Guide an unlikely hero through an epic adventure as he becomes aware of you – the player!
16 June, 2021 – Indie publisher Digerati and developer En House Studios are excited to announce GLITCHED. A wild RPG full of fourth-wall breaking fun, GLITCHED will launch first on PC in Q3 2021, with versions for Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One following early next year.
GLITCHED follows the story of Gus, an average NPC thrown into the role of hero when the appearance of mysterious glitches threatens the existence of his video game world. As he sets out on his adventure, he becomes aware of an invisible presence – you, the player!
With a vast world to explore, a myriad of secrets to discover, hundreds of characters to meet, countless choices to make, thousands of lines of dialogue, and the chance for player and character to form a deep bond, GLITCHED offers an extensive and immersive RPG experience.
GLITCHED is part of the Steam Next Fest, and a demo is available to download now from the game’s store page:
Watch the GLITCHED announcement trailer:
GLITCHED is developer En House Studios’ debut title and has been a huge undertaking for the Chicago-based two-man team. In development for what can reasonably be considered ‘a long time’, the humble beginnings of GLITCHED go back several years, as lead developer Nikko Koruna reveals:
“During my sophomore year of high school I made a small program in Computer Programming 101 where a pixel character would respond with swearing depending on which key you pressed. I started to imagine a video game world where the main character talks directly to the player, and from that GLITCHED was born.”
The concept of a friendship and relationship between the player and main character stuck with Koruna, and even as the game evolved it remained at the core of the experience.
“The glitchy world and aesthetics help deliver the narrative, but it was always this relationship with Gus that I knew was the true heart of the game,” explains Koruna. “Gus as a character developed and changed over the years, but it was the driving force that really kept me focused and excited about the project.”
About the game
GLITCHED is a choice-heavy, fourth wall breaking, existential RPG. When a glitch appears in the video game world of Soren, an NPC named Gus becomes aware of you – the player. Travel together to solve the mystery of the glitch and save Gus’s friends, hometown, and digital world.
- Essence: Your choices change Gus’s essence. This decides his personality, powers, and how characters react to him.
- Choices: The story changes based on your choices. No two playthroughs will be the same!
- Progression: Every activity gives EXP. Use it to patch glitches and advance the story.
- Gus: Talk to Gus at any time. Form a friendship. Observe his escalating existential dread.
- Battles: No random encounters. Turn-based combat using a unique system with skills, energy, and quirks.
- Other Features: Magic spells. Cool equipment. 20+ potential party members. Romance system. Tons of outfits. Multiple endings. Arcade mode. Frogs.
As a publisher, Digerati is dedicated to helping independent developers bring their creations to market and into the hands of gamers. We take care of funding, distribution, marketing and production, leaving developers to focus on what they love – making incredible games and unique experiences.
About En House Studios
En House Studios is a two-man development team based in Chicago, US. Glitched is the studio’s debut game. https://www.enhousestudios.com/