Horror Adventure Game “Close to the Sun” Now Epic Games Store Exclusive

Wired Productions have released a new trailer for their upcoming horror adventure game Close to the Sun, and revealed the game would be an Epic Game Store Exclusive.

Developed by Storm in a Tea Cup, you play as a young journalist investigating a ship called the Helios to find her sister. In an alternate timeline of 1897, this ship was developed by Nikola Tesla.

Tesla has encouraged the scientific minds of the world to join him to research and experiment freely. “Free to push the boundaries of matter and time.” Approaching the entrance, the word “QUARANTINE” is painted across it.

The project originally started in the Unity Engine before moving over to the Unreal 4 Engine. This in turn got the developers an Unreal Development Grant before signing with Wired Productions.

Leo Zullo (Managing Director for Wired Productions) spoke very positively about  the Epic Game Store. “It’s great news for independent developers and publishers that Epic has opened up these incredible opportunities for its partners.”

“Success in this industry is hard to come by and the industry relies on each other to drive progress. Great games need great developers, who need great tech, who need great publishers, who need great distribution opportunities.”

Carlo Ivo Alimo Bianchi (CEO & Founder of Storm in a Teacup) also discussed how Epic have helped the studio.

“Our relationship with Epic and the decision to use the Unreal Engine have provided fantastic opportunities for our studio, enabling a greater creative freedom and the ability to double-down on quality for our games. To launch on the Epic games store feels like the perfect next step and we are delighted that our partnerships with both Wired Productions and Epic Games will help propel Close to the Sun to achieve our ambitions.”

You can find a gallery and full run-down below:


Story

Close to the Sun is a horror game that takes place at the end of 19th century on a mysterious ship complex created by Nikola Tesla for the sake of knowledge.

In this alternative version of history, his scientific breakthroughs have already had a major impact on the world.

You’re Rose, a young journalist looking for your sister and, as you approach this enormous and glorious complex for the first time, you quickly realize that something there has gone wrong …

Gameplay

  • First-person horror adventure where surviving is everything
  • Problem-solving in order to progress the story: just what happened on board Tesla’s ship?
  • Danger aplenty as Rose pieces together just what happened, having no real means to defend herself
  • Teamwork with an ally who helps Rose navigate her way through the ship’s artistic halls
  • Nerve inducing exploration – defenseless and weaponless, the keys to Rose’s survival are running, hiding, and quick thinking

Close to the Sun will launch in 2019 on Windows PC (via Epic Games Store), and for undisclosed consoles.

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