The first few moments of Event(0)’s trailer make it look like just another narrative exploration game, with a lovely environment to explore and a potentially interesting story to unravel. But it quickly becomes clear that there’s something more to this particular sci-fi adventure, when you have to start questioning an AI to progress.
Event(0)’s hook is its natural language feature, which lets you type messages on a computer terminal to interact with an AI called Kaizen. Kaizen can generate over two million lines of dialog in response, and its personality is influenced by the things you say and the actions you take. And naturally, chatting with the AI is the only way to progress through the game’s puzzles and story.
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The first title from French indie studio Ocelot Society, the game takes place in 70s style sci-fi world, which will leave players aboard a desolated spacecraft, Nautilus, alone aside from their AI companion. “Event(0) is like our AI child: over the past two years it has grown from a vibrant but limited concept into a fully realized narrative exploration game,” said Léonard Carpentier, studio co-founder and CEO.
Event(0) is due for release in September on Steam, the Humble Store, and the directly from the developers. The journey home to Earth could be an exciting one.