Embr

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Embr
Embr cover
Developers
Muse Games
Publishers
Curve Digital
Engines
Unity 2019[Note 1]
Release dates
Windows Early access
Taxonomy
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Shooter
Themes
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Embr on HowLongToBeat
Embr on IGDB

Embr is a cartoon-stylized first-person shooter action game emphasizing comedic and casual physics-based gameplay. Developed by Muse Games, developers of the Guns of Icarus titles, alongside publisher Curve Digital, Embr makes use of the Unity engine. This title also takes full advantage of many Unity 2019 features, such as Vulkan support and Google Stadia cross-play.

The game released on May 21, 2020 through Steam via the Early Access program.[2] This title was also the first game to appear on Google Stadia in an Early Access state.[3][4]

The early access roadmap as of May 20, 2020 indicates that Embr is expected to fully launch within about 12 months of further development. The developers seek to expand on the current gameplay loop and create new content for the game based on feedback from their current version.[5]

General information

Official Discord server
Steam Community Discussions
Official Embr FAQ

Availability

All versions require Steam DRM.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Muse Games\FireProject
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1062830/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Muse Games\FireProject
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1062830/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Support for cloud saves may be added in the future.[6]

Video

Video settings
Video settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Windowed Mode and Resolution settings are combined into one drop-down box.
Fullscreen/Borderless can only be selected at native desktop resolution.
Selecting any specific resolution will render in windowed mode.[7]
Multi-monitor
Hor+ scaling.[8] Some out-of-bounds areas can be seen in menus. UI elements expand based on resolution and can become cumbersome at wider aspect ratios, especially in menus.[9] The developers are aware of multi-monitor HUD issues.[10]
Ultra-widescreen
Hor+ scaling.[8] Some additional clipping is present on menus.
4K Ultra HD
[11]
Field of view (FOV)
55 - 80 degrees.
Windowed
Select any specific resolution from the list to enable windowed mode.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
In-game Fullscreen Windowed option only allows for desktop resolution.
See Custom resolution.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
No option included. Anisotropic quality unknown.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Unknown type with three quality settings.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
[12]
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Custom resolution

The resolution for fullscreen and borderless windowed mode cannot be manually set. Furthermore, most launch arguments are ignored.
Use windowed mode (workaround)[13]
  1. Select a specific resolution from the in-game list.
  2. Begin the next job in windowed mode.
  3. Press Alt+ Enter in-game to switch to a borderless fullscreen window.

Notes

If entering a job in fullscreen mode, the game will return to desktop resolution. This can be circumvented by returning to Windowed mode before entering or leaving the job.

Input

Keyboard/mouse settings
Keyboard/mouse settings
Gamepad settings
Gamepad settings

Audio

Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Master SoundFX, Elemental (environment), Player (characters), and Music.
Surround sound
Subtitles
No spoken dialogue outside of tutorial voice-over (English only).
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Gameplay settings
Gameplay settings

Localizations

Announcer voice in tutorial is only voiced in English. This has no impact on the game.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish

Network

Multiplayer menu (Create Game)
Multiplayer menu (Create Game)
Multiplayer menu (Join Game)
Multiplayer menu (Join Game)

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
4 Co-op
Online play
4 Co-op
Includes a password option for private lobbies.
Cross-play with Google Stadia users is supported.

Connection types

Issues unresolved

Crab 'n Go Salvage Mission not recording statistics properly

The Salvage variant of Crab 'n Go (no other variants are affected) will reset the money counter after bringing Clients to the rescue zone.[14]
Reportedly fixed in Update 1.05.[15]

Multiplayer sound effects missing

The developers acknowledged the issue as one to be fixed.[16]

Text chat box always open during multiplayer session

This issue occurs when a multiplayer lobby begins loading while a player is using the text chat box.
Reportedly fixed in Update 1.05.[15]
Close the text chat box before a new mission loads, or quit and rejoin the multiplayer lobby.[17]

Issues fixed

Incorrect coloring and graphical glitches

Use Vulkan rendering (default Steam option, or through the -force-vulkan launch command) instead of DirectX 11[18]
Some specific graphical glitches are still present on certain missions; however, Vulkan rendering reportedly resolves most cases of this issue, although at a slight impact on performance compared to DirectX 11.

Unable to join private lobbies

The "Join Code" option for private lobbies may malfunction in some situations.
Join by IP address instead of join code[19]
The developers have included instructions for port forwarding and direct IP connections on their official FAQ under "I still can't join my friend's match!"

Other information

Bug reporting menu
Bug reporting menu

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11 Available as a fallback launch option.
Vulkan
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Processor (CPU) Intel i5 6600 Series 3.5 GHz
Intel i7 4760 3 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 960
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  1. Unity engine build: 2019.3.3f1[1]
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/1062830/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1062830) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Verified by User:Cptmold on 2020-05-20
    Checked using the log printed to %USERPROFILE%\AppData\LocalLow on game launch.
  2. Steam :: Embr :: Hold Onto Your Hoses: Embr launches into Early Access on May 21st! - last accessed on 2020-05-20
  3. This Week on Stadia: Embr available in early access - Stadia Community - last accessed on 2020-05-27
  4. Everything we know about Google Stadia: how it works, what it costs, and what games it has : Gamesradar+ - last accessed on 2020-05-27
    "Stadia is set to get its first Early Access game on May 21. Titled Embr, you'll play as an on-demand firefighter putting out fires across the city."
  5. Embr on Steam" - last accessed on 2020-05-20
    "“We are planning to stay in Early Access for 12 months. We want to make sure the game launches in a state we are, and you are, happy with, and we don’t want to rush it."
  6. Post 2 :: Cloud saves? :: Embr General Discussions (Steam) - last accessed on 2020-05-27
  7. Verified by User:Cptmold on 2020-05-21
    Information is accurate as of the build available on May 20, 2020.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Verified by User:Cptmold on 2020-05-20
    Tested by comparing screenshots of the same height between 16:9 and 16:10.
  9. Verified by User:Cptmold on 2020-05-21
    Tested at 3840x1080 and compared to 16:9 (1920x1080 and 3840x2160). Findings were later reproduced by a Muse Games developer.
  10. Embr Discord #general - last accessed on 2020-05-21
    "That one does get a bit nasty. I can hand over to our UI guy after launch. Shouldn't be tooo much work to detect and handle"
  11. Verified by User:Cptmold on 2020-05-20
  12. Verified by User:Cptmold on 2020-05-20
    Tested with RivaTuner Statistics Server.
  13. Verified by User:Cptmold on 2020-05-20
    Tested after other typical Unity solutions proved ineffective.
  14. Embr Discord #steam-bug-reports - last accessed on 2020-05-28
    "Salvage at crab and go is def bugged... sorry!"
  15. 15.0 15.1 1.05 Patch :: Embr Patch Notes (Steam) - last accessed on 2020-06-03
    "Fix the loss of significant value on Crab N’ Go salvage
    Fixed a bug where transitioning to game level from lobby while typing chat message causes players to get stuck in chat input
    "
  16. Embr Discord: #steam-bug-reports - last accessed on 2020-05-27
    "Yeah that sfx one is known
    we'll get that fixed up asap
    "
  17. Post 2 :: (BUG) Can't type, but can move :: Embr General Discussions (Steam) - last accessed on 2020-05-27
  18. Embr Discord: #steam-bug-reports - last accessed on 2020-05-27
    "Try running the game with the default launch option (which uses Vulkan). Should be a bit more stable"
  19. Posts 4, 7 :: Can't get multiplayer to work :: Embr General Discussions (Steam) - last accessed on 2020-05-27
    "Yeah we've seen this reported a few times now. We're investigating this asap. Really sorry again. If you can email us your player logs, that would be a big help. Thanks so much!"