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Escape a forgotten island on Nintendo Switch in Estranged: The Departure

A lone fisherman caught in a violent storm finds himself stranded on an uncharted island, seemingly once run by a shadowy and corrupt organisation. So goes the story of Estranged: The Departure, a first person adventure game which launches on Nintendo Switch today.

Conceived and brought to life by solo developer Alan Edwardes, Estranged: The Departure is the culmination of a seven-year project to build a standalone sequel to his original beloved title, Estranged: Act I.

Originally released as a mod for Half-Life 2, Estranged: Act I was praised for its take on the adventure-with-puzzles style of gameplay that Valve’s own game helped ignite passions for in the PC playing community. So far, Edwardes’ original mod has attracted 6,670 reviews on the Steam platform, 93% of which are positive.

Edwardes looked to build a worthy self-contained successor which can be played with no foreknowledge of the original mod, and thus, Estranged: The Departure was born.

In Estranged: The Departure, players will explore a rich, detailed landscape as they attempt to escape back to the mainland, encountering puzzles and enigmatic island inhabitants, unravelling a decades-old mystery along the way.

Fusing tense exploration with tight gunplay, Estranged: The Departure is a much-needed shot in the arm of the action-adventure genre

Making use of computers, audio logs and deep environmental storytelling, players will uncover the story of the island’s secretive Arque Corporation, burrowing ever deeper into their dangerous motivations and learning what happened to cause this strange isolated location to be hidden from the public’s sight forever.

Fusing tense exploration with tight gunplay, Estranged: The Departure is a much-needed shot in the arm of the action-adventure genre, and provides players with a fresh slice of a title beloved by a community of players.

“I’m thrilled to release Estranged: The Departure on the Nintendo Switch.” said solo developer Alan. “It has been a journey of just under 7 years of work in my spare time to get to this point, and I can’t wait for players to experience Estranged in handheld form.”

Estranged: The Departure is available now on Nintendo Switch, priced £4.49 / $5.99 / €4.99.