Written by Jack Allin — September 2, 2016 at 11:17
Like the red-shirt security officers on Star Trek, being a pioneer colonist on an alien planet in an adventure game is pretty much a death sentence. Whether that is true once again in Pulsetense Games' newly-released De-Void remains to be seen, but one thing's for sure: something has gone seriously wrong on the distant planet Ancyra, and it'll be up to you to find out what.
As Elizabeth Woolgather, a Human Resources specialist for the company financing the outpost on Ancyra, you are sent to determine what caused the station to suddenly cease all communication. Once there, you discover that the crew has disappeared under mysterious circumstances – but not entirely, as "the station and its surroundings still echo with their thoughts and emotions." As you investigate the colony through the eyes of an A.I. cyborg named Wilco, you must interpret these memory fragments to piece together what happened. But expect "no easy answers", as the more you delve into the mystery, the more a "confrontation with a presence both ancient and impossibly vast becomes inevitable and unavoidable."
Described as a "story-driven meditative journey of exploration, investigation and discovery", De-Void will send players through a variety of crisp 3D locations, including "highly detailed space stations, alien forests, deserts, colony settlements and military installations." At each stop, you will encounter left-behind crew videos, audio and text logs that will gradually reveal a tale that "on the surface [...] is a tale of humanity lost in the depths of space, but beneath the surface lies a complex psychological story of conspiracy, betrayal, and madness."
If you're interested in boldly going where bad things have happened before, there's no need to wait, as De-Void is available now for Windows download on Steam and the Humble Store.