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Beyond A Steel Sky

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Adventure
Developer: Revolution Software
Release Date: July 16, 2020

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'Beyond a Steel Sky' Consoles Release Dates Shuffled A Bit Due To Logistical Issues - Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 26, 2021 @ 11:19 a.m. PST

Reuniting with legendary comic book artist Dave Gibbons, Beyond A Steel Sky is a follow-up to classic 90's dystopian cyberpunk adventure Beneath a Steel Sky.

An adventure set within a dynamic world, populated by willful characters driven by motivations that the player can subvert. In combination with a unique hacking tool, multiple solutions to puzzles emerge from player choices.

You are Robert Foster. A child has been abducted in a brutal attack. You have vowed to bring him home. But the trail has led you from your community of desert wasteland dwellers, to Union City, one of the last remaining mega-cities in a world ravaged by shattering wars, and political meltdown.

Fortified and impenetrable, it is a utopia in which people live happily under the surveillance and control of a benign AI. But all is far from what it seems...

It is a thrilling story of loyalty and redemption set in an eery and terrifying world of AI-driven social controls. As can be expected of a Revolution adventure, the tale is woven with the studio's signature humor, supported by Gibbons' acclaimed artistic style.

Beyond a Steel Sky is a hugely ambitious adventure in which intelligent, humorous emergent gameplay drives an edgy narrative. Very much an adventure, the game is set in a dynamic, bounded-sandbox world. A unique world that will respond to – and be subverted by – the player’s actions. The game characters, driven by advanced AI tech, are willful and motivated: their intelligent responses allow interesting, emergent solutions to puzzles and obstacles. The culmination of Revolution’s 30 years of developing adventure games, Beyond a Steel Sky evolves and redefines the adventure genre.

In this new Dev Diary, Charles Cecil, CEO & Game Director at Revolution Software, goes in-depth on the game’s lore. As the spiritual successor to Beneath a Steel Sky, it was crucial for the studio that Beyond a Steel Sky remained consistent with the original game while being equally appealing to people unfamiliar with the series.

“The way that we do this is that we make sure that all the core elements, all the vital lore, is brought through as part of the gameplay so that players experience it as they’re solving puzzles, as they’re driving the narrative forward,” says Charles Cecil.

For players interested in getting to know more about the series’ lore, the game includes two Museums: the Museum of New History, dedicated to Beyond a Steel Sky’s lore, and the Museum of Old History where people can learn more about Beneath a Steel Sky. Charles adds:

“Hopefully, people will realise that this was our opportunity to convey exposition, because they could choose how much they engaged with, and how much they didn’t, and anything that we thought was vital that they did learn we put into the gameplay. I’m really thrilled to be able to bring Beyond A Steel Sky to consoles, and I know the game will appeal both to new players as well as old fans.”

Due to worldwide logistical issues and constraints beyond our control, the game’s release date has been postponed on some platforms in certain territories:

  • In the UK, the digital Switch version will be released on November 30, and the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S and retail Nintendo Switch versions will launch on December 7.

  • In North America, the digital Switch version is set to release on December 7, and on December 14 on all other platforms for both retail & digital versions.

  • In Australia & New Zealand, all retail versions will come out on December 17, while all digital versions will be released on November 30.

  • In Europe, the game will launch on November 30 on all platforms as originally scheduled.

We apologize for the inconvenience for players eager to get their hands on the game, and we thank you for your understanding.

Key Features

  • A fascinating sci-fi world - An adventure set within a dynamic world, populated by willful characters driven by motivations that the player can subvert. In combination with a unique hacking tool, multiple solutions to puzzles emerge from player choices.
  • A thrilling story full of humor - Unravel dark conspiracies, defeat a terrifying antagonist in this dramatic, humorous, cyberpunk thriller, which explores contemporary themes: social control, AI, and total surveillance.
  • A unique 3D comic book art style - A beautifully detailed, comic-book styled world, from the mind of legendary comic artist Dave Gibbons.
  • Ingenious puzzles - Intelligent puzzles are interwoven with an intriguing dramatic narrative to deliver a compelling gameplay experience.

Currently available on PC (Steam), Beyond a Steel Sky will be coming to PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Nintendo Switch on December 14, 2021 (November 30, 2021 in Europe).

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