Call me old fashioned, but I like cyberpunk the most as a genre because it’s about a diverse, marginalized population fighting back under the oppression of an authoritarian corporate regime.You know, when it’s all about the web and punk.
I’m excited to see Solace State is a uniquely styled visual novel that dives into a cyberpunk world where biotechnology is militarized and used to control society. The player is Chloe, a hacker who lives in a neighborhood that is closely monitored by private police during a crackdown in the wider city.
Solace State is produced and published by indie studio Visual Foundry Corp and is scheduled for release in 2022.
Players will make choices that affect Chloe’s relationships with friends: local hacker Torrent, ex-lover and corporate betrayal Alden, and community health care executive Sueli. The backdrop for these plays is a broader story about protecting a community so that it has a future worth living for.
The most striking thing about Solace State is that its scenes are like 3D dioramas, and as text is moved and selected, the camera slides around, showing different perspectives of action and dialogue. Their colors are also somewhere between ink and digital shaders.
Solace State was featured at this year’s Game Devs of Color expo, and you can watch some of it below, as designer Tanya Khan talks about it and how she sees the different choices Chloe has made that affect her world.