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Cepheus Protocol is an independently developed top-down open world RTS inspired by XCOM, Company of Heroes, and Parasite Eve. A lethal virus has infected Treasure Island, San Francisco and it is up to Captain Winter, a U.S. Army soldier working with the Center for Epidemic Research and Control (CERC) to stop the mysterious and deadly Pangu Virus from spreading to the mainland. In Cepheus Protocol, you control the fate of a whole city. Every choice you make matters as you must decide how it is best to combat the pandemic. Will you firebomb and leave no trace of human life behind? Or will you try and save everyone at the cost of your squad's safety? Featuring a full day and night cycle, the world changes with each new day as the virus evolves, making the infected more dangerous by the minute. You'll have to use all the tools in your arsenal to research the plague and seek out Patient Zero, whose mastery over the virus grows with each victim she infects.

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Factsheet

Developer:
Halcyon Winds
Based in United States

Release date:
May 14 2020

Platforms:
Windows

Website:
cepheusprotocol.com

Available From:
$14.99 - Steam

Description

Cepheus Protocol is an independently developed top-down open world RTS inspired by XCOM, Company of Heroes, and Parasite Eve. A lethal virus has infected Treasure Island, San Francisco and it is up to Captain Winter, a U.S. Army soldier working with the Center for Epidemic Research and Control (CERC) to stop the mysterious and deadly Pangu Virus from spreading to the mainland.

History

Our team was drawn together from a previous studio we worked for called Fenrir Studios, which was dissolved in the summer of 2018. The three main leads from Fenrir Studios formed their own studio (Halcyon Winds), which became an LLC winter 2018.

Taking a handful of the key developers and recruiting new employees Halcyon Winds began development on our first launch game, Cepheus Protocol July 2018 with a goal of finishing the first 8+ hours of Chapter One within 12 months. Presently, our team members are from all over the world, with most coming from the United States and Europe. The whole team works, telecommunications, with no one getting paid, yet still most dedicate well over 40 hours a week.

As for our developers, a few of them have gone, or are currently working with AAA game studios, while others have years of experience across many disciplines. We also opened our doors to newly graduated students, talented modders, and those looking to get experience in the game industry. As for our released games, under Fenrir Studios we released Dark Storm: VR Missions, which was launched on Steam Early Access. Under the Halcyon Winds banner, Cepheus Protocol is our launch title.

Features

  • Train and level up multiple squads as you search the city for Patient Zero.
  • Build, train defenders, and safeguard your base from the Pangu Virus’ victims.
  • Manage your squad as you attempt to control the spread of the virus.
  • Take command of Captain Adrian Winter as she leads an 8-member squad of elite soldiers as you attempt to stop the Pangu Virus from spreading beyond containment.
  • Choose how to spend your in-game money on important upgrading to your barracks, improving weapons, or buying new soldiers to fill your ranks. You earn in-game money by completing main and side mission
  • Collect viral samples to better improve your squads’ abilities and expand your understanding of the virus before it is too late.
  • Every life matters and every soldier counts. If Captain Winter dies, it’s game over. Decide whether to leave her at the base or use her advanced skill-set to even the odds while in the field.

Videos

Cepheus Protocol First 20 Minutes 0.7.88 YouTube

Pandemic Mode Teaser Trailer YouTube


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Awards & Recognition

  • "Best Horror Game" Dreamhack Anaheim

Selected Articles

  • "Cepheus gameplay is a unique blend of RTS with a real tower defense feel. 100% a strong learning curve to master the tactical skills layered across the six different character classes. Check it out!"
    - Mature Minded Gamers, Mature Minded Gamers
  • "A game that caught me off guard with how freaking fantastic it is, it runs fairly darn well, is pretty intense and reminds me quite a bit of They Are Billions just in a more modern world."
    - SmashGaminG!!, SmashGaminG!!

Monetization Permission

Halcyon Winds allows for the contents of Cepheus Protocol to be published through video broadcasting services for any commercial or non-commercial purposes. Monetization of videos created containing assets from Cepheus Protocol is legally & explicitly allowed by Halcyon Winds. This permission can be found in writing at https://www.indiedb.com/games/cepheus-protocol/presskit.


About Halcyon Winds

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Halcyon Winds a new company formed to create narrative driven games with solid enjoyable gameplay

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More information on Halcyon Winds, our logo & relevant media are available here.


Cepheus Protocol Credits

Robert Smith
Founder, Director

Ashley urquhart
Concept Art Lead

Christopher Lee Buckner
Game Designer/Writer


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