Hi, I’m Gareth Damian Martin, the (mostly) solo developer behind Citizen Sleeper. Today we launch Episode: Flux, the first of three free episodes that are coming to the game in the next eight months, adding new characters and locations to the game as part of an ongoing story that you can follow and affect through how you choose to play.
Citizen Sleeper, if you don’t know already, is a tabletop inspired RPG where you are a sleeper, a digitized human consciousness in an artificial body, owned by a corporation that wants you back. Thrust amongst the unfamiliar and colorful inhabitants of the Eye, you need to build friendships, earn your keep, and navigate the factions of this strange metropolis, if you hope to survive to see the next cycle.
In making Citizen Sleeper I wanted to make a world that felt as open and flexible as a tabletop RPG, which is a challenge when you can’t be a GM (GM stands for Game Master, the person running the game) in the same room as players and react to their choices. Instead I had to “pre-GM” by accounting for different player choices, providing a story with no “main campaign” only different characters to meet and work with, and use time-specific events to make the world feel alive and reactive.
In Episode: Flux I am taking this one step further by running a three episode “campaign” that will tell the longest and most complex story to be featured in the game to date. It follows a refugee flotilla that arrives at the station, and the player will play a key role in the events that follow its arrival.
Making each episode successively will allow me to react to player’s feedback and opinions, just like a GM would, and tell a story with a variety of complications and wrinkles that will allow players to feel that their journey is distinct.
If that sounds like a journey you’d like to be on, the first update Episode: Flux launches today, so give it a play and then head to twitter and let me know @CitizenSleeper what you think.
I’m really excited to be undertaking this unique experiment with the game, and seeing how players react now, and when they reach the finale in 2023. Good luck on the Eye, and enjoy Episode: Flux on Xbox!