“You are what you choose to remember.”
Progeny is a VR game for the HTC Vive played over multiple short sessions that takes place during those few seconds between “You Died” and videogame resurrection. It presents players with a sci-fi world, seen only through their deceased character’s memories, and a choice: which of those memories do they take with them into the next life?
In Progeny, you are a clone—the 7th of your line—undergoing the routine process of transferring your progenitor’s memory into your mind. A voice guides you through the process, and a message from your (former) self encourages your ambition. But there’s a hitch: the knowledge from your myriad lives is too much to contain in your finite brain, and with every clone generation, it just gets worse. Review the report of your previous life & choose which of your many memories you wish to take with you before embarking on a new one; the memories you pick will help determine the kind of person you become, leading to new adventures, and thus, new memories.
And then... you do it all again. Immortality isn’t always glamorous, but really, what’s the alternative?
Soothing virtual environments to ease your new-life-transition
An unfeeling A.I. to guide you through purgatory
Branching story arc told over several sessions & playthroughs: Transcend the limits of your death and attempt to carve a multi-generational legacy
Silverstring Media Inc.
Created for Global Game Jam 2017
Concept by Claris Cyarron
Produced by Lucas J.W. Johnson
Designed by Claris Cyarron, Lucas J.W. Johnson, and Anna Wolff
Written by Lucas J.W. Johnson and Claris Cyarron
Additional Writing by Danniele Livengood
System Design by Lucas J.W. Johnson
Lead Programming by ceMelusine
Programming by Julie Benoit
3D Art by Marita Bradley
2D Art by Anna Wolff and Marita Bradley
Additional 2D Art by Chris Cold, Vivian Huang, and Kiku Hughes
Sound Design and Voice Acting by Danniele Livengood
Music (and PA chime) by Devin Vibert
Project Management by ceMelusine and Lucas J.W. Johnson
Additional code and assets by Colin and Sarah Northway
Craft Services by Lucas J.W. Johnson, Claris Cyarron, and Julie Benoit