Panoptic is a tense, 1v1 asymmetrical VR vs desktop game that pits a colossal Overseer, armed with a slow but devastating eye laser, against a tiny dissident Being intent on destroying the Overseer’s energy sources by mimicking the movements of others to remain undetected.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Panoptic has been in development for a while, and still is. But we feel that it is now complete enough to make it available, and involve the community more in the rest of our development process!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We anticipate the full release to be around the end of 2019.”

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

“The main focus will be on adding more levels to the game.
We plan on having a more detailed roadmap available soon.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The base mechanics are implemented, and we mainly need to polish and balance them further. 3 levels are available for now, with more to come.”

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

“We plan to increase the price of the game when we leave Early Access.”

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

“We will primarily interact through the Steam Discussions, as well as Discord and other social media.
We plan to update the Early Access game frequently, to get new content to the players faster, and gather feedback.
We really want to strive to be as accessible as possible going forward, and cultivate a more open dialog with players.”
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May 16

Panoptic is AVAILABLE NOW in Early Access!

Hey all!

Today, we at Team Panoptes are extremely proud to announce the Early Access release of Panoptic! This is a very important milestone for us, and something we have been building towards since starting this incredible journey more than 2 years ago.

This marks the first time Panoptic is made available as more than just a demo, but this is only the beginning! In the coming months, we will continue working hard on the game, and you can be a part of this process by sharing your thoughts with us (see below). But before we look to the future, let’s see what’s in store for today's release :

  • A 1v1, local, asymmetrical VR game pitting a colossal Overseer against a tiny Challenger.
  • 3 distinct environments to play in.
  • A powerful laser and a scanner lens for the Overseer to seek and stop the Challenger.
  • Multi-tiered levels for the Challenger to traverse.
  • The option for the Challenger to blend in with other NPCs by mimicking their actions in certain spots.
  • A tutorial explaining the nuances of the game.
  • An optional locomotion system for the Overseer, so the game can be played in smaller spaces, or by people who cannot, or do not want to, move around as much.

This is, at its core, a continuation and expansion of what the free demo of Panoptic has been offering until now.

During Panoptic's Early Access, we plan to increase the amount of content in the game, as well as improving what is already available. To keep the conversation going with the community, we are sharing a public board listing the main features currently planned or in progress.

You can find this board here!

While we are somewhat conservative regarding game features, with Team Panoptes being a very small team of just 3 people, here are some key items that are planned(in no particular order) :

  • Several additional maps.
  • More customization options to let you tailor the gameplay to your liking.
  • A new type of NPC.
  • Improve the balance of the game.
  • Support for multiple languages (at the very least English, French and Dutch).
  • Better support for different VR setups (non-roomscale, etc.).
  • Add a few surprises :)

We hope you are as excited as we are about the coming months! We’ll be keeping you updated on our progress and are looking forward to hearing your thoughts and comments!

Because Panoptic is our first commercial release, we are still learning a lot. Team Panoptes would not exist as a studio today without all your support since publishing the first version of the demo in August 2016. We are deeply grateful for all the well-wishes and help we got along the way, and even through some difficult times, and if at times it seemed as if the project was inactive and dead, we have never stopped working and believing in it.

And so here we are. Ready to embark on this new part of the journey with all of you! Have fun! :)

Team Panoptes

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May 11

A brand new demo, Early Access later this month!

Hey everyone!

Ever since we made Panoptic available as a free demo, you have had the same level to play. Now, for the first time, we replaced this level with a brand new environment.

This new demo is around one third of a much bigger level which is going to be available in the game's Early Access version, available later this month.

While the core gameplay stays the same, there have been a whole bunch of new features and mechanics implemented. Here is a list of the main changes :

  • The graphics have been overhauled.
  • The PC player now has several Orbs to destroy, making the levels more complex.
  • The PC player can try to blend in with NPCs by mimicking the actions of the other Beings in certain spots.
  • The VR player can find the general location of the PC player by pressing both triggers and using a new power.
  • The game now has a tutorial explaining all mechanics, accessible from the main menu.
  • The VR player can reposition themselves using the grip buttons, the trackpads and the menu buttons. The controls are explained in detail in the tutorial.
  • As the PC player, be careful of falling from too high, as you will lose your balance and get stunned!
  • A new, dynamic music track that changes as the PC player progresses through the level.
  • A slew of other changes and improvements, thanks to an almost complete code rewritten.

Hopefully you will enjoy the new mechanics and level, and will be excited for the release of the Early Access :) As usual, please let us know through the Steam Forums or Discord !

-Team Panoptes
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About This Game

Panoptic is a tense, 1v1 asymmetrical VR vs desktop game that pits a colossal Overseer, armed with a slow but devastating eye laser, against a tiny dissident Being intent on destroying the Overseer’s energy sources by mimicking the movements of others to remain undetected.

Born out of a multi-award winning game jam prototype, Panoptic sees one player enter virtual reality as the Overseer, a powerful being that searches the world and its inhabitants for any signs of uprising. The other player uses a desktop computer to become one of the tiny Beings under the watchful eye of the Overseer. Tasked with destroying the Overseer’s energy sources, blending in becomes critical. A misstep, breaking away from the crowd cover of other Beings, or being spotted destroying an energy orb turns the search into a nerve-wracking hunt. Armed with a slow-charging eye laser capable of killing a Being with a single shot, the Overseer will suddenly have the advantage, as the dissident Being attempts to once again hide in plain sight.

With an unsettling, mysterious atmosphere that hints at a dark and secretive lore, Panoptic features several levels and environments, a wondrous sense of scale, and short - but constantly intense - rounds of local 1v1 competition.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 SP1 or newer
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 4590 or AMD FX 8350 or greater
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, or AMD Radeon R9 290, equivalent or better
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, AMD Radeon RX 480, equivalent or better

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