With yet another game on the horizon, Dontnod is on a roll
PUBLISHER Bandai Namco Developer Dontnod Format Xbox One ETA 2019
Dontnod certainly isn’t messing around: First we get supernatural adventure game Vampyr, then a short but heart-melting tale in The Awesome
Adventures Of Captain Spirit, and later this year we’ll see the release of the much anticipated sequel to Life Is
Strange. In the space of a year we’ve seen the release of three games from the French development studio, so it comes as a surprise that it’ll be ready to serve up yet another narrative-driven adventure game next year.
Twin Mirror is a story-driven psychological thriller where you play as Sam, an investigative journalist recovering from a recent break-up. Sam returns home to the fictional town of Basswood, West Virginia, to attend the funeral of his best friend who also just so happens to be a journalist. But in true Dontnod fashion, things take a turn for the worse as Sam wakes up in a hotel room to discover his shirt covered in someone else’s blood. Confused and with no recollection of the previous night, Sam heads out to investigate and uncover the truth.
With this latest entry it appears that Dontnod is looking to take the best elements of its previous games—narrative, investigation, and conversation choices—and meld them into something more serious and mature. This is reflected in not only the art style, which looks darker and more muted than its previous games, but in a narrative tone that seems like something out of a television drama.
Although you’ll be predominantly investigating by talking to the people of Basswood and exploring the environment, there is more to the game than it being simply a mystery thriller. This will be a much deeper and more existential title than anything we’ve seen from the studio and you’ll be faced with themes of acceptance and of coming back home. The main aim of this is to take you on an emotional journey, and for you to feel in control of that journey.
All of the decisions you make during the game, be it in conversation choices or through how you interact with the environment, impact the game in some way. They don’t simply dictate the ending you’ll receive, of which there are many—instead the gameplay is tightly interwoven with the narrative. Although it’s not saying too much, Dontnod is promising innovative gameplay that will be directly linked with the narrative.
Dontnod has a knack for creating compelling story-driven games, and we don’t expect Twin Mirror to be any different. Despite releasing so many games in such a short amount of time, it doesn’t seem that Dontnod is suffering from any sort of burnout.
“There is more to this game than being simply a mystery thriller”
Below This image alone does a great job of setting the game’s mood.