It is the near future; Earth. Years ago, scientists successfully constructed the Belief Engine, a machine that warps reality based on peoples’ strongly held beliefs. The machine was turned on for testing, but it proved too sensitive: widespread belief in the depravity of man and fears of social collapse suddenly took on the full force of objective fact, and science skepticism rendered the Engine’s creators helpless to intervene. Without resort to a shared external reality, civilization crumbled like a sand castle in the tide.
From the ruins have now arisen cults led by charismatic, messianic figures possessed of seemingly divine powers derived from the still-functioning Engine. You are one such a figure—the true one, the Messiah. It is God’s will that you build temples and marshal followers, then mold their beliefs to perform miracles and destroy your rivals. They’ll be doing the same, but don’t worry–God is on your side…
True Messiah is driven by the terror of living in a universe in which millions of innocent people must die because some believe their deaths necessary to trigger the end times; in which mothers and fathers willfully subject their children to deadly diseases and risk the lives of everyone around them; in which individuals in our own industry can be set upon by mobs for failing to signal the right signs of ideological purity.
True Messiah is a game about the horror of privileging subjective beliefs above our shared, human reality. In True Messiah, there is no truth, only *your* truth--and you will take that truth and drive it like a sword through the hearts of those who dare to disagree with you.
Art: Rostislav Zagornov, Franklin Chan, Chenthooran Nambiarooran, Tim Barton, David Hammond
Design, writing, art direction...everything that isn't the art, really: Craig Stern