Immersive political thriller to release this October
Manchester-based nine-person studio White Paper Games has been working on its upcoming title since 2015. When we’re offered a hands-on with an early section of the game, we jump at the chance.
The Occupation is a first-person narrative game set over the span of four hours on 24 October, 1987, in the north-west of England. After a terrorist attack leaves 23 people dead, the hastily passed Union Act now threatens the civil liberty of the British population, and you’re trying to unpick the truth of what happened. The decisions you make are in real-time and will determine the future of the country. As time ticks down, a direct approach may make sense but is it worth the risk of getting caught? But how much time can you really afford to spend taking stock before you act?
We play as Scarlett Carson, who’s driven by desperation to steal important software from her workplace. Her narration hints early on that it’s not the worst thing she did that night, and as she figures out how to break into a colleague’s office it’s fair to say things become increasingly morally grey. We’re looking forward to seeing the bigger picture later this year. Watch the trailer and find out about the game at occupation-game.com.
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