Indie point and click adventure game Gods Will Be Watching debuts with a retro-tinged teaser that looks like this might be one to watch.
Coming from developer Deconstructeam and Devolver Digital, Gods Will Be Watching is a game that levies some pretty heavy decisions on gamers. Crafted in a minimalistic style, Deconstructeam says that the game will play up “tough decisions” and that traversing the galaxy with their crew intact will be far from easy.
The updated and expanded Gods Will Be Watching is a minimalistic “point and click thriller” centered on despair, commitment, and sacrifice as players face intriguing puzzles and tough decisions that will affect their entire crew’s wellbeing. Set against the backdrop of an interstellar struggle, Gods Will Be Watching follows Sgt. Burden and his crew in six tense chapters from hostage situations and wilderness survival to biological weapon prevention and agonizing torture scenarios. Each decision is crucial and players will need to choose between the lives of their team and the saving the world from genocide.
So far so good as Gods Will Be Watching has all of the elements that might make it a sleeper hit on the PC. The graphics are stylish and have that retro look that pretty much everybody likes these days and the gameplay acts in sharp contrast with some very modern, moral themes. As Deconstructeam founder Jordi de Paco says though, that’s all part of the plan.
“Our team set out to make a new breed of point and click adventure and capture the feeling of having to make heavy decisions with sometimes dark consequences,” said Jordi de Paco, founder of developer Deconstructeam. “We understand that Gods Will Be Watching is a departure for the genre but think we have an opportunity to break new ground in storytelling and the weight of decisions.”
Is Gods Will Be Watching an 8/16bit Mass Effect then? Maybe. It certainly sounds like it shares many of the themes from BioWare’s famed space opera and if Deconstructeam could capture a little of that essence combined with it’s super-cool engine that powers Gods, they’d really have something magical.
Stay tuned, Devolver Digital will be presenting more of Gods Will Be Watching at SXSW in Austin next month and at PAX East in Boston later this year. The game is scheduled to launch for the PC this coming June.