The Turing Test Announced

Posted on 10 Mar 2016 by
Lee Braden

Bulkhead Interactive, who previously released Pneuma: Breath of Life and Battalion 1944, have announced a new title called The Turing Test. A game set on Europa, and the premise sounds as interesting as Portal.

You play as Ava Turing, an engineer from the International Space Agency on mankind’s manned mission to Europa to explore the traces of life found on the planet by automated probes, this narrated story of introspection and morality is woven into puzzles and challenges designed to test your humanity via logical and illogical thinking by using the ‘Energy Manipulation Tool’ (EMT) to transfer power from different machines.

The story explores humanity’s desire to explore, survive and protect as you dive deeper into Europa’s ice, transcend the line between man and machine, investigate possible truths behind the mission or rumours about the mission, and try to retain morality.

The Turing Test is scheduled for release in August 2016 and is to be released on Steam when it does. However it is not up on Steam and no indication of price as of yet. Keep an eye on their website and for more details and some interesting screenshots see the press release below.

Official Press Release

LONDON, March 10 2016: Square Enix Collective™ is to publish The Turing Test, a forthcoming first-person puzzle game created by British studio Bulkhead Interactive, on Steam™.

The game will release in August 2016 and puts players in the shoes of Ava Turing, an engineer for the International Space Agency (ISA), as she attempts to uncover the truth behind the research base on Jupiter’s moon, Europa.

Solve puzzles using your Energy Manipulation Tool (EMT) to transfer power out of one object and into another; power up and take control of artificially intelligent machines, manipulate giant structures and solve complex tasks – all woven into a multi-layered story based on the human struggle for control.

The game, being developed using Unreal 4, is the next project to release from Bulkhead Interactive. The studio previously released Pneuma: Breath of Life, and recently concluded a successful Kickstarter campaign for their next project Battalion 1944 (which is planned to release in 2017).

“I’m very excited to be working with the Bulkhead Interactive team,” said Square Enix Collective creator and project lead Phil Elliott. “It’s our aim to support new development talent in a range of ways, and it’s already clear that this team is destined to have a big impact on the industry in the future.”

“We’re big fans of the platform that Square Enix® has created in Collective,” said Howard Philpott, Creative Producer at Bulkhead Interactive. “We’re excited to be a part of Square Enix’s plans for the future of the industry. For us at Bulkhead they’ve opened many doors that wouldn’t have been accessible to us without their connections or years of experience in publishing games. They’ve given us the opportunity to make The Turing Test a more solid, polished, and ultimately an all-round better game.”

The Turing Test will be one of the games featured in the Square Enix Collective range at EGX Rezzed, taking place in London from April 7-9. As part of the partnership, the game will benefit from marketing services provided by world-leading agency Petrol Advertising and forecasting and evaluation support from EEDAR.

Creative control and all IP rights are retained by Bulkhead Interactive.

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Comments (3)

Posts: 2
J. A. Kinghorn
Posted 10 Mar 2016, 22:14
Yeah, that last shot of the trailer seems super indicative that something is definitely 'off' in this game. I was expecting something as the rest of the trailer seems far too 'nice'.

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L Coulsen
Posted 10 Mar 2016, 15:49
That would make sense. Alan Turing (a good old Northern lad) is widely recognised as being one of the forefathers of what we now call computing. I highly doubt the name is coincidental.

Whilst we're on the subject of Europa though. There's a found footage style, independent film called Europa Report which is about the theoretical, first manned mission to, you guessed it, France...I mean Europa. Well worth checking out to whet your appetite

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Simon Sirmenis
Posted 10 Mar 2016, 15:10
I'm pretty sure it will have to do something with the Turing test and machines thinking that they are human/alive kind of like in Fallout 4 or in SOMA...