In this surreal non-violent exploration adventure you are in a world you don’t remember seeing before at a place forgotten by time and space. Wake up and explore this miraculous world that has been waiting for your return so long.
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Positive (11) - 81% of the 11 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Apr 18, 2017

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“With ESSENCE we want to dive into unusual territory.
ESSENCE is our new approach to the exploration genre and with Early Access, we see a great opportunity to enhance the game immensely with your feedback and participation. In this way, we can refine and perfect the game mechanics, design and story and bring it up to its true potential before finally finishing the game.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Since ESSENCE will be released episodically in 3 acts, it will have several major updates which will add a lot of functionality and worlds to the game. It will approximately be in Early Access until the end of this year when everything goes well. For a more detailed Roadmap please look below.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The first release of ESSENCE will contain the first major worlds and is enclosed as the first act of the game. We will release the second and third act afterward and then finish up the game with all incorporated player feedback later this year. Therefore, the world of ESSENCE will grow and improve over time. More worlds, gameplay mechanics, and puzzles will be added with every act and previously released worlds will be polished and perfected according to your feedback.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Currently, the first act of ESSENCE is available and we are already working on a major update for this act. It will be a major overhaul ranging from technical aspects to design. We are also planning to improving the puzzle and interaction possibilities. Currently, ESSENCE consists of 3 huge main worlds and several smaller shard worlds, which should make up for quite a lot of astonishment and exploration.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“No ESSENCE will have a fixed price for everyone. Also since ESSENCE was a Kickstarter Project we want to ensure fairness for everyone by matching up with the initial Kickstarter price.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“The incoming feedback and impressions from you are a very important aspect for us and we will listen
closely to every feedback we rceive. We encourage everyone to express their thoughts in the forums and we do everything we can to communicate and work with you together to bring ESSENCE finally to its true magnificence.”
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May 8


Finally, after some more fixes, the Linux version is now ready and available through Steam.

We still expect some graphical bugs that could appear. If you encounter some please tell us about it, since our testing range for Linux is limited. We will be standing by to bring a possible hotfix if necessary.

While we wanted to bring you the new Vulkan API for Windows and Linux as well, to give especially Linux better performance, we have still some issues we simply could not fix to this point. So we will try our best to release the Vulkan support with the next major update.

We wish all Linux players fun exploring the worlds of ESSENCE.

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April 26



ESSENCE has relatively successful launched on Steam early access. Although the launch itself was very rough for us. We did our best to create a relatively bug-free build in a very short time to keep up with our schedule as well as handling the first wave of new players and making the game more visible to the public through the press and social media.

We see now that this was still a good decision. It's really hard to cope with launching such a large project for a duo like us. Also, it is our first game too. So bare with us we are not yet doing everything perfectly. We can say there have been plenty of time-consuming complications to go through before such a game could come to such a storefront. We are happy to launch this now (in early access) instead of an even riskier hard launch with higher expectations. We have made a good step forward which gives us more space for better iterations with your help. You can now play and experience the iterations more directly and give proper feedback to the changes we make.

We have also seen a lot of feedback from players who expected the complete VR experience at the first launch. We apologize that we have not stated this clear enough, so this will not happen again. But to clarify again, for all who are still wondering, the VR mode will come later trough a free update, that means this game will be playable with and without VR.

Also to clarify for all Kickstarter backers, we have not yet sent the surveys but these will come soon and we will make a proper notification - so that you can't miss it, no worries. To show you how we are planning to continue with the progress of ESSENCE we have created a new Roadmap as we promised. It shows you all major updates we will reveal with the next releases.

Here some additional explanation:
  • As said we will release the Linux version of ESSENCE as the next step. Also, to a recently Unity engine update we can now enable the anticipated Vulkan Graphics API. That means all Linux players will get a huge performance boost that should match up with Windows users. We will also try to give Windows users as well the option to use Vulkan since its available for both OS.

  • The Revision of ACT I will be a major overhaul of the current version. We will enhance everything we can and push the general quality and content of the game and give our best to translate the feedback from all players into this update.

  • Also, we will release the Soundtrack from the first Act. All selected backer will receive it via mail. It will also be available on the Steam store.

  • Important: The soundtrack will be updated with new tracks when ACT II and ACT III will be released and will remain as a single package. Of course, all the backers who pledged for the soundtrack will be notified once the soundtrack is updated.

  • Soon after we will be sending out all Kickstarter surveys before we continue with finishing ACT II.

  • In the release of ACT II, we will also include the game related Spirit Rewards and the Kickstarter world.

  • With the release of the last Act, we will also begin to send out all other digital and physical Rewards to all Backer.

  • Also, we will Release the VR Mode for ESSENCE, before we will leave early Access and round up the game with a final release.

  • After the release, we probably want to make some additional community updates for you, but there are no concrete plans now.

We really hope you like the current plan and its priorities. Otherwise, please tell us what do you think about it, if we have forgotten something or if we should change something.

We are very excited how the next months will turn out to be.

As always thank you for your patience brave travelers.

See you next week,

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ESSENCE will become an additional playable VR mode in the future. It will be playable with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive and will come as a free addon. More Information:


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About This Game

There is no memory and lost in the sea of stars, something is reaching for you.

Now it's time to wake up and explore this majestic and forgotten world, emerging out of the gloom and unfolding its branches towards your enlighten curiosity.

Open yourself to its exhilarating landscapes, forgotten thoughts of another time, surreal happenings and a mystery veiling a truth about this world.

Remember your being and remember your abilities. Wander freely through these lands and beyond to find yourself. And finally discover the truth, the past and the future of places, you never believed would exist...

ESSENCE is a surreal and atmospheric first-person exploration game.

This game is as much about exploring the different worlds and collecting lost and cryptic fragments of beautiful landscapes as discovering secret places filled with mysterious messages. Also, it is about learning new abilities that help you proceed further on otherwise hidden paths. The further you will go the more possibilities you will have to interact with the world and its surroundings.

The game has a narration, that will combine messages from different characters with a dense and diverse environmental storytelling. By uncovering all these places and messages you will experience an anomalous story that slowly leads you to one interwoven conclusion.

ESSENCE is a mesmerizing journey full of wonder in which you can lose yourself, diving deep in an atmosphere, filled with feelings about an ancient civilization, arcane technology and lost philosophy, a journey that will change the way you see exploration ...

See you soon,


System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400 | AMD FX-6100 | or equivalent
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 700 series | AMD Radeon HD 7770 | or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 | AMD FX-8350 | or better
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 | AMD Radeon R9 290 | or better
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Recommended Laptop GPUs are NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960m | or equivalent/better
    • OS: 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400 | AMD FX-6100 | or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 700 series | AMD Radeon HD 7770 | or equivalent
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • OS: 10.11
    • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 | AMD FX-8350 | or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 | AMD Radeon R9 290 | or better
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 14 64-bit or Steam OS
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400 | AMD FX-6100 | or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 700 series | AMD Radeon HD 7770 | or equivalent
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 17 64-bit or Steam OS
    • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 | AMD FX-8350 | or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 | AMD Radeon R9 290 | or better
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
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