This Game is Based On a Real Thing. No, Seriously.
Doomsday Vault is an indie puzzle game about trying to save the world–more specifically, trying to save the world’s biodiversity. It was inspired by the very real Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which has been nicknamed the Doomsday Vault.
This secure backup facility is located deep in a mountain above the arctic circle, between Norway and the North Pole, and it contains seed samples taken from millions of the world’s crops. The idea is that if some global catastrophe wipes out humanity’s food supplies, the contents of the vault can be used to bring back lost plant species.
In Doomsday Vault, the collapse of the earth’s climate has led to the seed back-ups failing. Players will take on a solo mission to return to the devastated planet, gather up the remaining plant life, and return it to the Doomsday Vault, which serves as a base of operations. There, you can store the precious seeds and generate sustainable crops.
The player character is something of a cross between Indiana Jones and WALL-E, dressed in a little spacesuit reminiscent of an Among Us character. You travel around the world, use tools to explore different environments, and locate critical plant species to bring back to the Vault. Your robot suit contains a variety of useful devices, but no guns, forcing players to rely on environmental tools. Players will be able to unlock suit customization options.
The story of this collapsed world will be told through the environments you travel through. Different areas will show you how the climate disaster affected peoples’ daily lives, how humanity was evacuated from the planet, and what a potentially nefarious corporation has to do with all of this. Doomsday Vault was previously an Apple Arcade exclusive, but it’s now on its way to Nintendo Switch and PC.
Doomsday Vault is currently available on Apple Arcade. It will be available for Nintendo Switch and PC on August 5th, 2021.
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Source: Press Release