Nameless XIII, a new studio from co-founder of Dontnod (Life Is Strange, Vampyr) Hervé Bonin, has revealed Cendres, a ‘non-linear narrative survival sim’ due for release on Steam in 2021.
Revealed at Gamescom 2020 and published by Dear Villagers, Cendres aims to cross over the decision-making and narrative focus of Choose Your Own Adventure books with the more direct control of a classic adventure game.
The result is a game that sees you leading a party of four characters through a ravaged world, on the search for safe haven. Along the way you’ll need to scavenge and manage supplies, choose between moral dilemmas, and work your way to one of 16 different endings. Check out a reveal trailer below:
Cendres is set 200 years after a volcanic apocalypse destroyed the game’s planet, and sees a captain, Petra, a warrior, Sinh, a scholar, Kali, and a scout, Nadir attempting to find a safe home. Nameless XIII promises to let you get know each party member, and their relationships and conflicts with the rest – as well as protecting them from madness, despair and starvation.
The bleakness of the trailer, and the fact that we see a varying number of party members throughout, suggests the game won’t shy from killing off your party members, and a press release explains that the game will provide different paths to its many endings based on your choices along the way.
There’s much, much more to come from Gamescom 2020 on IGN – check out our full Gamescom schedule to find out what else is on the way.