Puzzle game

Publisher Dead by Daylight reveals new co-op puzzle game coming in 2023

I’m a sucker for cinematic puzzle games set in lush worlds shrouded in mystery: I loved The Talos Principle (opens in a new tab)and I liked The Witness (opens in a new tab) too, even though I wasn’t smart enough to do more than half of it. And so the new thing from Lunach Studios and Dead by Daylight creator Behavior Interactive seems to be up my alley too.

Currently known as Project S (opens in a new tab), which I suspect won’t be a permanent title, the game takes place in an open world filled with quests, secrets, and “a wide variety of puzzle types that are organically integrated into the landscape.” It can be played solo or multiplayer – details on multiplayer modes have yet to be shared – with new areas, quests and abilities unlocked as your character progresses.

Naturally, there is also an overarching story to uncover: “As a spark of wisdom in physical form, learn more about the being who gave you life, the origins and the destiny of this strange world of puzzles, and the role you have to play in it,” the Steam page says.

That’s not much to go on, but the basic promise of low-pressure wandering in a calm fantasy game world is enough to at least pique my interest at this point. The puzzles are almost secondary: it’s undeniably satisfying to solve a difficult puzzle, but I’m not really a fan of overstraining my brain (insert your favorite “game reporter” joke here) – it’s exploring and uncovering the mysteries of the game world. that keep me coming back. If Project S can do a good job with this, I’m in.

Project S is currently slated for release in 2023, but you can sign up for an upcoming (and, for the record, undated) playtest at bhvr.com (opens in a new tab). The page also includes a link to sign up for playtests on Behavior’s new game, a “build and raid” FPS called Meet Your Maker. (opens in a new tab)which is expected to start later in August.