The Beat: A Glam Noir Game is a gay 3D investigative crime noir. Tangle with a homme fatal and find a killer. Each choice you make changes the rules of the game, so play it straight or play it gay, but play it smart - you only have seven days to save a life.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Our previous two games - My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant and Escape from Pleasure Planet - followed a traditional publishing model. We want to mix it up. Early Access is scary for us, showing our baby before it’s finished, but we want the thrill of the new and unexpected.

Our goal for Early Access is to keep expanding the large amount of narrative paths planned for the game while getting direction and feedback from you, the players.

And of course, by buying the game in Early Access you are supporting a small developer making games about and for people who like gay games! Awesome.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Criteria for “version one” of The Beat:
The gameplay is balanced;
The final art and animation are loaded; and
The scripts are complete to our satisfaction.

Completion of our currently planned additions will take us well into late 2018 or 2019. Much of this depends on player feedback.

We have a great history of supporting our games after release (Space Tyrant and Pleasure Planet both still receive updates) so we expect balance patches long after release.”

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

“We have a lot of motion capture animation to load into the game but we are holding that back until the scripts are finalised. There’s no point adding animation to a scene if it is going to change drastically.

There’s also more art to be added, final character art and some locations (eg: the police station). The lighting, music and camera work will also be polished in the full version.

We would like the full version of the game to feel alive and busy, balanced, replayable and for the detective mechanics to be polished and captivating.

We want it to be intense. A bit dark, a bit strange, a bit sexy.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“All the “scaffolding” of the game is in place. It is mostly an empty world waiting to be populated with content like scripts and animation.

The main gameplay loop is complete but unpolished. Some of the detective mechanics (photographs, checking alibis, and the ability to arrest a character) are not complete and need further design work.

The GUI is not pretty and needs the loving touch of a graphic designer.

The declarative AI engine is working but does not have much content to work with.”

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

“Our currently plan is to increase the price of the game about about 25% when it launches.”

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

“We’re launching on Early Access is to make contact with a different type of player. Some people love to take apart and peer behind the curtain - if that’s you, then this Early Access is for you. We collect player feedback from our forum, a feedback form inside the game, and social media.

We would love an active community here in the forums with polls, arguments, and debate about twists and turns.”
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The Beat: A Glam Noir Game is a gay 3D investigative crime noir. Your role is to tangle with a homme fatal and find a killer. Each choice you make changes the rules of the game, so play it straight or play it gay, but play it smart - you only have seven days to save a life.

The Beat is available soon, in a playable version of the unfinished game, on Steam Early Access. A full release for Windows, Mac and Linux will follow when ready.

The Beat has*:
  • A true crime narrative inspired by historical events;
  • A stylish noir world recreated from real locations;
  • A multi-option player experience (play it straight or gay);
  • Real performances by actors/dancers created in-game with motion capture;
  • Highly detailed character models by noted 3D artist Mark Payne;
  • An advanced declarative AI engine responsive to your choices; and
  • A full original soundtrack by DOS4GW.
* Not all features are available in the Steam Early Access version.

The Beat is a turn-based narrative adventure that takes place over seven days and nights in the dark heart of every city. Immerse yourself in the world and get to know the street life. Interviews with suspects turn up new clues and lead down darker paths.

At the end of each turn the declarative AI engine shifts characters around the world and replots the intertwined narratives, resulting in a reactive, living story.

Seven characters, each desperate in their own way. On the surface they are strangers but calm waters run deep.

Up Multimedia and Film Victoria present The Beat: A Glam Noir Game. This is the third release in a string of gay-themed games from the world’s only dedicated non-porn gay gaming company, Up Multimedia, and one of the few full-length games with a canonically gay protagonist.

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: Nudity or Sexual Content, General Mature Content

System Requirements

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or higher
    • Processor: 1.80GHz dual core processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card with 1GB of VRAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Tested on Ubuntu 18.04
    • Processor: 1.80GHz dual core processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card with 1GB of VRAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
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