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Eliza is a visual novel about AI therapy from Zachtronics, out now

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Zachtronics is famous for creating tricky, brilliant machine-based puzzlers like Opus Magnum (opens in new tab) and SpaceChem (opens in new tab), but its new game is something completely different. Eliza is a intriguing visual novel about an AI counseling program, and it's out now.

It tells the story of Evelyn Ishino-Aubrey, a former high-flyer in the tech world who's returned to Seattle after a mysterious three-year absence. She works as a proxy for Eliza, a virtual counseling app: Evelyn's job is simply to read clients a script generated in real-time. "Is Eliza a technological marvel that brings therapy to those who otherwise couldn’t access it? Or is it an ineffective replacement and another vector for technology companies to gain control over our lives and humanity?"

As Evelyn confronts these questions and gets to know both Eliza's clients and employees, she begins to tackle her own inner turmoil, questioning everything about her past life. 

I like the look of the hand-painted art and the game has original music from the composer of Zachtronics' other games, which means is should sound good, too.

It's $15/£11.39 on Steam (opens in new tab), GOG (opens in new tab) and the Humble Store (opens in new tab).

Thanks, RPS (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.