Gamedec is a cyberpunk RPG asking dark questions about virtual worlds
22 Nov, 2019
In a world where child slavery is a F2P game, you are a detective solving crimes inside virtual worlds. Gamedec releases in 2020 on Steam.
Anshar Studios’ Gamedec reminds me a lot of the new Deus Ex games right out of the gate, and of course, of the upcoming behemoth Cyberpunk 2077. But don’t let this one drown in a sea of cyberpunk: Gamedec looks refreshingly original, and the questions it’s looking to ask seem very poignant in a world riven by virtual spaces.
Gamedec is billed as an adaptive RPG in which you play as a private detective who solves crimes inside virtual worlds. These aren’t your ordinary virtual worlds, though. You’ll have to deal with murders committed over video game clan disputes, and child slavery masquerading as a free-to-play game.
The criminals of the virtual worlds you encounter will also have motivations of your own, and your decisions will shape both the game world and your own character’s personality. To account for this, Gamedec will have a major focus on approaching your tasks in various ways, much like the freedom you’d enjoy in tabletop RPGs.
The game is set in Warsaw City, which is a futuristic version of the modern-day capital of Poland. The developers are themselves based in Katowice, so they should be right at home with the Polish setting.
Have a look at the game’s reveal trailer from Gamescom, where it won a Game of the Show award from GamersPack.
Wonder if we’re the ones living in a video game all along? Have a look at our interview with Juergen Schmidhuber. Also have a look at Sigma Theory: Global Cold War, in which you control a futuristic intelligence agency.