You were framed and incarcerated. Learn to survive in prison. Explore every inch and exploit any weakness. Manipulate and scheme. Make friends (or foes) with fellow inmates and with their help, break out of prison.
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Very Positive (86) - 94% of the 86 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (3,314) - 92% of the 3,314 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Nov 2, 2023

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Our initial plan was to include the storylines of 2 characters - Thomas the Fox and Bob the Black Panther. However, the time invested in the full storyline development of Thomas took more time than expected as we wanted to make his story as compelling as possible. To have both characters' stories completed, it would take a much longer time on development, hence our decision to launch in Early Access first so everyone can enjoy the complete storyline of Thomas and already-rich content in the game!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We're aiming for at least one year — this gives us enough time to incorporate your feedback and make sure the Black Panther's storyline meets the standard we've set with Thomas!”

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

“We plan to add the other protagonist, the Black Panther, at the full release. Same as Thomas the Fox, we plan to develop the full storyline and distinct scenes unique to him.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current state of the EA version consists of Thomas full storyline. There are a total of ~300,000 words, with a playtime of over 20 hours for the first completion and over 50 hours for full achievement exploration. Players can navigate through various escape routes, experience multiple endings, and interact with a diverse cast of 48 distinct prison inmates. Additionally, we've included over a hundred quests to enrich the experience. While we believe the content is already deep and engaging, we are committed to refining and optimizing based on your invaluable feedback!”

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

“Yes, the full version's price at official launch will be higher than the Early Access version. The increase reflects the addition of the planned Black Panther content, enriching the game and your experience within it.”

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

“You can provide feedback via the Steam community and other social media channels. All kinds of feedback, be it suggestions or bug reports, are more than welcome.

We hope that everyone would enjoy this gripping prison break adventure!”
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About This Game

In Back to the Dawn, you play a reporter caught up in a dark conspiracy and who got thrown into a maximum-security prison for not playing ball. Gather your wits and learn how to survive in this hostile environment. Explore every inch of the prison and exploit any weakness you find. Make friends (or foes) with your fellow inmates and with their help, break out of prison. It's not just your life you are saving, but the entire city!

You play the role of a framed journalist trying to survive and escape prison. Working with your attorney friend on the outside, you must collect evidence to save yourself and the city from grave danger.

It's an enormous prison with lots to do and many places to explore, but make sure you follow the rules, or at least try not to get caught! You’ll encounter all kinds of challenges as you explore your new environment. But will you be a model prisoner and just try to keep your head down, or will you leave a trail of chaos and destruction in your wake? It’s all up to you.

There is a colorful cast of fellow inmates in your prison, each with an interesting story to tell. You can either make them your friends or fight, bully and rob them into submission. Decide too if you want to be part of a gang or a cunning lone wolf who maneuver your way around everybody. It's tough, but hey, you are in prison!

Are you a tough guy who lets his fists do the talking, a thief who hides in the shadows, or perhaps a smooth talker with some nifty hacking skills? You can be whoever you want to be in this game. Learn all kinds of skills, craft tools of various trades and go from being 'new fish' to 'top dog'!

From the laundry room to the infirmary, to the sewers and even the parking lot, every inch of the place is a piece in your intricate jailbreak puzzle. Discover the secrets of each location and use them to your advantage. In your bid for freedom, your imagination will be the most powerful weapon.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Some Nudity or Sexual Content, General Mature Content

System Requirements

    • OS *: Windows 7/8/10
    • Processor: Intel i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 750ti
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system.
    • OS: Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • Processor: Intel i5
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1650
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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