THE OC­CU­PA­TION

Im­mer­sive po­lit­i­cal thriller to re­lease this Oc­to­ber

PlayStation Official Magazine (UK) - - CONTEST -

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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.

You play as a whistle­blow­ing jour­nal­ist, and it’s down to you to shape the nar­ra­tive around what hap­pened.

Se­cret pas­sage­ways al­low you to ac­cess cer­tain ar­eas – notes hint at where to look.

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