Bulgarian studio Kyodai has announced Project Elea, an "interactive storytelling adventure" currently in development for PC, and that it hopes to bring to PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo's upcoming next-gen console, the Nintendo NX.
Described by Kyodai as featuring a "rich and unsettling narrative", Project Elea puts players in control of Voyager 1231 River Elea Catherine Jones, who awakens aboard an abandoned starship to find the ship's AI under attack.
"Playing as Elea, you will navigate the hallways, control rooms and ecosystems of Pilgrimage II, the ship set to colonize Solace, a yet unexplored Earth-like exoplanet", the developer says. "In order to save the ship and uncover the mystery behind the disappearance of pioneering mission Pilgrimage I 15 years ago, you'll have to aid crippled Kazumi in fighting off an eccentric invasive intelligence that wants to take control, that has been waiting in the darkness of space, preparing...
"As Elea explores clues and executes manual overrides to restore Kazumi's hijacked virtual memory, she will slowly come to realize it’s the lapses in her own memory and the imprints of a personal tragedy that she must deal with first."
The game is said to have been inspired by the work of sci-fi authors Arthur C. Clark and Stanislaw Lem, and story-driven games Soma, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture and Gone Home, and is said to "examine human existence and identity in the context of interstellar travel and the wake of the omniscient A.I."
"Currently, we are developing Project Elea for PC only," says Kyodai. "In addition, we're working with Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 (DK2) for VR compatibility. Of course, we’re hoping to eventually bring it to other platforms like Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One and Nintendo's upcoming next-gen console."
A release date for the game has yet to be confirmed, but for an early look check out the teaser trailer below. The first details on Nintendo NX, meanwhile, are expected to be revealed later this year.