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Welcome to the Game II (stylized as Welcome II the Game) is a puzzle horror game developed by Reflect Studios and a sequel to Welcome to the Game.

It was released April 3, 2018.

Story and Gameplay

Though the sequel's story and characters are unrelated to the original, it still has the same mechanical gist, as first-person, puzzle-based Deep Web exploration. The player controls Clint Edwards, a reporter investigating the disappearance of a woman, Amelea, who frantically explained through a livestream that she's being hunted by some men in masks. Clint's only lead is on the Shadow Web, the darkest bowel of the Deep Web, and The Prey, which with the help of Adam he deduces that it's the front for a Deep Web-based cult called Noir, most definitely the perpetrators behind Amelea's torment. Clint has from 10 PM to 4 AM to complete his objective, and a minute in-game consists of 30 seconds in real life, so the player has 3 hours.

His goal is to scour the Deep Web from the safety of his own home for eight hashes that can be pieced together into a digital tunnel to the Shadow Web. To avoid trouble with law enforcement for his illegal activity, Clint must jump between his neighbors' Wi-Fi's after hacking into them, while also fending off other hackers trying to invade his computer. Clint can order products to help him, like Wi-Fi Boosters and Motion Sensors, with DOSCoin. Starting with 10 DOSCoin (as well as a Remote VPN Adam bought for Clint on the house), Clint earns more by successfully countering hacks with backdoors and setting up Remote VPNs, after purchasing the right equipment from two stores: zeroDay Market and the Shadow Market. The former installs software to his computer while the latter delivers hardware via a drone drop in the alleyway. Upon picking the delivery box up, the purchased product is teleported to Clint's kitchen counter, which he can promptly pick up and place wherever the player chooses. Remember that the placement of the devices is always extremely important.

There's five physical threats to Clint: a hitman hired to assassinate him, the aforementioned law enforcement, a couple of Noir cultists, a serial killer, and an additional fifth secret killer. All five have their own elaborate and unique ways of being dealt with, described in detail on their own pages. The power is consistently turned off, which not only almost completely blinds the player if they don't have the Flashlight but also prohibits them from using the computer, so going to the maintenance room in the stairwell and reactivating the breaker should always be their number one priority. The flashlight is found at Clint's bedside. The game auto-saves every 15 minutes so they can Continue on the title screen, but getting a Game Over completely and permanently wipes the save, forcing them to start a New Game. 

Development

On August 29, 2017, Reflect Studios' Adam Flatau announced his long-awaited passion project, Rides With Strangers, was suffering financial issues due to its expensive, borderline triple A development. As compensation, Adam promised a soon-to-be-released sequel to his well-received side-project Welcome to the Game, as doing such would both cost little money and produce the profit needed to fund the rest of Rides With Strangers. Its release date is unknown, but Adam said he was trying to get it out by Halloween. On September 25, the game's Steam Store page was launched. WTTG2 getting wrapped up was postponed in favor of The Waiting Room, a prequel/teaser for WTTG2. The trailer for the game was release on March 16, 2018, wherein it was announced the game would be released on March 30. However, the game was delayed for few more days due to extinuating circumstances for Adam and to add the achievements section. It was finally released April 3, 2018 for Windows, and Adam has said he is currently working on the Mac version.

Reception

Aside from a handful of optimization issues, Welcome to the Game II is widely viewed as an improvement upon the already acclaimed original in every facet.