Explore the dark alleys of Harbor Prime and a host of diverse locations in both physical reality and the wild reaches of cyberspace. Discover the truth behind an enigmatic AI striving to reach the Singularity, a theoretical “event horizon” in which artificial intelligence will surpass human intelligence and all bets about the future will be off. How will you play your part in the story?

Main Features

  • Rare melding of realism and creative vision: Realistic action, mature storyline, and complex character interactions meld with hand-drawn characters, animations, and locations, arcade-style melee combat, and an original conception of cyberspace.
  • Multiple solutions to problems: Operate in cyberspace or normal reality. Overcome obstacles using skills, weapons, special equipment…
  • Meaningful character progression choices: Will you be a silent assassin, a hacker, or a straightforward gunfighter? Improve your character and gear to unlock gameplay-changing upgrades that reinforce and customize your gameplay style.
  • Unique hacking mechanic: Transfer your consciousness to your avatar, overcome intrusion countermeasures, take action, and then return back to your body in a fraction of a real-time second to see the results – deactivated turrets, overloaded devices, enemies with crippled implants… 
  • Neo-cyberpunk: Story deeply inspired by the cyberpunk novels of William Gibson and other classical cyberpunk authors, flavored with a contemporary concept of augmented reality.
  • Rich game world and mindful level design: Visit diverse locations in Harbor Prime, a futuristic city complete with luxurious skyscrapers, run-down shantytowns, and seedy red-light districts. Take part in street brawls, steal corporate data, overcome environmental hazards, and, of course, stay alive – no easy task. 
  • Full voice acting: Interactive dialogues using hand-drawn sprite animations, fully voice-acted by professional actors.  

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5 comments by Dreadlocks on Jun 3rd, 2014

Hi everyone,

We’re back with another update on the development process of Dex, with a couple of major and minor news items to share with you. We decided to dub this update “Work in Progress,” since there are a lot of game pieces in motion and all members of the team are busily pushing their respective parts of the project forward.

New Dex cover art  
We decided to improve the main cover art image for Dex. How do like it? ;-)

Improved animations

Our lead artist Prokop Smetana has completely reworked the animation set for Dex (he’s now working on animations for the various enemy types). Below you can see a small GIF showcase; the full effect and improvement will be visible in-game in the next Early Access version (coming soon). In short, all the animations should feel smoother and more refined now – compared, for example, to the character animations from the trailers.

New quests and locations
We have a complete new set of locations and side-quests to ship with the next Early Access version. Below is a glimpse of some of the new locations we are currently working on.

Tony's Hideout
Tony's Hideout

Extended Slum Area
Extended Slum Area


New Early Access version
The release date for this new Early Access version (for Kickstarter and PayPal backers who pledged £15 or above) is set for mid-June (10th -20th) and this time we promise we won’t postpone it. It is going to be packed with more content, new features, and improvements visible in every nook and cranny (if you played the Early Access version from before, you should notice the difference). So stay tuned; it’s only about two weeks away!

Digital Identity Content
We have also contacted all the backers who pledged for digital identity content (custom graffiti and custom NPCs), so quite soon you may see Dex infused with custom-made graffiti and characters based on instructions/materials provided by your fellow backers. We’ll update you on these assets once they have all been created and added to the game. We’ll throw in a couple of pics, too.

That’s all for now. Hang in there, big things are coming right before summer!

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HounderKnight Jun 3 2014, 6:24pm says:

Oooh, this looks awesome. Nice work and good luck!

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darkhuntx7 May 17 2014, 5:34pm says:

No updates?? :S

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adivel Dec 10 2013, 5:48am says:

Is this some kind of 2D Deus Ex? The first Deus Ex is one of my most favorite games of all time!

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JboehmeG50 Nov 19 2013, 9:20pm says:

Can't wait for a Demo.

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Deleo Nov 16 2013, 1:56pm says:

Oh my holy god. I'm in love. I've been waiting my entire life for such a game.

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BioDestroyer Nov 12 2013, 5:43pm says:

Seems interesting, can't wait to see more. Tracking.

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