Mystery Adventure Return Of The Obra Dinn Announced By Papers Please Creator

Written by Neil Soutter on Wed, May 28, 2014 11:25 AM
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Papers, Please creator Lucas Pope has confirmed his latest project, Return of the Obra Dinn.

Pope announced that Return of the Obra Dinn will be a first-person mystery adventure set on an East Indian merchant ship during the turn of the 19th century, featuring a 1-bit art style inspired by a childhood of Mac gaming…

The merchant ship Obra Dinn has returned to port at London six years after being declared lost at sea, with no damage and no crew. Playing as an insurance adjustor, you’ll need to board the ship and solve the Obra Dinn’s mystery.

Pope is planning to distance the gameplay of Return of the Obra from the mundanity of Papers, Please, saying “I want to challenge myself so this'll be a very different game from anything I've done before, including Papers Please. There'll be less creativity with the gameplay and instead I want to experiment with the rendering, story, and a few technical features.

Right now I have only a rough idea about the narrative. I'm hoping to capture a compelling mystery with suspense and twists in the limited space of an old merchant sailing ship. It won't be the typical "collect items and look for clues" structure. There's a slightly cool gameplay hook but I won't go into details on that until much later.

There’s only one image to go on just yet, but Pope intends Return of the Obra Dinn to be a fully 3D adventure realised in 1-bit black and white rendering.

Pope didn’t announce a release date for his latest project but he only expects it to take around six months, so Return of the Obra Dinn should be ready to set sail come the holiday season.

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