The Captives: Plot of the Demiurge is an action-adventure game with real-time combat and a strong focus on story. Create and play as a collection of prisoners, who must work together to defeat the evil schemes of Prince Pico and his newly-acquired magical powers.
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Oct 11, 2018

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November 1

The Captives: Plot of the Demiurge soundtrack now freely available on YouTube!

Hey everyone!

We've recently released the full soundtrack of our game on YouTube, and you can check it out for free right here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLab5WOpvn4&list=PLdnAfpcm3_f2mOFMuV4Qzz4M9IiA8yVQp

We're also still working on a patch that will resolve some of the issues you've encountered.

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October 11

The Captives: Plot of the Demiurge is out now!

Today we are proud to release The Captives: Plot of the Demiurge on Steam after over a year and a half of production. This is our first commercial game since releasing the award winning Portal Stories: Mel.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/666630/The_Captives_Plot_of_the_Demiurge/

What is The Captives: Plot of the Demiurge
The Captives: Plot of the Demiurge is a game set in a fantasy world and features Souls-like combat mechanics, compelling storytelling and the ability to customise a new character before each new level. However, in a unique twist, after completing a level all your previously customised characters continue to exist within the game world. Thus, rather than a single protagonist, you will be developing a whole cast of characters to interact with throughout the game!



Key Features
  • Character customisation of appearance, stats and weapons
  • Souls-like combat
  • Levelling choices in each dungeon
  • Focus on storytelling



Replayability
Replay the game with special Challenge Runs, combinations of unique modifiers to the game.
These include Roguelike Challenge which randomizes your build each time you play through the dungeons and Soul Challenge which restricts the number of checkpoints in the game and changes how healing works.

With a variety of individual modifiers you can also tweak the game to create your own challenge runs or make things a little easier if you get stuck.



About Us
Prism Studios is a small video game company based in Northern Ireland. In 2015, we released the Portal Stories: Mel mod for Valve’s Portal 2 game which was downloaded by over 1 million unique users. Now we are hoping to follow that success with our current project, The Captives: Plot of the Demiurge.

Getting this game to the finish line has been a challenge, especially since we are a tiny team trying to transition from the creation of an award-winning mod to a commercial product. Working without any budget or outside investment for over a year and half means that this project has been very much a labour of love!

You can keep up to date with our projects via

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PrismStudiosUK
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About This Game

Setting

The Captives: Plot of the Demiurge is set during a struggle between two opposing ideologies. After Prince Pico and the city-state of Volturno leave the anti-magic Tetrarchy to explore the alluring possibilities of the magic sciences, the other states band together to retake Volturno and stop whatever scheme Pico may have begun with his newly-acquired arcane knowledge...

Story

You play as convicted prisoners, drafted into the Tetrarch’s army to undertake missions against Prince Pico’s forces and collect intelligence concerning his masterplan. While each prisoner has their own individual personality and backstory, all share one goal: to complete their assigned objectives and earn their freedom.


Characters

The Captives: Plot of the Demiurge is an action-adventure game with a variety of carefully crafted levels. You will start by creating your character for each particular level. You can customize the character’s name, stats, weapon and appearance, giving each character you play a unique feel.


After each level your personalized character gets added to the story’s cast of NPCs whom you can then talk to and interact with. As the story grows, so too does your cast of previous player characters.

Customization

When you create your character you will choose from a variety of weapons and distribute your skill points amongst four stats. Since your available skill points are limited, you will have to think carefully about how you invest them.

The four stats of the Captives are:

  • Health
    Health helps your character survive damage – pretty straight forward! A character with lots of health will allow you more room for mistakes while a character with little health will have to be more careful to avoid damage.

  • Stamina
    Stamina is used for each action in the game: attacking, defending and dodging. A character with lots of stamina will be able to chain together many attacks while a character with little stamina will have to be more tactical and patient.

  • Focus
    Focus prevents your character from being staggered by enemy attacks. A character with lots of focus will be able to shrug off damage while swinging away at enemies while a character with little focus should try to fight enemies one at a time.

  • Movement
    Movement determines the speed at which your character moves. A character with a lot of movement will be able to dance around their foes while a character with little movement will have to time their aggression carefully.

Playstyle

All the numbers in The Captives are very low so that the difference between spending a single stat point in health over movement can change the feel of how your character plays significantly.


It’s not possible to create a character that is good at everything. Because you will play as multiple characters you can experiment with different weapons and stats and explore what the combat has to offer within a single playthrough, instead of being locked into one playstyle for the entire game.

Combat

The combat of The Captives is real-time tactical action in the style of the Zelda or Souls games. Anticipation and timing is a consistent key to success, although each character you create will require different approaches depending on how you invested your skill points.


Gameplay Modifiers

Replay the game with special Challenge Runs, combinations of unique modifiers to the game.

These include Roguelike Challenge which randomises your build each time you play through the dungeons and Soul Challenge which restricts the number of checkpoints in the game and changes how healing works.

With a variety of individual modifiers you can also tweak the game to create your own challenge runs or make things a little easier if you get stuck.

When does this game release?

October 11th 2018

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel i5-3450 @ 3.10 GHz (4 CPUs)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GTX 660
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Realtek High Definition On-board Audio
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 3 GB available space

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