Seven, a new game from a studio which now includes ex- CD Projekt RED members, was officially announced today via press release.
The game is being developed by Fool’s Theory, an indie studio founded by former members of CD Projekt RED, after their work on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Fool’s Theory is being helped along in development by IMGN.PRO, an indie publisher who also developed the horror game Kholat, which released in June.
Seven is described as being a “Thief-inspired” isometric RPG which the developers say takes place in a “beyond post-apocalyptic world”. The press release elaborates more on the premise of the story:
“As a lone traveler roaming the world of Empire of Vetrall, you’ll be constantly facing its cruelty and dual nature. The Apocalypse that took place many centuries ago didn’t wipe out all. Humanity or what’s left of it, has slowly recovered, but the shape and condition of this new world is far from what it used to be. In this new reality Dark Ages are constantly intertwining with the ancient advanced technology, and it doesn’t make it any easier for those who were lucky or unlucky enough to survive.”
Being that the Thief series is cited as an inspiration, you can expect stealth and infiltration to play a major role. The gameplay could end up being a nice throwback to those early Thief games, which may pique the interest of fans of classic Thief, hopefully despite the fact Thief is a first-person game. Seven will also include a branching storyline with moral decisions affecting the plot and characters, just like the Witcher series.
Seven will be an open world sandbox just like the Witcher games, and the developers also boast Assassin’s Creed-style parkour, allowing players to traverse “obstacles of any height, both horizontally and vertically”. The team’s goal is to advance the genre past only being able to walk around on designated floors by allowing climbing of walls and obstacles.
The developers have also released some concept art to show how the game could end up looking:
Seven is in development on Unreal Engine 4 by a team of 16 people, including some of the developers of the smash hit The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Since it’s so early in development, there is no release date, but fans who are intrigued by Seven can keep up to date by signing up for the newsletter on the official Seven site. This game has quite a lot going for it due to the talent involved, and will likely be one to watch coming out of the indie space in the coming years.