Imagine being separated from your family, stuck in a dystopian real world while an incomplete version of yourself exists concurrently in a virtual reality project. With themes such as separation, salvation, and reunification, not to mention an exploration of the nature of reality, this is the world created by State of Mind, a futuristic thriller set to be released on the Nintendo Switch console, among others, later in 2017.
Created by Hamburg, Germany based Daedalic Entertainment, State of Mind appears to be chock full of themes and topics that transhumanists and futurists adore: a deep plot interwoven between two game worlds, an environment full of gadgets, skyscrapers, and robots, and a discussion of the future of mankind.
After viewing a trailer and some screenshots here, it is still too early to tell how the game will turn out, but it is hard to deny that the plot is fascinating, the art style is unique, and the possibility of seeing the game through the viewpoint of multiple characters is intriguing.
The main protagonist of the game is Richard Nolan, a father seeking to reunite with his family after a mind upload gone wrong. At first glance, Nolan bears a slight resemblance to Adam Jensen, the protagonist of two of my favorite video games, Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, albeit not nearly as menacing and certainly less mechanically augmented, as his millennial-inspired attire reveals.
For gamers who are interested in futuristic sci-fi thrillers, complex environments, and deep plots, State of Mind may be worth checking out. Being interested in games such Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, not to mention the Watch Dogs series, I will continue to follow any news and developments around State of Mind and report them here for your viewing and reading pleasure.