HID­DEN AGENDA

De­vel­oper Su­per­mas­sive Games Pub­lisher SIE For­mat PS4 Re­lease TBA

EDGE - - SONY@E3 -

No stu­dio had a busier E3 than Su­per­mas­sive Games, but Hid­den Agenda might just be the pick of the Guild­ford stu­dio’s lit­ter. Us­ing Sony’s new Playlink ini­tia­tive, which uses a smart­phone app for lo­cal so­cial play, the game casts up to four play­ers as both team-mates and op­po­nents: you’ll take crit­i­cal de­ci­sions to­gether, but might oc­ca­sion­ally be given the op­por­tu­nity to screw over the others for your own ben­e­fit. The Un­til Dawn for­mula is a fine fit for lo­cal mul­ti­player – Su­per­mas­sive says Hid­den Agenda was partly in­spired by YouTube videos of peo­ple play­ing its no­tion­ally sin­gle­player ad­ven­ture in groups. Once again ev­ery char­ac­ter can die as a re­sult of your de­ci­sions and ac­tions, in­clud­ing the de­tec­tive and dis­trict at­tor­ney who serve as pro­tag­o­nists. Playlink may have been pri­mar­ily de­signed to ex­pand PS4’s reach beyond the tra­di­tional crowd, but on this ev­i­dence the ser­vice of­fers plenty to ex­pe­ri­enced hands, too.

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