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Throw Me A Clone: The Swapper Releasing This Month

'Dad, where do babies come from?' 'Guns.'

If I could clone myself infinitely at will, I’d probably just spend all my time meticulously arranging dramatic horror movie reveal moments with some unsuspecting stranger realizing that everyone in a town is exactly the same. Bartenders, businessmen, old ladies hobbling across the street – you name it. So it’s probably a good thing I didn’t make The Swapper, because we’re instead getting a game of brain/quantum particle entangling puzzles and ruminations on the nature of the human soul courtesy of Penumbra’s Tom Jubert. It looks utterly fascinating, and every in-game object’s apparently handmade. Oh how I long for it, in the same way wannabe dystopian overlords long for soulless clone-based organ farms. Fortunately, the long and short of the situation is that my period of longing will actually be pretty short. Turns out, The Swapper is coming to Steam in just two weeks.

The atmosphere seems exceedingly desolate and secluded, an otherworldly cavern of echoes and reflections. Guess that’s just how it goes when you’re forced to be all alone with yourself – and quite literally, at that. I suppose it’s true what they say: infinity really is the loneliest number.

For those in need of a refresher, here’s what The Swapper’s all about:

“The Swapper is an atmospheric puzzle platformer set in the furthest reaches of space. Players wield an experimental device able to clone the user and swap control between them. Dropped into a character and world as mysterious as the workings of the device itself, The Swapper is a game of exploration of a very personal nature.”

It’s coming out on May 30th, which is so close that you’ll probably still be alive by then. If that’s not something to be excited about, I don’t know what is. The game, I mean. Life is… you know. It’s whatever.

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