First-person adventure creators at White Paper Games will be releasing their next indie title this coming March with The Occupation. After a successful launch and well-met reception of Ether One, the studio is continuing on with an investigative and cultural thriller. The game’s announcement trailer gives prospective players a view into an English, noire style where the government is suspected of treachery and mystery is all around. Check it out:
Set in 1987 West England, you must investigate suspects and clues after an act of violence kills many people. Civil liberties are being taken advantage of by the government and players must see through the lies and truths that they will encounter when questioning witnesses or officials. The Occupation allows for different play styles since it is a fixed-time game. Investigate more directly and out in the open with the reward of solving what happened faster, but risk getting caught more easily. The other option is to detect like a sleuth and sneak around, investigating details quietly and more closely. However, precious time is always ticking by while real-time events are happening throughout the world.
The dark, British environment has been compared to the Bioshock franchise and can take players in many different directions with separate endings depending on decisions that are made. To come to the most desired outcome, you must reveal the unknown of the political elites by utilizing tools at your disposal. A high-tech watch can have alarms set to pick up the pace or upload reminders. Also, a pager can bring up 12 characters on the screen so to monitor suspects’ routines and habits in order to discover evidence they may be hiding. This non-linear thriller should make way for multiple play-throughs until each clue is snuffed for those that lost their lives.
The Occupation will be arriving on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Oddly, the game’s official website states that the game is coming March 5 on all platforms while the Steam page disagrees an entire month in advance at February 5.