Dan Smith a dude that won BAFTA Young Game Designer , along with publishing house Ripstone Games are happy to announce there collaboration on The Spectrum Retreat. A first person narrative puzzler heading to PC, XBox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, sometime in 2018
As you may remember, Dan Smith won the above prestigious award back in 2016 for a prototype of the same name. At the time he was a mere 18 years old.
Check out the game’s announcement Trailer:
Following the accomplishment, Smith took the prototype and spun it out into a full game with the help of the the aforementioned Ripstone Games. According to Smith and co., the game is a narrative-driven puzzler where you “manipulate your way to the truth.”
Set in a near future, you awake in The Penrose hotel, a peaceful yet unsettling refuge from the outside of the world. A description continues:
Dan Smith had the following to say about working on The Spectrum Retreat for over five years:
“The last few years have been a great experience. When I first began development, I couldn’t have anticipated that five years later we’d be releasing a game like this and that I would pick up a BAFTA along the way. The Spectrum Retreat is built on the mechanics I developed a few years ago, but they’re now integrated with a mature, absorbing story and setting. It’s been great to push the game further in every aspect and to craft an engaging world that can deliver the puzzles and story together.”
Meanwhile, Ripstone Games’ Creative Director Phil Gaskell commented on working with Dan Smith to publish The Spectrum Retreat:
“We’re thrilled to finally share Dan’s vision, now that The Spectrum Retreat’s release is drawing closer. We’ve worked closely with Dan as he, along with our in-house artists and programmers, crafted an experience which does justice to the vision he showed in his 2016 BAFTA award-winning demo. The puzzles possess a depth which betray Dan’s age and the story provides real emotional heft.”
Exploration of the striking art-deco hotel will begin to uncover the mysteries of both The Penrose and the uncertainties surrounding your current stay. Your desire to unearth the truth is obstructed by an array of color-coded puzzles, mind-bending physics challenges and the growing fear of exposing your true intentions.”
Sounds a bit vague, but my interest is peak. Going from the game description and trailer the game takes a very minimalist and interpretational approach to storytelling, which is usually not up my alley, but can be, and has in cases like Little Nightmares or Inside. I also can’t help but look at the game and just see sci-fi Slender Man, which may be a good thing…? Maybe?
When in 2018 The Spectrum Retreat will release hasn’t been divulged. Nor has any details on whether it will be a digital-only release or get a run at retail. The former is likely the case though. Lastly, a price-point also hasn’t been shared, but expect a budget-friendly indie price that is likely no more than $20 USD.
The Spectrum Retreat is currently set to release later this year on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.