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Genre: Adventure
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
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Description
Release date: Early 2017
In this interactive novel, Lilya Martel has the opportunity to test a revolutionary virtual reality console, made by tech developer Jacob Lessard, that feels more “real” than reality itself. But when everything Lilya and Jacob assume about reality is thrown into question, they must confront their own beliefs about the nature of existence.

Story
Supernovas blaze in the night sky and major natural disasters are commonplace, but the gaming world is abuzz over a revolutionary virtual reality console. The Penta, developed by InterMense founder Jacob Lessard, promises a neural connection more “real” than reality itself. But what does it truly mean for something to be real?

When VR nerd Lilya Martel arrives at InterMense as a beta tester, she expects to spend the weekend battling her social anxiety in exchange for the opportunity to enter Vitalia, the flagship Penta simulation. But between the physical side-effects of the Penta, suspicious explanations from the developers, and the odd and unbelievably intelligent inhabitants of Vitalia, clearly all is not as it seems at InterMense. Ben Evers, another beta tester, claims that Vitalia is the world in which he belongs - permanently. When Ben’s life is threatened, Lilya sees that she has become involved in something much riskier and more eye-opening than she realized.

As Lilya, Ben, and Jacob’s fates intertwine, they must make some of the hardest decisions of their lives, and confront their own beliefs and perceptions of the nature of existence.

The best way to get a sense of what </reality> will be like is to try out the pre-alpha demo! The demo is available for Windows, Mac and Linux on IndieDB, and includes chapter 1 (of 10 chapters total).

Features
  • A thought-provoking, philosophy-inspired story with several mind-bending twists, and two perspective characters - over 90,000 words
  • A plethora of choices that really matter. Your decisions can change a character’s outlook, place them on a different story branch, or affect how the entire game ends.
  • Expressive character art and illustrative visuals - 14+ characters, each with various poses/expressions, 12+ background scenes, 16+ CGs/special illustrations, 15+ ending panels.
  • In-depth character development, affected by your choices, and with opportunities for relationship-building (romantically and non-romantically). Romance is completely optional, and may be pursued from either Lilya or Jacob’s perspective.
  • Original soundtrack and sound design

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21 Comments
fungus amongus Nov 30, 2016 @ 4:34pm 
cool game
Savinwraith Nov 23, 2016 @ 1:25pm 
Interesting premise Interesting premise, I am curious about the final execution.
David Maletz  [author] Nov 23, 2016 @ 8:18am 
@Insanity Wolf-Chan Glad you're interested! Perspective was actually the main theme of the game, including exploring the differences between interacting in reality and virtual reality.

As for Sword Art Online, it has a very interesting premise and a lot of themes it could have explored, but most of the story doesn't really live up to that premise (it's not bad, it just could've been so much more).
Smugass Braixen-Chan Nov 22, 2016 @ 10:00am 
Saying that I get a Sword Art Online vibe from this would be disingenuous because I've never actually read Sword Art Online, and now I think I probably should read Sword Art Online XD

Anyway, seems interesting. Having a clear disconnect between a fantasy and sci-fi/modern world has been done before (e.g. Harry Potter, Neverending Story, Super Mario Bros.) But in these, the "modern" world only ever serves as a hub through which the characters enter the "fantasy" world. I don't think I've ever seen one with a heavy focus on the way people interact with these worlds differently, as one person would be a completely different person in the fantasy world than they are in the modern "real" world, for example.
David Maletz  [author] Nov 13, 2016 @ 3:55pm 
@basso Awesome! Right now we only have the alpha demo . Feel free to try it out and post a video, and I'll definitely let you know when we get further along and have a beta test!
Tommmkmmmmm Nov 13, 2016 @ 3:05pm 
inglish: Hello ! I like the game and I would like to be a beta tester, my brother and I have a youtube channel (Argentina) and we could make a video showing and talking about the game.

español:Hola ! Me gusta el juego y me gustaría ser un beta tester, mi hermano y tengo un canal de youtube (Argentina) y podríamos hacer un video mostrando y hablando sobre el juego
David Maletz  [author] Nov 13, 2016 @ 9:02am 
@HellCow - we would love it if you would promote and test the game! I'm perfectly fine if your feedback is honest - that is exactly the kind of feedback we need - just make sure you explain that it's an alpha version, and hopefully all of your gripes will be fixed by release!

Right now the only part of the game we are ready to share with others is the alpha demo, which you can download here: </reality> Alpha Demo 0.1.69 on IndieDB
HellCow (DannyDOA) Nov 13, 2016 @ 8:39am 
Hey, i woud like to promote your game or/and if you need/want i can test the game.
Also i can get some more testers if necesary, Add me if interested in steam or send me a mail: Liecis19@gmail.com

(BUT my promotion will give honost votes and toughts)
KAC3TERN0 Nov 12, 2016 @ 4:53am 
Не игра класная крутые эфекты и графа. Я её срадостью куплю
спасибо Nov 12, 2016 @ 2:19am 
Не графодрочер , сануд классный