There's a lot of buzz surrounding the upcoming release of State of Mind, a futuristic 3D thriller that delves into transhumanism, or "the belief or theory that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations, especially by means of science and technology".
The game takes place in 2048 Berlin in a world that it finds itself at the edge of a cliff. Society is at a crossroads: resources are no longer readily available, and illness, hunger, and constant war plague humanity. Even though much of this is brought on by the technology that destroyed the environment and rendered the human workforce virtually useless, ultimately causing financial collapse, government and corporations continue to insist that this same technology will solve everything.
From Daedalic Entertainment:
"In the game, main character Richard Nolan is one of the few journalists openly criticizing this development. When he wakes up in hospital after an explosion and finds that his wife and son have mysteriously vanished, Richard realizes: he and his family have become more than just bystanders in a storm of rivaling ideas pertaining humankind’s salvation between dystopian reality and digital utopia. Instead, they find themselves right at the center of it.
This domestic drama evolves into a thriller about a worldwide conspiracy, which at its core aims to determine the fate of humanity: Could a perfect digital utopia be the answer? A virtual paradise not affected by material needs and quarrels? Could a super-AI be our savior – or would it simply declare us as dispensable since it could not be taught the value of philanthropy?"
Set in the not too distant future, State of Mind is a timely game. It grapples with questions that affect us even today — how technology and AI impact the environment and our day to day world. Our ever-increasing reliance on automation could be our path to a better future but it could also be our ultimate downfall. In this future, it has had a profound impact on human existence, right down to our thoughts, feeling, and relationships. This may not be our eventual future but one of the things that make State of Mind so gripping is that it could be.
Daedalic is known for developing games that are highly story-driven and with a unique visual style. Games like The Long Journey Home and The Pillars of the Earth are dissimilar in their time period and gameplay mechanics, but Daedalic always manages to provide players with a thoroughly engrossing storyline, no matter the time or place the game takes place. State of Mind promises to deliver the same experience — well-developed characters, compelling story, and a game that makes you question your choices and how they will affect not only your character's future but the fate of humanity within the game.
State of Mind is now available for pre-order on Steam and GOG, but will expand to consoles, including Nintendo Switch, upon release.
Watch the latest trailer: