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Beautiful Desolation

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: The Brotherhood
Release Date: Feb. 26, 2020

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'Beautiful Desolation' Free On For The Next 72 Hours

by Rainier on June 17, 2022 @ 10:00 a.m. PDT

Beautiful Desolation is an isometric, post-apocalyptic adventure game in a setting that is inspired by Sub-Saharan flora and fauna.

Different from the dystopian environments of their previous releases - STASIS and CAYNE - the studio embarks on a fresh but evocative African environment to whet any adventure gamers' appetite. Beautiful Desolation aims to be a dramatic sci-fi story inspired by the 80s - with a futuristic twist!

The never before seen, African, post-apocalyptic setting opens up a menagerie of bizarre creatures and vibrant characters, alongside a new world inspired by Sub-Saharan flora and fauna.

1980 saw the Penrose appear without warning. One day the sky was empty, and the next it was filled by an impossibly shaped monolith. The Penrose technology hurtled mankind forward, but a catastrophic event meant that desolation would ensue...

The world's chaos quietened, but tragedy hit home for Mark and Don Leslie, when an incident tore apart their brotherly bond in this dramatic story that spans the 1980s and beyond. Allow the Leslie family's story to unfold as you delve into a unique adventure with Beautiful Desolation, to explore this futuristic wasteland to discover villages, destroyed cities, and uncover the secrets of strange and abandoned technology.

But beware, newcomers are either revered or hated.

Beautiful Desolation is free on the GOG giveaway for the next 72 hours

 This isometric hommage to adventure games from the creators of STASIS, offers a story-driven experience filled with nostalgia. Grab the game from GOG's front page till Monday, June 20th at 1 PM UTC.

By using photogrammetry and scale model elements, The Brotherhood hopes to deliver the unique tribal punk aesthetic they have in mind for this point-and-click game.

The Brotherhood have brought award-winning composer and sound designer, Mick Gordon onto the project. Mick Gordon is a prominent industry name and is known for his work on score titles such as DOOM, Wolfenstein: The New Order and Microsoft’s Killer Instinct.

Key Features

  • AN EPIC SCI-FI ADVENTURE LIKE NO OTHER: You are flung into a futuristic, alternate-reality South Africa dominated by advanced alien technology that’s both revered and reviled. Explore, solve puzzles, make key dialogue choices and be prepared to face tough decisions in a sci-fi setting left pretty much untouched by other games. From thriving African sci-fi villages to crumbling tropical cities. Mutated forests and bone-dry ocean beds - all beautifully rendered in 2D isometric art.  
  • UNFORGETTABLE FACES ALL FULLY VOICED: Humanity as you know it has been reshaped, something most evident from the characters in Beautiful Desolation. Technology and sentient life have become totally blurred. Religious zealot mechs run rife. Humans willingly stripped of their flesh for immortality. Trans-humanistic tribes warring for power. And ruthless alien-like hunter mercenaries roaming the grasslands - to name but a few. Meet and interact with over 40 unique and bizarre characters, each fully voiced by authentic African voice actors, with thousands of lines of dialogue and multiple conversation paths. Additionally, CGI cutscenes are strewn throughout the story to bring you even closer to this enthralling sci-fi world and its characters.
  • MASTERFUL MUSIC SCORE BY MICK GORDON: Beautiful Desolation features a vibrant and highly experimental soundtrack by none other than Mick Gordon, known for his work on DOOM, Prey and Wolfenstein.
  • REVAMPED FOR CONSOLE CONTROLLERS: Controls, UI and movement have all been fully redone to work intuitively on console controllers. Experience a true gem from the PC adventure genre now with the use of your console’s gamepad.

Beautiful Desolation is available for PC (Steam and GOG), Nintendo Switch and PS4.

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