EGO.001 Introducing Ctrl Alt Ego
The central conceit in Ctrl Alt Ego is that science has advanced to the point where consciousness can be digitised, and so any medium capable of carrying digital information may also carry consciousness.
This means 'you' - well, you minus your body (= your ego) - are able to navigate the world by transmitting yourself from one device to another in order to take control (ctrl) of them.
Some of the things you'll want to ctrl already have resident hostile egos, and a core component of the game is about growing your ego in order to take over devices that initially have larger egos than you (we call this the egonomy).
Through a slightly-philosophical-but-mostly-light-hearted plot (a la HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy on LSD, one early tester remarked), the game explores the consequences of where digitisable consciousness technology may one day lead us.
The Kind Of Game it Is
At its heart, Ctrl Alt Ego is mostly a WASD first-person immersive action game.
It's a full length game with overlapping systems from which emerges the freedom for players to choose how to approach the many and varied encounters.
For example, depending on the size of your ego and which hosts you choose to exploit in any given situation, you'll be able to shoot, distract, sneak, takedown, go undercover, stun, bash, ctrl, explode, race by, out-fox, find a shortcut... or any combination of those, and the game won't punish you for doing your thang.
The Kind Of Developers We Are
The project is over 4 years in now, and we expect to be done before 1 more year is on the clock.
It's the collaboration of a two-man dev team, both working part-time on it while holding down much less interesting full-time jobs (we're seasoned developers, but mostly outside gaming).
Half the team (yeh, that would be me) is now working full-time on the game.
Pretty much all the gameplay stuff is in (barring tweaks, revisions and amendments, naturalment) - I'm mainly extending the content (i.e making more maps) while incorporating the slightly-philosophical-but-mostly-light-hearted plot.
Once I'm done with these bits we'll be looking to get a good quality demo out for feedback - hopefully sometime early 2020 ish.