A Post-Truth Immersive Simulation - The Game They Don't Want You To Play!
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Sep 13, 2022

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“To recruit the team needed to build Total Rendition with the original plans we had in mind and do so within a workable timeframe will require massive outside investment, which in turn is intended to come from outside backers (i.e. outside of Steam).

However, to convince these backers, we will need "social proof". We mistakenly believed Early Access was the way to go to accomplish this. Experience has shown the opposite occurred: Due to the Early Access release, we lost much credibility as we rendered the project vulnerable to trolls to such an extent they were able to pronounce a heckler’s veto.

As such, we have discontinued Early Access.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The full version is done "when it's done". Therefore, no hard timetable is set for the estimated time until completion of development. On https://www.schizotypy.com, you may find information on how close we currently are in having Total Rendition attain gold status.”

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

“Total Rendition is eventually to become a lengthy narrative-driven immersive sim for Windows, Mac and Linux systems alike, with tens of hours of gameplay to rival big-budget narrative-driven titles, with a polish to match. Updates to Total Rendition may thus also include new missions on an episodic basis, as well as extra polish such as improved AI and audiovisual updates, localization, new areas to explore (as well as visual reworkings of existing ones), as well as new types of inventory items and weapons.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“While the current version should already give a reasonable impression of what the overall gameplay loop is intended to look like, you must NOT expect a ready, out-of-the-box experience from the current Early Access builds.

Most of the current in-game art are placeholders, serving the purpose of showcasing the game's features, and will eventually be replaced. More development lies ahead - rather than behind - the current build. Moreover, the narrative constitutes a mere fraction of what we have planned, with the current build offering less than an hour of gameplay for most players.

Total Rendition has been released to early access at an exceptionally early stage of development compared to most other Early Access titles. This, we believed to be necessary to convince outside backers that expansive narrative-driven games continue to offer a credible alternative to the multiplayer titles which have become fashionable these days.”

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

“During this stage of development, Early Access for Total Rendition primarily revolves around the goal of generating interest and engagement from players rather than focusing on immediate sales. As the project is currently self-funded and lacks external investor backing, the primary focus is on building a dedicated player community and gathering valuable feedback.

By purchasing an Early Access copy, you will additionally gain access to the upcoming full version when that becomes available. Do note that you get what you pay for: Early Access, that is to say, an insight in how we work. Getting the full version upon release date is an additional perk which may or may not realised. Note that the current price is also the gold status release price.

Visit https://schizotypy.com/how-we-fight-back-against-the-big-bois/ for more information on (the considerations behind) Total Rendition’s pricing strategy.”

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

“We need your help for us to be able to complete Total Rendition as close to perfect as possible: However, our capacity to develop Total Rendition ultimately does not depend on the amount of sales during early access and rather on the amount of overall anticipation of the full version.”
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The current early access version from December 2022 mostly demonstrates Total Rendition’s premise and gameplay loop. It currently contains mostly placeholder assets made by third parties, which are intended to be replaced by originally-made assets once the opportunity arises.

Once the art style is finalised, we will begin to add additional missions, characters, inventory items and levels. The ultimate aim being to create a narrative-driven gaming experience lasting tens of hours for each playthrough.

More details can be found on https://schizotypy.com/total-renditions-early-access-phases/.

About This Game

The Game They Don't Want You To Play!

In this narrative-driven first-person immersive simulation, you start out with your first day at Knoll NV, a large multinational firm operating in the shady world of "litigation support" (or to put it plainly, privatized spooks). Among their clients are the van Hoorn family, a prominent Dutch old money dynasty based in "Holland's Finest Beach" of Noordwijk aan Zee, in turn renowned, or perhaps notorious, for being frequently visited by prominent figures from across the world.

Yet, while the van Hoorns themselves are nowhere to be found, you do encounter state-sponsored terrorists masquerading as mere frat boys, dodgy business transactions, pervasive corruption and the rest. Of course, this is only the beginning, leaving you wondering whether you have been set up for a fool's errand. Get ready to set out on an odyssey to discover the truth, as you jump into a parallel world where you encounter the reality behind Europe's urban legends, political scandals and conspiracy theories. In order to survive in a brutal and decadent world, you must use your wits in either covert or violent ways.

Total Rendition is set in contemporary times and tells you a story of a world decades in the making as a result of buffoonery, stupidity and complacency. So, what will you do when that world is about to explode? Total Rendition may be the Game They Don't Want You To Play, yet it is perhaps by playing, that you may find out...

A Post-Truth Immersive Simulation

  • You are anonymous, an unknown protagonist whose identity can only be decided by you.
  • Uncover terrifyingly plausible political conspiracies at the most unexpected of places.
  • Shoot, strike, sneak, sabotage or s#!t-talk your way into achieving your goals.
  • Pierce through the thinly veiled facade of an ostensibly prosperous and hospitable community.
  • Hyper-immersive first-person gameplay featuring an in-game smartphone which comes with its own Role-Playing Game. (Yes, we're serious!)
  • Interact with nearly everything you find, or don't, as your capacity to carry items and weaponry may prove to be rather limited.
  • Decide on upgrades for your character's skillset to reach objectives your own way.
  • Ponder on difficult decisions to create a different experience with every playthrough.
  • A narrative inspired by the most notorious political scandals to have plagued Europe since the beginning of the 20th century.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This game is a work of fiction.

Any alleged similarities with real persons or events, alive or dead are unintentional. Neither Schizotypy Game Development Limited nor any persons affiliated with it shall accept any legal liabilities purporting the contrary under any circumstance.

Total Rendition contains references to conspiracy theories, themes common in contemporary geopolitical disinformation campaigns and terrorism to a degree that may be upsetting to some players. However, this game is not intended to accurately portray contemporary politics nor does it aim to directly endorse any particular political or ideological viewpoint. References to other adult themes such as sex may be present throughout.

System Requirements

SteamOS + Linux
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 (x64) or later
    • Additional Notes: System requirements to be confirmed
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Any Linux distro with a Linux 2.6 kernel
    • Additional Notes: System requirements to be confirmed

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