Sometimes your friends do funny stuff to you when you're asleep. Sometimes they draw a penis on your face, and sometimes they make a scientific discovery that drives everyone you know out of their minds, consuming them with rage and despair. Either way, you're going to wake up mad and confused, forced to solve the mystery of why everyone is dead or laughing at you. Unfortunately, John Maracheck's problems are a lot worse than having some genitals drawn on his face in permanent marker in The Brotherhood's Stasis.


Maracheck awakens from stasis on a starship that sure seems abandoned. Missing his family and somewhat curious as to why most of the walls are smeared with blood, John has to solve some point and click puzzles and explore the isometric landscape in order to figure out what has happened. These clues may lead to some nasty revelations judging from the cheerful dialogue in the game's trailer. I wonder how hard these truths will be to take, too, as the game lists suicidal implements in its features. Will players have to keep John's spirits up as he explores the ship to keep him from bringing about his own end?


Stasis is set to release by the end of this month, bringing many ways to die along with it. The Brotherhood makes no attempt to hide that John can die in many brutal ways, some by his own hand, leaving players to wonder who's left behind and what happened to them. What's still lurking on the ship? What do they know that's so terrible that John would consider ending his own life? Why do they want to kill him so much? Stasis sounds like it will be extremely dark, making for an awful awakening for poor John once his stasis ends. Way worse than having a dink drawn on your face. Totally worse.

Stasis will be available from Steam and GOG on August 31, 2015. For more information on the game and The Brotherhood, you can head to the developer's site, the game's site, or follow them on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.