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Encased to be published under Koch Media's new Prime Matter label, coming September

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Encased to be published under Koch Media's new Prime Matter label, coming September

Game News - posted by Infinitron on Fri 11 June 2021, 03:47:01

Tags: Dark Crystal Games; Encased; Koch Media

As you may recall, back in December it was announced that Dark Crystal Games' anticipated post-apocalyptic isometric RPG Encased had been picked up by publisher Koch Media. I assumed then that the announcement would be quickly followed up by some fancy new trailer and release date announcement, but instead development on the game largely went quiet. That quiet was finally interrupted with the release of a fifth major content update last month, and now it looks like Koch are finally ready to unveil Encased to the world. One of the more minor headlines during today's kickoff of Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest hype extravaganza was Koch's announcement of a new "premium gaming label" called Prime Matter, which Encased will be published under. Along with this news come two new trailers for the game, a fun "recruitment trailer" that introduces the various wings of the CRONUS Foundation and a Wastelandy gameplay trailer. Here they are along with the obligatory press release:



Prime Matter and Dark Crystal Games have unveiled the new trailer for Encased, the upcoming isometric dystopian sci-fi RPG scheduled to release this autumn; you can watch it here https://youtu.be/1s7Kw0Jw9Jk and download here http://press.kochmedia.com/BATCSRQOPW

Set in an alternative 1976, a vast and inexplicable artifact – The Dome – is discovered in the remote desert and, inside, is packed to the brim with amazing technology that could advance humanity hundreds of years.

The catch, because of course there’s a catch, is that while living creatures can enter the dome, they can never leave; only inanimate and non-organic material can go outside of the dome. So once you’re in, you’re in.

The game, which will be a digital PC release on Steam, Epic and GOG, is currently in early access where users can experience all the first act and part of the second. https://store.steampowered.com/app/921800/Encased_A_SciFi_PostApocalyptic_RPG/

Timeline
Encased started out as a Kickstarter campaign in 2017 and has snowballed into something of an RPG epic.

Players start off in one of five disciplines – science, engineering, security, management or convict - which affects both their initial stats, specialisation and opens (or prevents) unique dialogue within the game. After entering the dome and completing the initial level, a cataclysm happens that changes everything inside the dome.

We’re not going to give too much away #NoSpoilers suffice to say that the imperfect world under the dome becomes a dystopian challenge of quite epic proportions. And, as you would expect, is packed to the gunwales with quests, items, crafting and everything you would expect from a top-notch RPG.

Owing some of its spiritual inspiration to books like Roadside Picnic, the intent had been to release the game across all platforms but, as development progressed, it became apparent that the complexities and depth of the game meant the team needed to focus all their efforts on getting the first platform right and then looking at either ports or bespoke console versions after that.

Encased was one of the key reveals when Koch Media launched its new premium gaming label and will see Koch responsible for digital distribution, sales and marketing of Encased.

Operating out of Koch Media's head quarter in Munich, Prime Matter is a dynamic mix of seasoned industry veterans and enthusiastic fresh faces creating an incredible team of diverse multi-cultured gaming experts.

Working in conjunction with Koch Media’s global publishing offices and development partners - and headed by industry stalwart Mario Gerhold - Prime Matter will lead through creativity, expression and passion, with games that will grip and enchant with enthralling story-telling, winning an audience with its incredible moments and larger-than-life experiences.
According to various websites Encased is now scheduled for release in September, although oddly the trailer and press release only specify a fall release window. Perhaps we'll learn more during the Koch Primetime event tomorrow.

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