Russian publisher Alawar announced today that their single-player survival game, Displaced, has entered open beta and is available for download on Steam for free. Displaced tasks players to help a group of civilians escape a war-stricken country by completing quests and managing various encounters with other survivors with turn-based card-style battles. Players progress in the game through dialogs, triggering a specific storyline each time they choose a reply from several options provided.
“We want people to relate to the story and empathise with the game characters and experience the hardships war refugees have to endure.Therefore, players lead regular civilians, who have until just recently led normal, peaceful lives, and now find themselves fighting for survival”, said Yuliya Mitryukova, Marketing Manager from Alawar. ”Providing a free Displaced demo to the community will help us collect invaluable feedback on how to improve the game experience.”
Drawn-out conflicts between separatists and the government have left the country in complete disarray with devastated surroundings, chaos everywhere and civilians going rogue, forming gangs in order to survive. Caught in the midst of a war that has disrupted their whole world, a group of survivors sets out on a mission to escape the collapsing country. With just regular folk, without any special training or military experience, the group is thrown into the merciless wasteland where every encounter with other survivors could put their lives at stake.
In Displaced players start out by selecting five out of ten people available to form a team of survivors, shown as a token on the map of the country. In order to lead the team out of the war-zone successfully, players need to manage the group’s hunger, energy and stress levels, scavenge for supplies, complete various quests and battle it out with aggressive survivors.