Alt-Minds is the much anticipated convergence of the worlds of TV, video games and the internet. Created on different platforms in a totally unique way, paranormal thriller Alt-Minds offers a modern way to play interactive fiction. Alt-Minds is a true transmedia fiction and undoubtedly will be one of the most groundbreaking in the world to date.
On the trail of missing scientists
Summer 2012: five young scientists working for the Alvinson Foundation disappear without leaving a trace. Manu, Alissa, Hisham, Sofia and Stanko were part of a research team named MHD6, working in the labs of the Belgrade University of Physics. Recent events would suggest a possible abduction.
The foundation decides to carry out its own investigation and radically chooses to request the help of internet users.
With the help of various technical tools, the users will contribute to the investigation, lend their support to the field teams, help save the scientists and possibly become the story’s heroes.
The first ‘total fiction
Alt-Minds is a mystery game for PCs/Macs and tablets where you can help to track down missing scientists. It’s also a mobile app to help you keep up with the investigation and find secret locations thanks to the geolocalisation option. You can choose how to play – with your tablet or PC/Mac or both. The more different media you use, the more twists to the plot will be revealed to you.
A script going beyond reality
Alt-Minds combines reality and fiction in a totally unique way and was conceived and overseen by one of the big names in Europe for transmedia and video games, Eric Viennot, and Transmedia Lab’s Orange teams. Alt-Minds subtly combines fiction and reality in order to immerse you deeply into the plot. On top of emails from some of the characters you can look for clues online, via Google or Facebook, choose whether or not to receive SMS messages or explore your own town in search of secret locations and even try to call one of the characters or even meet them!
Pick and mix interactivity
As the player you can choose your level of engagement and interactivity. For example you can choose to be completely passive and just watch the web fiction. By downloading the app on your tablet or smartphone you can also keep up with developments in the investigation through news feeds and videos. If you do wish to complete the experience you can try and discover thousands of secret locations all over Europe and up to the far reaches of Russia thanks to the geolocalisation option.
A real time experience
Alt-Minds is a real time experience, which starts on 5th November and lasts for 8 weeks. The investigation will happen in real time, hour by hour, minute by minute. The missions you can take part in happen in a limited time frame. The ‘real time’ option can be disabled at any time and you can make up for lost time if you have been away using a ‘catch up mode’.
A mainstream web series
Every week an episode of the web series broaches subjects related to current events and raises exciting issues linked to post humanism. TheAlt-Minds web fiction explains scientific and social issues in simple terms, also revealing the unseen and fascinating sides of hidden or unknown stories. Along with the game experience and the web fiction, official newspapers will broach these topics and review scientific advancements.
The full Alt-Minds experience will be available completely free of charge for a week. Then, if you wish you can get a subscription for approx £3 a week or a little less than £20 for the whole 8 week season. Some geolocalisation related searches are included in the package but you will need to buy a few additional credits if you want to make more. If you discover Alt-Minds half way through you can immerse yourself in the live action or catch up with the investigation replays starting from the first week.
Alt-Minds key facts
– The project has taken 1 year of research and 4 years of conception and production
– The script unfolds in 5 countries
– Over 4 hours of videos
– A web series of 10 x 7min videos
– Over 50hrs of gaming in 8 weeks
– Numerous analysis and investigation tools
– 12 main characters
– A European launch in four languages
– Numerous editorial partnerships