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Escape: Sierra Leone is a single-player exploration-based survival first-person game. Focused around complete freedom and interacting with a vibrant world, it takes place on an island chain based loosely off of the real life Banana Islands, along the coast of Sierra Leone. There are approximately 21 square kilometers of terrain to explore, fight, survive and escape from. You start with no weapons, no supplies, no idea of where to go - getting those is up to you. No magic quest arrows pointing where to go, no forced objectives or missions.

Set during the 1997 civil war, the main antagonists are the Revolutionary United Front, a notorious group rebelling against the government. The RUF have occupied the Banana Islands and are on a hunt for diamonds; recruiting who they can and killing, maiming, or enslaving those they can't.

You play as a civilian trying to escape the island. Throughout the game, you are forced to make a series of choices that will eventually lead to you making your escape. Everything from how to approach your attempted escape, to how you interact with other people can have an affect on how everything plays out in the end. The game is totally open and you are never given "quests" or "objectives" beyond simply escaping. You may have encounters during the game in which you are asked to help someone, but these are completely open, you can fulfill their request, or simply ignore them, or even kill them, if you wish.

In the 1.0 release, there are going to be at least four methods of escape, and a minimum of 8 different endings, influenced by choices you make throughout the game. Both of those numbers are likely to rise as development progresses. A compact and simple inventory system will make you think about what food, ammo, guns, or items you want to carry. Combat, while not mandatory in any way, is fairly realistic and very brutal. Each bullet hit or wound causes an appropriate animation and sound effect, for both NPCs and the player.

Key Features:

  • Seamlessly scavenge the entire island for supplies you need to survive, from a banana to an AK-47. No invisible walls or loading screens.
  • Engage in immersive and realistic combat... or don't, if you're the sneaky type.
  • Around 21 square kilometers of hand-painted landscape and vegetation gives you a ton of area to explore.
  • Using a simple and intuitive 12 slot inventory system, make the hard call on which items to keep and which to leave behind.
  • Realistic bullet physics that factors in gravity, wind, and speed into every individual round, all of which can effect penetration, damage dealt, and accuracy.
  • Death comes in more forms than bullets, avoid disease, dehydration, starvation, car crashes, wildlife, and falls.
  • 24 hour day/night cycle with a weather system that includes rain of varying strengths, wind, and a 28-phase moon cycle.
  • Discover and protect safehouses, they are your only chance to save your game and serve as a good spot to stockpile supplies or clean weapons.
  • Find and fuel different kinds of vehicles, from a diesel powered truck to a gas powered motorboat, walking won't get you anywhere fast!
  • Interact with the environment; from picking a lock, to opening a door, to cooking food on a campfire, to chasing a school of fish, to hunting the local wildlife, there are many ways you are involved in the dynamic world around you.
  • Get lost in the thick jungle, or stroll around the sweeping beaches.
  • Detailed weapon handling including loading and unloading loose rounds into magazines, cleaning your gun, clearing jams, and the option to "quick reload", which drops your old mag on the ground, but reloads faster.
  • Explore an unforgiving, although deceptively pretty island. Never forget how easily the island can and will kill.
  • Hand placed loot allows for a logical placement of items, instead of leaving it up to a random spawning system.
  • No hand-holding or magical GPS-like maps or arrows to push you to success, it's all you!
  • Very limited HUD and a focus on immersion and realism. The HUD is only visible when you prompt it to appear.
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Hello everyone!

Sorry for the long delay without news, I've been busy working away on the project, and I admit I've been slacking in regards to providing everyone with updates. So now it's time for some big news! Escape: Sierra Leone is now on Steam as a "Coming Soon" project! Check out out HERE. I also now have set a release date for the Early Access game: January 16, 2016. I've made massive progress with Unreal Engine 4 compared to CryEngine 3. I started a year ago with Unreal Engine 4 and when compared with my 2.5 years with CryEngine, I've made far more progress in far less time. I can't say enough good about UE4 or Epic Games and the lovely Unreal community. Enough talking, how about some screenshots?

Steam Store Screenshots

Steam Store Screenshots

Steam Store Screenshots

Steam Store Screenshots

If you want to see more, please check out the "Images" tab, I recently uploaded 18 new screenshots.

I also captured a quick 10 minutes of me playing the game. It's unscripted and I literally just hopped in and tried playing rather aggressively. I won't give you a play-by-play, but lets just say it doesn't work out for me.

There is also a short trailer I made for the Steam page that you can find in the "Videos" section.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my progress so far, stay tuned for developer update 3 in Early January where I will be going over the tweaks and updates to the project. As it is, the game is nearly ready for the initial Early Access release, but I want to hold it back for the next two months to really go over it with a fine-toothed comb and make it as polished as possible. I'll also be doing some closed beta testing to get impressions from people who've never played it. Thanks for the support and I'll talk to you guys soon,

Adam

Unreal Engine 4 Development Update 1

Unreal Engine 4 Development Update 1

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With a new engine and new year, lets see where E:SL is currently at since the process of switching engines started.

Escape: Sierra Leone is Moving!

Escape: Sierra Leone is Moving!

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Due to several hangups with Cryengine 3, Escape: Sierra Leone is moving to Unreal Engine 4.

A No-BS Update on How Things Are Going

A No-BS Update on How Things Are Going

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Well, it's been almost a year since I managed to get the Greenlight. I can't believe time has gone so fast and that I've managed so little regarding this...

Update On the Beta Status

Update On the Beta Status

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I've been quiet on the E:SL front lately, an update on how things are going.

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E:SL Alpha Demo V0.1 (PART 2 OF 2)

E:SL Alpha Demo V0.1 (PART 2 OF 2)

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You will also need the files in this .zip for the game to work, please make sure you download this as well as the Part 1 files. Then, extract and merge...

E:SL Alpha Demo V0.1 (PART 1 OF 2)

E:SL Alpha Demo V0.1 (PART 1 OF 2)

Demo 16 comments

The free alpha demo for Escape: Sierra Leone. This is an early build designed to give players a chance to try the game. It's pretty rough and unpolished...

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AltoSaxon912
AltoSaxon912

Nice to know the project's not dead. I remember having fun tooling around in a pre-alpha build a year or two ago

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Slayer_2 Creator
Slayer_2

Thanks, it's changed a LOT since that build, Unreal Engine 4 has let me do a lot of crazy things. There is a possible beta build coming soon, although I may do early access, still have to see how it goes.

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Guest
Guest

how do you install the game what do i do wine you get to enter Bin32 or Bin64 what do i do there

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Slayer_2 Creator
Slayer_2

There should be an executable for each type of game. Use 64 bit if you have a 64 bit OS, or 32 bit if you're running a 32 bit OS.

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Guest

sorry 32 bit version doesnt work!!! its missing a file i emailed you before about it! its the ximput1_4 dll and without it there is no way to play! the 64bit version works fine but i dont have 64bit version going by what others say can you please fix it???

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Slayer_2 Creator
Slayer_2

Send me a PM and I'll shoot you a link to my email address so I can send that file along for you. Just so you know, the initial release of the game will only support x64 although 32 bit support is planned down the road.

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trollman2000
trollman2000

this is how my game looks like can someone help me Youtu.be

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Slayer_2 Creator
Slayer_2

That is odd, I'll try to reproduce it, can I have your system specs?

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Guest
Guest

i need some help

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Slayer_2 Creator
Slayer_2

With what?

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