Misgiven (Working title PROSPECTOR)
Funded with 70,000 €
Games Lift 2021
Prototype Funding 2022
Misgiven is a 2D sci-fi narrative adventure game about that lump in your throat, and how some things are harder to say than others. As an explorer, you are stranded in a city veiled in toxic fog, whose inhabitants wear masks to survive. Find people you can trust in this alien place, and experience the awkwardness, anxiety and rewards of communication.
Misgiven's standout feature is its dialogue system. Dialogue options have different emotional weights: depending on your openness to the other person (which can change during conversation), some options can only be said with effort, and some not at all. Choosing to be vulnerable poses a risk, as some characters will appreciate it, but others might use your honesty against you.
In a world of masks, your appearance affects how others react to you: Customize your mask by collecting badges from other characters, and unlock holographic mask emotes to alter the tone of your statements.
Symmetry Break Studio pursues a shared passion for creating artful narrative games which push the boundaries of the genre.
Founders Anca Tutescu (Project Manager, Sound Lead), Jan Barow (Creative Director, Writer, Game Designer) and Julian Heinken (Programmer, Tech Artist) have known each other and worked on common and individual game projects for years. Symmetry Break’s first title Misgiven originated in 2018, when Jan and Anca met and began working on the concept in the HAW Hamburg GamesMaster.