ECHOPLEX puzzle horror and a Linux release?

echoplex the horror puzzler could see linux release in steam games

In gaming news, cyber puzzle horror game ECHOPLEX caught our attention. While #gameplay is set in a mind-bending near future world, and coming to Steam #EarlyAccess. This #Unity based game has a strong potential of seeing a Linux build.
So gameplay in ECHOPLEX has players being followed by an “Echo”. Hence a duplicate of yourself, that repeats everything you do. Yet faced with a series of puzzles. The goal, outwit your Echo. So the player will have to use some strategy and cunning. Then retrieve memory fragments which hold the secret to your past…

Also, ECHOPLEX combines the minimalist graphics with live action footage. Which creates a deep yet chilling puzzle horror in the games virtual world.

The thought-provoking ECHOPLEX will soon have you questioning your very existence. Leaving players wondering if you’re only an echo of the games future self.

Since ECHOPLEX gameplay keeps the player moving. Why? If you stand still for too long, it’s game over. So the secret to surviving has the player using the entity’s mimicry to your advantage. For example, walking through a door’s trigger will lock the door in front of you. So as the Echo passes through the same trigger, the door will open. Hence allowing you to pass right through.

Therefore the ECHOPLEX’s non-linear storyline explores the mysterious connection. Which is interesting, this runs between an engineer working at Clonochem Corporation. While also including and an activist protesting the company’s controversial product, Continuum. So when the engineer calls a phone number written on a severed arm. Then he finds himself as one of many iterations caught up in an endless cycle of repeating events. Do you have what it takes to break free in this puzzle horror?

ECHOPLEX Features:

  • Solve unusual spatial puzzles anchored by an innovative Echo gameplay mechanic.
  • Experience the story through puzzle-solving and live-action video clips shot by an indie film director.
  • Explore intriguing, minimalist environments.
  • Enjoy an abstract soundscape augmented by a “cyber-horror” score composed by Revin Goff.
  • Play under intense time pressure as your Echo draws near…

Also, make sure to check out the 5-level demo for Linux.

So Output Games are interesting to launch a Linux release via Steam. Which may or may not make it into Early Access. The live action cut scenes and the playback seem to have an issue. Unity’s standard way of playing videos does not produce great results. Hence the developers have to “rely on a third party video playback asset.” Which only supports Mac and Windows. And since the core team is two people, “we don’t have the resources to build a custom player.”

Never the less, ECHOPLEX comes with a gripping, self-contained storyline. Which makes the puzzle horror rather unique. Since we haven’t seen a game developer going quite this far in gameplay. Hence this bit of gaming news.

ECHOPLEX is expected to release this month on Early Access via Steam. Hopefully we will see as Linux build after the games release.

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