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Shardlight is the name of the post-apocalyptic point-and-click adventure game that will be released in the second half of 2015. The game is being made by the two latest additions to the Wadjet Eye Games (WEG) staff, Ben Chandler and Francisco Gonzalez. It's a game that is based on a dual game project the two made for the One Room, One Week competition last year.

The story is set in a dismal future after a great war, where the poor are ridden by plague and hunger and everything is controlled by a faceless oligarchy, the Aristocrats. Amy, the protagonist, has never known another life. She is about to learn that the Aristocrats are keeping a dreadful secret. One that she, with the help of a mysterious stranger, will unravel to bring down her oppressors and to free her people from the plague.

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Closer on the horizon is Technobabylon by developer Technocrat Games, which will be published by WEG. Technobabylon is a cyberpunk story set in a totalitarian city, featuring two protagonists. One is an unemployed agoraphobe, who for reasons unknown has become the target of a conspiracy and must flee her home to avoid assassination. The other is an agent of the secret police, who is pushed to his moral limits as the result of blackmail.

Three episodes of the game were released for free in 2010/2011, but the developers had originally envisioned a game of eight episodes. This has grown into 11 sections that were fully written and designed a month ago. With the help from WEG the game is also getting a complete art overhaul and full voice over and is estimated to be released early next year.

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And as if that wasn't enough from WEG, they recently signed with the two-man team of developers of the upcoming proto-cyberpunk adventure game Automaticity. According to an estimate on their blog from last year, they were aiming for a mid-2015 release. Estimates slip though, so it's hard to say if that's anything to go by. Also according to their blog, the setting of the game is New York City in the year 2027 and it follows a woman who gets pulled into a hacking underworld to uncover a corporate conspiracy. It sounds interesting and is one I'll follow up on as we learn more about the game.

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That's still not all from Wadjet Eye Games, as they were present at AdventureX in London this weekend. If you're interested in reading about some of the new and upcoming point-and-click adventure games for Linux that were presented at the event, head over to the next page.

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pd12 commented on 11 December 2014 at 3:24 am UTC

As a mainly FPS gamer, I was really surprised to like their offerings (especially Gemini Rue), since point and click isn't nearly as much control you have with Tribes 6DOF + weps, items and deployables =P

I guess the art, music and definitely story wove together into a cohesive whole. Even though my brain tells me not to get any point and click games, I may get this!


Speedster commented on 11 December 2014 at 5:59 am UTC
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Planning to pick up Nelly Cootalot after it comes out -- came close to backing the campaign (probably would have if payment had been through Amazon)


Speedster commented on 11 December 2014 at 6:08 am UTC
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Good that you'll be following Atomicity, interested in finding out more about it


lucifertdark commented on 11 December 2014 at 6:35 pm UTC

Looks like the Point & Click games are making a big comeback, about time too if you ask me, quick call out to any developers watching, Discworld needs a new game, hint hint hint.


Pixel-Tux commented on 11 December 2014 at 8:43 pm UTC

Thanks for writing about this. I love Wadjet Eye Games!
I've been trying to get into the Deponia series now that it is on Linux. But despite Deponia's great visuals, I still like Gemini Rue and the Blackwell series way more. They have great stories and logical puzzles.


flesk commented on 11 December 2014 at 11:08 pm UTC
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lucifertdarkLooks like the Point & Click games are making a big comeback

Probably has a lot to do with the increasing popularity of tablets, since point-and-clicks are near perfect for those devices. And possibly crowd-funding, since they might be the kind of games that are too ambitious to be making on your own in your spare time, but not mainstream enough to be of interest to most publishers.

Pixel-TuxThanks for writing about this. I love Wadjet Eye Games!
I've been trying to get into the Deponia series now that it is on Linux. But despite Deponia's great visuals, I still like Gemini Rue and the Blackwell series way more. They have great stories and logical puzzles.

Yeah, I love Wadjet Eye Games too. I think their main strength is in the writing. I'm looking forward to seeing Dave Gilbert's talks from AdventureX once they're uploaded. He did one called "Shutup! Creating better dialogs with fewer words" that sounds very interesting. It's a good quality in a writer to be able to tell a lot and build atmosphere without using too many words.


Pixel-Tux commented on 12 December 2014 at 4:21 am UTC

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Yeah, I love Wadjet Eye Games too. I think their main strength is in the writing. I'm looking forward to seeing Dave Gilbert's talks from AdventureX once they're uploaded. He did one called "Shutup! Creating better dialogs with fewer words" that sounds very interesting. It's a good quality in a writer to be able to tell a lot and build atmosphere without using too many words.

Agreed. That's what sucks me in. The great stories and the characters. Dave's a pro.

I didn't know the talk from AdventureX will be posted. I'll keep on eye on their youtube page.


GamingPenguin commented on 14 December 2014 at 8:52 pm UTC

Will buy both


flesk commented on 15 December 2014 at 10:22 pm UTC
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Dave Gilbert's talk "Shutup! Creating better dialogs with fewer words" is up now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfHpch-ipFU


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