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Republique to launch on iOS on Thursday

Kickstarted game is helmed by MGS assistant producer

A crowdfunded game developed by a former Metal Gear Solid and Halo developer is set for release on iOS.

Republique reached its $500,000 target in May 2012 and is now due to release on the iOS App Store on Thursday, December 19.

The game is a stealth survival horror adventure which tasks players with helping a desperate young woman named Hope escape from a 1984-inspired dystopia.

Hope was born and raised in a facility called Metamorphosis, but eventually she realises there's more to life than this and tries to break out from the secret Orwellian state.

The player receives messages from Hope, who communicates using a phone she's stolen. With the ability to hack into the nation's surveillance system, the aim is to hack into and make use of the state's security cameras to monitor Hope and guide her away from the captors pursuing her.

The game is developed by Camouflaj, a new indie studio founded by Ryan Payton. Payton was an assistant producer on the Metal Gear Solid series, before leaving to serve as creative director on Halo 4.

"We've spent the past two years crafting stealth action that doesn't require 17 buttons, or even a controller," Payton said in a statement. "Using our smart AI and logic-based input systems, République's 'one touch' input method is something we're incredibly proud of, and we can't wait to share it with the world."

The game also features a notable voice cast. Jennifer Hale (Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect games) plays Hope's mentor Mireille, while David Hayter (Solid Snake) is Zager, a "ghost in the political machine". Also providing voices are Matthew Mercer (Resident Evil 6), Khary Payton (Batman: Arkham Origins) and Dwight Schultz (Killer7).

The first episode of Republique will be available on Thursday, December 19 priced at $4.99. New episodes will be released every two to three months. Kickstarter backers will receive a free season pass (worth $14.99) for all five episodes.

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