Rumors dating back to 2008 circled around a mysterious game that was supposedly being developed by Ubisoft, a French game developer and publisher renowned for its critically acclaimed and loved Assassins Creed series that is still ongoing. The survivor, action, 1st-person/3rd-person combined game was revealed to the public at E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) in 2008 via a trailer (shown below). The 2008 trailer mapped out a general plot-line starting with a man called “Adam” running from a trio of men dressed in ruined casual suits implying that society is no more.
From the beginning of the trailer where the men are chasing Adam, we can infer that water and perhaps other necessities are scarce in this particular apocalypse as we find out that they’re willing to threaten and physically harm Adam for a bottle of water.
The trailer then goes on showing a flashback of our trailer protagonist going about a normal day that’s abruptly interrupted by some sort of earthquake or a cataclysmic event that rocks a city.
The game was originally under development by Darkworks, also a French game developer, until it moved to be developed under Ubisoft’s Shanghai studio in late 2010 due to certain complications.
Now Ubisoft has released a trailer (with a seemingly different man who’s not Adam) that’s revealed a few more interesting aspects or as others have said, “rules”, of the I Am Alive game.
They include avoiding the inhaling of the dust left from the cataclysmic event, scavenging for supplies so you can bargain with other survivors, climbing structures to get some fresh air and so on:
There’s also the UK trailer (which is filled with a lot more action):
As for the plot, the details aren’t all out yet except that the main character is looking for his lost wife and daughter while dealing with roving bands of unfriendly survivors and other dangers in the ruins of a once prosperous city.
The game is set for release in the first quarter of 2012 on the Xbox Live Marketplace and the Playstation Network.