Posted by Evolve on May 24, 2018 | In: General News
Nova State is an action role-playing adventure about an alternate reality filled with androids and immense mechanical cities. Taking inspiration from contemporary open world games such as Middle Earth: Shadow of War, The Witcher 2, and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Gyre adopts a steampunk-inspired setting to paint its uniquely adaptive story. Currently, on Kickstarter with about 23 days left to go, the developers over at Evodant Interactive have begun an ambitious journey to finally release this highly anticipated title. This crew has parted ways with their industry jobs where they made games like Gears of War, Mortal Kombat 2, and Mass Effect to gain full autonomy in designing their dream role-playing experience.
The plot takes place in an alternate history beginning in 1848, where various revolutions across Asia and Europe have followed widespread, unrestricted technological experiments. The scientific discoveries that followed allowed humans to adopt android forms. Mechanized cities emerged as a result, which are commonly referred to as "gyres" springing forth to become focal points for the upcoming artificial society.
Players begin their journey in the character creation process of Creche, a factory where all androids are formed. Here, you're given the opportunity to assign stats, select your class, and customize your appearance as you see fit. This is your chance to get a feel for what being an android feels like, so it's worth the effort of trying out all your early options before making any confirmations. Upon emerging from Creche, the manner in which you choose to survive or traverse through the metropic world is up to you. Gyre offers unprecedented story creation through an adaptive narrative engine, meaning no one individual journey will be akin to another.
Based on the choices you make in the character creator alone, your journey will kick-off with various options for you to choose from. You may be created by your parents, be searched for by a citizen looking to hire you, or be offered diplomatic service. As you move forward with your opportunities, you'll find yourself part of various gangs or conflicts. How you choose to approach these events, and who you choose to befriend or demonize along the way impacts your story, so appreciate that all your actions result in consequences.
The world within Gyre adapts to your play style similarity to that of other role-playing games, such as Deus Ex. You don't have to worry about being forced into a certain set style, nor tread any grounds that don't interest you on your adventure. All options remain open for new paths, and you'll come to realize that your conversation skills will be just as valuable as your combative ones. Shape yourself to the world through stealth, diplomacy, intrigue, or brute force. The broad set of play-styles will be steady throughout, so pick whichever you're most comfortable with, or seems like the best option in your given scenario.
As you traverse through the various cities, you'll come to realize that death for an android does not necessarily paint the end. Restoration is always around the corner, meaning fatal exterior damage to any of your parts may be mended through a reawakening in a new body. This only becomes an issue if it's overdone, as each time a full completed restoration is done, meaning a replacement of every part, fragmentation occurs, causing permanent damage over time. Don't be overzealous with your deaths, but know that one foul swoop won't mean the end.
As immortality is ever-present and quite the attainable goal for yourself, you will come to realize that the relationships you build become critically long-lasting. Any and every non-player character you come across may be interacted with, and soon, you’ll find yourself affiliated with various groups or factions. There are five major factions that hold certain belief structures and aid in the maintenance of society. Players may join more than one, and participate in their mandating rituals, such as law-enforcing or working towards building harmony among all creatures.
Gyre: Nova State, at this point in their Kickstarter campaign, do not have a set release date yet, but promise ports on PC for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. They are currently $7,000 deep in a $117,000 campaign goal, so time will tell whether or not the funding will be reached, but for the sake of the androids, lets hope it does.