Indie game Close to the Sun is coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One this year. However, those wanting to purchase the game for PC will need to do so from the Epic Games Store. In another win for Epic Games, Close to the Sun is exclusive to the Epic Games Store on PC.
Like Metro Exodus was a (controversial) exclusive on the Epic Games Store, Close to the Sun has followed suit with Italian developer Storm in a Teacup even moving development from Unity to Unreal 4. The change in engine saw the studio receive an Unreal Development Grant just prior to signing a publishing deal with Wired Productions.
Close to the Sun is a horror-adventure game, set onboard the Helios; an enormous ship built by Nikola Tesla. Players step into the shoes of Rose as he searches for her missing sister Ada.
Close to the Sun
Carlo Ivo Alimo Bianchi, CEO & Founder, Storm in a Teacup, said of the deal with Epic;
Our relationship with Epic and the decision to use the Unreal Engine have provided fantastic opportunities for our studio, enabling a greater creative freedom and the ability to double-down on quality for our games.
To launch on the Epic games store feels like the perfect next step and we are delighted that our partnerships with both Wired Productions and Epic Games will help propel Close to the Sun to achieve our ambitions.
It looks as though Close to the Sun is inspired by games like BioShock and even features an art-deco art style. According to Storm in a Teacup, players can expect the following from Close to the Sun;
- First-person horror adventure where surviving is everything
- Problem-solving in order to progress the story: just what happened on board Tesla’s ship?
- Danger aplenty as Rose pieces together just what happened, having no real means to defend herself
- Teamwork with an ally who helps Rose navigate her way through the ship’s artistic halls
- Nerve inducing exploration – defenseless and weaponless, the keys to Rose’s survival are running, hiding, and quick thinking
Close to the Sun will be available for PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2019.