ONE GAME, TWO EXPERIENCES
Get ready to play P·O·L·L·E·N in two uniquely different ways; a captivating first person exploration game on a traditional monitor, or a fully immersive virtual reality experience that transports you to the surface of Titan.
FULLY INTERACTIVE ENVIRONMENT
Because Station M was created to feel every bit as real as an actual moon research station, almost everything on the base is interactive. Even a small, simple item could be the key to solving a puzzle, and unlocking one of the many secrets of Station M.
The sounds of Station M also have a story to tell. Listen closely to the atmospheric audio while exploring the deserted halls of RAMA’s 13th moon base. P.O.L.L.E.N’s real time binaural soundscape has been designed to let you perceive audio in the most natural way, as human ears hear it.
February 2, 1995
Research Base M,
Kraken Mare, Titan.
In an alternate timeline to ours, where the Kennedy assassination failed and the internet was never invented, the space race continued to boom as the soviet and US programs combined their efforts to conquer the vast mineral rich expanse beyond Earth. Handing their findings over to private companies, governments gave way to mega corporations who would soon establish mining & research colonies all over the Solar System. Owned by one such conglomerate, Station M is a recently built research base of RAMA Industries on the Saturn’s largest moon Titan.
Just ahead of the announcement of a remarkable discovery however, a member of the research team mysteriously disappears. As a reserve employee of RAMA, you are sent to the windswept surface of Titan to investigate…
TITAN & SATURN
Titan is the largest moon of Saturn, and has a diameter that is 50% larger than Earth’s own satellite. It is often described as a planet-like moon, made up of mostly water ice and rocky material, and has a generally smooth surface with few impact craters. The climate creates seasonal weather patterns and surface features similar to that of Earth’s including dunes, lakes, rivers deltas, and liquid methane-ethane seas. Titan is the only known moon in the Solar System to have a nitrogen-rich dense atmosphere.
But as RAMA Industries recently discovered, there is much more to be learned about this gargantuan moon of Saturn. Will you help them uncover its secrets?
Planetary colonies, as well as research stations, have rapidly taken over the Solar System. It is now almost as common to be a miner on Earth as it is to be one on an asteroid.
Station M is the 13th base of RAMA Industries and was founded by distinguished researcher Philip Klement Pohl to investigate an extraordinary scientific finding on Titan. All six members of the base have pledged 2 years of their life to the research, and their communication with Earth is heavily restricted.
17 years ago, a breakthrough finding in antimatter rocketry by MIT graduate Donald Nielsen in 1978 propelled us to explore the Solar System; colonizing and extracting minerals from faraway planets. While transportation to & from space is relatively cheap, most of the technology used for calculations consists only of whiteboards and one of the 30,000 time consuming tape drive computers.
Due to the increasing popularity and computing power of computers however, large conglomerates are engaging in space mining to help humanity meet its ever growing need for rare materials. Previously transportation focused Lem Trans-planetary Hauling Company reported that they had found large amounts of rare metals on the dwarf planets Eris and Makemake. According to their research, each of the planets includes material for over one million microprocessors and millions of kilobytes of RAM-memory, potentially satisfying the needs of computer manufacturers for the foreseeable future.
After the discovery of the antigravity drive in 1965, lifting objects into orbit became both quick and affordable.
Founded in 1970, the conglomeration of four tech giants – Rand Quantum Technologies, Argent Nano Engineering, Maxilion Space Industries and Associated Global Media – RAMA Industries finds itself battling in a new ‘gold rush’ in space.
RAMA Industries is renowned for its experimental research bases throughout the Solar System, and a variety of its products are used and manufactured on Earth and Mars colonies. Be it household appliances or space station hydroponics systems, RAMA does it all.
In 1993 an incredible discovery made by astrophysicist Philip Pohl lead to the rapid establishment of Research Base M on Titan. At his request, RAMA Industries eventually sent operating director and astrobiologist Amanda Pohl, chief medical officer Vasili Romancheck, assistant physicist Ion Lem, and technician Karen Kowalski to join him in conducting his top secret research.
RAMA isn’t ready to give a full disclosure of the nature of their finding yet, but according to them it could be the most significant discovery in the history of science; something that will profoundly change how we view the world and the universe.
To ensure the integrity of its workforce, RAMA Industries uses a variety of screening methods before recruiting new members. One such method is the Psychological Assessment Test, or PAT, that is designed to assess the candidate’s personality, skills and aptitudes through a series of seemingly unrelated questions. Once profiled, new employees are assigned to a role that befits their abilities, thus ensuring their long term job satisfaction at RAMA Industries. While PAT is by no means infallible, it has proved to be a highly efficient way to gauge applicant suitability, making it far superior to human-led screening methods often riddled by subjectivity and cognitive biases.