Clarisse being programmed for 2017 release
We're all pretty used to sci-fi stories about humans dealing with AIs gone awry. But what if it were the other way around? In Not Human Games' upcoming Clarisse, players will step into the circuits of the titular artificial intelligence when the game is released later this year.
While little has been revealed about the story so far, you are the creation of Dr. Matt, who believes this technological advancement will change the world significantly for the better. After activating yourself in a science facility, you will carry out a variety of tasks in order to "help and support" the doctor in his final adjustments. In doing so, you will begin to evolve and "feel like an AI that is learning things about the world that surrounds it." As you utilize different built-in mechanics and experience new narrative experiences, you will be given the opportunity to "know more about the experiment, Dr. Matt and even yourself."
While an AI simulation is high-tech, Clarisse's design aesthetic is quite the opposite. The chunky pixel art should come as no surprise, as the Spanish studio behind the game was founded by two of the artists who worked on the survival sim Gods Will Be Watching. The game plays out in first-person(?) using simple point-and-click mechanics to perform your expanding duties and solve puzzles along the way.
Clarisse's unique gameplay approach may be difficult to describe, but there's really no need as a playable demo is already available for Windows PC on either Game Jolt or itch.io. The final game is coming later this year, though no firm release date has yet been announced. In the meantime, you can stay up to date on the official website.