The Square Enix Collective will be holding a worldwide reveal for a game project exclusive to the publisher's special initiative. PlayStation Access will stream it all.
Aside from the exclusive announcement scheduled in for EGX - which is held between Thursday, September 22nd and Sunday, September 25th - Square Enix will also have other successful titles with hands-on demos including the recently released Turing Test.
Crowd-funding and Early Access are pretty big deals for smaller projects looking to get a chance at life. Square Enix came up with the 'Square Enix Collective' which showcases ideas from developers and are then put to a vote by Collective members.
Those that survive the greenlighting process will then be given support by Square Enix to drive awareness as they take their project to crowd-funding platforms such as Kickstarter or Indiegogo. A big part of the Collective is feedback from users.
So far 10 projects have successfully been crowd-funded and just recently Massive Damage's Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander achieved a full release on Steam, and puzzler Turing Test also launched to strong reviews.
PlayStation Access will be live streaming the exclusive from the Square Enix Collective as it takes to the PlayStation Access stage at EGX on Thursday, September 22nd.
Hands-On At EGX
Black the Fall
Platform: PC (Q1 2017), consoles later
Developer: Sand Sailor Studio
Black The Fall is an immensely atmospheric side-scrolling action adventure for PC and digital consoles set in a dark and oppressive land, inspired by the Sand Sailor team’s upbringing in Communist Romania. Discover a forgotten industrial world where strict rules and harsh punishments tore the fabric of humanity itself. What will you do to survive? Solve puzzles to progress, all the while attempting to avoid suspicion and alerting the intent… and unfriendly… gaze of the State.
Oh My Godheads
Platforms: PC (Q1 2017), consoles later
Oh My Godheads is the world's first capture-the-head action game for 1-4 players. Capture-the-head is like capture-the-flag, but the flag is an ancient head that's alive, angry, and after you! Fight with friends to capture these furious, living heads and bring them back to your team's plinth… if you can. Borne from a love of old school multiplayer games like Micro Machines, Worms, and Street Fighter, Titutitech wanted to recreate the fun, fast-paced multiplayer experience of those games while adding full 3D environments for more tactics, more depth, and more replayability. Oh, did we mention it's got exploding pies?
Platforms: PC / Mac (2017)
Tokyo Dark is a side scrolling point-and-click mystery adventure game for Windows and Mac. As Detective Itō you'll explore Tokyo - following leads, collecting clues, and making difficult decisions with far-reaching consequences. Tokyo Dark features a huge number of dialogue choices and interactions that affect character attributes and change the outcome of the story. Unlike a visual novel, you’ll control Detective Itō directly as you explore Tokyo, trying to balance your professional duty, personal life, and sanity. Will the past come back to haunt you, or will you stand by your decisions?
The Turing Test
Platforms: PC / Xbox One (August 30th, 2016)
Developer: Bulkhead Interactive
You play the role of Ava Turing, an engineer for the International Space Agency (ISA) who attempts to uncover the truth behind the research base on Jupiter’s moon, Europa, in this gorgeous first-person puzzle game built with Unreal™ Engine 4. Solve puzzles using your Energy Manipulation Tool (EMT) to transfer power out of one object and into another; power up and take control of artificially intelligent machines, manipulate giant structures and solve complex tasks - all woven into a multi-layered story based on the human struggle for control.