Capcom’s Europe YouTube channel has just released new gameplay demo of upcoming science-fiction futuristic thriller Remember Me. Heftily clocking in at almost 10 minutes long, its a long video but well worth your time. The footage was originally shown at Gamescom but is now available for online public viewing as of today.
Anyone new to this title will likely benefit from some background information before delving in. To those already up to speed, hit up the video below and enjoy!
Beginning its life as a game called “Adrift” at least year’s Gamescom, it was originally planned for late 2012. Today we know the project as Remember Me, which is currently scheduled to launch in May 2013 for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. It is developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Capcom.
Plot details are scarce, but we have been fed enough to understand the events in the video whilst not spoiling too much of the game. Female protagonist Nilin is a British-accented amnesiac who sets out to discover why her memories have been removed and how she can recover them. The year is 2084 and the player must run through dystopian streets of “Neo-Paris”, wherein technology from Nilin’s former employer company Memoreyes distributes brain implants that allow citizens to remix, erase and even transfer their memories. Meanwhile, the Errorists are an underground activist group that are fighting against the control Memoreyes has on people’s memories. Yeah, Memoreyes and Errorists. But don’t laugh, this is serious.
The video starts with Nilin attempting to break into a facility. When her attempts fail, she contacts a man named Trace via codec who, as he refers to Nilin as “sis”, we can assume is her brother. Edge tells her to find “Captain Trace” and steal his access codes. This isn’t necessary however, as Trace has already discovered her. And he’s flying a huge, mean-looking aircraft. With big guns.
The cutscene transitions into our first glimpse of gameplay footage. Nilin naturally makes a run for it while Trace’s heavy machine gun fire destroys windows and tears through the environment. We see some Uncharted-style wall-climbing and risky jumps. Also similarly to Naughty Dog’s franchise, there is an emphasis on a cinematic vibe with slowed-down camera shots and an impressive orchestral score that serves to increase tension.
At around the halfway mark, Nilin enters the compound, escaping from the wrath of Trace’s gunfire. Unfortunately for her, guards are promptly on her tail and the game’s combat gameplay is revealed. A combo system allows Nilin to chain punches and kicks between multiple foes. There also appears to be finishing moves; one such death-dealer is named “Memory Overload”, where Nilin grabs her enemy’s head and overloads their brain with thoughts using a device on her arm, causing the head to explode. Sinister.
Back outside and the chopper returns, as does more wall climbing around the building exteriors. There is then a second combat sequence, wherein this time the guards have riot shields. Its here that Nilin’s freeze ability is revealed, as she punches the ground and immobiles all enemies in the vicinity. A stealth section follows, where Nilin avoids Trace’s spotlight. Once she’s close enough, the video ends with her leaping aboard the aircraft, smashing Trace’s windshield and his thoughts, with the antagonist’s cries of “what did you steal from me?!” echoing during her escape.
I’m very impressed by what’s on show here. Nilin looks like a future contender for a strong female lead, which is more than can be said for also-British protagonist Lara Croft in 2013′s Tomb Raider. The setting, music and varied action is very appealing, and seems like a fun futuristic answer to Uncharted.