We’re excited to bring our survival horror, The Persistence to Xbox One fans and we wanted to give you guys the lowdown on the game and some hints and tips in advance of those who want to take their chances when we hit the Microsoft Store today, May 22.
The Persistence challenges you, a clone of security officer Zimri Eder, to survive aboard a doomed deep space colony starship, overrun with horrific and murderous aberrations. Everyone else is dead. Your mission? Make your way into the deeper decks to restore functionality to the ship and somehow make your way back to Earth.
We were inspired by the classic science-fiction games and movies (you know what they are!) and we strived to carve our own niche in the genre, adding new twists like the roguelike/lite gameplay with high production values. Overall, we especially wanted to give the player a real sense of progression despite the odds being stacked against them. Here’s some hints and tips for first time players heading into The Persistence.
Play it Stealthily
The chances are you are going to die a lot. Your old mutated crewmates will stop at nothing to rip you limb from limb. You play as Security Officer Zimri Eder. Well, sort of. With each new life, you play as a fresh clone with her Engrams (her memories and personality) restored.
With each new life comes the opportunity to re-sequence her DNA to create more powerful clones on each run from stem cells that have been harvested from the wretched creatures you will encounter. You can also recover DNA from the hosts of dead crewmates and clone their bodies to inhabit too, each with their own unique advantages.
Stealth is Your Friend
The Persistence isn’t a run and gun type of game – we have a variety of weapons in the game from melee, projectile to Dark Matter prototypes but these tend to come with limited ammunition. These mutants are extremely dangerous, especially on the lower decks of the ship and can take you out with one swipe. Familiarizing yourself with the environment and knowing when not to fight is just as important as knowing the right moment to strike.
Navigation is Key
The Persistence has an extremely unique technology – it has a macrostructure that can shift and change, so with each run, the layout of the ship will change and shift as you move between decks, so no two expeditions into The Persistence are ever the same and each run will play out differently. Each of the decks of the ship have a unique feel and you’ll need to make your way through down through each one unless you are able to find Deck Modules to allow you to teleport directly to a specific deck as required.
Constantly checking the map and dropping markers to help you navigate is a good start as is keeping an eye on the door buttons which will change colour to indicate that you have already been through it; a handy shortcut for knowing which way you have been.
Upgrading is Essential
So you’re able to upgrade your core stats, but there’s also gear (such as your shield), suits (which give buffs and enhancements) and weapons that can be unlocked too via Erebus Tokens and Fabricator Chips. You will find various schematics as you play, and you should regularly check the Schematic Fabricator on the Recovery deck to make sure you are equipped with the best items you can afford to fabricate.
So there you have it – these tips should give you something to shoot for on your first few runs in The Persistence. Good luck!
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Author: Stuart Tilley, Creative Director, The Persistence