UK developer RedBedlam has announced that Bedlam, a first-person shooter written in collaboration with the acclaimed Scottish novelist Christopher Brookmyre, will be available via Steam Early Access on August 8th. The upcoming version of the game will grant access to two complete worlds (Starfire and Death or Glory), comprising 12 levels of gameplay (approximately one third of the game in total).
In Bedlam, players will take on the role of Heather Quinn (aka Athena), a programmer at medical scanning developer Neurosphere who finds herself transported into the world of Starfire: a nineties FPS she remembers from her teen years. Searching for an explanation and a way home, she ventures beyond Starfire to discover a vast realm of interconnected game worlds documenting the evolution of the FPS genre and of video games in general.
Bedlam is adapted from the novel by Christopher Brookmyre, but diverges from the original in this change of protagonist. The novel's hero, Ross Baker, does feature prominently in the game, but the switch to a female lead - who is a gamer and sci-fi fan - offered a fresh and bitingly humorous new perspective upon the "gameverse" that the player will explore.