While many would probably appreciate the benefits of implanting a computer chip in their brains to permanently banish memory loss, others might question the wisdom of allowing such an invasive procedure, especially under the watchful eyes of omnipotent megacorporations. Such is the futuristic backdrop of dont_forget_me, an upcoming cyberpunk point-and-click adventure now seeking funds on Kickstarter.
Global peace has been achieved by uniting Earth’s nations under a single government. Now that government is encouraging all citizens to have a memory chip installed that will “never let you forget.” However, “if one wishes to share these memories with others, or to try and preserve them elsewhere, memory clinics outlawed by the government are their only option.” Players control Fran, an “amnesiac with a blank memory chip” (so much for those permanent memories, eh?) who works for Bernard, a technician for one such clinic who has taken Fran in. While the actual story details are being kept mostly a secret for now, the brief prototype available on the game’s Kickstarter page teases a bit more about the conspiracy-based plot.
Co-created by indie duo Robin “Biggs” Fau and Guillaume Thomas, dont_forget_me promises a mysterious sci-fi tale heavily influenced by such works as Deconstructeam’s Red Strings Club, Lucas Pope’s Return of the Obra Dinn, and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. Presented in third-person perspective with keyboard controls and retro-styled pixel art, the game will feature plenty of dialogue, as well as “moral choices, social hacking, and other surprises” along the way, including the ability to enter people’s memories directly. The work-in-progress demo allows you to explore the main room at Bernard’s memory clinic, get a feel for the choice-based dialogue, and even solve a parser-based text puzzle.
Currently in development for Windows, Mac, and Linux, with the possibility (but no promises) of porting to other platforms in the future, dont_forget_me is hoping to garner €10,000 by March 1st. Assuming successful funding, release is estimated for December 2019, so interested gamers should check out the game’s Kickstarter page for more information and to download the prototype.