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DODANE 28.08.23

Enjoy the brand-new gameplay footage of your upcoming prison escape!

Spiral Up Games is excited to unveil a brand new trailer for their much-anticipated title, Back to the Dawn during Gamescom 2023.
Developed by the talented team at Metal Head Games and distributed by Spiral Up Games, Back to the Dawn is an exciting prison survival and escape game about a framed journalist ensnared in a chilling conspiracy and forced to navigate the treacherous environment of a maximum-security prison.
Watch the Back to the Dawn Gamescom Trailer
Download the free demo from Steam (https://store.steampowered.com/app/1735700/Back_to_the_Dawn/) and add the game to your wishlist to follow its development.

Drawing deep inspiration from iconic prison shows like Prison Break and Escape from Alcatraz, Back to the Dawn offers players a dive into an immersive prison world of survival, strategy, and escape, filled with ever-watchful surveillance, tenuous alliances, and fierce rivalries. As they journey through distinct prison areas, each teeming with unique challenges and opportunities, players will be forced to be always on their toes. Whether it's deciding to befriend or manipulate a diverse cast of inmates, or using one's skills to climb the prison's hierarchy, every decision plays an important role in the pursuit for freedom and truth. 

Aldric Chang, CEO of Spiral Up Games, expresses his enthusiasm for the trailer reveal: ”The team at Metal Head Games has crafted an immersive experience where players are challenged at every turn within the demanding confines of prison life. This trailer encapsulates the game's intricate blend of strategic gameplay and compelling narrative. It's a glimpse into an epic prison survival adventure that we are eager for players to embark upon."

Key features of Back to the Dawn include:

Detailed Prison Exploration: Venture deep within the confines of an intricately designed maximum-security prison. Each corner, cell, and corridor offers a unique challenge, demanding strategic thinking and presenting countless opportunities for discovery.

Rich Tapestry of Inmates: Interact and form deep connections with a colorful cast of fellow inmates. Whether it's forging powerful alliances or cultivating dangerous gang rivalries, every character you meet comes with their own rich history and story, influencing the paths available to you.

Versatile Gameplay: Shape your path in Back to the Dawn through a variety of playstyles. Will you dominate with brute force, slink in the shadows, or weave a web of influence with your words? With diverse skill sets and branching upgrade paths, hone your skills, craft vital tools, and rise to prominence within the prison's power structure.

Challenging Escape Puzzles: Piece together an intricate escape route using the hidden secrets and lesser-known areas of the prison. From covert operations in the dimly lit laundry room to navigating the treacherous pathways of the underground sewers, your wit and resourcefulness will be tested at every turn.

Unique Prison Jobs: Engage in a range of prison jobs, each bringing its own set of challenges and rewards. From the gritty details of laundry sorting to the secret trades of contraband dealings, efficiency and prowess will dictate your earnings in this world where financial muscle is as crucial as your physical one.

High Replayability: Embark on an ever-evolving adventure with Back to the Dawn. Choices ripple throughout your journey, ensuring that each playthrough carves a distinct narrative. Decisions have weight; actions echo into the future, crafting a tale uniquely your own.

Multitude of Endings: The myriad paths of Back to the Dawn converge into a spectrum of endings, be it the choices you make, the alliances you broker, or the risks you take. This will contribute to your fate, be it the desolation of a life behind bars, the exhilaration of freedom or vindication of exoneration. 

For those eager to get a taste of what the game offers, a demo is readily available on Steam. While the official release date is yet to be announced, fans are encouraged to stay tuned for upcoming details.

For more information about the game please visit Steam, Facebook, X, and YouTube.
About Spiral Up Games

Spiral Up is an international game publisher for high quality PC indie games, headquartered in Singapore. Its team members comprise experienced game veterans with decades of combined experience in indie game development and marketing. Its mission is to find the hidden gems of the indie market and polish them into shining diamonds so that they can be enjoyed and celebrated by gamers worldwide. Game developers are invited to approach them for publishing discussion. http://www.spiralupgames.com.
About Metal Head Games

Metal Head Games is an indie game studio characterized by an unyielding determination and a mind that never rusts. They are excited to introduce their inaugural game, Back to the Dawn, a hardcore prison RPG that has been in development for over two years. Keep an eye out for its release in 2023, and prepare for a riveting and exhilarating adventure!
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Release date

November 3rd 2023 (Steam Early Access)
Game modes

Game summary

Back to the Dawn provides a gripping RPG experience set within the sinister confines of a maximum-security prison. Drawing influences from iconic prison shows like Prison Break and Escape from Alcatraz, players will take on the role of a journalist wrongfully incarcerated and caught up in a deep-seated conspiracy. Every corner is brimming with deceit, surveillance, and shifting allegiances, demanding players to be alert and adapt. Forge tenuous alliances or ignite fierce rivalries, climb the prison hierarchy, and navigate a complex web of decisions. Your every choice is pivotal in your quest for freedom and unveiling the truth.

Key features
  • Immersive Prison Exploration: Step into a meticulously designed maximum-security prison, where every shadowy corner, confined cell and winding corridor has a story to tell. Anticipate an intricate blend of strategic thinking and keen observation, as you uncover hidden challenges and discovery points.
  • Diverse Cast of Inmates: Engage with a diverse and vibrant roster of inmates, each pulsating with their own life stories and motivations. Forge alliances that could be your lifeline, or tread the dangerous waters of prison gang politics. In this world, everyone has a story to tell, and every story holds the key to survival.
  • Engaging Prison Occupations: Immerse yourself in a spectrum of prison jobs that mirror the intricacies of real-world penitentiaries. From mastering the nuanced intricacies of laundry tasks to the clandestine dealings of contraband trade—these jobs provide not just monetary rewards but also insights into the prison's underbelly and its intricate power dynamics.
  • Adaptive Gameplay Dynamics: Define your prison break adventure journey on your own terms. Will you rise through brute strength, move like a whisper in the shadows, or pull the strings with silver-tongued diplomacy? Tailor your skill set, devise indispensable tools, and establish your reputation in a dynamic prison ecosystem.
  • High Replayability: Experience an ever-shifting odyssey with Back to the Dawn. Choices don't merely branch paths—they forge them. Every decision you make carries consequences, from minor dialogues to major plot decisions. Your legacy is crafted by your actions, ensuring that each playthrough offers a fresh, bespoke narrative.
  • Shape Your Destiny: The culmination of your prison adventure isn't predefined. Your actions, relationships, and strategies all converge to determine your ending. Whether you find yourself trapped indefinitely, experience the euphoria of freedom, or uncover hidden truths leading to your vindication, the game offers a spectrum of endings to explore and experience.
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