The Spectrum Retreat from BAFTA award winner Dan Smith launches this year.

by on April 4, 2018

Ripstone Games and Dan Smith, BAFTA Young Game Designer winner, have today announced that The Spectrum Retreat will launch later this year on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC.

The Spectrum Retreat is a first-person narrative puzzler where players must explore a pristine and uncanny hotel called The Penrose. The player must solve colour-coded puzzles and discover the reasons behind their seemingly never-ending stay.

Dan Smith won the BAFTA Young Game Designers Award in 2016 for the prototype when he was just eighteen years old, and is now developing the game with the support of Ripstone Games.

“The last few years have been a great experience”, said Dan Smith, Designer of The Spectrum Retreat. “When I first began development, I couldn’t have anticipated that five years later we’d be releasing a game like this and that I would pick up a BAFTA along the way. The Spectrum Retreat is built on the mechanics I developed a few years ago, but they’re now integrated with a mature, absorbing story and setting. It’s been great to push the game further in every aspect and to craft an engaging world that can deliver the puzzles and story together.”

“We’re thrilled to finally share Dan’s vision, now that The Spectrum Retreat’s release is drawing closer,” said Phil Gaskell, Creative Director at Ripstone Games. “We’ve worked closely with Dan as he, along with our in-house artists and programmers, crafted an experience which does justice to the vision he showed in his 2016 BAFTA award-winning demo. The puzzles possess a depth which betray Dan’s age and the story provides real emotional heft.”

There is no date for release as of yet, but you can watch the launch trailer below: