Do you remember the colorful alien exploration game In Other Waters? Well, the developer is back with another science fiction offering, although this time it’s all taking place on a rundown space station.
The game, titled Citizen Sleeper, was previously teased under the name Project Sidereal, but developer Jump Over The Age revealed the new name and trailer during the PC Gaming Show last night. It is described as a “role-playing game in the ruins of interplanetary capitalism”, with the player taking on the role of a “sleeper” – a digitized human consciousness. The bad news is that you also belong to a huge corporation that wants you back, and your body is going to be spoiled as part of “planned obsolescence” for refugees. That’s what happens when billionaires start jetting into space, I think.
“Write to the unknown and colorful inhabitants of the eye, you have to build friendships, earn a living and navigate the factions of this strange metropolis if you hope to survive to see the next cycle,” explains the Steam description. “Escape the makers of your decaying body and go your own way in a richly imaginary, deeply relevant science fiction world that explores ideas of precarity, personality and freedom.”
In terms of gameplay, the game seems to be broken down into “cycles” in which you make decisions about how you want to spend your time: it could be working in the yards, buying street food, or closing the markets for rare equipment search. There are also a number of characters aboard the ship – such as engineers, bartenders, and salvage men – whom you can help (and they could help shape your future, too).
Exactly how much you can do in each cycle depends on a die roll – you get action points which you can then spend on activities on the station. “Clocks” allow you to track your progress, while by following “Rides” you can develop your character’s five skills (Engineer, UI, Endurance, Intuit, and Dedication) and their required benefits.
Citizen Sleeper already has a pretty intriguing premise and some fantastic artwork, so I’m excited to see how this one develops. It is currently scheduled to appear on PC in 2022.