Developer Frog Factory, not to be confused with developer Frogwares, is currently working on a new video game called, Heathen, which is an adaption of the classic book, The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells.
Heathen is being developed on CryEngine as an open world action game that’s primary focus is on cooperative gameplay that will scale in difficulty based on the amount of people playing. However, the game can be played as a single player experience as well, which is why we’re covering it here. Below you will find a summary of the game’s story, provided by the developer’s website:
The English expedition “Peary & Scott” discovers an island populated by strange and ferocious creatures. Half-human, half-animal, they were created by the famous Dr. Moreau. Peary, a scientist and biologist, resumes his work.
At a time when the abolition of slavery continues to grow worldwide, Scott, a wealthy industrialist and close to the royal family, sees huge potential in those “beasts”: Cheap, hardworking manpower, easily renewable, and gifted with remarkable physical abilities.
In just 20 years, in secret, Peary and Scott will create hundreds of these “beasts” and build an empire. Inevitably, however, humans will lose control of the island: The north is occupied by humans, trapped and hidden behind their wall; while the rest of the island is populated by various generations of “beasts”, which are often hostile towards each other. Most degenerate very quickly, and fall in bestial madness.
This is where your story begins: you are one of those “beasts”. Your task will be long and difficult: Explore, develop, understand and reclaim the island, while respecting the law of Moreau.
The developers have released a number of gameplay videos, chronicling the game’s progress as development continues on. You can check out the latest in-game trailer and gameplay video for the game just below which look pretty great, even at this early stage of development. The developers haven’t released very many details on the game yet, however, so I’ve reached out to them to inquire about an interview in the near future.
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