Bringing its particular brand of frantic, frenetic, and – most importantly – fun online multiplayer to Early Access for Steam and Google Stadia, Curve Digital is excited to announce Embr will officially launch on Thursday, May 21st, 2020.
Developed by Muse Games – the studio behind the award-winning Guns of Icarus Online – Embr is a fantastically fictional look at a world where the gig economy rules the roost and the general public now stand ready, phones in hand, to respond to your firefighting emergencies.
Players will either play solo or work together in online teams tackling blaze after blaze to earn tips from clients, picking up the ever-so-crucial 5-star rating in order to earn cash, upgrade tools, and hopefully becoming the ultimate ‘have-a-go hero’ firefighter.
This is no like-for-like simulator, however. Embr is an intentionally satirical, tongue-in-cheek look at the rise of venture capitalism, with its license for allowing players to solve problems creatively resulting in toss-the-resident-out-of-the-window-onto-a-trampoline style solutions that just wouldn’t fly with a real fire fighting force.
As Howard Tsao, Team Lead at Muse Games explains, ultimately Embr puts a premium on players having fun – even when they’re failing.
“Embris certainly not your everyday take on firefighting,” continues Tsao. “The whole idea behind Embr is to cast a comedic light on just what madness would occur if the untrained masses headed out with a hose and tried to put out fires in the same way people deliver take-out or ferry folk around in makeshift taxis. Turns out it’d be just as magnificently manic as it sounds. It just makes you appreciate what a difficult and almost impossible job real-life firefighters do.”
E̷m̴b̴r̶ ̸w̸i̷l̵l̸ ̴o̸f̷f̶e̵r̸ ̴p̴l̸a̴y̸e̵r̴s̸ ̷a̷ ̴v̸a̸r̸i̸e̷t̴y̸ ̸o̵f̴ ̷m̶i̷s̵s̵i̵o̸n̷s̴ ̶t̴o̶ ̵e̴a̵r̴n̴ ̷m̵o̶n̴e̶y̴ ̷a̴n̶d̸ ̸u̵p̵g̵r̷a̶d̸e̸ ̴t̴h̶e̷i̸r̷ ̶f̶i̶r̴e̶f̷i̷g̶h̸t̸i̶n̸g̴ ̸t̷o̵o̴l̵s̴ ̸a̸n̷d̸ ̸l̷e̵a̸s̴e̸ ̶b̶e̷t̵t̷e̶r̶ ̸v̵e̷h̶i̴c̷l̶e̵s̵ ̵a̷n̴d̵ ̴f̸i̴r̴e̶ ̸t̶r̶u̶c̵k̵s̴,̶ ̶a̶l̶l̴ ̸w̴h̸i̷l̸e̴ ̷d̵e̵a̴l̷i̷n̴g̷ ̸w̸i̴t̷h̵ ̸c̶o̴m̴p̴e̴t̷i̷t̶i̶o̷n̷ ̴f̸r̷o̶m̶ ̷t̶h̵e̶ ̵C̵a̷n̷a̶d̸i̵a̴n̶ ̶f̴i̸r̴e̵f̵i̶g̸h̸t̸i̸n̶g̷ ̵s̴t̷a̷r̷t̸u̵p̶ ̴H̷o̵s̵r̸.̷ ̶S̷t̸a̴y̴i̴n̶g̵ ̴c̸o̴m̶p̸e̴t̶i̴t̸i̵v̶e̵,̶ ̴h̶o̶w̴e̶v̷e̵r̸,̴ ̷r̸e̷l̸i̶e̷s̷ ̸o̷n̷ ̴p̴l̴a̸y̵e̸r̵s̴ ̶w̷o̷r̸k̴i̶n̸g̴ ̶t̷o̶g̵e̶t̴h̵e̴r̵,̴ ̷p̸l̸a̷n̸n̷i̸n̴g̵ ̴f̶i̶r̷e̷f̵i̵g̸h̷t̸i̷n̵g̸ ̵a̴n̷d̵ ̵r̸e̵s̴c̴u̵i̴n̶g̶ ̵i̵n̴ ̶d̵e̴n̸s̸e̶ ̸e̶n̴v̴i̴r̶o̴n̵m̸e̵n̴t̸s̸ ̴w̴i̵t̶h̴ ̵c̵o̵m̶p̴l̶e̴x̷ ̶s̸y̴s̴t̵e̴m̴s̷ ̵i̵n̵t̶e̸r̶a̷c̶t̷i̷o̷n̷s̵;̵ ̶w̴a̶t̶e̴r̴,̴ ̴f̷i̴r̴e̴,̶ ̶g̸a̴s̷,̶ ̴e̵l̸e̷c̴t̶r̴i̷c̶i̵t̶y̶,̸ ̴a̷n̶d̶ ̴s̷t̷r̵u̴c̶t̸u̵r̶e̶ ̷i̵n̶t̸e̶g̸r̸i̶t̷y̷ ̷a̶l̸l̵ ̵h̶a̷v̷e̶ ̵a̷ ̷r̴o̶l̷e̶ ̵t̷o̶ ̶p̶l̵a̵y̸.̴
“Whoever said you need to get things right for a game to be fun? Embr is the perfect example of a title that makes the most of people messing things up,” adds Simon Byron, publishing director at Curve Digital. “That’s not to say that Embr doesn’t have something to say, however. The humour built into play gives Embr oxygen to take a frank look at a world where the gig economy is top dog. That combination of wit and wisdom was too potent for us to overlook, and we can’t wait to see how players take to it.”
Curve Digital is also proud to announce that Embr will be brought to life by CORSAIR iCUE software on PC. Watch your room light up as you fight fires, scale buildings, and rescue people from danger! When certain events are triggered in-game, the dynamic RGB lighting on CORSAIR iCUE-compatible components and peripherals will change to compliment the action in play.
Embr will launch on Steam Early Access on Thursday, May 21st, 2020 for $19.99/€19.99/£17.99 with a 20% discount in launch week. Players can expect multiple free major content drops in the months after launch significantly expanding the game. Muse Games will also continue to diligently work with the community to further shape the Embr experience based on feedback and suggestions.