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DODANE 03.11.23

Get immersed in a dark conspiracy in the pixel art RPG Back to the Dawn - available now on Steam Early Access!

Featuring dozens of distinct prison locations and hidden corners to explore, alongside 40+ unique animal inmates for players to ally with or oppose, the game promises at least 20 hours of riveting prison adventure.

Spiral Up Games is thrilled to announce the official Early Access release of their highly anticipated prison survival RPG, Back To The Dawn. Previously garnering a top spot in Steam Next Fest’s most downloaded demos, the game is now available for purchase on Steam at a retail price of $19.99 USD. In celebration of the release, gamers can take advantage of a special 12% launch discount price of just $17.50 USD during the first week of launch.
Watch the new Back To The Dawn - Official Launch Trailer
Back To The Dawn provides an engrossing role-playing journey that combines vibrant pixel art with the suspense and thrills of prison life. Within the ominous walls of a maximum-security prison, play as a wrongfully imprisoned journalist entangled in a shadowy conspiracy, surrounded by a diverse ensemble of animal inmates. Engage in the perilous politics of prison gangs, cultivate unpredictable alliances, and hone essential skills for a daring escape. Every decision you make in this dynamic world will mold your path to freedom, where cunning strategy and tactical acumen are the keys to orchestrating your breakout and unraveling the truth.

Aldric Chang, CEO of Spiral Up Games, shares, "Through years of dedication, the passionate team at Metal Head Games has crafted an incredible prison break adventure. By integrating stunning pixel art, a vivid cast of animal inmates, and multiple narrative paths, we've encapsulated the raw essence and unpredictability of prison life into an immersive game of strategy and survival. We believe Back To The Dawn’s compelling story combined with its innovative gameplay mechanics will captivate RPG fans worldwide, and we can't wait to see how players will use various strategies and tactics to plot their master escape plan."

Dive into the heart of the action in the new gameplay overview trailer below, showcasing the game's core mechanics and providing a sneak peek into the thrilling escapades ahead.
Watch the Back To The Dawn - Gameplay Overview Trailer
Key Features

Explore a Rich, Hostile Prison World: Navigate through an intricate prison environment brimming with diverse locations and formidable challenges. Prepare for a fusion of strategic planning and sharp-eyed discernment to detect hidden corners, and unearth possible escape routes.

Rich Ensemble of Inmates: Interact with a diverse cast of over 40 distinct animal inmates, each bringing unique backstories and hidden agendas. Build alliances that could mean your survival or venture into the treacherous depths of prison gang hierarchies. Regardless of your decision, every interaction opens a gateway to myriad possibilities.

Engaging Prison Roles: Step into the multifaceted realm of prison life, taking on various roles that mirror real-life jail complexities. Whether you're handling laundry duties or navigating illegal trades, these tasks offer more than cash - they offer a glimpse into the prison's internal workings and power struggles.

Diverse Prison Activities: Immerse yourself into a variety of classic prison activities and minigames, from honing physical strength through weightlifting to expanding strategic thinking via extensive library resources, or delicately crafting contraband tools. Customize your skills and shape your journey within the game's adaptive environment, making critical choices that determine your survival and success.

Discover Multiple Endings: Immerse yourself in over 20 hours of thrilling gameplay in Back to the Dawn, where every choice and action dictates your unique story, leading to multiple endings. From subtle dialogue shifts to monumental plot twists, your actions will determine your own legacy. Whether achieving freedom, remaining confined, or unveiling secrets, your strategies and alliances will craft your fate, ensuring high replayability each time.

Back To The Dawn is officially available on Steam Early Access in English, Chinese & Japanese. Buy now and get ready for a thrilling prison break adventure. For the latest news and updates, follow Back To The Dawn on X and join the official Discord.

In addition, Spiral Up Games is hosting exclusive giveaway events where participants stand a chance to win fantastic prizes including Steam gift cards and exclusive Back to the Dawn merchandise. Simply follow the action over to the Back to the Dawn Twitter page to participate and stand a chance to win these attractive prizes!
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. https://www.spiralupgames.com/
About Metal Head Games

Metal Head Games is an indie game studio based in Shanghai. With a focus on thoughtful design and intricate gameplay mechanics, they've spent over two years meticulously crafting their debut title, "Back to the Dawn," a thrilling prison break RPG that showcases the studio’s dedication to quality and immersive storytelling.
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Release date

November 3rd 2023 (Steam Early Access)
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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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