Anshar Studios has released a new developer diary and screenshots for adaptive cyberpunk RPG Gamedec focusd on Harvest Time, a free-to-play western farming game within the greater game.
Here is an overview of Harvest Time, via Anshar Studios:
Halloween in February? No, just growing pumpkins in Gamedec‘s Harvest Time, one of the virtual worlds available in this story-driven, cyberpunk-themed adaptive RPG. As a virtual detective, you investigate multiplayer games where an abuse of power or the exploitation of players may have occurred. In a farming game like Harvest Time, anything is possible behind the scenes.
You’ve seen these games before—you wake up every day to water your crops, weed them out, fertilize them. They’re pretty addictive, right? The more efficient and faster you are, the more money you make. But this can prove fatal when unhealthy competition, game addiction, and drugs or other stimulants come into play. And what if someone higher in the hierarchy is pulling the strings, exploiting gamers against their will? It’s a job for you, a game detective. Leave the harsh but real Warsaw City and enter the virtual, western world of Harvest Time.
Harvest Time is a free-to-play western farming game. In the Gamedecverse as much as our own, there’s a unique appeal to farming games—growing and caring for plants is magical, and a real treat for garden lovers. Gardens in the Gamedecverse exist only for the wealthiest citizens. The Wild West environment and cheerful atmosphere are what players love, or so it seems.
At first glance, Harvest Time is an idyllic game, perfect for people who want to relax after a long and industrious day. And it is—unless you approach it too seriously, or take advantage of the game’s mechanisms to make money. People react to hierarchies automatically, always trying to improve one’s position—and the game designers exploit this. You start grinding, without always knowing why. And if there’s any chance of earning real money, players will take advantage of it, too.
Gamedec is due out for PC via Steam in 2020. It will also be playable at PAX East 2020, which runs from February 27 to March 1 at the Boston Convention Center. Read more about the game here and here.
Watch the developer diary below. View the screenshots at the gallery.