Usually, when the media features disobedient robots, they’re all trying to wipe us out and/or strip us of our own free will. We saw it in I, Robot, we saw it in Wall-E and we saw it in Portal too. So cut ARID, the AI protagonist of The Fall, some slack then, as she’s only trying to help.
The premise of The Fall, the indie game from developer Over The Moon, is that she is part of a high-tech combat suit piloted by an actual human. But when that human is injured and is on the brink of death, she must guide him to safety and “protect him at all costs”. Though, how is ARID meant to do that within her set of rules protocols? And in a hostile environment, too? That’s what you’ll have to figure out when the game is released on PS4 and Xbox One next week.
The Fall Release Date – PS4 and Xbox One
The Fall comes to current gen consoles following a release on PC, Mac and Linux. Not only is it chock full of puzzles, as you explore and interact with the game’s “twisted” setting, but you will have to attack enemies as you fulfil your quest of keeping your human alive.
The game’s story is top notch too, and it earned The Fall several accolades, including nominations for Best Indie Game + Best Writing at the 2014 Canadian Video Game Awards and it also won a Game of the Year Award for Best Story from Giant Bomb.
John Warner, lead developer and founder of Over The Moon also says this:
“At Over The Moon, we have a lot of fun playing with ideas and wanted The Fall to communicate some really good ones. Great films communicate ideas using a series of visual tools, but what can we do with the added interactivity in games? The Fall is our first answer to that question. Our goal is to create challenges that cause the player to think in specific ways to overcome them. For example, players of The Fall are given challenges that require them to find loopholes in the rules that they’re given. The story then opens a discussion on our relationship to rules and how we sometimes struggle to hang on to them, despite obvious flaws.”
The Fall will be released on PS4 and Xbox One on July 14, 2015. Its launch price is $9.99.