Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is officially confirmed for an October 8 release!

In case you haven’t been keeping up with our PAX coverage, Keep Talking is a cooperative game where one player has to defuse a time bomb, but the other player(s) have all the instructions.

The bomb is composed of modules, each of which is a puzzle. The person with the bomb has to describe it to the person with the rulebook, resulting in some fast talking and high adrenaline.

When we talked to developer Brian Fetter, he told us that every puzzle was designed with an aspect of communication in mind.

“Every puzzle, when we built it, if it didn’t have an interesting communication method we threw it out,” Fetter said. “It has to be something where both people are going to be involved at every stage.”

Every round is set at 5 minutes, so it’s fast paced and easy for everyone to get a turn. The bombs are procedurally generated, so you’ll have a fresh experience every time. The manual with the instructions for bomb defusing is free online, and can be printed out or downloaded.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes will be coming out for Steam. It’s already out for Gear VR. When it launches it will support Oculus Rift headsets, but will also be playable without.

When we played Keep Talking at PAX Prime, we had a really great time. Keep Talking doesn’t isolate players in virtual reality. Instead, it focuses on providing a fun party-game experience. I think it’s a great way for people to dip their toes into VR.

I think it’s worth playing without VR, too. At it’s core this is a really fun game that challenges you to think lively and talk fast. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes has won numerous awards, including Media Choice Award at the IndieCade festival in 2014, and numerous Best of PAX awards, including our own.

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Simone de Rochefort is a game journalist, writer, podcast host, and video producer who does a prolific amount of Stuff. You can find her on Twitter @doomquasar, and hear her weekly on tech podcast Rocket, as well as Pixelkin's Gaming With the Moms podcast. With Pixelkin she produces video content and devotes herself to Skylanders with terrifying abandon.