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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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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VR SUPPORT IN THE FUTURE

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: http://steamcommunity.com/games/482440/announcements/detail/616273923127759868

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http://steamcommunity.com/app/482440/discussions/4/1318836262649412932/

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,

Traveler

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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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