Nemesis: Distress

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Developer: Ovid Works

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'Nemesis: Distress' Is A Sci-fi Horror Multiplayer Game, Now Available On Steam Early Access - Trailer

by Rainier on June 15, 2022 @ 6:09 p.m. PDT

Nemesis: Distress is multi-player focused game with a hidden traitor aspect, as well as shooter and survival elements.

You drift back from the cold void of the hyper sleep. At first, you only feel a tingling in your mouth and a taste of your blood, but soon all the other symptoms hit you. Your head is exploding. Your stomach is turning. A strange noise rings in your ears. This sound is loud, piercing. An alarm!

Fighting through dizziness, you open your eyes, the lights of other hibernation chambers blinding you momentarily. Broken glass. Wet floor. A stasis pod burst open like a ripe watermelon, dripping with red. The thing inside was once your friend. Now it barely resembles a human, ripped open from the inside - damage too severe for a simple stasis pod failure. You raise up and check if your other mates are all right. The good news is: they are. You all gather in the middle of the room, shivering, half-naked. The bad news is… plentiful. Ship stuck in the middle of nowhere. Many systems damaged. Bulkheads breached. Unknown contaminants in the air. You also hear noises in the hollow halls of the ship. You’re not alone! To make things worse, you have no idea what happened, and who you can trust, as everyone has their hidden agendas. This would not be the first time a ruthless corporation pits the crew against each other.

Nemesis: Distress puts you on a ship lost in space, where evolving Intruders rampage down corridors and rip through everything that stands in their way. Will you save the ship? Will you stay loyal to your crew? Or will you take the easy way out and board an escape pod at any cost? The possibilities are almost limitless, as each game of Nemesis: Distress will create its own cinematic sci-fi horror experience.

Gameplay-wise, it mixes a hidden traitor mechanic with shooter and survival elements. However, it’s NOT a shooter, as in this game, you’re not a hunter – you’re the PREY.

Nemesis: Distress is a sci-fi horror FPP multiplayer game from Awaken Realms – the creators of the incredibly popular Nemesis board game that raised $4,000,000 on Kickstarter back in 2018. Nemesis became so well-known that it even made a cameo appearance in South Park!

Moreover as a result of another Kickstarter campaign for Nemesis Lockdown – a stand-alone expansion to the original game, developers gathered over $8,500,000 and at the time of launch sold over 500,000 units of both the base game and the expansion.

This outstanding success made them start working on the digital version of the game and finally led to Early Access launch of Nemesis: Distress on Steam today.

In Nemesis: Distress, players will progress through 40-minute scenarios while trying to survive and fulfilling their secret objective.

Choose one of the asymmetric character classes, each with special actions that come in handy in specific situations. Select the secret objective you’ll have to fulfill to win the game – these are randomly drawn out of an exciting challenge pool and include destroying the Nest, safely directing the ship to Mars, or even ensuring the death of other players. Sometimes there won’t even be a traitor, but you’ll never know who to trust!

While the implants inside your characters block any direct negative interaction (such as shooting other crew members), there are plenty of indirect ways to make other players’ lives harder. Setting rooms on fire, spreading false information, and closing doors right in front of their faces are just a few.

On top of that, there’s the constant threat of evolving Intruders slowly taking over the ship. While it is possible to kill them, it’s not an easy task, and there’s no benefit – other than surviving the encounter, that is.

Key Features:

  • The horror experience – Get ready for a thrilling environment where every sound and movement around the ship will keep you on the edge of your seat. There are different types of enemies, including the dangerous Adult that can one-shot you.
  • Unique semi co-op – You will need to find a fine balance between collaborating with your teammates (otherwise, you won’t survive) and not trusting them fully, as some might have nasty secret objectives. This creates an interesting dynamic and adds an extra layer to the horror experience.
  • Noise management – Since the alien species on the ship is blind, you’ll need to be very careful about the sounds you make. But you can also use it to your advantage – throw items to distract enemies and sneak past them… or just use a flamethrower to scare them away.
  • Fresh items idea – Since Nemesis isn’t a shooter, don’t expect too many weapons. Instead, you’ll have a different “arsenal” – a noise detector, hacking tool, or good-old pipe will come in handy in various situations.

Nemesis: Distress is in development for PC, now available through Steam Early Access.

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