The Bradwell Conspiracy
Technology won’t save us – or can it?
Whether you’re starting work at a police station in the midst of a zombie outbreak or a science lab conducting fishy experiments, first days on the job never pan out very well in videogames. Usually, disaster strikes so early that we end up missing out on an essential procedure at any workplace: the corporate induction. In first-person adventure The Bradwell Conspiracy, our silent protagonist doesn’t even work at the titular tech company but assumes the identity of a new employee after an explosion occurs in its offices, leaving us trapped after everyone else has already been evacuated. Help is at hand in the shape of an AI guide and a fellow survivor, Amber, who’s in another part of the building. Equipped with a pair of nifty Augmented Reality glasses, we can communicate with her by instantly taking and sending photos of what we can see, which she responds to with advice or sarcasm, depending on the relevance of the pictures.
Woss it all about?
Pretending to be a new employee incidentally means undergoing a very cheesy corporate induction, voiced by Jonathan Ross. It’s a highlight of this extended demo where we’re also introduced to the SMP, the instant 3D-printing gun used in the game’s puzzles. At present, these feel very fixed according to the mostly linear narrative, so don’t go expecting a new Portal. But from the opening two chapters, we’re intrigued by this very British mystery (you can’t get more British or mysterious than Stonehenge, where the offices are) set in the near future where making objects materialise right in front of you like in Minecraft is strangely plausible.
While the dev wants to create a sense of peril, death and respawns won’t be part of the experience.
Before you can absorb and replicate objects using your 3D printer-gun, you need to collect a special substance, known as Bradwellium, for it.
There’s a bit of Firewatch’s Delilah in Amber, as her interactions with you are dependent on how communicative you are, or aren’t.
You’ll find yourself getting sucked in by the game’s intriguing lore.