The local gaming development scene has grown dramatically over the past few years, and there are quite a lot of interesting projects out there worth taking note of. One which caught our eye was Organosphere, which isn’t just made by locals, it’s also set in SA.
Organosphere is a survival game set in Johazardousburg, which, as you can work out, is a apocalyptic recreation of SA’s big city. Players take control of a scientist who wakes up to an unfamiliar reality where nature has overtaken humanity.
“You must escape and venture into the heart of Johazardousburg and it’s lush environment to discover the meaning of all existence as we know it. All while defending yourself from the cruel reality of nature with your trusty shotgun,” explains the game’s description.
The game pits players against giant bugs, hostile humans, and even killer-trees. Players can also transition between third and first-person at any point as you navigate the city.
“Johazardousburg is our re-interpretation of JHB,” explain the developers. “We’ve taken all the things you know, love, and hate and condensed it into a single 5 square-kilometre open world play area, including additional locations that can be traveled to such as nature reserves, offices, farmlands and more. Ponte, Brixton, Hillbrow, taxi ranks, braais, mine dumps, craft markets, broken traffic lights, dodgy clubs and everything else – its all there waiting to be explored.”
While still in early development, Organosphere looks like quite a lot fun.There is no firm release date, but beta testing is scheduled for September with a full release planned before the end of the year.