Polish developer Starward Industries, whose team consists of several former CD Projekt RED employees, have announced that they are working on a science-fiction game for the next generation of consoles. Entitled The Invincible, this game, described as a "single-player narrative-based experience," is an adaptation of the 1964 novel of the same name by acclaimed Polish science fiction author Stanislaw Lem.
Speaking to TheGamer.com, Starward Industries CEO Marek Markuszewski stated that he felt Lem's work paired perfectly with the video game medium. In particular, he highlighted Lem's exploration of futuristic technology (some of which, such as e-book readers, has become a reality), the role of tech in the development of society, and the idea that humankind could develop and enhance itself beyond its current state.
Markuszewski explained that Starward is working closely with Lem's estate to develop The Invincible, which tells the story of a space crew searching for its missing members and vanishes ship on the seemingly-deserted planet Regis III, is credited as one of if not the first appearance of "nanomachines" within the science fiction genre. The Starward team will also be including plot elements and concepts from two other Lem novels, Eden and Solaris.
Starward's ultimate goal is to increase modern awareness of Lem's works and eventually create a more massive franchise based around the existing IP. This method worked quite well for CD Projekt's flagship Witcher franchise — it remains to be seen whether Starward's attempt will be similarly successful.
The Invincible is currently being developed in Unreal Engine 5 to eventually release for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The title is a long way from release, so expect more information to come as work progresses.
We wish Starward Industries the best in their new endeavor!