Warp Frontier Releasing September 28th, 2021!

It’s finally happening! Three years after my return to Australia from the US, Brawsome is releasing its next game – Warp Frontier!

Warp Frontier is a fully voiced 2D sci-fi point and click adventure, in HD resolution, coming to screens the 28th of September, 2021, on Steam, GOG and Switch for US$14.99. Initial PC release will be Windows, with MAC and Linux versions to follow.

The ship is Vince’s home away from home

Warp Frontier is a sci-fi cop drama, set in the year 2215, in orbit around Cetus, humanity’s newest extrasolar colony, but at its core is an Australian story, with many parallels with Australia’s short history. You play Vincent Cassini, supported by his robot partner, MAC, as they become embroiled in an investigation into a horrendous war crime, in which Vince has a personal stake, from the war that environmentally devastated their planet. Vince is on the verge of a mid-life crisis, dealing with PTSD, alcoholism and survivors’ guilt, but must keep it together for those that rely on him, his family, the refugees of Cetus and the thousands that went missing during the war.

The journey down to the flooded Cetus

Warp Frontier contains many choices that result in branching pathways, leading to characters opening up, or closing off, the life or death of key characters, and the lives of thousands of innocent civilians. The final scene has around 16 permutations of resolution, from choices made as early as the first few scenes. Players can expect an initial playtime of 6-8 hours, but will need at least 3 playthroughs to experience all content.

Warp Frontier was inspired by hard sci-fi, such as the novels of Alistair Reynolds, and the writings of Ray Kurzweil, as well as the TV series’ The Expanse, and Altered Carbon. It’s set in a what-if universe, where a singularity event in 2050 nearly wiped-out humanity, resulting in the outlawing of Artificial General Intelligence, and replicators. The game-changing Warp technology, made possible by the discovery of a rare element, has allowed a handful of new human colonies to establish in the far-reaches of the galaxy. Over time, branches of humanity have grown apart, separated by distance and environmental factors, to call into question what defines humanity, coupled with technology that cheats death, and challenges the concept of a soul.

Few patches of dry land remain on Cetus

Development of Warp Frontier has been a manic series of highs and lows, but determination and a healthy dose of naive optimism have brought the idea from a dog-eared notepad to big and small screens (considering big to be a TV. A big TV). Though Brawsome’s previous titles are all crafted as very personal projects, Warp Frontier hits particularly close to home, being my first quintessentially Australian offering, drawing on my experiences growing up in multicultural Australia as a child of immigrant parents, as well as my first outing in voice acting (MAC), and also my boys first voice acting experience (Sam, Ferdinand).

Cetus’ ring has become home to artists, and outcasts

The entire game was developed remotely, mostly during the pandemic. None of the team members were able to meet in person during development. Brawsome again teamed up with Matt Martin (MacGuffin’s Curse, Jolly Rover) on art, to work in Matt’s preferred photo-realistic style. Thomas Regin (Unavowed) provided an 80’s sci-fi inspired score, and newcomer Michelle Doherty handled the skeletal 2D animation. Brawsome was also fortunate enough to work with veteran Aussie voice actors Kevin Powe (Vince), Aimee Smith (Trish, Julie, Ship) and Angela Tran (Dahlia, Jet, Sok), as well as veteran and new actors from New Zealand, the US, UK and Serbia.

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Warp Frontier Voice Actor Spotlight

Aimee Smith as Juliet Cassini

Next up in the Warp Frontier Voice Actor spotlights is Aimee Smith!

Aimee plays Juliet Cassini. Fierce leader in the war resistance, but whose whereabouts have been a mystery for the last 10 years. Vince never gave up looking for her.

Juliet is a mystery character we hear bits and pieces of throughout the game. I’m purposefully keeping her look vague here to avoid spoilers!

This is the final voice actor spotlight for Warp Frontier. Does it feel like there have been a lot? There have been a lot! You can revisit all 24 of them here.

I probably underestimated the effort required to get all of these done and post about them, like I do with most things, but I’m happy with the result, and I hope people found them interesting.

As this marks the end of the voice actor spotlights, the next adventure is getting some testers into the game, which I’ll start collating next week, but hit me up if you’re interested and can dedicate some time to the game.

Warp Frontier is available to wishlist now on Steam!

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Warp Frontier Voice Actor Spotlight

Lazar Djukić as Stepan Kuznetsov

Next up in the Warp Frontier Voice Actor spotlights is Lazar Djukić!

Lazar plays Denko Novak. Veteran of the Cetan war, serving as the General Kuznetsov’s personal security.

Lazar has great energy, and had to tone it down a little for Denko. Lazar seems like the kind of actor that I would have been able to cast on Jolly Rover. Maybe there are more roles for him in future! Lazar took on 4 roles in Warp Frontier, but I’m only showcasing two of them here. In the game this voice is processed through a helmet radio, so this is probably the only ‘clean’ version you’ll hear.

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Warp Frontier Voice Actor Spotlight

Angela Tran as Sok

Next up in the Warp Frontier Voice Actor spotlights is Angela Tran!

Angela plays Sok. A street kid from the Rust, their home planet’s orbital slum. Sok puts on a tough front, but will lose his cool in the face of a real threat.

This is Angela’s third and final spotlight, though she voiced a computer as well, there wasn’t enough lines to warrant another. Behind Vince and MAC, Angela had the third-most lines in the game, which makes her a pretty major part of Warp Frontier. I hope this isn’t the the project I get to work with here on!

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Warp Frontier Voice Actor Spotlight

James Goulding as Ferdinand Cassini

Next up in the Warp Frontier Voice Actor spotlights is James Goulding!

James, my youngest son, plays Ferdinand. Vince and Trish’s youngest boy, Ferdinand has spent his entire life in orbit, and relies on his brother Sam for support and guidance.

James was 6 at the time of recording, and was surprisingly natural and took direction very well. He was great at projecting, as 6 year olds seem to be constantly projecting. The only issue I had was getting him to face the microphone. He would say his lines then look at me right at the last word. To solve this I put a lego person behind the mic and had him say all his lines to it, which worked perfectly.

Warp Frontier is available to wishlist now on Steam!

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Warp Frontier Voice Actor Spotlight

Xuân Vinh Huynh as Hebo

Next up in the Warp Frontier Voice Actor spotlights is Xuân Vinh Huynh!

Xuan plays Hebo. A street kid from the Rust, their home planet’s orbital slum. Hebo’s a tough risk taker, as long as his parents don’t find out about his actions.

Xuan’s line delivery was one of the few instances where I didn’t have to ask for any retakes. We were both surprised! It also helps that Xuan knows a thing or two about audio and I didn’t have to mess with his audio files at all, bar a slight tweak to levels. If you want a hassle free voice actor Xuan’s your guy.

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Warp Frontier Voice Actor Spotlight

Ivona Kustudić as Nina Mishkin

Next up in the Warp Frontier Voice Actor spotlights is Ivona Kustudić!

Ivona plays Nina Mishkin. Commander of a Locan security team, Nina follows her orders to a point, but knows war contains shades of grey.

This is Ivona’s second role in Warp Frontier, playing a veteran soldier. Ivona had to push her voice a little harder on this role to achieve a husky quality. I had a little trouble cleaning and levelling some of these lines, but once I was put onto Izotope RX I was able to get a result I could drop into the game.

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Warp Frontier Voice Actor Spotlight

Edwyn Tiong as various Computers.

Next up in the Warp Frontier Voice Actor spotlights is Edwyn Tiong!

Edwyn plays various nefarious computers. Edwyn didn’t fit any of the existing roles, but I was glad to find a part, even though small, for his unique voice and delivery.

There are a lot of voice actors I’d like to work with again, which is especially true for the cast of Jolly Rover, but sometimes the roles aren’t there for them. After this game, if I get lucky enough to make another, I’ll likely have voices of various actors I’d like to work with in the forefront of my mind when I get to putting pen to paper.

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Warp Frontier Voice Actor Spotlight

Angela Tran as Dahlia Tran

Next up in the Warp Frontier Voice Actor spotlights is Angela Tran!

Angela plays Dahlia Tran, daughter of Trish and Titus. Just turned 13, She has grown up in the orbital slums of a planet devestated by a war that also took her father.

This was the first role Angela was cast in, before she put in a surprisingly good audition for Jet, then a couple of other minor roles. Angela plays a great angsty teen, and she really rose to the demands of the broad set of emotions written for Dahlia.

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Warp Frontier Voice Actor Spotlight

Aimee Smith as The Ship

Next up in the Warp Frontier Voice Actor spotlights is Aimee Smith!

Aimee plays the ship’s computer. Consistent, reassuring, could easily be a condender for the role of Siri, Alexa, or “Hey Google”.

This is the first repeat Warp Frontier Voice Actor spotlight. Several actors play multiple roles in the game, and as each role is different I’m showcasing them separately.

It’s amazing to hear Aimee slip into the ship’s voice in realtime, you would swear there was someone else in the room!

Warp Frontier is available to wishlist now on Steam!

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