Hardwarefabrikant EVGA heeft op zijn site de demo van Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason aangekondigd. De demo is door op deze link te klikken als zip-bestand te downloaden en kan op de 32bit- en 64bit-edities van Windows XP en Windows Vista worden gespeeld. Sleep of Reason speelt zich af in 1981 op de nucleaire ijsbreker North Wind, die op de Noordpool gestrand is. Alexander Nesterov, een Russische meteoroloog, moet het incident onderzoeken en stuit op de dode bemanning, die door het extreem koude weer van gedaante zijn verwisseld:
The Titan of steel, once desperately struggling for its life and freedom, capitulated to the dark and ominous power of the eternal Cold. With his bare hands, improvised means and World War I and II era historically accurate bolt-action rifles and machineguns, Nesterov has to fight the spawn of the Cryostasis - the undead former crewmen which under some strange metamorphosis had not only lost their natural looks, but the very right to rest in peace. Nesterov’s mission is to investigate the mystery of the ship’s captain death – or, as it may well be, a murder, that caused the entire tragedy.
Cryostasis appears to be something more than just a thrilling game. It is a kind of interactive crossbreed of a detective story and a horror novel. But unlike the regular book, the reader (in our case the player) here is able to contribute to the story and even affect its outcome. Due to the character’s ability to penetrate the memory and take control over the bodies of the participants of dramatic events (the system of Mental Echo), the player gets not only what every book detective would dream about – the ability to travel to the past and eyewitness the crime scene, but also what every book reader sometimes desires – avoid the predetermined course of actions by a chance to participate in the story and change its end as the player wants!