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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

 

MEDIA ALERT - EMBARGOED UNTIL 10:00AM PST FRIDAY DECEMBER 18, 2015

Who: Surprise Attack Games & Team Fractal Alligator

What:   SMASH HIT HACKING GAME HACKNET TARGETS LINUX AND MAC PLATFORMS

Where: Melbourne, Australia

When:  10:00 PST, Friday December 18, 2015, 

Details: Developer, Team Fractal Alligator and indie label, Surprise Attack Games, have today announced that Hacknet, the smash hit terminal-based hacking game, is now available for Linux and Mac gamers.

Hacknet is a terminal-based hacking game using real UNIX commands and abstractions of real hacking processes. The game tells the tale of Bit, a hacker responsible for creating the most invasive security system on the planet. When he is murdered, his failsafe kicks in, sending instructions to a lone user who can help unravel the mystery and ensure that Hacknet-OS doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

Click to watch the trailer!

 

Hacknet's Linux/Mac versions were made using FNA, a new reimplementation of the XNA framework. Hacknet is the debut title for FNA's first official release, which will be available on Monday, December 21 at http://fna-xna.github.io/.

“Given the UNIX-based nature of the game, it’s not surprising that the number one request we get is to add Linux support,” said Matt Trobbianni, developer of Hacknet. “Initially I thought this wouldn’t be possible given the game was developed in XNA and has some complex platform code, but with some help from Ethan "flibitijibibo” Lee and his FNA libraries, we’re excited to be able to bring the game to Linux and also Mac users.”

Launching for Windows PC’s in August 2015, close to 100,000 gamers have purchased Hacknet to date and it enjoys an overwhelmingly positive (>95%) user review rating on Steam.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Hacknet is now available for Linux and Mac
  • A terminal-based hacking game using real UNIX commands
  • Linux and Mac porting through the FNA
  • Launched for Windows in August 2015, it has sold just under 100k copies to date
  • Available from Steam, Humble Store, GOG.com and other digital retailers for US$9.99
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Media Assets: Available via our press kit()

Press Builds: review builds available now. Request a Steam code via distribute()

Price: US $9.99

Soundtrack Price: US $9.99

Deluxe Edition (game + soundtrack): US$14.99

Contact: for questions or interviews, please contact [email protected]

LINKS: 

Website: http://www.hacknet-os.com

Press Kit: http://surpriseattackgames.com/presskit/sheet.php?p=Hacknet

Trailer: https://youtu.be/FgDmU7Pb96Y

Twitter: http://twitter.com/hacknetOS

Purchase Links:

Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/365450/ 

Humble: https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/hacknet_storefront  

GOG: http://www.gog.com/game/hacknet

MORE INFO ON HACKNET

Hacknet is an immersive, terminal-based hacking simulator for Windows, Linux and Mac. Dive down a rabbit hoIe as you follow the instructions of a recently deceased hacker, whose death may not have been the accident the media reports. Using old school command prompts and real hacking processes, you’ll solve the mystery with minimal hand-holding and a rich world full of secrets to explore.

Bit, a hacker responsible for creating the most invasive security system on the planet, is dead. When he fails to reconnect to his system for 14 days, his failsafe kicks in, sending instructions in automated emails to a lone user.  As that user, it’s up to you to unravel the mystery and ensure that Hacknet-OS doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

Exploring the volatile nature of personal privacy, the prevalence of corporate greed, and the hidden powers of hackers on the internet, Hacknet delivers a true hacking simulation, while offering a support system that allows total beginners get a grasp of the real-world applications and commands found throughout the game.

Hacknet is available now on PC via Steam and the Humble Store. Mac and Linux versions were heavily requested after the announcement of the game and the developer is now working on supporting those platforms as soon as possible.

KEY FEATURES

Real hacking: based on actual UNIX commands, Hacknet focuses on real hacking, not the Hollywood-style version of it. This creates a truly immersive experience and puts players right in the thick of trying to break through the firewalls.

Unlock the mystery of Bit: a hacker is dead and the media reports don’t add up. When you are contacted by his “ghost” - an automated failsafe system - you’re drawn into the dark and murky world of underground hackers.

Full immersion: you are thrust into a persistent virtual world with no “levels” or obvious game elements to break the illusion. Follow the guidance of the emails from Bit or just dive down the rabbit hole, chasing down clues and snippets of information you find as you explore different systems.

Accessible but uncompromising: whilst not holding your hand or dumbing down, the design of the game and the learning curve enables those with no prior terminal experience to enjoy it whilst delighting those in the know.

Killer tunes: hack to the beat of a soundtrack featuring underground artists including Carpenter Brut (Hotline Miami) and Rémi Gallego (of The Algorithm).

About the Developer

Named after the most mathematically horrifying animal, Team Fractal Alligatior is a one person team based in Adelaide, Australia - founded by Matt Trobbiani. Matt has been designing and developing games for most of his life, starting out with GameMaker and Warcraft 3 custom maps, before moving on to find more flexibility in C# and custom engines. He specialises in designing immersive, mechanically interesting experiences. Team Fractal Alligator, for its work on Hacknet, was awarded the 2014 AGDA Innovation Award, and was a nominated finalist for Tech at Freeplay 2015.

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About Ethan "flibitijibibo” Lee

Ethan Lee has shipped over three dozen games for GNU/Linux and Mac OS X, and is the lead developer of FNA, a brand new reimplementation of the Microsoft XNA 4.0 runtime libraries. In addition to Hacknet's Linux/Mac versions, FNA is used in many popular titles such as Axiom Verge, Cryptark, Rogue Legacy, and Dust: An Elysian Tail. FNA is a reimplementation of the Microsoft XNA Game Studio 4.0 Refresh libraries.

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About Surprise Attack Games

Surprise Attack Games is an independent games label focused on partnering with independent game developers to provide marketing, distribution, and strategic assistance in taking their games to global audiences on any and all game platforms.

Launched in July 2013, Surprise Attack Games is part of Surprise Attack Pty Ltd. Its sister company, Surprise Attack Consulting is a games-specialist marketing and PR agency working primarily for games and game-related companies wanting on the ground expertise in the Australian and New Zealand markets.

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