Astrolabe Games to Release Retro Sci-Fi Visual Novel Adventure Game Stories from Sol: The Gun-Dog for PC

Astrolabe Games will publish a sci-fi visual novel adventure game developed by Space Colony Studios Stories from Sol: The Gun-Dog for PC via Steam, the companies have announced. It will be launched in 2023.

Here’s an overview of the game, via Astrolabe Games:

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The war is over. The war is just beginning.

Planetary Calendar 214. Four years have passed since the end of the Solar War. Our protagonist, scarred by the loss of his crewmates during the war, is reassigned to the Jovian patrol ship Gun-Dog as it is dispatched with orders to investigate mysterious signals emanating from the edge of Jovian space.
Unknown to the Gun-Dog’s crew, a new danger looms deep within the ocean of stars, threatening not only the Gun-Dog but his entire crew.
Take on the role of the Gun-Dog’s security officer as you try to save the ship from an unknown assailant as you explore the paranoia, conspiracies and vendettas that erupt among the crew. As the camaraderie falls apart, can you overcome the challenges ahead?

The Game: A love letter to retro anime and 80s sci-fi

Stories from Sol: The Gun-Dog is a visual novel adventure in the spirit of classic PC-9800 titles. Featuring a vintage green screen aesthetic, Space Colony Studios strives to create a “era-accurate” game that oozes retro vibes in every way, from the text to the visual effects. As the Jovian patrol ship navigates the darkness among the stars, players will feel like they’re on an adventure in an 80’s sci-fi as they solve the mystery in which they find themselves.

The Story: A new threat emerges from the void

Humans have long since broken free from the grip of gravity, but are still unable to escape the grip of war.

It is the year 214 of the Planetary Calendar. It has been four years since the end of the Solar War and an uneasy peace persists throughout the solar system. The Jovian patrol ship Gun-Dog is sent on a reconnaissance mission to investigate mysterious signals emanating from the far reaches of Jovian space. What begins as a routine assignment quickly turns into a battle for survival as an unknown threat terrorizes the crew.

The game: investigate. To interact. To analyze. Push forward.

Using traditional point-and-click adventure mechanics, during your time on the Gun-Dog, you can navigate various locations on the ship, examine the details of the richly crafted backgrounds, or talk to the different crew members aboard. You’ll have to listen closely to the characters’ words to reveal important clues or double intentions, and keep an eye out for key elements and interactive elements in the backgrounds that you can use to advance the story.

The setting: Adventure in a fully explorable ship

The main stage of the first episode of the Stories from Sol series, as the Jovian patrol ship Gun-Dog heads into deep space, serves as the setting for the game’s story. It has been exhaustively accomplished. Rich and evocative descriptions of the ship, including the constant rumble of the engine room, the bustle of the bridge, the silence of space are coupled with a wide range of scenes that have been meticulously designed and animated in minute detail to deliver an immersive experience. Inspired by the best the anime has to offer, the ship also features “Armored Frames”, mechanized, human-shaped weapons of war.

The characters: Come aboard with the crew of The hunting dog

All stories are about people and the cast of The hunting dog bring the story to life, so much so that their charm and charisma convinced the team at Astrolabe Games to come aboard Gun-Dog and sign up as a publisher. From the elegant but aloof Captain Bartermews, to the bubbly Lieutenant Commander Cassandra Quinn, to the assertive and overbearing Chief Mackenzie Cathays, The hunting dog features a large cast of characters to meet. Each crew member has a distinct personality, role and story. You learn about them and their quirks and decide whether to work with or against them to unravel the mystery that lies at the heart of the story.

Check out the publisher announcement trailer below. View a new set of screenshots in the gallery.

Publisher’s announcement trailer

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