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Stories from Sol: The Gun-Dog – bringing 80s sci-fi to consoles

Publishers Meridiem Games and Astrolabe Games are excited to unveil the latest trailer for Stories from Sol: The Gun-Dog. The trailer showcases all-new gameplay footage ahead of its highly-anticipated global release this winter. Alongside the trailer reveal, the latest playable demo is available now on PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4 and Nintendo Switch.

Stories from Sol: The Gun-Dog is set to launch on multiple platforms. It will support French, Spanish, and German localisation, in addition to the previously announced Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese localization.

Alongside the digital launch, a physical special Starship Edition of the game will be released for PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch in Europe. This comes courtesy of Meridiem Games and will come with a special printed concept artbook and sleeve.

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War is over. War is just beginning.

Planetary Calendar 214. It has been four years since the end of the Solar War. Our protagonist, who has been deeply scarred by the loss of his crewmates in the war, is assigned to the Jovian patrol ship Gun-Dog. The ship is dispatched to investigate mysterious signals coming from the edge of Jovian Space. However, the crew is unaware of a new danger lurking deep in the ocean of stars. A threat that endangers not only the Gun-Dog, but also the entire crew.

You will take on the role of Gun-Dog’s security officer and help save the ship from an unknown attacker. You will have to navigate through the paranoia, conspiracies, and vendettas that arise among the crew. As the camaraderie between the crew falls apart, can you overcome the challenges that await you?

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The Game – A love letter to retro anime and 80s Sci-Fi.

Stories from Sol: The Gun-Dog is a visual novel adventure game that follows the classic PC-9800 style. Developed by Space Colony Studios, the game has a vintage green screen aesthetic and aims to create a game that is accurate to the era, from the text to the visual effects. As players embark on a journey with the Jovian patrol ship into the dark expanse of space, they will feel like they are in an adventure straight out of an 80s Sci-Fi movie as they solve the mystery that unfolds before them.

The Gameplay – Investigate. Interact. Analyse. Advance.

Using classic point-and-click adventure mechanics, you can explore different areas on the ship. Closely examine the beautifully crafted backgrounds, and engage in conversations with various crew members on board. To uncover important clues or deceitful intentions, you must pay attention to the characters’ dialogues. You need to be alert and keep an eye out for interactive elements and key objects in the backgrounds that can help you progress through the story.

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The Characters – Get on board with the crew of the Gun-Dog!

All stories revolve around people, and The Gun-Dog is no exception. The characters in this story are so charming and charismatic that they convinced the team at Astrolabe Games to become the publisher. From the elegant yet aloof Captain Bartermews, to the bubbly Lieutenant Commander Cassandra Quinn, to the assertive and dominating Chief Mackenzie Cathays, The Gun-Dog boasts a diverse cast of characters for you to meet. Each crew member has a unique personality, role, and backstory. Spend time getting to know them and their individual quirks. Decide whether to collaborate with them or go against them to uncover the mystery at the heart of the story.

The Place – Adventure in an entirely explorable ship!

In the first instalment of the “Stories from Sol” series, the Jovian patrol ship Gun-Dog serves as the main stage for the game’s story as it heads into deep space. The creators have exhaustively described the ship with rich and evocative details of its various areas, including the constant rumble of the engine room, the bustle of the bridge, and the silence of space. They have meticulously designed and animated an extensive range of scenes in detail to deliver an immersive experience. The ship also features “Armoured Frames”, mechanised, human-shaped weapons of war inspired by the best that anime has to offer.

Stories from Sol: The Gun-Dog will be digitally released this winter for PlayStation®5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. The game will also have a special boxed Starship Edition for PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch in Europe.

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