January 16th, 2014 - Boston, MA - Reactive Studios updates the Kickstarter-funded Codename Cygnus today with over 20 Game Center achievements. The release continues to improve upon its speech recognition, VoiceOver accessibility, and iOS7 UI features.
The new version also reduces the complete Mission 1 (five episode pack) price from $6.99 to $2.99. Prices for individual episodes are also reduced from $1.99 to $0.99. The game and its Prologue episode remain free to download and play on iOS devices.
Codename Cygnus is an interactive radio drama featuring over 25 talented voice actors, including Rob Wiethoff (John Marston, Red Dead Redemption), Logan Cunningham (Rucks, Bastion), Sarah Elmaleh ( Skulls of the Shogun, Gone Home), Chris Ciulla ( Fallout: New Vegas), Chris Rando ( Dance Central 3), David Olsen ( Beauty and the Geek, season 4 winner), Ziba Scott (owner of indie studio Popcannibal), and many others.
The final episode of Mission 1, "Neptune's Gift," is written by Chris Dahlen, former editor-in-chief of Kill Screen Magazine and script writer of Klei's Mark of the Ninja.
"After launch we realized that the completion of Mission 1 story content was only one of the many goals we needed to accomplish next," said Jonathon Myers, CEO and Creative Director at Reactive Studios. "We had to entirely refocus, optimize for iOS7, and streamline the savegame profile experience for mobile. We had to make it elegant and anonymous to move forward."
The game automatically saves and continually syncs a player's profile online, retaining story progress, decisions, and statistics, even if the app is deleted and reinstalled. Only an anonymous and customizable Agent Name is used for reference, so no login is required for creating a profile.
Reactive Studios will also showcase Codename Cygnus in attendance at Casual Connect Europe February 11-13 as a part of the Indie Prize competition, where Jonathon will give a presentation on Acoustic Storytelling and Interactive Radio Drama. For more information on the talk, please visit the event website here: http://europe.casualconnect.org/content.html
The latest Codename Cygnus update is currently available for free download on the iTunes App Store for all iOS devices. The five minute tutorial Prologue episode is included with the download.
Download Codename Cygnus: http://bit.ly/DownloadCygnus
Soundcloud Audio Spots: http://bit.ly/CygnusMission1AudioSpots
Press seeking an interview or a review episodes of Codename Cygnus should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
About Codename Cygnus
Codename Cygnus is an interactive radio drama for iOS that uses speech recognition to cast the player as a secret agent in a branching story. Using either their voice or a simple screen tap to make decisions, players are treated to an acoustic storytelling experience of dialogue performance, sound effects, and music. Inspired by the aesthetics and techniques of old time serial radio dramas, Codename Cygnus features a talented voice acting cast, episodic content, Game Center achievements, and statistics that reflect a player's secret agent traits.
About Reactive Studios
Independent game developer Reactive Studios focuses entirely on acoustic storytelling to publish immersive and reflexive stories for a listening audience. Their products leverage speech recognition technology for a voice-operated narrative experience of dialogue performance, sound effects, and music. Although similar to an audiobook or an audio drama, these applications are responsive to a listener’s in-game story decisions via voice or touch input.