Starward Industries’ The Invincible is an upcoming new game inspired by the work of the late Polish science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem, and is described as a “bold, atompunk” adaptation of the novel’s premise centering on the titular spaceship landing on a planet called Regis III that is seemingly devoid of life but holding its own secrets and mysteries.
Currently being developed by a team consisting of developers and staff who have worked on games such as The Witcher III and the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077, Starward Industries CEO Marek Markuszewski spoke with TheGamer and described the opportunity to work on a game on a popular IP an important challenge:
“I’m also sure that the story of CD Projekt and The Witcher series inspired many studios to follow suit,” Markuszewski explains. “In that regard, working with such an established and impactful IP [like] The Invincible is a great incentive.”
Markuszewski notes that the team intends to launch a game with production values verging on those of The Witcher but that its world won’t be as large. “Starward Industries had to start humble,” he tells me. “Dreaming of big achievements in the future, we follow our own path.”
“We’re going to deliver on a promise of bringing to life an immersive, beautiful retro-futuristic world, and involve gamers in crafting their own story in non-linear gameplay,” Markuszewski adds. “It’ll be a unique, one of a kind experience, no matter how clichéd it sounds now.”
No release date has been given for The Invincible yet, but Starward Industries aims to release it for next gen systems in the PS5 and Xbox Series X, and that was a deliberate choice.
“The new platforms are powered by massive graphic processing capabilities,” Markuszewski explains. “Thanks to this, The Invincible will lay out its brilliant story with a matching opulence of visual features. From the production standpoint, we have planned releasing on next gen platforms from the beginning. There’s no other way than to think ahead, which also includes moving to Unreal Engine 5.”
What do you guys think? Is this a project to keep an eye out for?