Dreambreak: Cyberpunk in Soviet Russia

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Cyberpunk is a genre of science fiction that has given us timeless classics like Blade Runner, Nueromancer, System Shock, and Flashback. That last entry is very important because despite it being a cinematic platformer, its setting and aesthetics are a heavy influence in this new point-and-click adventure game from Russian indie developer Aist: Dreambreak.

You play as Eugene, an average guy who lives in a cyberpunk version of the Soviet Union set in 2013. Much like in our time line, we (The U.S.) have won the Cold War but in Dreambreak, the Soviet Union has managed to avoid dissolution, likely through methods adopted by modern day China. Eugene ends up framed for murder and is being hunted by the KGB while he tries to clear his name. You will travel to many different locales that will look very familiar to you if you know the cyberpunk genre well, from seedy night clubs, dirty alleyways, the Moscow Metro, and many others as well as activities as gunfighting, racing hover bikes, and hacking drones in addition to the usual detective work of point-and-click adventure games.

The game has the cinematic look and feel along with the early ’90s style graphics seen in Delphine Software’s Flashback, another cyberpunk thriller game where the realistic movement of the characters is achieved through rotoscoping (drawing of animation over live-action footage).

The game is due out on July 21st for $7 USD. Until then have a look at the launch trailer.

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