You're a survivor of "The Parallax Effect". A government run project which took a dark, unforeseen turn for the worst several years ago. You are now left with no memory and seemingly lost in an abandoned world reclaimed by nature, but you might not be alone...
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Release Date:
Dec 31, 2017

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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“I want to start slow and steady being that this is my first submission to Steam. As an indie dev working on my own I feel like Early Access is the best option as it gives me a chance to take development at a pace I can handle and not be pushed to the limit to constantly produce updates every waking moment of my life. Going EA also let's me start to build a community surrounding the game which is one of my primary initial goals as a dev and I think it's quite an important one. I want to start getting opinions, some critical feedback and just get known a little around Steam before proceeding too far forward.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“As the current state of the game stands, I am looking at transitioning out from Early Access roughly within a year from release on Steam. Please note this time frame is not by any means set in stone and definite. I will more than likely shift this date depending on how the game progresses through development.”

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

“As I stated above, I have big plans to take this game above and beyond what it has initially started out as which is a small indie project of my own. In terms of features, I feel the game will progress incrementally adding features I have planned and any that the community highlights along the way. Development may be slow at times but I will try my best to maintain steadiness with my updates and keep to a routine/schedule both myself and the community are happy with. I currently have plans on loads of new content to work on and new features such as new weaponry, items, buildings and game mechanics.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is currently 100% playable containing hours upon hours of content to explore and enjoy both alone and together with others. Current content includes a fully implmented basic combat system with multiple weapons both lootable and craftable at players disposal. There is also a full base building system with additional extras such as multiple different storage containers, building items such as bedrolls and campfires and 4 different building materials oak, pine, walnut and aluminium. Full survival mechanics are currently implemented within the game along with multiplayer and singleplayer support. A basic backstory for the game has been developed however this is planned to improve drastically further down the track once the game starts gathering its own following and player base.”

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

“To be completely honest with you, I take pride in being an upfront, honest and fair dev (getting harder and harder to find these days) and I really just want to share my passion of game design and development with the world. If a little money comes my way in the process, well that's just a bonus. The only feature that I may implement in the future, if players are okay with it, is some sort of premium one-off purchase which offers some small perks to your account, of course only if YOU want to purchase it. I feel adding something like this is a good way to show your support for the developer (me) if you like my game or you want to get a few cool little extras thrown your way for supporting the game which I really do appreciate. As far as cost for the game itself goes, I feel F2P is a perfect place to start for me and I feel it gives the community a chance to give the game a go rather than feeling skeptical about spending their hard earned cash. Of course donations are always accepted if you feel the desire to contribute and support me in my development. Players showing interest in my game is more than enough to keep me motivated and driven to improve the game play experience for my players.”

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

“I want to reach out to the community as much as possible for ideas, or even just to have an audience to bounce my own ideas off of as really the players are the ones who play the game, they should have some level of a choice in what gets added and what doesn't in my opinion. I want to make a game my players enjoy more than anything. I'm also more than happy to discuss any submissions of artwork, game assets or even cosmetic skin designs you might want to submit. If you're a budding artist or design enthusiast and want to get directly involved with development please do not hesitate to get in contact, cool people are always welcome to share their creations with not only me but the games community also.”
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February 16

v0.6.1.0 Content/Bugfix Update #19

This minor update contains some exciting new content along with a few major bugfixes. More to come this week.

What's new?
  • Fixed a bug causing client inventories not to be updated when equipping/dequipping equipment
  • Added armour rating in 3 categories (low caliber, high caliber and explosives protection)
  • When the player dies their skills no longer reset only any unspent skill points do
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February 12

v0.6.0.0 Content/Bugfix Update #18

It's been 5 days since the last update and I am glad to be announcing some pretty huge additions. Some long requested features have finally been implemented along with the usual bugfixes from bug reports posted in the official Discord server.

I had also planned to have a dedicated server up for this update however it's been extremely troublesome to get it to work so I have postponed it for now to focus back on development of the game. I am hopeful in the next few updates I will be able to get one up as it has been a long requested feature from players wishing to engage in the multiplayer aspect of the game.

However, this particular update addresses some brand new game features which are all listed below, I encourage you to check them all out as you might be pleasantly surprised.

What's New?
  • Rebuilt the entire options menu UI and back-end to a far more user-friendly design
  • Added audio options
  • Added gameplay options
  • Added control/keybinding options
  • Added V-Sync option to graphics menu
  • Added 20 supported screen resolutions to the graphics menu
  • Fixed a bug causing skinned items no to show in the inventory character render
  • Fixed a bug causing the inspect item screen not to close when the cosmetic inventory is closed
  • Fixed a bug causing death messages not to show when a player is killed
  • Fixed a bug causing a red collision sphere to show on screen when surfacing in a body of water
  • Fixed a bug causing time to not move making it either eternal day or night when loading a saved game
  • Fixed a bug causing the flare gun to shoot backwards
  • Removed the default console
  • Added a custom console which can be opened/closed with the F1 key
  • Added /item <id> <amount> command to spawn any item
  • Added /kick <player> command to kick a player from the server if you are an admin
  • Added /timeSet <value> command to set the global time on a server

In the next update I will looking at getting a dedicated server up and running along with more bugfixes and implementing of suggestions from the Discord server.
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About This Game


You are currently being held in one of the few remaining habitation modules off the coast of Chimera, a landmass entirely unknown to you. You remember nothing, you know little of yourself or what you have been through. In the time that has passed whilst being held captive at this facility, you have been heavily sedated to preserve your health for your ultimate task is yet to come...


Biological warfare was imminent as August 4th, 2029 otherwise now termed as "doomsday" occurred. Tired of humanity's wasteful and damaging nature, The Parallax Organisation (TPO) took matters into their own hands creating and releasing a devastating nerve agent, now scientifically classified as the EK292 virus. This toxin was designed to be utilised as a sort of euthenasia tool which would be issued to all current and future convicts occupying space in the already overcrowded prisons around the world. The world didn't take to it lightly and many rebelled against the choice to take such an approach to "cleansing" the world and lowering the global population. Soon, the virus mutated unexpectedly multiple times in extremely quick succession leaving The Parallax Organisation to cleanup the mess they themselves had created. However, it was too late, once the virus escaped containment at several facilities around the globe, 99.95% of the entire world's population were wiped out in less than a year...

As nature would have it, there were some survivors, those who had a natural immunity to the virus who exhibited no side effects of it's horrific capabilities. These few hundred survivors of what soon became termed as "The Parallax Effect" were quickly rounded up and forcefully detained to be used as test subjects for developing a vaccine to counter the already devastating effects of the virus. That's where you came in. As one of these remaining few, you had no choice but to comply with orders or face immediate termination. You chose to comply...

As the beginning of the experimental trials commenced, the remainder of the world was left unknown as to what the goings on were at these secretive Parallax Organisation habitation modules located off the coasts of various different countries. Rumour had it that they were using humans to test survival in a world following The Parallax Effect, what they didn't tell us was what they were surviving against out there. Many scientists aboard the various HAB modules proceeded to go missing once venturing outside of their HAB facility. All known subjects who were sent out into the wilderness to survive never returned, in fact they were never seen again. The only evidence anything was surviving out there were freakish screams and demonic roars of horror you could hear in the darkness after nightfall. One doctor, the lead doctor in charge of controlling The Parallax Effect, took it upon himself to venture out and find the source of these bone-chilling sounds. He said he would leave a trail of written notes on his path from HAB module 1 where he was currently working at and told anyone who would attempt to find him, should he not return, that they must follow his trail no matter where it leads. Weeks passed and no sign of the doctor. With him missing things began to get well out of hand as experiments contained at the HAB module began to show signs of deteriorating. Many of the subjects who were once immune to the virus lost immunity due to several, further unknown mutations. The decision was made to seal the HAB module and store the remaining few humans in cryostasis. You were one of the lucky few who had not yet been experimented on. You were returned to laboratory block B and that is where you remain to this day...


A malfunction in the cryostasis regulator system has caused all chambers in HAB module 1 to open. As you awaken from your sleep of unknown length, you are presented with a lost world reclaimed by nature and a man-made evil which lurks the sprawling wilderness of Chimera. Face your fears and attempt to survive the decimation of mankind as best you can. What happens next is entirely up to you...


Presented with a world to discover and a dark story to unravel it's now your turn to make your mark on a long lost civilisation. The choices you make from here on out will affect your life as a survivor of The Parallax Effect. With a future unknown, use what you have at your disposal to not only survive, but thrive. Make use of the remnants of civilisation including many abandoned towns and even military installations located within the vast expanse of Chimera and arm yourself with the power to fend off anything that stands in your way...


You may want to take a look at some of the tasks you can get started with in your survival...
  • Scavenge what you can from the remnants of humanity
  • Find or even build weaponry to fend off dangerous animals and anything that stands in your way
  • Equip yourself with gear to conduct long-range exploration, even underwater
  • Construct items to assist your survival in this harsh new world such as camping equipment and armour
  • Follow the path of the estranged Dr. R from HAB module 1 by collecting his notes to uncover the true origin of The Parallax Effect
  • Explore several unique locations around a massive 5x5km map.
  • Build intricate bases and defend loot you have scavenged from either AI raiders or more deadly fellow survivors
  • Construct basic and more advanced storage units to stash your valuables away in
  • Upgrade your weaponry with nifty attachments to help you fight
  • There are currently 20 in-game achievements to unlock by progressing through your survival
  • Keep starvation and dehydration at bay along with your immunity to the virus and your overall health
  • Search for vehicles to transport yourself and friends around the map at speed
  • Survive the horrors of the night that haunt the forests of Chimera

Can you survive the effect?

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 32-bit
    • Processor: Core i5 2.4 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 760, AMD Radeon 7870 (At least 2GB of dedicated VRAM)
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: If your PC is a potato you might have a few issues... Don't blame me!
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Core i7 3.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 970/AMD Radeon 7950 (3GB of dedicated VRAM or more)
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: If you have all of the above you should be good-to-go!
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