For the third entry in its five day countdown to E3, Sony has revealed a brand new IP. Twin Mirror is story driven adventure with a much somber tone than what we’ve come to expect from developers Dontnot Entertainment, known for the excellent Life Is Strange.
As with the reveals earlier in the week, Twin Mirror was unveiled by way of an intriguing trailer introducing the mysterious story of 33 year old main character Sam. Returning to his estranged home town of Basswood, West Virginia, to put to rest a close friend, Sam battles with the recent breakdown of a relationship. Jump to the day after the funeral, and Sam awakens to find a blood soaked shirt in his hotel room and no recollection of the previous night’s events.
The game revolves around figuring out exactly what happened through a heavily narrative story arc that evolves based on player choices. A breadcrumb trail of clues, dreamlike other worlds, and disjointed memories are at hand to help, but it comes down to the player’s ability to find cohesion among them to uncover the mystery. All the while, Sam struggles with his conception of love, death, and reality itself.
With Twin Mirror featuring elements of a psychological thriller, Bandai Namco, who is publishing the game, explains ‘Sam will need your help exploring a dark and emotional adventure where the line between truth and deception is blurred’. There’s also a suggestion that time will be a huge factor, with only so much time to seal Sam’s fate, for better or for worse.
The trailer is a broody affair and portrays Basswood as a tired, ex-coal mining town. We also catch glimpses of an outlandish realm, which I imagine is an insight into Sam’s dreams or his mental state, as well as usual real world settings.
With very little else to go on for the moment, Twin Mirror is curiously compelling. What exactly is going on in Basswood? Games are somewhat hit and miss when exploring complex emotional subjects, but it sure does seem like Dontnot are onto something special with Twin Mirror.
With a release scheduled for 2019, we’re sure to hear more in the coming months. Twin Mirror will be available for PS4, PC, and Xbox One.