Soul Axiom, a first-person, story-driven adventure game featuring a beautifully simplistic emphasis on striking shapes, strong colors, and beautiful effects as well as a player’s memories and dreams being stored on a futuristic server, referred to a ‘Digital Soul Provider’ in the back story.
Players collect unique hand powers in this compelling cyber-thriller to solve puzzles, manipulate the environment and unlock the path to adventure. Promising a dramatic story with over 15 hours of gameplay and 40 distinct locations to explore, the game
Set in the beautiful, haunting cyber-world of Elysia and is described as a psychological adventure requiring exploration and puzzle solving. The new trailer allows PC gamers to discover Elysia and watch brand new footage of the Chapter Six Zero levels featuring the Corrupt Power, the fourth and final ability to help players unlock the secrets of their digital afterlife.
The latest press release from Wales Interactive goes pretty deep into some big questions.
The first is easy, what is Elysia?
Simply put, players take their first in-game steps to paradise by uploading their soul to Elysia, named by critics as ‘the single most important development in the history of the human race’ by a popular magazine found in the title’s storyline, Era Magazine, 2027.
As the latest state of the art Digital Soul Provider, Elysia is a sprawling server where memories and dreams become reality. The company’s patented SoulSync system allows users to choose the memories they want to enjoy for eternity; whether a living user or simply wish to leave a lasting testament of a life the whole family can relive at their leisure.
In Elysia, death has no dominion. In Elysia, life has no boundaries.
Deep enough yet? Well, there’s more.
What is a soul? According to the press release and for the sake of the game’s storyline, a soul is the name of an invisible part of a person, something that everyone ha, it defines them, is unique and is a product of experiences and memories. In some religions the soul lives on after a person die, in heaven or hell, depending on whether they’ve been good or bad in life.
This naturally leads to the questions about heaven.
Does the game portray Elysia as heaven? No, it doesn’t according to Wales Interactive.
The in-game, corporate entity use the word "Soul" to refer to digital copies of human beings, which are created during the person's lifetime and formed from their memories, personal preferences and distinct personality traits. These Souls are stored in the Elysia Server and are activated when the person dies. People are comforted by the fact that a part of them will live on and support their loved ones after they are gone, regardless of whether they believe in a conventional religion or not.
Do we really need to keep referring to this conversation and discussion happening in-game and for the storyline?
So are these uploaded souls real?
They are as real as they are perceived to be. As exact copies of their human counterparts, it is difficult to tell the difference between them, but technically, they are made up of strings of data created by Elysia’s talented programmers and nothing more. Their worth, or how they compare to "true" human beings, is the subject of much storyline debate.
This all leaves us with one final real world question. Has any game developer gone to such extents to blur worlds, realities and storylines?
Regardless of the answer to that, Soul Axiom is set for release on February 29th.