Close To the Sun – Bioshock Meets SOMA

It’s 1857, and Nikola Tesla is one of the richest people in the world, wielding unimaginable scientific power. Aboard the ship, Helios, he has the world’s brightest minds, including Albert Einstein helping him harness energy that can push humanity way into the future or have devastating impact on the entire world.

However, something seems to have gone horribly wrong. You play as Rose Archer, heading to meet her sister Ada, who is also working alongside the science team on Helios. Mere moments after you board the ship, you realize that something has gone terribly wrong. The word – “Quarantine” – is smeared across the main gates in blood. And there are bodies all over the place. One of the experiments that involved fiddling with time has resulted in an anomalous outcome, and the fate of the crew, including Rose’s sister Ada is unclear. You are then tasked with investigating the events that took place on the Helios and uncover the mystery surrounding it.

Close to the Sun is the fourth game by developer, Storm in a Teacup, and is exclusive to the Epic Games Store. It has a strong visual resemblance to Bioshock, and much of the writing and characters are inspired by it. The gameplay, however, is more similar to SOMA. You are mostly exploring and solving puzzles, and on occasion, chased by unknown entities trying to kill you. Running away is your only option, since, unlike Bioshock, you have no weapons or abilities at your disposal to put up a fight.

Close To the Sun looks fantastic, and nails the art-deco vibe of Bioshock near perfectly. It is a bit too dark in places, and has some ugly textures in some spots. But for the most part, it looks really great. The opening lobby is downright opulent, and a lot of the later sections have a self-indulgent grandiose to it.

The puzzles themselves are not too complex, but require you to interact with various elements in the environment to seek out clues for the solution. Only once was I stuck for more than a couple of minutes, but even then, the puzzle had a logic to it, that I figured out soon enough.

Exploration is rewarding, and there are a lot of details to absorb on the Helios. You’ll be going about various sections of the massive ship, learning about the experiments being conducted there, and the machinationations being invented. Going through the crew quarters and various recreational areas also gives insight about the people themselves. And then there are piles of bodies that tells a story of their own.

Close to the Sun is an ambitious title for a comparatively smaller studio. It has some powerful narrative elements that are woven evenly throughout the 3-4 hour long campaign, and while there are some minor gameplay issues, and almost no replayability, if you enjoy games like Gone Home & Soma, with a dash of Bioshock in there, you’ll have a good time with Close to The Sun.

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Close to the Sun Out Today On The Epic Games Store

Award-winning global publisher, Wired Productions and leading Italian game studio, Storm in a Teacup, are today proud to announce that the Nikola Tesla-inspired first-person horror game, Close to the Sun, is available now at EpicGames.com, for £24.99 in the UK, €29.99 in most European countries* and $29.99 in North America. Players will aboard themselves onto a breath-taking and unforgettable experience.

Grounded in an alternative 19th Century where famed inventor and futurist Nikola Tesla was able to fulfil his potential and change the world forever, Close to the Sun sees players step onto the Helios, a colossal vessel for scientific research, steeped in horror and mystery. As the heroine, Rose, players find themselves walking the massive area looking for their lost sister on the majestic yet mysterious ship created by Tesla. Where is Ada and what happened? Grand halls stand empty. The stench of rotting flesh lingers in the air. Silence. A single word is painted across the entrance… QUARANTINE!

Furthering the game’s experience is an exclusive single from pioneering Australian folktronica act, Porcelain Pill, that players can listen to right now on YouTube or Spotify. Composed by Porcelain Pill founder Adam Scott-McGuinness, the Close to the Sun single was created for the atmospheric horror game of the same name, exploring the title’s dark themes and warnings through stunning vocals and mesmerising instrumentals.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Close to the Sun out on the Epic Games store for fans to experience,” said Leo Zullo, Managing Director at Wired Productions. “From the beginning, this was a true passion project for all involved, which grew into an amazing journey that is ending in a stellar and memorable release which we can not wait for players to get their hands on.”

Carlo Ivo Alimo Bianchi, CEO & Founder, Storm in a Teacup, added: “Nikola Tesla once said “Our virtues and our failings are inseparable.” Everything we have learnt so far has carried us here, we have poured all of our knowledge and passion into Close to the Sun and are truly excited to see players finally experience the incredible world our team has created.”

Using the raw power of the Unreal® Engine 4 and embracing leading-edge technology to increase fidelity and quality within the game to deliver a breathtaking experience for players, Close to the Sun has already garnered considerable interest and praise from critics as well as fans. Close to the Sun is out now on the Epic Games Store and slated to release later in 2019 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

For more information, visit closetothesungame.com.

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Close to the Sun Launches May 2 for PC

Award-winning global publisher, Wired Productions and leading Italian game studio, Storm in a Teacup, are today proud to announce that the highly-anticipated first-person horror game, Close to the Sun, will release exclusively on the Epic Games store for PC on 2nd May 2019. Available now for pre-purchase worldwide, adventurers can discover Close to the Sun at EpicGames.com, for £24.99, €29.99 in most European countries* and $29.99 in North America.. All pre-purchasers will receive an exclusive, limited edition digital artbook at release. The game will release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later in 2019.

Grounded in an alternative 19th century where famed inventor and futurist Nikola Tesla was able to fulfil his potential and change the world forever, Close to the Sun sees players step aboard the Helios, a colossal vessel for scientific research, steeped in horror and mystery. Grand halls stand empty. The stench of rotting flesh lingers in the air. Silence. A single word is painted across the entrance… QUARANTINE!

Using the raw power of the Unreal® Engine 4 and embracing leading-edge technology to increase fidelity and quality within the game to deliver a breathtaking experience for players, Close to the Sun has already garnered considerable interest and praise from critics as well as fans.

“May 2 can’t come quick enough for us,” said Leo Zullo, Managing Director, Wired Productions. “Our partnership with the amazing team at Epic Games has not only accelerated the development process of Close to the Sun in terms of accessing the sheer pixel-pushing grunt of Unreal Engine 4, but allowed the incredibly talented Storm in a Teacup team to showcase their collective talents to deliver a truly memorable and breath-taking first-person horror adventure.”

In addition to the long-awaited release date announcement, Storm in a Teacup are also pleased to unveil the voice cast for the French, Italian, German and Spanish versions of the game which can be viewed in full at closetothesungame.com.

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Close To The Sun To Be Published By Wired Productions

Wired Productions Partners with Highly Decorated Studio, Storm in a Teacup to Publish the Heart-Racing Horror Adventure Game Close to the Sun

Wired Productions, a leading independent video games publisher, and decorated Italian development studio, Storm in a Teacup, are today delighted to announce a new partnership to bring the narrative horror game Close to the Sun to PlayStation 4, the Xbox One family of devices, including the Xbox One X and Windows PC, in 2019.

Recipient of an Unreal Dev Grant in 2018, Close to the Sun is instantly recognisable for its breathtaking art deco aesthetic, painting a unique and alternative vision of history, and a second age of scientific enlightenment at the end of the 20th century. Prospective players will guide Rose as she sets foot aboard the Helios – a colossal and mysterious ship, created by Nikola Tesla, as a haven for scientific progress, isolated from society and the threat of corporate espionage.

“Close to the Sun is a beautiful and unique title which showcases both the talent of the developer and the calibre of experience synonymous with the Wired Productions brand,” Said Leo Zullo, Managing Director, Wired Productions. “Our pipeline for 2019 builds upon the quality titles we’ve brought to market over this past year, and we couldn’t be happier to announce this partnership with Storm in a Teacup.”

Carlo Ivo Alimo Bianchi, CEO & Founder, Storm in a Teacup, continued: “We’re delighted to partner with Wired Productions and to see Close to the Sun benefit from their experience in titles with that extra level of depth. Working together enables us to focus on perfecting a game that we truly believe will be a new benchmark for Storm in a Teacup; a title that brings story, horror and character development together to a new level.”

Close to the Sun will release in 2019, but you can follow the game now to receive future updates on facebook.com/closetothesungame or closetothesungame.com.

 

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