Publisher Fellow Traveler and developer Jump Over the Age have announced a release date for their narrative sci-fi RPG, Citizen Sleeper. The game will release on May 5th, 2022, and is priced at $19.99 USD at launch when it releases on the Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC (via Steam, GOG.com, Humble Bundle, and Epic Games Store).
In Citizen Sleeper, players take control of a Sleeper, a digitized human consciousness in an artificial body, owned by a corporation. You eventually escape and find yourself aboard a lawless station at the edge of an interstellar society. Thrust amongst the unfamiliar and colorful inhabitants of the Eye, you need to build friendships, earn your keep, and navigate the factions of this strange metropolis, if you hope to survive to see the next cycle.
Life on Erlin’s Eye
An abandoned station on the edge of a system in crisis. Rundown, chaotic, unruly, and alive – it was founded by idealists in the shadow of a corporate collapse. Now it is held together by anarchic alliances, ramshackle factions, and a shared desire to be free from the gravity of corporate control.
Do the Work. Get Paid. Survive.
Every cycle you get up and choose what to do with your time. Toil in the yards, or take a bar shift. Search the markets for rare components or grab some street food. Make or break alliances, uncover truths and escape those that hunt you. Learn to survive and ultimately thrive, one cycle at a time.
Turn Up for Your Friends
The station plays host to characters from all walks of life, trying to eke out an existence among the stars. Salvagers, engineers, hackers, bartenders, and street-food vendors, each have a history that brought them here. You choose which of them you wish to help, and together you will shape your future.
Access Their Secrets
Hack into the station’s cloud to access decades of digital data, uncover new areas, and unlock secrets. This is your unique power, and with it, you can change your future. Corporate secrets, rogue AIs, and troves of lost data await those willing to dive into the depths of the station’s networks.
You Were Made to Die
Essen-Arp: to them, you are just property, one more asset in a portfolio that stretches across the stars. You are the product of an abusive system, in a universe where humanity’s expansion is marked by exploitation and extraction. Escape the makers of your decaying body, and chart your own path in a richly imagined, deeply relevant sci-fi world which explores ideas of precarity, personhood, and freedom.
Inspired by tabletop roleplaying games, Citizen Sleeper uses dice, clocks, and drives to create a player-led experience, where you choose your path in a rich and responsive world.
Action Dice – Each cycle you roll your dice. Assign them to a vast range of actions available on the station. With every action, choose what, and who matters to you, shaping the lives of those around you, and ultimately the future of the station.
Ticking Clocks – Clocks track both your actions and the actions of others across the station. From becoming a local at the Overlook Bar to protecting a friend from Yatagan enforcers, clocks allow you to track your own progress and the influence you have on the world around you.
Drives + Skills – Follow drives, not quests, allowing you to pick and choose the stories and activities that matter to you. As you do, you will shape your character’s five skills (Engineer, Interface, Endure, Intuit and Engage), unlocking perks and bonuses that reflect and change how you choose to live in this world.
Citizen Sleeper is set to release this May 5th, 2022 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC.