Experience AI Counseling On-The-Go When Eliza Comes to Switch This Week

Experience AI Counseling On-The-Go When Eliza Comes to Switch This Week

Bring your counseling patients wherever you want now.

If you haven't tried out Zachtronics' latest release yet, perhaps being able to take it with you on the Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite is the right way to go. Just remember: Eliza's a visual novel, not a puzzler like Exapunks or Infinifactory. (Though it does have a staple Zachtronics Solitaire minigame.) Eliza will come to the eShop on October 10 for $14.99.

Zachtronics announced the Switch port on Twitter today. Eliza follows the story of a young woman named Evelyn. Once a programmer for a tech megacorporation who helped build Eliza, an AI counseling program, Evelyn returns to the company as a contractor who has to verbally relay Eliza's responses to counseling patients. As Evelyn interacts with these people and sees how Eliza handles their anxieties, self-doubt, and depression, Evelyn has to confront her own wellbeing and her complicity in both building Eliza and serving as its mouthpiece.

USgamer's Senior Editor Caty McCarthy interviewed Eliza's writer and creator Matthew Seiji Burns about the game's theme of tech-accelerated burnout prior to its release in August. Burns says his intent with Eliza is less about imparting a lesson about big tech than it is about the experiences of its characters. "I think my greatest hope is that someone will play it and they'll feel a connection to [the characters], you know, and they'll feel seen; like they'll feel like that the game gets them in some way," says Burns.

Eliza is also available for $14.99 on the PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, GOG, or Humble. For more on Eliza, check out Caty's review of the game.

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Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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