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Cerebral sci-fi FPS Get Even launches early 2017

After a two year hiatus, The Farm 51's bizarre techno-thriller is ready to pull us back into the enigma

By Derek Strickland | Aug 19, 2016 09:27 am CDT

Gamescom 2016 - The Farm 51's cerebral sci-fi survival game Get Even finally comes out of hiding with a cryptic new trailer and a 2017 release date.

Do you remember Get Even, that bizarre and enigmatic cyber-shooter from The Farm 51? Back in early 2014, Get Even's debut trailer mystified gamers and left us wanting more. Then the game kinda fell off the map for two years and went into total radio silence--no news, no trailers or screenshots, nothing.

Now The Farm 51 is back, showing a new glimpse of footage at Gamescom and revealing a "Spring 2017" release window for the survival FPS. The trailer still doesn't do much to shed light on what Get Even actually is, but luckily I interviewed the dev team back in 2014.

"Get Even is a story driven game where we allow other humans to invade your world and become a threat (or sometimes help) during their own quests. But there's no frag score, leaderboards, no counter for matches won and failed, it's always you and your story, sometimes interacted with other humans, sometimes with AI bots," said The Farm 51's development director Wojciech Pazdur.

"Then the key is that Get Even shouldn't be described as a multiplayer game, because its essence is not a competition with other players like in most of the online games. And it's also not the cooperative gameplay, even if technically speaking both of these components are present in gameflow.

"It brings a lot of unpredictability to the battlefield because seeing an enemy you never know if he's the second player or AI character. Looking at his behaviors you can often realize the truth, but the game usually isn't giving you enough time. After all, your enemy can be both smarter than you, but also have more reflex, no matter if he's controlled by computer or other human. And the great thing is that he can be also less skilled or slower than you, but anyway you should show him some respect because you never can be sure if he plays according to AI schematics or to advantages and weaknesses of human abilities."


The Bandai Namco-published Get Even has players taking on the role of Cole Black, who apparently wakes up in an old creepy abandoned asylum with mind-shattering amnesia. His memories are all over the place, but he remembers one thing clearly: trying to save a girl who had a bomb strapped to her.

Using "strange technology fused to his head that can read and replay human memory," (think the memory-recorders in Black Mirror) Cole travels into the "depths of his own mind" in an attempt to uncover the secrets. To find the truth of his past, to find the truth of what happened.

The game looks pretty interesting, and hopefully we'll see more in the coming months and weeks...but there's a chance it could fall off the map again and get delayed.

Get Even is currently slated for release on Spring 2017 for PS4, Xbox One and PC. For more info check out the game's official website.

Derek Strickland

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Derek Strickland

Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements, whether it's VR with the Oculus Rift or Augmented Reality. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the technology that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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