Regular readers may remember that DONTNOD Entertainment promised to release some new details about their mysterious new title at Gamescom - and I promised to check it out.
So I did... and though raw details on Adrift (a placeholder title) are still a little thin on the ground, this large and talented studio are creating one of the most intruiging and artistically astounding unverses out there. We've got the details, concept art and teaser after the jump - as well as confirmation of launch platforms.
Adrift is a linear third person adventure game set in the dystopian future of Neo-Paris; a fusion of 2084 technology and crumbling grandeur of the ancient city. DONTNOD have created a team of over 70 industry veterans including talent from Criterion and Ubisoft, crafting their game within the heart of the metropolis that they plan to reinvent. At Gamescom, they've also announced that it will be headed to both Xbox 360 and PS3 - as opposed to a PS3 exclusive as was previously rumoured.
The digitization of memory provides the key draw (and resource) behind the game's storyline, and we have a few details for you directly from the developers themselves.
Augmented reality and memory manipulation have taken control of peoples’ lives.
You can now digitize, buy, sell or trade your own personal memories. The last remainders of intimacy have been swept away, in what appears to be a simple extension of the development of social networks and geolocation at the beginning of the 21st century.
The “surveillance society” has been accepted by the citizens themselves, in exchange for a few technological benefits. It is a reality that no one even thinks of challenging anymore.
This memory-based economy gives an immense yet uncontrollable power to a handful of people…
Adrift is still only 50% complete (in a pre-alpha stage), but it's clear that its art style will set it apart from much of the competition. World-renowned illustrator Aleksi Briclot (Magic The Gathering, World of Warcraft TCG, Marvel Comics, Splinter Cell) will be handling the artistic direction, which is shaping up rather nicely indeed. If the finished product resembles the concept art, DONTNOD could be on to a winner.
The following teaser trailer shows off some of this concept art in all it's glory, animated for your viewing pleasure.