South African indie studio The Brotherhood has launched an official website for its Stasis prequel chapter project Cayne, confirming that the standalone game will be “absolutely free to download” when it comes outta the walls later this year. Stasis Kickstarter backers will also get first dibs on it, with early access before the public release.
“Mom-to-be, Hadley, has woken up to the horrors of a medical facility,” reads the plot blurb. “Taking control, the player explores and interacts with the environment, uses and combines items that are found to progress deeper into the world. Cayne is set in the Stasis universe and sets out to tell an original short story in the Stasis series.”
Much like its predecessor, Cayne is an isometric point-‘n’-clicker that developer Chris Bischoff promises will “astound, disgust, and amaze you“. And I know it’s true because – DISCLOSURE! – I’ve actually done a bit of writing work on Cayne. It’s super gross.
The new game will also feature some new tech.
“In Cayne, we’re using Normal Maps and other techniques to get more dynamic lighting. Shader systems allow us to tint the scenes and adjust the mood of the rooms in real time, again allowing a more fluid nature to the games creation. Seeing adjustments to the game as you play it is both satisfying and helpful from a design standpoint. ‘The freedom to experiment’ is SO important in art, and using new systems allows us flexibility, especially where we can overlap the technical expertise with the artistic vision,” Chris explained in a blog post back in January.
“I want to push the design of Cayne into new directions. Cayne will portray more of Nic [Bischoff, Chris’s brother and colleague] and my personal game styles – in all aspects, from the story to characters and environments. We want to bring in something slightly different to Stasis universe to challenge ourselves. But Cayne is set in the same universe, so we aren’t going to stray too far from our 80s roots.”
Cayne is expected to be around 1.5 hours, and scheduled to drop by the end of the year.