Crowdfunded Game From Former MGS & Halo Developer Coming To iOS This Week

Nineteen months after reaching its $500,000 target on Kickstarter, a new crowdfunded game developed by a former Metal Gear Solid and Halo developer is set for release on iOS this Thursday. 

Taking the form of a stealth survival horror adventure, players are tasked with helping a young woman named Hope escape from a 1984-inspired dystopia (making it pretty appropriate imagery for Apple).

The player receives messages from Hope while playing, communicating using a stolen phone. The aim is to hack into the surveillance state’s security cameras to monitor Hope and guide her away from the captors who are pursuing her.

Unlike games such as the recent GTA: San Andreas port, République is presenting itself as a console-worthy game, which plays uniquely to the strengths of the iPad and iPhone platforms. As developer Ryan Payton notes in a statement,

“We’ve spent the past two years crafting stealth action that doesn’t require 17 buttons, or even a controller. Using our smart AI and logic-based input systems, République’s ‘one touch’ input method is something we’re incredibly proud of, and we can’t wait to share it with the world.”

The game features voice acting from Jennifer Hale (Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect games), David Hayter (Solid Snake), Matthew Mercer (Resident Evil 6), Khary Payton (Batman: Arkham Origins) and Dwight Schultz (Killer7).

The game will be released in episodes, with the first one available on December 19 priced at $4.99. New episodes will then be released every two to three months thereafter.

Kickstarter backers will receive a free season pass (worth $14.99) covering all five episodes.

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