceberg Interactive, who today announced not one but two new post-apocalyptic adventures, Bonded and Empathy.
Long after a catastrophic event effectively ended the human era, Bonded is set in a world now dominated by intelligent machines. As part of just a handful of remaining survivors hiding in bunkers, a "little girl called Mira, and her trusty partner, a domestic robot called Bao" must abandon the relative safety of their home when Mira's parents leave for help but never return. Mira "knows nothing of the world outside, but when danger forces her to leave, only an old book and her old robot can help her on her journey to find her lost parents. But as fate would have it, she ends up discovering much, much more than she could have ever imagined." Players can switch between both Mira and Bao as the two work cooperatively to face the challenges posed by this industrial 3D wasteland.
There is no firm release date scheduled yet for Bonded, but the game is currently slated to release on Windows, Mac, and Linux, as well as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles in the last quarter of 2015.
Like its counterpart, Empathy drops players into a world that seems "broken apart, almost dead." Unlike Bonded, however, what remains are not machines but the remnants of its former human inhabitants in the form of memories and emotions that "appear as physical things, hanging in the air, just waiting for someone to reach out." In this surreal 3D land, players must explore and manipulate these memories in order to "change the world around you, solve puzzles and access new areas." The branching narrative unfolds in multiple first-person perspectives as you begin to piece together the tragedy that has befallen this world and its people.
Empathy is a bit farther off than Bonded, with an as-yet-unspecified release target sometime in 2016. In the meantime, you can keep tabs on the game's progress through its official website.