In THE DESCENDANT, the end of the world is only the start. With what remains of humanity protected in underground Ark facilities, your mission is to keep survivors alive, while discovering a far greater conspiracy buried within Ark-01.
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Release Date: Mar 24, 2016

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August 22

The Descendant now available for Mac OS X

Gaming Corps is pleased to announce the release of The Descendant on Mac OS X. The Mac OS X release includes all packages and DLC content of The Descendant.

Go play the Mac OS X version of The Descendant Now! http://store.steampowered.com/app/351940/

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If you're having any issue, please contact us directly in the support forum or by email at support@gamingcorps.com.



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August 22

The Descendant Mac OSX Release Notes

A new update to The Descendant has been released. This update now allows to play the game on Mac systems.

FIXES

  • Mac OSX only: Video player improvements, videos now play more fluidly and with no audio sync issues

KNOWN ISSUES
  • In rare occasions, players are unable to move after cryotank opens in the Infirmary. The current workaround is to quit to main menu and press continue.
  • Switching save slots makes player lose progress - please make sure that you finish current episode, before switching slots.
  • Missing icon for gamma settings.
  • Mute doesn't completely stop the sounds but instead plays at a very low volume.
  • The Previously On The Descendant & Next Time On The Descendant videos still have a low frame rate issues.
  • In rare cases a crash could occur during the transition between the Air Filtration Tower Inside and Outside in Episode 2.
  • In rare cases, the number of killed descendants at the end of Episode 3 would show the wrong number.

  • Mac OSX only: In rare cases during Episode 1 playing with Mia in the Water treatment area, the character can walk slightly out of the delimited area and that affects the rendering of the character.
  • Mac OSX only: Playing in low graphic settings, the characters can appear brighter than usual.
  • Mac OSX only: In some specific hardware configurations the game can have some sporadic fps lags but this doesn't prevent playing.

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Reviews

“Although this first episode was short, it was enjoyable. The ending of the episode definitely teases at the continuing story, and I do hope I get the chance to play The Descendant further so I can find out what happens in the next episode.”
80 – Game Refraction

“The game’s first episode is filled with tense moments and player-driven narrative that includes the expected degree of direct impact on how the story plays out. Fantastic look and presentation. Interesting, if not entirely original, concept. Great sense of choice and consequence.”
80 – Twinfinite

“An excellent foundation that future episodes can build from, the premise should entice anyone who enjoys a post-apocalyptic, science fiction tale.”
75 – ZTGD

About This Game

THE DESCENDANT is a five part episodic adventure game series where the end of the world is only the start.

After climate change wrecked the planet, a man-made extinction event wiped humankind off the face of the Earth. Only a few thousand ‘descendants of humanity’ were hand-picked to survive the apocalypse, cryogenically suspended in underground bunkers known as Arks.

Centuries passed. The world recovered from the nuclear holocaust, and all the Arks reopened, except one — Ark-01.

Taking place across two timelines, in the past you'll play as Mia, a janitor tasked with keeping the precious descendants housed within Ark-01 alive while the facility continually fails around her, and in the present, you'll play as Donnie, one of the investigators trying to rescue any surviving descendants trapped within, all while discovering a far greater conspiracy buried within the underground Ark complex.

Every action and choice you make directly impacts who lives and who dies, leaving the fate of Ark-01, and mankind itself, in your hands. Will you save mankind? Or doom us all?

Key features

  • An episodic adventure spreading across multiple story-rich timelines
  • Investigative gameplay, challenging puzzles, tense action sequences
  • Meaningful and difficult choices with branching dialogue
  • A tailored experience, full of tension and drama
  • Every player choice can influence the future of mankind

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista+
    • Processor: Intel i3 2.0GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD or nVidia card with 1GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i5 2.5GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia 500 series or higher
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.10
    • Processor: Intel i5 - 2,7 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Iris Pro 6100 or higher
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Mid-2012 and newer with at least above hardware
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.11
    • Processor: i5-4570 - 3.20Ghz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M 1024MB or higher
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Mid-2013 and newer with at least above hardware
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Pois
4.2 hrs
Posted: August 20
GOD DAMIT!
I got the episode 1 for free, bloody corn now i have to spend 11,99€

WHY THIS GAME IS SO AWESOME??


Gaming Corps AB its the last time that you get my money......
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unless you make a season 2 then i will buy it again.
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Rktr
5.0 hrs
Posted: August 15
I gotta say, Well done to Gaming Corps AB. They really bring you into this story they've created. The only thing they are missing so far is the introduction to the rest of the world. But I believe you are meant to feel somewhat alone in a survival state across different times and that is what makes this game its own, because it doesn't try to get you familiar with what you think the post-apocalypse might feel like. Instead they slowly unravel crisis and conspiracy in a shoebox within a post apocalyptic closet. Yeah this title has a little bit of everything from the suspense department so far and I can't wait to play the rest.
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A.D.Mynx
7.4 hrs
Posted: August 14
No!

This game maybe would be ok. its indie but well the story is interesting, the character maybe ok. but dont buy this game. clunky controlls ruined it and a "season" which you played through in around 25 minutes (or less) are very very low. the price is absolute to high for this game. maybe 5 bucks for the hole season would be ok. but only if this has a absolute fantastic story... only played season 1 and must say if the otehr seasons are as short and patchwork as season one its absolute waste of money!
Over all to let the game download 8gb for 25min gameplay gives it the cake.
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sixfootlalafell
3.3 hrs
Posted: August 12
Good looking, well paced interactive TV series. There are puzzles but they're generally not that difficult, ideal if you want a more relaxed gameplay environment while the story gradually builds tension. Voice acting and script is acceptable, neither will blow your socks off but neither does it break immersion. My only real complaint is the camera angle transitions could be more forgiving, sometimes it's difficult to move out of the corner of the janitors quarters for example.
I'm excited to see the next episode!
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Ex
0.6 hrs
Posted: August 9
Cool game, almost a mash up between Half Life and Resident Evil with more strategy!
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Poodles
4.4 hrs
Posted: August 4
A great adventure game with a great story/narrative and great voice acting. Simplistic yet refined gameplay: your character won't pick up objects until you actually have a reason to, which I like.

I wholeheartedly recommend, hope we see episode 3 soon.
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tqwert20
4.1 hrs
Posted: July 31
This isn't a game. It's a TV episode with infrequent, minor interaction by the player that has no important impact on anything that happens. The straight rip off of Telltale's "Randolph will remember that" for decisions that have no importance is an especially lame touch.
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Ableyon
4.1 hrs
Posted: July 29
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anstinus
3.4 hrs
Posted: July 25
Not much of a "game" to play. If you liked DrwamFall: The Longest Journey, you'll like this.
I hated Dreamfall. There were no choices, nothing to figure out. Just click on the only things you can to progress.

I do love story based games, if there are still gameplay mechanics. If it is just clicking through a visual novel, I'm not that interested. With that said, I'm still interested in what the Decendants story turns out to be, and I'll play through all the chapters. But so far, the gameplay isn't engaging.

Pros: Good story and voice acting.

Cons:
Camera is garbage.

Convert the camera into an over the shoulder 3rd person view, and this will come off much better.

Add more in-game responses (by the characters) to the state of the Ark as it is found.

You have a giant facility that is in a state of disarry. You could have added a bunch of interesting things to do, and ways to get around. You focused only on the "Story" instead of on gameplay.
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Frankie
4.0 hrs
Posted: July 22
I want to like this game. I really do.

After finishing two episodes however, I'm starting to see a pattern. There isn't any real gameplay in this "game". I was expecting a point & click adventure, something like Walking dead or Beneath a steel sky. Something where one would collect items, and then combine them or use correct items at a certain spot.

There is no such gameplay in the Descendant. You walk around with one single item, then use it in the very next room. No logic thinking required; The puzzles are no harder than using a blue keycard in the blue card reader. To make it even easier, those objects are the only ones that are available. If you manage to open a door in Doom, you'll manage everything this game throws at you.

On the plus side, the voice acting is acceptable. The story is decent enough that I'm looking forward to the next episode (sort of). I just hope that the episode will be less boring that the previous ones. Because I want to like this game. I really do.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
I gotta say, Well done to Gaming Corps AB. They really bring you into this story they've created. The only thing they are missing so far is the introduction to the rest of the world. But I believe you are meant to feel somewhat alone in a survival state across different times and that is what makes this game its own, because it doesn't try to get you familiar with what you think the post-apocalypse might feel like. Instead they slowly unravel crisis and conspiracy in a shoebox within a post apocalyptic closet. Yeah this title has a little bit of everything from the suspense department so far and I can't wait to play the rest.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
A great adventure game with a great story/narrative and great voice acting. Simplistic yet refined gameplay: your character won't pick up objects until you actually have a reason to, which I like.

I wholeheartedly recommend, hope we see episode 3 soon.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
GOD DAMIT!
I got the episode 1 for free, bloody corn now i have to spend 11,99€

WHY THIS GAME IS SO AWESOME??


Gaming Corps AB its the last time that you get my money......
.
.
.
unless you make a season 2 then i will buy it again.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Cool game, almost a mash up between Half Life and Resident Evil with more strategy!
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
This isn't a game. It's a TV episode with infrequent, minor interaction by the player that has no important impact on anything that happens. The straight rip off of Telltale's "Randolph will remember that" for decisions that have no importance is an especially lame touch.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Good looking, well paced interactive TV series. There are puzzles but they're generally not that difficult, ideal if you want a more relaxed gameplay environment while the story gradually builds tension. Voice acting and script is acceptable, neither will blow your socks off but neither does it break immersion. My only real complaint is the camera angle transitions could be more forgiving, sometimes it's difficult to move out of the corner of the janitors quarters for example.
I'm excited to see the next episode!
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
65 of 75 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
After the first episode I gotta say I am suprised with negative and positive thoughts in my head.

First of all..

The postitives
  • It is very smooth, the graphics look really good.
  • The storyline has been good so far, I expect more drama in the next ones.
  • Enviroment in the game looks really good. From the trailer to the next episode it looks to be more promising.

    The negatives
  • Short pilot, you didn't really get to know the characters in the first episode all too well.
  • Mediocre voice acting
  • Camera angles that will make you mad if you missclick.

    There is a tell tale feel for sure in this game, I just don't know if it lives up to the same hype. Personally I really enjoyed the first episode and I'm excited for the next one.
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56 of 74 people (76%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
The Descendant (Episode 1 & 2) is a casual, story rich, point and click adventure game that takes place on 2 different timelines.

Check out my Quick Review for Episode 1 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7ZlLg6apuM
UPDATED after playing episode 2

In The Descendant, you play as two different characters, one from the past timeline, and one from the present. So far, the game is a user-friendly point and click adventure, where you can only interact with objects in the proper sequence. The objectives are fairly straightforward. You can inspect various objects, but you can’t pick up anything that isn’t your current objective. The game has a few puzzles, but so far, nothing too complex. In between the point and click gameplay, there are choices in dialog selection, and other things that require you to react.

The story starts after a near-human extinction event, with what’s left of humanity trying to wake the survivors and rebuild. You don’t really know what exactly happened, but the mystery very intriguing. When the episode ends, you probably won’t want to stop playing.

For the most part, your decisions in episode 1 seem to have the same or very similar outcome, but there was one set of actions that I did on my 3rd playthrough that resulted in a slightly different ending. It’s hard to say right now how much of an impact this will have on the later episodes, but for now, at least the game is showing potential that your decisions may have some weight to them. I still don't know why more save slots haven't been added though; I would like to play episode 2 again to try out different decisions, but I'm afraid it will make me start over.

Pros:
  • nice graphics style, that is very similar to many of Telltale's games
  • really good narrative, and the sound effects and voice acting were done well
  • playing in the past timeline as well as the present timeline is a great way to understand the backstory (it's a nice change from just finding objects or notes for information)
  • really intriguing story, that will leave you wanting more

Cons:
  • the controls cannot be changed and there is no controller support
  • a couple minor graphical issues: in some scenes the view seemed to jump/flicker to a different view, and there was also a door that after you blow it off the hinges, the door comes off as a different shape than where it came from
  • there was sometimes a delay after interacting with objects before you could click on the back button and start moving again UPDATED: Seems like this has been fixed.
  • characters sometimes walk in small circles when attempting to interact with some objects
  • game forces you to replay episode 1 before starting episode 2 (even though I already completed episode 1 three times)
  • STILL only 1 save slot, so it makes it a lot harder to replay to test out different choices

Both Episode 1 and Episode 2 each take 30-60 minutes to complete, depending on the player, and what decisions are made. You can replay the game to try making other decisions, but you can’t skip any of the cut scenes, so it is repetitive. Also, there was one part in episode 2 that I didn't agree with, and I would have liked to have had a choice to let me choose otherwise, but it doesn't change my review.

Conclusion:
I don’t know exactly how long the next three episodes will be, but if they last about the same as the first episode, I can see waiting for a slight sale even though it’s priced similarly to some other Telltale adventure games. I am looking forward to finding out what happened, I hope the following episodes don’t take too long to release. You might want to wait for all the episodes to release because you will most likely be left wanting more story immediately.
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32 of 43 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
EPISODE 1 REVIEW
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I cannot express my love for this game enough

I love this game, it is amazing. Here's why:

I love Fallout and Telltale, and this game is basically a Telltale style Fallout game, and I love it.
Now, that is not the best comparison. But it is a decent one, that is somewhat accurate. The game has some similar aspects to Fallout and is a game almost exactly the same in style as Telltale, even down to the graphics style.

The story and the lore is amazing. My only problem with this game, and the only thing that broke my immersion was the voice acting. There were a few moments where voice acting broke my immersion, since it wasn't too great. But that is my only problem with this game.

Without giving spoilers, the story is amazing. I was hooked, and didn't want to turnthe game off (even though I had too, but I'm so excited to finish the story).

I only bought Episode 1 since I was a skeptic with this game, even though I was excited for it. But I know I'll definitly be buying the upgrade pack.

EDIT: Just saw that they put part of my review in the teaser trailer for Ep. 2. That's awesome, I love to see that some devs actually look at the reviews. So hyped for Episode 2, only 27 days to go!
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27 of 36 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
The Descendant tries really hard. Somebody obviously put some thought into how the game would look, a style reminiscent of Telltale adventures. Decent taste in influences buoyed my hope... the vaults of Fallout decorated with the computers and cryogenic pods of the Alien franchise. Tragically, that kindred spirit wears thin within the first ten minutes. All components for a successful game are present, but they're sewn together with dental floss. The click-to-walk controls are endlessly frustrating; coupled with ♥♥♥♥-poor fixed camera angles, the clunky maneuvers make you wonder if your character has been skipping meds. Occasionally you'll get to button mash while cranking valves or opening doors or something equally boring. These trifles are trumped by poor dialogue, amateurish voice acting, and tediously linear gameplay. I'd like to believe the story of The Descendant is worth telling, but it certainly isn't worth playing.
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