Many games let you project yourself onto a protagonist or even create one of your own, but Project Awakened aims to take this concept and turn it into an art form. The folks at Phosphor Games are the ones who are developing it, Kickstarter is the place where it’s just been revealed, and everyone is the audience it aims to impress.

Simply put, Awakened aspires to be the most customizable and influencable (it’s a word now!) action game ever created. You, as the player, will be bale to construct your very own hero from a swath of options that cover the clothes and/or armor they wear, the weapons they use, the personality they adopt, and the way the playstyle they perform with. Do you want  to play as a Batman look-alike who hurls telekinetic projectiles everywhere? Check. An afro-wearing ninja who leaps off of tanks and dices enemies with his Katana? Feel free. A plainly dressed citizen who uses guns and whose skin can turn into a fictional type of rock? Nothing’s stopping you.


All of this is to take place in a modern world that is nonetheless troubled by the emergence of futuristic technology. Several factions will be in the center of this conflict, including the regulation-passing government, the ambitious corporations, and a group of humanist rebels, among others. Phosphor has stated that your every action affects the world in subtle ways, influencing how the narrative plays out and how the world’s denizens perceive you.

Phosphor Games is largely made up of former staff from Midway Chicago, the folks who worked on overlooked action gems like Psi-Ops and Strangelhold. At one point, they were building a game called Hero, which was the fundamental basis for what Awakened is now. After the project got cancelled and Midway went under, Hero‘s developers wanted to revisit their work and decided to Kickstart their project again on, well, Kickstarter. Their experience, creativity and talent will serve Awakened well, especially now that the game is free from publisher restraints.

You can read more about Project Awakened, as well as toss a coin or two in the developers’ hats, by visiting its Kickstarter page here. Stay tuned for more news and updates regarding this larger than life project.


Michael Urban
Now an occasional contributer, Michael Urban is the former Editor-in-Chief at OnlySP and has the nickname "Breadcrab" for reasons his therapist still doesn't understand. From the moment he first got hacked in Runescape, he's been uninterested in multiplayer games and has pursued the beauty of the single-player experience, especially in terms of story and creative design. His hobbies include reading, writing, singing in the shower, pretending to be productive, and providing info and feedback regarding the games industry. It is an industry, right? You can ask him a question or send him spam at michaelurban@onlysp.escapistmagazine.com. Also, follow him on Twitter or the terrorists win. (@MichaelUrban1)

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