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Syntherapy

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: V Publishing
Developer: Crowned Daemon Studios
Release Date: October 2020

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'Syntherapy' Delayed A Few Months, Reveals Story Details - Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 6, 2020 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT

In Syntherapy players take on the role of Dr. Melissa Park, a psychotherapist called to Petrichor University by research student Tara Northrop.

Syntherapy sees you play as Dr. Melissa Park, a psychotherapist called to Petrichor University by research student Tara Northrop. Tara has created an experimental therapy AI that is showing signs for concern.

Willow is so advanced that its creator needs to ensure its mental well-being. Dr. Harold Freeman, the President of the university, is worried that Willow's sentience could have wider ethical ramifications for the university, and has been fighting to have it shut down.

Syntherapy sensitively looks at the ethics surrounding advanced AI, and explores a variety of topics related to mental health. The game asks wider questions of its audience and the moral behavior of humans, as they design and construct artificially intelligent beings.

Originally planned for release in August 2020, Syntherapy has been postponed a few months, now scheduled for October 2020.

In this visual novel, players take on the role of Dr. Melissa Park, a psychotherapist called to Petrichor University by a research student named Tara Northrop. Tara has created an experimental therapy AI, named Willow. Willow is so advanced that its creators become concerned when it starts exhibiting signs of declining mental health and Dr. Park is sought out to assess and potentially treat the experimental AI. 

Dr. Harold Freeman, the President of the university, is worried that Willow's possible sentience could have wider ethical ramifications for the University. He’s in a heated battle with the University Ethics committee, and he reluctantly agrees to Dr. Park’s help. 

With more than 30 endings and outcomes for players to experience, Syntherapy sensitively looks at the ethics surrounding advanced AI and explores a variety of topics related to mental health. The game asks wider questions of its audience and the moral behavior of humans, as they design and construct artificially intelligent beings.

Syntherapy is not recommended for children, or those who may be affected by such subject matter.

Key Features:

  • Challenging and thought-provoking dialogue choices.
  • A complex loyalty management system that takes player choices, play style, and chosen topics into account.
  • A variety of in-game music to select during session planning.
  • Over 30 possible endings!
  • Explore a variety of topics related to mental health while uncovering the mysterious backstories of all the main characters.
  • Full voiceover with an amazing cast of voice talent. 

Syntherapy is in development for PC (Steam), scheduled for October 2020.



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