is a story-driven tactical game set in a sci-fi theme with a strong focus on turned based combat. While staying loyal to the core elements of the genre, we decided to introduce new gameplay features as well as elements from other genres, making Eternal Escape a unique experience.
Being passionate gamers for decades, we played and finished games from all kinds of genres, though most of all we enjoyed RPGs and TBTs (Turn-based tactics) in particular. We loved to play games like UFO, XCOM, Jagged Alliance and Valkyria Chronicles. Unfortunately good TBTs are rare finds these days, often lacking the complexity and depth of former titles.
After graduating from our game development studies in Trier, Germany, we decided to turn our hobby into one goal: Developing a turn-based tactical game that combines tactical gameplay with strategy and role-playing elements. We liked the idea to add more complexity to the game, while making sure the rules are easy to understand und it’s still fun to play.
While definitely a tactical game at its core, we like to add new innovative elements as well as elements from other genres. For instance we decided to go for a free adjustable third person camera instead of the usual isometric view, the introduction of role-play elements, like individual attributes, skills and classes. Moreover you have the ability to test and plan every action before executing the choices you make, therefore improving the overall transparency of your action's consequences.The game itself is divided into 3 parts:
The story centers around our protagonist who has been imprisoned in a high security facility. His past yet to be revealed during the course of the game, it is uncertain why he has been taken captive, what crime he has committed. Word is that nobody has ever escaped this prison ...alive.
The prison is part of a colossal space station run by the government, military and some major corporations. Because of the nature of its research, ranging from military appliances to biological warfare, the station is located in a remote part of our galaxy and isolated from human society by the vast vacuum of space.
A recent incident caused great havoc almost resulting in the complete destruction of the station, although our inmates are still unaware of the scope of events around them.... until now. Now it's up to you - use the turmoil to your advantage. In order to escape you have to forge alliances with different factions within the prison and recruit inmates for your team. Only if you uncover the truth about your past as well as find and eliminate the cause of the incident that brought the station to the brink of destruction you might be able to escape this madness.
The development of Eternal Escape is currently in the pre-alpha stage. The current content is not representative for the final release and might be subject to change. The story-driven game will be released episode-wise to allow earlier access to the game and still be able to expand the universe with new missions, areas, characters and skills over time. Each episode will be a stand-alone game with a self-contained story.
This project is flexible to changes suggested from the community. We're looking forward to reading your feedback and critiques. For more news and information check out our twitter account or visit discord or reddit!
Six months ago at the end of 2018, we tested our gameplay mechanics with models and animations from unreal marketplace. Also, with the help of motion capturing, different animations were recorded and edited for the game. Those animations are not yet implemented into the game but we are looking forward to doing so.
Right now, we are working on creating our own models, focusing on differentiating the five classes that we have planned at the moment. Every class should have a special look that will be instantly recognizable. To achieve this, there will be different helmets, weapons, and armors for each class. Especially for the armor, we want to create a distinct design and even more than one design for the individual classes. Every class is going to have special skills, weapons, and traits which will give the player a range of possibilities for creating their individual party.
The following classes are playable in the first episode:
The main character of Eternal Escape. As being a typical support unit, he can buff his team and weaken his enemies. Some slight healing as well as resurrecting are also part of his abilities. He doesn’t wear a helmet so he can be recognized in a second. He wears a portable console around his arm. His weapon of choice is a laser pistol.
His specialty is splash damage with an acid launcher. On the other hand, he can heal his teammates. Look-wise he’s wearing a hazmat suit with a mask to go with it and a tank on his back.
A close combat fighter and "tank", who does the most damage from a short distance. Due to his fighting style, there are marks on his metallic armor, for example, splintered paint or blood splatters. For combat, he’s using an electric double-ended blade and an energy shield.
As a sniper, he can take out the enemy from far away but has a low shot frequency. He wears light armor with a camouflage print and an open helmet with a visor.
The fastest of the classes, the scout can move across the battlefield in a short amount of time, thus giving the player an overview of the current situation. Using stealth tactics, he needs fitting attire, so he wears a carbon armor with camouflage print and an aerodynamic helmet.
During the following months, we want to implement more of our own models, for example, objects or weapons into our gameplay demo. We are also working on creating base characters for each class because right now we only have one standard character. Our 3D artist also works closely with our concept artist to finalize the style for Eternal Escape. More on that in our February blog.
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