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The Initiate to get underway on August 1st

We tend to think of initiation rituals as harmless pranking fun, but the stakes are much higher for the newest recruit of The Initiate, a new horror-tinged mystery puzzler coming next month from Deceptive Games.

Players control the eponymous character, a man named Nathan Rockford who has "lost his memory and has awakened in a house full of traps and puzzles." The room is modern, though part of it is "surrounded by strange shapes and other mysterious objects." While "vague memories flash in your mind as you stand [on] the cold wooden floor," the room is quiet until a mysterious voice announces over the intercom that your mission, along with 84 others trapped elsewhere, is to use your wits to escape. If you succeed, you'll have the opportunity to join a powerful secret organization, but first you'll need to survive your trial.

The Initiate's first screenshots and trailer display some of the challenge-filled 3D environments you'll explore, but if you want a first-hand taste of what to expect, a playable demo is available for download. According to game's indie Welsh developers, this is intended to "highlight the key aspects of the game mechanics, and will give everyone an understanding of how the story will progress of this mystery puzzle adventure, without giving away too much of the main game.”

If you like what you see, there's not much time to wait for the full and final version, as The Initiate is due to launch on Steam for Windows, Mac and Linux on August 1st. 

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