INSOMNIA: The Ark

Almost four years on from a successful Kickstarter campaign, the dieselpunk-inspired sci-fi RPG INSOMNIA: The Ark is confirmed for a release in 2018.

The launch window was revealed alongside a new trailer that focuses on the state of world, juxtaposing the cover of a jazzy wartime song with images of violence and destruction. In its combination of gritty environments, neon lighting and art-deco, INSOMNIA: The Ark seems to draw influence from the likes of Bioshock and Fallout, while also carrying a unique personality. Gameplay snippets are few, but show off tactical, action-based melee and gunplay combat sections.

Described as “a complex story-driven RPG,” the title takes place on a city adrift in the vastness of space following a war that engulfed its original planet. Players awaken from hypersleep to a large-scale terrorist attack, but the game promises considerable nuance beyond this basic premise.

As with many RPGs, the title includes crafting and the ability to tailor the story dependent on actions taken and factions aligned with, but the developers have also hinted at survival mechanics via mention of “hunger, thirst, [and] fatigue.”

In July 2014, the developers at Studio Mono raised almost USD$100,000 to make the project a reality, but the title has been in production for much longer than that. Studio CEO and Lead Developer Anatoly Nekrasov said, “We’ve been developing INSOMNIA for nine years. […] The game has been altered several times, we’ve changed concepts, plot and mechanics, but we’ve attempted to save the unique visual style and deep dystopian atmosphere.”

Although no firm release date has been set, the game is currently targeting a release only on PC. INSOMNIA: The Ark is being published by HeroCraft.

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Damien Lawardorn
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