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Consortium (video game)

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Developer(s)  Interdimensional Games
Designer(s)  Gregory MacMartin
Engine  Source
Initial release date  8 January 2014
Platform  Microsoft Windows
Publisher(s)  iDGi
Composer(s)  Jeremy Soule
Release date(s)  WW: January 8, 2014
Mode  Single-player video game
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Genres  Role-playing video game, First-person shooter
Similar  Amen: The Awakening, Dracula 5: The Blood Legacy, System Shock, Deus Ex

Consortium is a first-person shooter role-playing video game developed by Interdimensional Games. The game is set almost entirely on a futuristic aircraft called Zenlil, manned by a crew with chess-themed ranks. The game was principally financed by the Canada Media Fund by awarding a grant for $500,000 CAD in 2010. After a first failed Kickstarter campaign in 2012, $70,435 USD was raised through Kickstarter on April 18, 2013. Consortium was released on January 8, 2014.

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On July 5, 2015, Interdimensional Games released a teaser trailer for its sequel, Consortium: The Tower, which will be powered by Unreal Engine 4.

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Gameplay

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The game features innovative conversational mechanics allowing gameplay to be uninterrupted by conversations: replies are bound to the function keys and an in-game device allows for semi-telepathic communication. The other major feature is a deep and branching story, similar in execution to the Mass Effect trilogy, and a character alignment system: both of these allow for every playthrough to be significantly different, even to the point of allowing the player to reveal the meta-plot of the game. While the game is a first-person shooter, combat can be entirely avoided, non-lethal or lethal (in a similar style to Deus Ex), and is limited due to the size of the game world.

Plot and setting

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The game is set in the mid-21st century, in a timeline where most world militaries have been disbanded in favour of a technologically advanced world police force called the Consortium. The player takes the role of Bishop 6, an elite Consortium soldier stationed aboard the Zenlil, a futuristic aircraft. During a flight from Bulgaria to Ireland, Bishop 6 must deal with hostile mercenaries while trying to uncover the identity of a traitor within the Zenlil’s crew.

Sequel

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A sequel, Consortium: The Tower is expected to release Q1 2018. Interdimensional Games turned to Fig to raise $300,000 USD which ends on May 11, 2016.

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Consortium (video game) CONSORTIUM Review GameSpot

References

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