Astrolabe Games will publish a retro sci-fi visual novel adventure game developed by Space Colony Studios Tales from Solo: The Gun-Dog for PC via Steam, the companies announced. It will be launched in 2023.
Here’s a preview of the game, via Astrolabe Games:
The war is over. The war is just beginning.
Planetary Calendar 214 Four years have passed since the end of the Sun War. Our protagonist, scarred by the loss of crew members in the war, is reassigned to the Jovian patrol ship Gun-Dog which is sent with orders to investigate mysterious signals coming from the edge of Jovian space.
Unknown to Gun-Dog’s crew, a new danger looms deep in the ocean of stars, threatening not only Gun-Dog but her entire crew.
Take on the role of security officer Gun-Dog as you attempt to save the ship from an unknown assailant while managing the paranoia, conspiracies, and vendettas that erupt among the crew. As the friendship crumbles, can you overcome the challenges that await?
Gameplay: A love letter to retro anime and 80s sci-fi
Tales from Solo: The Gun-Dog is a visual novel adventure in the spirit of classic PC-9800 titles. With a vintage green screen aesthetic, Space Colony Studios strives to create an “era correct” game that exudes retro vibes in every way, from the text to the visual effects. As the Jovian patrol ship sails into the interstellar darkness, players will feel like they’re on an 80s sci-fi adventure as they solve the mystery they’ve found themselves in.
Story: A new threat emerges from the void
Humans have long since freed themselves from the grip of gravity, but they still cannot escape the grip of war.
The year is 214 of the planetary calendar. Four years have passed since the end of the Solar War, and an uneasy peace still reigns throughout the solar system. The Jovian patrol ship Gun-Dog is sent on a reconnaissance mission to investigate mysterious signals coming from the edge of Jovian space. What begins as a routine task quickly escalates into a battle for survival as an unknown threat terrorizes the crew.
Gameplay: Explore. Interaction. Analyze. in advance.
Using traditional point-and-click adventure mechanics, while on the Gun-Dog you can move around different locations on the ship, examine the details of the richly realized background, or talk to different crew members on the ship. You’ll need to listen carefully to the characters’ words to pick up important clues or duplicitous intentions, and keep your eyes open for key items and interactive elements in the background that you can use to advance the story.
Environment: A fully explorable shipboard adventure
The main stage of the first part in Stories from Sol series, as the Jovian patrol ship Gun-Dog heads into deep space, serves as the setting for the game’s story. It has been fully implemented. Rich and evocative descriptions of the ship, including the constant rumble of the engine room, the bustle of the bridge, the silence of space combined with a wide range of scenes that are carefully designed and detailed animated to provide an immersive experience. Inspired by the best anime has to offer, the ship even has “armor frames”, mechanized weapons of war in human form.
Characters: Get on board with the crew Gun-Dog
All the stories are about the people and the cast Gun-Dog bring the story to life, so much so that their charm and charisma convinced the team at Astrolabe Games to get on board Gun-Dog and apply to be publishers. From the elegant but aloof Captain Bartermews, to the vivacious Commander Cassandra Quinn, to the assertive and domineering boss Mackenzie Cathays, Gun-Dog contains an extensive cast of characters that you will meet. Each crew member has a different personality, role and history. Get to know them and their quirks and decide whether to work with them or against them to unravel the mystery that lies at the heart of the story.
Check out the publisher’s announcement below. Check out the new set of screenshots in the gallery.