The SiN Episodes
has word that Emergence, the first installment in Ritual's episodic
shooter sequel series, is now available via Steam
Emergence, the first in a series
of episodic games, casts players as HardCorps commander John Blade, stepping
into the living world of Freeport City to defend humankind against Elexis
Sinclaire, a beautiful and ruthless scientist out to remake humanity according
to her own twisted vision. The law has failed to bring Elexis and her SiNTEK
empire to justice, so you and your allies, the secretive hacker JC and fiery
rookie Jessica Cannon, must bring down Sinclaire and her mutants before she can
set her deadly plan in motion and forever alter the shape of humanity.
The Sin Episodes series is built on Source, the same engine Valve created for
Half-LifeŽ 2. Source offers state of the art graphics, physics simulation
technology, an advanced character animation system and more. In the creation of
Emergence, Ritual has taken the award-winning Source engine into new realms. As
an example, the game adapts and tunes itself to each player's skill level and
play style through the Personal Challenge System, which measures player's
abilities, behavior, and reactions to the game world and then adjusts the
gameplay and enemy prowess to match. Ruthless foes such as jetpack soldiers and
mutants will thus evolve as you fight them, adapting to challenge the strengths
of skilled players while seeking not to overwhelm inexperienced gamers. In
addition, Emergence features advanced AI where enemies cooperate with each
other, highly interactive environments that allow players to set traps,
location-based damage, and fast-paced vehicle combat.
Providing a complete game with 4-6 hours of gameplay for players of all skill
levels, Emergence's self-contained story fits into an overarching story arc
populated with strong characters driven by believable motivations that will be
further revealed in future episodes. Featuring the new Context Look System,
thoughtful players can choose to dig into the deeper aspects of the story while
players who want to enjoy the destruction can charge ahead with only the
'mission critical' story points, advanced through choreographed sequences.
"SiN Episodes: Emergence provides a high quality, immersive experience in a
compact and affordable package that is accessible to players of all skill
levels," said Steve Nix, Ritual CEO. "Emergence is a true step forward built on
our ten years of growth and learning at Ritual, and the structure of SiN
Episodes allows our team to continue to create gameplay innovation and evolve
the storyline as the episodes continue."
SiN Episodes: Emergence for the PC is available now for $19.95, and carries an
ESRB rating of "M" (Mature). For more information, please visit the game's
official site at www.SinEpisodes.com.