Escape: Sierra Leone is an exploration and survival game created with the Cryengine 3. The game is focused around complete freedom and on interacting with a vibrant and alive world. It takes place on an island chain based loosely off the real life Banana Island chain, off the coast of Sierra Leone. With approximately 21 square kilometers of terrain to explore, fight, survive and escape from. You start with no weapons, no supplies, no idea of where to go, getting those is up to you. The gameplay and style are going to be based loosely off of the mod Escape: Paradise for Crysis 1, you can check that out HERE, if you wish.
Set during the 1997 civil war, the main antagonists are the Revolutionary United Front, a notorious group rebelling against the government. You play on an island chain based loosely off of the real life "Banana Islands". The RUF have occupied these islands and are busy clearing the previous inhabitants out, recruiting who they can, and killing, maiming, or torturing those they can't.
You play as a civilian trying to escape the island. Throughout the game, you are forced to make a series of choices that will eventually lead to you making your escape. Everything from how to approach your attempted escape, to how you interact with other people can have an affect on how everything plays out in the finale. The game is totally open and you are never given "quests" or "objectives" beyond simply escaping. You may have encounters during the game in which you are asked to help someone, but these are completely open, you can fulfill their request, or simply ignore them, or even kill them, if you wish.
There are going to be at least three methods of escape, and a minimum of 12 different endings, influenced by choices you make throughout the game. Both of those numbers are likely to rise as development progresses. The gameplay will be from a first-person perspective, there will be a basic inventory system and you can collect weapons, food, first aid, and other items as you play. Combat will be pretty realistic and very brutal. I'm hoping to have a wounding system with appropriate animations and sound effects for both NPCs and the PC.
More information will be posted as development progresses. If you have any comments, suggestions, questions, whatever, please shoot them my way, as long as you're constructive. Thank you for your time, and for reading through this,
So over the past few months, progress has been slow. This is largely due to the engine changes made to CE3 that have changed the way weapons and characters are set up and exported into the engine. Essentially the game is coming along well, but has no weapons or characters that work properly... a bit of an issue in a first person game. It's hard to say when we might be ready to release at this point, since it depends when the artists can get the hang of the new system. But I think early 2014 or just before New Years is likely.
With that negative news, other stuff like vehicles and scenery are going along well. As you'll see, I'm going for a very bright and vibrant look, personally being quite tired of grey-tinted games. Here are some pictures:
Two of the cars parked beside each other.
Deep inside the jungle.
A picture of me surveying the land after my car ran out of fuel.
A lovely view of the beach and two islands.