Proteus Gets A Releaseus Dateus At Lasteus

Just a short post as I have to go and do a thing with vegetables and a knife and a saucepan, but I can’t not mention that Ed Key and David Kanaga’s wonderful ambient exploration/sorta-music game Proteus finally has a release date for its finished version. January 30th is that date, which it means it’s just over a week until we can discard our beta versions and noodle around in a new, expanded version of this quietly psychedelic dream-forest.

Explains Key, “Since the start of the beta we’ve been refining and expanding Proteus and have reached a point where it feels right to call it “done” (at least until we’ve had a rest and thought about another update).”

The game will launch on its own site and on Steam for $10 on the 30th, but you can save yourself a little bit by buying the still-available beta now, for $7.50. You’ll get the full version and a Steam key come the 30th if you do that. (The same goes for existing purchasers). More details and stuff here, and we’ll have more to say about Proteus itself soon, I don’t doubt.

Meanwhile, here’s footage of an earlier version. I do feel a bit reticent about including a video as Proteus is so much about a particular sort of player in a particular sort of mind nosing around a weird, wondrous, near-magical pixel-world under their own steam, but, well, here you go:

It is true that you don’t shoot anything in Proteus.


  1. yhancik says:

    .. but can you talk to the frogs?

    • LTK says:

      If you want to talk to the frogs, no one’s stopping you. Just don’t expect them to talk back to you. After all, they’re only frogs.

  2. AlwaysRight says:

    You don’t shoot anything?… DON’T SHOOT ANYTHING?! That’s the whole point of games!

    • RobinOttens says:

      This game features non-integrated shooting mechanics. You make the pew-pew noises yourself and then pretend to have shot something in the game.

    • AlwaysRight says:

      Not good enough! All games must be how I want them to be! Exactly like 99% of all the other games. I haven’t been this angry since Dear Esther. Raaarrr!

    • CommissarXiii says:

      So it’s basically Fallout 3 without guns.

    • Meat Circus says:

      You can chase the frogs into the sea, which is basically the same thing.

  3. RedViv says:

    Lovely and pleasant experience, that it is.

  4. RobinOttens says:

    Oh cool. I keep forgetting that the version I played was still a beta.

  5. Brun says:

    I think I’ve said this in other threads about this game, but the art aesthetic and gameplay of this one really reminds me of Noctis. I wish the guy behind that game would come out of hiding and release some updates!

  6. Hoaxfish says:

    Probably the only issue I have with this is that the name is rather close to Prostate

  7. Tei says:

    I have found a circle of rocks, and wen I have enter inside, I have ben teleported to the daytime.
    I have bought this for my cousin, hope I can get him play it.

  8. golem09 says:

    Not playing this until I got my Oculus.

  9. N says:

    “It is true that you don’t shoot anything in Proteus.”

    Players will, however, shoot themselves in the head after playing it for five minutes.

  10. jrodman says:

    Odd, I thought it was sort of done for some reason that I invented.
    It certainly seemed a fairly complete experience to me.

  11. pakoito says:

    My mom playing, spending the night watching the horizon by the statues. Now, that’s a gaming memory.

  12. elevown says:

    I bought the beta about 6 month ago- not played it since then- it is a very pleseant and interesting thing tho. So assuming a steam key shows up in my inbox i’ll have to have another look round.

    Any idea how much new stuff is in the full release or has been added in last half a year?

  13. psepho says:

    I forgot that this wasn’t finished! Looking forward to playing the final release. It is one of the few games that I can share with the youngsters.

  14. jorygriffis says:

    I think of my one playthrough of Proteus as kind of a holy experience. It was an hour spent far away in a serene and incredible location, and I’m afraid to replace those memories with those of new playthroughs. It’s a tough decision to make. What an unbelievable game.

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    phuzz says:

    You might not get to shoot anything, but there is and ending, of sorts, so don’t stop exploring.
    The stone circle is the key.

    Also, go visit the graveyard in autumn, it’s beautiful.