Here’s something for those who have played FPS games since the late 80s and early 90s: A video game is emerging from a unique collaboration with a book author. We’ve mentioned Bedlam before, but the big news today is that the project is coming soon to Steam Early Access, in the style of an FPS that parodies other FPS games throughout history.
Heather Quinn is the main character, and she’s a gamer and an assistant in Ross Baker’s lab, who is a scientist developing medical technology. While in the books Baker is the protagonist, the video game switches things up and takes Heather “Athena” Quinn on a strange journey to rescue Baker who trapped himself in Starfire, a violent sci-fi game he played years ago. Meanwhile, Heather also explores Starfire and discovers interconnected worlds of video games, which documents the evolution of FPS games.
In case that doesn’t sound convoluted, you can already venture into the story by reading the book, also titled Bedlam, by critically-acclaimed British writer Christopher Brookmyre. Brookmyre wrote up the game’s story as well, so this is a sort of unique book-game collaboration.
While specific gameplay details are scarce, the Early Access version will feature 12 levels in two worlds, Starfire and Death and Glory. The full version is slated for a Fall release. You can check out Bedlam’s website for now, which has some details about the novel and screenshots of the game. The game will appear on Steam’s homepage starting August 8th, at 1:00 pm PST.