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Dark Crystal Games and Prime matter are pleased to announce that Encased – the tactical sci-fi RPG – will be on sale today from 19:00 CEST, across the globe, on Steam, GOG, and Epic Games Store.

Find Encased on Steam

Coinciding with today’s launch is a brand new trailer giving users a quick overview of the title.

“In the beginning, there was nothing but the concept of an RPG with enormous freedom of choice. After three years of hard work, we managed to create an entire universe populated by hundreds of characters, warring factions, anomalies, artifacts, and mysteries.

All of this would have remained a dream without the incredible support of our community, investors, publishers, and – most importantly – players. This is the path we have traveled together with you,” said says Viacheslav Kozikhin, Dark Crystal Games’ Creative Director.

The Encased story is set before, during, and after an apocalypse in an alternative 1970s after humanity discovers The Dome;  a giant zone left by an unknown civilization colloquially known as The Forefathers.

Players begin their journey 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.

However, your starting mission turns into a disaster as a strange anomaly of incredible proportions – The Maelstrom – goes out of control, cutting all communication with the outside world and plunging The Dome into chaos.

Your only hope of survival is traveling across the vast wasteland, find companions and confront or cooperate with the six factions that sprung up in the aftermath.

The game also encourages alternative playthroughs: Players can create a character with low intelligence to get unique dialogues and character reactions; or play as a pacifist, using only non-lethal methods of eliminating enemies; you can kill every living thing in your path turning The Dome into a very lonely place indeed (alternatively you can use your silver tongue and high charisma to resolve conflicts), or you can avoid everyone by staying hidden and play the game as the ultimate loner. Encased remembers every decision you make and will lead you to one of many varied endings, depending on your actions throughout the game.

Key features of the game:

  • Turn-based tactical combat;
  • An extensive system of skills, abilities, and perks;
  • Six opposing factions;
  • Random encounters both on locations and while traversing the global map;
  • Systemic interaction with the world around you;
  • Play as a lone wolf or recruit companions;
  • Stealth, crime, and reputation systems;
  • Weapon crafting and upgrades;
  • Survival elements.

About Dark Crystal Games

Dark Crystal Games is an independent RPG studio founded in 2017 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The core of the team was formed by ex Larian devs, passionate to create their own RPG in the post-apocalyptic setting. In 2018 Dark Crystal Games launched a successful Kickstarter campaign that funded the development of the game and raised its production level. The project was promoted and developed by publisher Black Tower; three years on and Encased is almost ready to ship

About Prime Matter

Headquartered in Munich, Germany, Prime Matter is the premium gaming label dedicated to delivering a range of diverse and immersive games from amazing gaming development talent all around the globe.

Working across projects of all styles, scopes, and sizes, single-player, co-op to live ops, from producing to publishing, from ambitious teams taking their first step that need full support without compromising their dream to larger established successful studios searching that next step in the global market and building of brands.

Prime Matter looks to 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. Prime Matter is a proud member of the Koch Media Group.

About Koch Media

The Koch Media Group is a global developer, publisher, and distributor of video games, VR games, gaming hardware, and merchandise.  

The group’s publishing activities, marketing, and distribution extend throughout Europe, America, Australia, and Asia. Koch Media has more than 25 years of experience in the digital media business and has risen to become a leading global publishing partner. The Koch Media Group runs a multi-label strategy with fully owned publishing units such as Prime Matter, Deep Silver, Milestone, Vertigo Games, and Ravenscourt, publishing games for consoles, PC, and VR platforms across all physical and digital channels.

Additionally, as a global publishing partner, Koch Media has formed long-term multi-national publishing collaborations with numerous game publishers including Activision Blizzard, Bethesda, Capcom, CI Games, Giants Software, Kalypso, Koei Tecmo, Konami, Paradox, Sega, SNK, Square Enix, Techland, Tripwire, Warner Bros, and many others.

With its parent company in Höfen, Austria, and the Publishing HQ in Munich, Germany, Koch Media owns local publishing companies in Germany, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Australia, the United States as well as Japan and Hong Kong.

The Koch Media Group owns nine-game development studios: Deep Silver Volition (Champaign, IL / USA), Deep Silver Dambuster Studios (Nottingham / UK), Deep Silver Fishlabs (Hamburg / Germany), Warhorse Studios (Prague / Czech Republic), Milestone (Milan / Italy), Voxler (Paris / France), Flying Wild Hog (Warsaw, Kraków, Rzeszów  / Poland), Free Radical Design (Nottingham / UK), Vertigo Games (Rotterdam /The Netherlands) and DigixArt (Montpellier, France). Additionally, the Koch Media Group collaborates with numerous independent development studios around the world.

Part of the Koch Media Group is also Koch Films, a leading European independent film distributor with business primarily in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Italy as a cinema, TV, online, and Home Entertainment distributor. The Koch Media Group also owns Gaya Entertainment, a leading video game merchandise company in Munich, Germany, and the Quality Assurance Facility in Olomouc, Czech Republic.  

Koch Media is an Embracer Group company.

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