Sigma Theory: Turn-Based Espionage From Out There Dev

Developers of Out There [official site], lovely Fighting Fantasy-style game about alien languages and dying alone in space, are making a new game – and this one is coming to PC from the off. In a French games magazine called Games Magazine, developers Mi-Clos name their next work as Sigma Theory, a turn-based political espionage game in the style of Homeland and House of Cards. Ooh!

Details come from the roving eyes of Pocket Tactics, who deliver quotes and other details. Specifically this from founder Michael Peiffert: “For a long time I wanted to put the player into a character that carries a lot of responsibility, who has power but is accountable, like a CEO. [That kind of person] is subject to a lot of pressure, and might be forced to make immoral decisions. Imagine something like House of Cards, where the higher you climb the greater the fall if you fail.”

I am imagining something like that right now, and at almost any other moment. The world needs more games like both Covert Action and Floor 13. Games about people in macs meeting in car parks with manila envelopes.

The world also needs more games from the creators of Out There. The studio’s last game is most easily described as FTL: The Choose Your Own Adventure. It strips away the combat and crew management in favour of simple resource collection and pure, painful decision making. Your sad, lonely space death is no less inevitable, but it’ll come from your diplomacy and exploration skills in the face of alien worlds and languages rather than sustained laser fire. It’s great, and its recent PC release adds a bunch of new content over and above the original mobile

It’s early days and the team say they are still prototyping, but that Sigma Theory is coming to PC from the beginning is a very good thing.

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11 Comments

  1. Robert Post's Child says:

    Spy management sim? I’m totally in. Put players in the shoes of the man behind the desk yelling ‘she may be unconventional but dammit, she gets results!’, sucking up to the Vice President, and trying to keep your spouse from leaving you for the yoga instructor because you’re really married to the job.

    • Villephox says:

      All of these things, yes. For some reason, this seems like the perfect game to me right now. If this game ships without the risk of a yoga instructor stealing my spouse’s affection away from me, I will be sorely disappointed.

  2. Crabtipus says:

    “For a long time I wanted to put the player into a character that carries a lot of responsibility, who has power but is accountable, like a CEO”

    All those Wall Street CEOs sure were held accountable

    • tormos says:

      Well to be fair these CEOs only did things that were illegal and wildly unethical. If they’d done things that were unprofitable they would have been brought to account quite quickly and harshly.

  3. gorybuzz75 says:

    Yay, France!

  4. Bugamn says:

    Games about people in macs meeting in car parks with manila envelopes.
    I thought this was a site for pc gamers.

  5. ffordesoon says:

    Reading the words “turn-based espionage” induced a reaction in me very similar to this one.

  6. Games_Mag_Fr says:

    Hello there, this is Games Magazine, France.
    Thanks to RPS for this news.
    For French readers we have an online edition: http://www.games-magazine.fr

    Some articles will be publish in English soon.

    Cheers

  7. ThatFuzzyTiger says:

    The spy in the pic is clearly modelled on of modern sherlock fame.