République is an episodic action-adventure stealth video game developed by Camouflaj and Logan Games and published by GungHo Online Entertainment. The game was originally announced for iOS devices but has since expanded to Android, Microsoft Windows and OS X. A PlayStation 4 version, containing all five episodes, has been announced for 22 March 2016. A Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign was completed successfully on May 11, 2012, raising over $555,000 from over 11,000 backers. Players communicate with the main character, Hope, through their phone or computer, in order to help her escape. The player controls surveillance cameras in the fictional totalitarian state of République in order to monitor Hope’s actions, as well as hack into various electronic devices. The interface that the player must use is the “OMNI View” software, which allows them to lock and unlock doors, distract patrolling enemies, and obtain information. In some situations, the player must upgrade their OMNI View to higher versions, enabling them to access areas and nodes with stronger security. In the OS X and Windows versions, players will be able to access multiple cameras at once.
République takes place in an unnamed totalitarian state (similar to George Orwell’s 1984), within a facility called “Metamorphosis”. Here, the Prizrak, the people of the totalitarian state, perform mysterious experiments on “Pre-Cals”, people who were born and raised in the facility. One Pre-Cal woman, Hope (voiced by Rena Strober), manages to contact the player through their phone, and requests them to help her escape from Metamorphosis.
She and the player receive assistance from Cooper (voiced by James Holloway), an American who works as a Prizrak in Metamorphosis. Other characters include Daniel Markus Zager (voiced by David Hayter), a deceased revolutionary who leaves audio logs behind for Hope and the player; and Mireille Prideaux (voiced by Jennifer Hale), who serves as Hope’s caretaker.
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