The playable demo has been released here.
The demo was updated on 24 Jun 2013. If you had already installed it then just replace DreadChase.exe with this one.
The demo consists of a single scenario where you have a small hostile base nearby that you can eliminate. The warp drive on your base is crippled yet the stealth field is intact, so the bad guys will not find you immediately. In the demo you are not able to repair warp drive failures, you are trapped. I wanted people to see what coming under siege is like when your base is discovered. With no way to escape to other destinations/dimensions your pursuers will find your base. The hostile base is on the small side and represents the level of threat you face early on in a campaign. The demo only has low tech military hostiles yet they are still dangerous in numbers.
While the hostiles do not know your position unless you are spotted by radar/scans/flares, they do coordinate searches and investigate disturbances. Mastering stealth mode (pseudo cloaking) via gliding and avoiding collisions will help you tremendously. Hit and run attacks, diversions and sneaking around will help your survivability. While you can go around guns blazing, smashing through doors and tearing up the place doing so has consequences, causing bases to marshal reinforcements and arranging search patterns near your last known location. Hacking is a very powerful capability that can turn the tide in your favour, with a wide range of different subsystems that can be targeted.
I consider playable demos to be important for many reasons, not least of which is showing that the developer is confident in the quality of the product. A demo can convey far more than a video ever could, as you can get a feel for the control scheme, performance, compatibility and elements of the gameplay. This is amplified for games with exotic premises and unique gameplay like this one.
I have held back most of the content for the upcoming full release. The demo is a representative slice of the gameplay, a balance struck between not wanting to overwhelm players while simultaneously wanting to surprise them.
You can show your support by voting on the steam greenlight entry here:
I’m also keen on distribution via the prominent DRM-free distribution services. I’ll put up news regarding availability of the full version when things are finalized.
See you at PAX Aus next month!