Back to the Dawn, the upcoming prison break thriller starring an anthropomorphic fox, received a new trailer during Gamescom 2023. Inspired by iconic prison shows like Prison Break and Escape from Alcatraz, Back to the Dawn places players into a dangerous prison world of survival, strategy, and escape, filled with ever-watchful surveillance, tenuous alliances, and fierce rivalries.
Players take control of Thomas The Fox, a reporter caught up in a dark conspiracy and is framed for a crime he didn’t commit, after getting thrown into a maximum-security prison players must decide to befriend or manipulate a diverse cast of inmates, or using one’s skills to climb the prison’s hierarchy, every decision plays an important role in the pursuit for freedom and truth.
According to the game’s Steam page, more playable characters will be released in the future, each with a unique back story.
Back to the Dawn is the first game from new indie studio, Metal Head Games and is being published by Spiral Up Games. Aldric Chang, CEO of Spiral Up Games, spoke on his enthusiasm for the trailer reveal, ”The team at Metal Head Games has crafted an immersive experience where players are challenged at every turn within the demanding confines of prison life. This trailer encapsulates the game’s intricate blend of strategic gameplay and compelling narrative. It’s a glimpse into an epic prison survival adventure that we are eager for players to embark upon.”
An official release date hasn’t been announced, but the game is eyeing a 2023 release on PC, with Metal Head Games saying that a console release is “…definitely in (their) plans!…”, but while players wait for a release date they can try out a playable demo on Steam now and check out the trailer below.
Key features of Back to the Dawn include:
Detailed Prison Exploration: Venture deep within the confines of an intricately designed maximum-security prison. Each corner, cell, and corridor offers a unique challenge, demanding strategic thinking and presenting countless opportunities for discovery.
Rich Tapestry of Inmates: Interact and form deep connections with a colorful cast of fellow inmates. Whether it’s forging powerful alliances or cultivating dangerous gang rivalries, every character you meet comes with their own rich history and story, influencing the paths available to you.
Versatile Gameplay: Shape your path in Back to the Dawn through a variety of playstyles. Will you dominate with brute force, slink in the shadows, or weave a web of influence with your words? With diverse skill sets and branching upgrade paths, hone your skills, craft vital tools, and rise to prominence within the prison’s power structure.
Challenging Escape Puzzles: Piece together an intricate escape route using the hidden secrets and lesser-known areas of the prison. From covert operations in the dimly lit laundry room to navigating the treacherous pathways of the underground sewers, your wit and resourcefulness will be tested at every turn.
Unique Prison Jobs: Engage in a range of prison jobs, each bringing its own set of challenges and rewards. From the gritty details of laundry sorting to the secret trades of contraband dealings, efficiency and prowess will dictate your earnings in this world where financial muscle is as crucial as your physical one.
High Replayability: Embark on an ever-evolving adventure with Back to the Dawn. Choices ripple throughout your journey, ensuring that each playthrough carves a distinct narrative. Decisions have weight; actions echo into the future, crafting a tale uniquely your own.
Multitude of Endings: The myriad paths of Back to the Dawn converge into a spectrum of endings, be it the choices you make, the alliances you broker, or the risks you take. This will contribute to your fate, be it the desolation of a life behind bars, the exhilaration of freedom or vindication of exoneration.