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Converse with a sentient AI in sci-fi adventure Event[0]

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Event[0] (opens in new tab) is doing exciting things with Interactive Fiction, taking a game where you talk to a sentient AI with the aid of multiple computer terminals and wrapping a first-person adventure game tightly around it. You'll spend the game trapped on an abandoned spaceship, your only means of escape being the HAL-like artificial intelligence in control. The first trailer, above, shows the player chatting with this AI to open doors and reveal more about what went on, before things take a scary turn towards the end.

Wonderfully, you'll interact with the AI in Event[0] by typing phrases into the various computer terminals yourself, rather than selecting options from a menu. You'll also have a physical body in the game, meaning you can walk around the spaceship when you're not chatting up the computer, which should add greatly to the sense of immersion.

Event[0] is being made by a pretty large team that includes Sergey Mohov, maker of Paradis Perdus (opens in new tab) and a game designer on the lovely looking (and sadly PS4-exclusive) Rime. Event[0] is "coming soon", but in the meantime there's this short prequel story (opens in new tab). (Thanks, IndieGames (opens in new tab))

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.