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


Event[0] 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 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. (Thanks, IndieGames)

Tom Sykes

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.