Spotlight on Greenlight: NaissanceE


Welcome once again to PCGamesN’s Spotlight on Greenlight, our regular Saturday feature where we look at the best and the most interesting Greenlight games that are hoping to make their way onto Steam. We’ve already looked at dozens of other titles in weeks past, so do take a look at our back catalogue.

There’s something haunting about NaissenceE’s grey monochrome architecture, it both invites exploration but conjures up a sense of awe and dread. You catch glimpses of tunnel shafts which seem impossibly tall. Little outcrops of what is presumably stone marking the incredible height as it stretches away into the distance. The whole thing seems so lifeless and desolate.

I just want to play it.

NaissenceE is a game about exploration. Just that. It’s developer Limasse Five says you’ll “explore and feel the deep and strong ambiance of this atemporal universe”. There will be elements of puzzles and platforming to have you interact with and leave a mark on this mysterious primitive space but that’s not what my draw to this game is at all. The trailer makes no hint of your character in the game and puzzle solving, it’s all about the space.

The world seems like some sort of alien temple but the blank stone doesn’t suggest any life formed it or has ever inhabited it. It has the sense of being designed but the rough holes and slopes in the stone also give the impression it just came into existence. I really can’t get away from how intriguing a space this game contains.

While talking about where the idea for NaissenceE came from Limasse point to a video by artist Anouk de Clerq. Simply called Building, it’s an animation which shows how you can define the suggestion of a building’s interior with only light and shadows:

You can see how the video has worked its way into the game, the shafts of light create a great deal of variety in the shading of that uniform grey and, coupled with the ambient music, makes that dread sense I described above.

NaissenceE is still in development but if you’ve a copy of Far Cry lying around you can play the concept mod Jeux d’Ombres:

There are too few games like NaissenceE in the Steam store – Thirty Flights of Loving and Proteus are two exceptions, and we’ve The Stanley Parable on its way. We need more games that explore what can be evoked within simple 3D space and what can be created for a player in such a clean environment.

There are very few details beyond the trailer and the short description provided on NaissenceE’s Greenlight page but Limasse Five aim for release later this year. Vote it up so that when it’s finished it can be found in Valve’s shop.

Here are some more images of this sublime game: