At the Future Games Show showcase at Gamescom 2022, developer Neotro and publisher Phoenixx revealed a more in-depth look at their new NeverAwake bullet hell game. The game will release on September 28 for PC via Steam. It will be coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5 in the first quarter of 2023.
In NeverAwake, players will discover the grotesque nightmares of a little girl, trapped in her slumber, paralyzed by fear, seemingly never to awake. In the deepest parts of her subconsciousness, she sees Rem, a fierce fighter armed with a demonic, dragon-shaped gun, who fights to conquer the forces trapping her.
The game’s developer, Hiroshi Sawatari, said that he had aimed to create a shooting game accessible to all, and a neverending nightmarish loop of the same stage repeated over and over again seemed like an ideal way for players to progress at their own pace.
Players wanting to get their hands on NeverAwake early can check out the demo now available on Steam or on the show floors of Gamescom, Tokyo Game Show 2022, Busan Indie Connect, and Crunchyroll Expo Australia.
▍ NeverAwake Gameplay
In NeverAwake, players dodge, aim and shoot in 360-degree levels, gather enough power to unleash a wide blast around Rem when surrounded by foes as she drifts through beautiful hand-drawn landscapes of fears and monstrosities of the girl’s nightmares.
There are 80 levels loops in total, and until Rem collects all the souls, each loop gets more challenging if Rem can’t defeat her adversaries in time. You can fight more than a dozen bosses, and discover what lies at the core of the girl’s subconscious and what might lead to her freedom from this sleep paralysis.