An original, story-driven first-person role-playing experience. Take on the role of Consortium Bishop Six, a global peacekeeper in the year 2042, aboard the massive futuristic aircraft ZENLIL. You have an unprecedented amount of freedom to control how the story unfolds.
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Release Date: Jan 8, 2014

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May 3

New and free CONSORTIUM level and a contest!

Greetings Seekers,

We have just over one week remaining for our crowdfunding effort for Consortium: The Tower!

As part of our pre-production process for The Tower, we have developed a new virtual trainer level for CONSORTIUM. The map itself is designed as an internal tool for us to use moving forward as we develop levels for Consortium: The Tower. It makes great use of super jumping and vertical/open spaces, which the Churchill Tower will be full of.

It will be included, completely free, as part of the next patch for CONSORTIUM (v1.26). However, it is available right now for users who either opt into the beta here on Steam or download the free patch HERE for the DRM free version.

A contest of skill...

So, as an incentive to grab the map and play right now, we have come up with a rather simple but fun contest:

Who in the world can achieve the highest score in the Civilian Gauntlet?

To participate, simply grab the map (see instructions below) and start playing. When you feel like you have achieved a score that you want to enter into the contest:
  1. Take a screenshot that clearly shows your final score on screen.
  2. Post the raw screenshot to Twitter, Facebook or your social network of choice along with the hashtag #TheTowerContest and a link directly to the Consortium: The Tower Fig campaign.
  3. That’s it!
The contest ends the moment that the Fig campaign ends.

Whoever achieves the highest score will receive a huge poster for Consortium: The Tower, signed by The Tower team.

Instructions for how to play Civilian Gauntlet
  1. Opt into the beta: Right click on CONSORTIUM in your library. Click “Properties”. Click the BETAS tab. Click the drop down, and select “vt_civdefense_gauntlet”.
  2. Wait for the game to update, then run CONSORTIUM. The version of the game should show as “V1.25_CGB Master Edition”.
  3. In the main menu, bring up the developer console (default key is ~). If it doesn’t work, make sure the developer console is enabled first: click OPTIONS - Keyboard/Mouse - set Allow Developer Console to “Enabled”.
  4. In the developer console, simply type “map vt_civdefense_gauntlet” (no quotes) and hit ENTER.

To read more about the latest stuff happening (including upcoming Twitch streams!), check out our full update on Fig!.

-iDGi and The Tower team.

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“Consortium is an ingeniously subversive gem, containing enough backstory to fill a Triple-A trilogy while focusing exclusively on an airship crew in distress.”
4/5 – The Escapist

“'ll find a game that's punching well above its weight”

“Consortium offers a solid sample of what we’ve been saying games have the potential to do for a generation”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

About This Game

The direct sequel to CONSORTIUM is now crowdfunding on Fig! We need YOUR help to make this project a reality!

Game One of the iDGi-1 Trilogy.

Purchase includes 70 min original orchestral soundtrack by Jeremy Soule and the comprehensive "iDGi-1 Discoveries" lore compendium.

Taking place entirely aboard a massive futuristic aircraft, CONSORTIUM is a first person science-fiction role-playing experience unlike any other. The story begins in our world - the "real world" - where we here at Interdimensional Games have developed a satellite (iDGi-1) capable of opening a digital rift through time and space...

Anyone with an internet connection can travel through this rift and awaken within an alternate dimension from our own - the "game world" - in the year 2042.

  • The first of a planned trilogy, Consortium contains a fully resolvable arc entirely aboard Zenlil, but links to further games by a much larger story and its countless mysteries. Each subsequent title will act in this way, with both an internal story and a serialization that continues to build the alternate universe.
  • Immerse yourself in an interactive story taking place entirely aboard the C-3800-D "ZENLIL" Consortium Command vessel on December 21st, 2042...
  • Built with a modified version of the SOURCE engine, explore ZENLIL, a living and highly interactive environment with complete freedom and agency. Includes turbulence and non-scripted decompression events!
  • Engage with a cast of over 20 people in innovative and life like conversation. Over 4,000 lines of fully voiced dialogue, each choice changes how they think about you. Or choose not to engage with them at all and never speak a word!
  • Experience an all original orchestral score by award winning composer Jeremy Soule
  • Act as detective investigating an on-board murder, while simultaneously playing peacemaker to a large band of mercenaries who seem to want YOU dead. Or play diplomacy with a smoking barrel, and let the tragedies continue to mount.
  • Dive into a world with well over 150,000 words of back-story and lore, where everything you read, see, speak, or hear relates to the story and characters, and everything is there for a reason.
  • A highly original energy based inventory system with original sci-fi weapons, gadgets and armor.
  • The story unfolds based largely on your actions. You may use diplomacy and talk your way through the entire game - never shooting anyone! OR, decide to use deadly or non-lethal force.
  • Forge lasting relationships with the crew of ZENLIL, and alter the course of the story through your actions. Your choices will change your play experience, and subsequent playthroughs offer the chance to make different decisions and see all new outcomes.
  • Regardless of what you choose to do or not, the experience always moves forward, adapting seamlessly to YOU.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8 32bit (NO XP SUPPORT)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.5GHz, AMD Athlon X2 64 2.7GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 260 | AMD Radeon HD 4890 series
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Of the maximum 4GB of addressable memory space on a 32-bit system (2 ^ 32 = 4,294,967,296 bytes = 4GB), Windows reserves 2GB. This leaves any application (such as Consortium) with a maximum of 2GB to play with. During loading, Consortium can allocate up to 1.8GB worth of memory. If you are running Consortium with a 32 bit machine, be sure to close as many other simultaneously running programs as you can, otherwise "out of memory" crashes may occur.
    • OS: Windows 7/8 x64
    • Processor: Intel i3 2100T | AMD Phenom II x4 or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 460 | AMD Radeon HD 5830 series or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Product received for free
It's a great game that you dont want to play
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Product received for free
I got this game for free, and after reading about it, decided it was worth giving a try. The premise is interesting, as is the fact that your choices change the story, so there is replay value if you are interested in that sort of thing.

Graphics are... well, they are bad. Luckily this is more of a story-game than an action game, so once you get into the story it bothers you less. Sound is okay. Voice acting quality varies from so-so to good.

I disliked the game controls. I found myself enjoing the game for several hours until I hit a major plot point where you have to defeat a heavily shielded opponent. No matter how many times I tried, I just could not defeat him. I checked online/YouTube, followed the strategies provided, but just could not defeat this one opponent. Since it was a critical plot point, I could not advance in the game.

I am unsure if it was a bug or a feature, but after 20 tries or so I got frustrated enough to uninstall the game. So, yeah... not a big fan.

I rate the game 2/5 stars. For those who do not encounter the bug/feature, or perhaps have far more patience/skill than I, I rate it 3.5/5 stars (my satisfaction level prior to frustration).
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
This isn't very good at all.
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183 of 210 people (87%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
45.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2015
Finished my first run through the game and I've got to say it's quite unlike everything I've played recently. Took me about 17 hours and it turned out to be one of those games that keep me awake until 10 in the morning.

It feels and plays like your own personal interactive Star Trek episode. It is your classic "Thriller on the Express" with a strange murder, a killer hiding amongst your crew, an ancient conspiracy, aliens, mercenaries, and a whole load of mystery. In my first playthrough I have failed to reveal a culprit, but thanks to the fact that the game has a lot of replay value, I will delve into it again in the hopes of solving the case and do things differently.

It's got tons of character interactions (Which you are free to befriend, antagonize or completely ignore), pages upon pages of lore and exposition in the Zenlil's onboard library (Which you can totally avoid if you don't like reading), choices that actually matter and a few twists and turns that I honestly did not see coming (And a couple that I totally did).

The player is encouraged by the game to explore alternative routes as much as possible. One can reload an auto-save made before a conversation (The game saves into a separate slot every few minutes automatically) and choose a different option if you are dissatisfied with a result. You don't have to, but you can if you so desire.

Aside from rather long loading times, a couple graphical glitches and small progression issues such as characters sometimes responding as if I walked away from a conversation when I didn't (Both fixed by loading a previous save), it was a pretty smooth ride.

This is probably not the game for you if you enjoy fast paced shooters (Although it does have some FPS elements), but if you think you might enjoy an adventure/RPG/quest mix then give it a go.
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266 of 333 people (80%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 5, 2014

High quality job. The interaction between player and A.I. seems so natural and realistic, and the voice acting is seriously one of the best I've seen, better than most big budget games. There's a lot of variety in dialogue choices, which actually make a big difference in the outcome(s). I encourage all to play multiple times, you will discover a lot of different things. You will encounter events and situations if you're at the right spot at the right time (some quite humorous), making it seem like a real living world. The story is definitely its other strong point, with plenty of background lore to discover if that is your thing - or otherwise you can be just as engrossed without the deeper knowledge. Graphics are unique, good textures, nicely detailed areas, minor graphical glitches, nothing game breaking. I haven't done much combat, as I prefer the diplomatic options, but from what I have experienced there's nothing wrong with it.

All in all, it's fantastic on so many levels, and I wait in anticipation for the next installment.

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193 of 243 people (79%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 26, 2015
This is a fantastic game. It isn't ruined by poor interaction, bugs or bad gameplay and the likes. It's ruined by the fact that this whole thing is gaming blue balls; a shareware demo; a teaser. There is a plethora of fantastic game content that you ultimately don't get to play with. The combat/inventory system is barely utilized outwith the VR trainer sim. The story is a gigantic cliff-hanger. You're encouraged to use quicksaves to explore alternate dialogue options, but they will only leave you with more questions. Very few will provide the answers you crave more and more as you explore further. The game literally ends when you jump out the back of the futuristic jumbo-jet you start the game in - imagine if the whole of Mass Effect was set on the Normandy and that's about what this title is. If you explore the dialogue and lore (of which there is a near-overwhelming amount of), you'll get some good hours from this game. However, this release is basically a glorified "Murder on the Orient Express" game - or the first half of one anyway. You're going to have to wait a whole lot longer for any closure, and, of course, put down some more cash. A wholly unfulfilling and, in the end, frustrating experience.
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137 of 167 people (82%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 9, 2014
So here I am... Trying to get KOTOR to work on my computer and failing miserably. I go to the store with $20 in my Steam wallet. Fed up and tired to pick an indie game that looked interesting.

I run into CONSORTIUM.

I decide ah, what the hell and buy it. To my surprise, it actually turned out to be a great game.

The story goes as follows: You are you. The game itself is actually a portal to an alternate reality's future where you inhabit the body of a man codenamed "Bishop - 6" a high ranking officer in the CONSORTIUM. That's all the game tells you about the character (at least in the time I played it) The game physically cannot let you know about Bishop's past, as it glitches out when people talk about it. The characters and the writing are better than a lot of triple-a titles out there and can be very humorous at times.

The music is beautiful, it sounds like it could go in KOTOR itself, and there is a reason for that: Jeremy Soule composed this game's soundtrack. As an admirer of his work I was pleasantly surprised.

Other than a few minor bugs, the CONSORTIUM is a fantastic experience in my honest opinion.

Check this game out! You'll be glad you did!
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66 of 74 people (89%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 11, 2015
This game looks pretty poor and has remarkably long loading times. It's also a pretty short game; I finished it twice in about 11 hours.

With that said, this game is worth playing twice if you enjoy this type of game. What type is that? An RPG with lots of decisions and consequences. Note that, the decisions you make are actually quite impactful, and the game entirely allows you to make "bad" decisions (the game itself describes this as there being no bad decisions). Beyond that, the game explores some fairly cool science fiction themes and does a fairly good job in making those themes interesting and plausible.

Just a small addendum: I said this game is largely based around decisions and consequences. Let me elaborate on this a little. During the game you'll be trying to solve a sort of mystery. You will not be spoon-fed the answers to your questions and your suspicions will not easily be confirmed. Even if you do a pretty thorough job of the 'investigation', there's a good chance you won't figure it out. However: That is okay. If you don't figure it out the game doesn't become less fun after that point.

I would absolutely recommend this game, with one sidenote: This is a short game. If you think a game costing 15 euro or dollar or whatever, should net you ~15+ hours of gameplay, then you should buy this game when it's on sale. I myself bought it at 65% off, but feel like I wouldn't have been upset if I'd bought it at full price.
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59 of 69 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
An awsome game that reminds me of a good Star trek episode, and like star trek, this game's story feels like a first episode in a series with it's to be continued ending four hours in. In truth, this game alone is not worth the $20 asking price and should be bought on sale for around the basic price tag for a dlc. Around $10. Gameplay wise, with everything patched all I had to complain about is some subpar graphics, but this can be forgiven from a indie developer when everything else is this well done.

In short
Good Story though short, Poor graphics, great soundtrack, great controls, but over priced.
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72 of 93 people (77%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 9, 2014
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Consortium is a science fiction RPG where the player takes control of an Avatar aboard the Consortium ship through a video game. This isn’t a typical RPG though. There are no levels or experience points. The game isn’t designed around the combat, skills, or even the relationships. It’s designed around the personalities of the characters. The joy of this game comes from the fun visuals and most importantly the diverse and talented voice actors. The dialog is something to be savored rather than skipped though. The voice talent and fun visuals made me really fall for this game but I can’t fully recommend it yet. If you buy Consortium you will love it eventually but the game had several very frustrating bugs and I spent more than 2 hours finding a work around for one. Once the developers work this out the game will be great. Buy this game now if you love deep backstory, plot, and character development. Buy this game next month if you just like RPGs.
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1.5 hrs
Posted: October 17
This game reminds me of that game by Psygnosis called Psygnosis Sentient

Not as heavy on the roleplaying as Sentient and has waaay more action.

Sadly not as detailed as sentient either.

That being said ifyou liked Zork or Sentient you will like this. Be warned though there is a significant action portion like missile command and a fps.
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7.0 hrs
Posted: October 15
Choices matter! Unless... like... the game bugs out and makes choices for you? Having overlapping conversations? Choosing both choices at the same time?

I feel enriched.
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34.2 hrs
Posted: October 12
I wasn't 100% sure what to expect playing this game. I knew it looked like the sort of thing I'd enjoy playing, as usually I like games with player driven narrative, but the details on what happens during the game are kept to bare minimum (understandably). I ended up playing through to the end it about 9 or 10 times in total, and had a whole bunch of reloads in between as well just see what other interactions I could have. After all that time I was still encountering new dialog as I did my final mission to be a complete ♥♥♥♥♥♥ to everyone for the final achievement.
I won't spoil the story as I think it's something that is worth playing through at least once without really knowing what to expect, but it was an interesting sci-fi story and very meta in terms of who you are in the game. I look forward to one day playing the next chapter.
The game does have combat if you want, and even this has an impact on the story and what others think of you. Kill everyone outright and some people will not be too happy. It did feel a little bit underutilized in this game though. Like they went to all the trouble of giving you these weapons and cool inventory system, but I guess the way the plot for the next chapter is being set up this will be used more. There is a virtual training scenario which was obviously created to allow you to use these aspects more but I would look forward to seeing what actual impact the equipment side of things can have in the game.
If I had any complaints it would be that the game world is very small, literally confined to the 12 or so areas on the ship, it's not too serious though as the focus is on the dialog and story, and the game does a good job on that, but a bit more change in scenery wouldn't go amiss.

All in all, a well executed game that is a lot wider than it is long, and I look forward to continuuing the story in the future.
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Crispy Tacos
0.4 hrs
Posted: October 8
The controls are, oddly, split between controller, mouse, and keyboard. You can do 80% of things using the controller, but navigation of the inventory menu requires a mouse and jumping requires a keyboard. It's a fairly useless support of controllers why basic, critical actions require two extra peripherals to be accomplished.

Beyond that, the game gives very little direction of where to go. Mission objectives flash briefly the screen, only to be forever lost once the dialog disappears (and it will disappear quickly, often before you have time to read it). Even if you do manage to catch what your objective is, there's no map or directional indicator to help you know where to go to accomplish the objective.
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3.0 hrs
Posted: October 4
Surprisingly good. I got it a while back and never played it, and started it with no knowledge at all about what it was, and it had a fun story, the characters felt realistic, you had plenty of dialogue choice, and it got surprisingly creepy at moments, which is something I hope they expand on in The Tower. It seems like it has a lot of replay value, too, but I have too many games to be playing the same one over and over. Fun game!
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Saint Aaron
4.3 hrs
Posted: October 3
Product received for free
I cant recommend this game at all. Broken game tons of bugs and first time launching the game, the game crashed and unlocked all of the achievements.. Looking on steam forums it looks like a common problem.
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Oscarjames | PRIVATE BUYER
3.1 hrs
Posted: September 20
Highly recommended! :)
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